Preventing and Treating Hair Loss: What Does the Latest Science Have to Offer?

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26 Oct 2018 - General

Hair loss is something that affects roughly half of all American men and women at some point in their lives. We tend to think of hair loss as being a "male" illness, however, both men and women are likely to be affected. While the number is slightly higher for men, it is just over half of both populations who can expect to experience some degree of hair loss in their lives.

The good news, however, is that there is an ever-growing range of potential treatments available that can reduce rates of hair loss, and in some cases stop it entirely. Even before the first symptoms of hair loss become apparent, there have been a number of techniques successfully employed that have been used by many people in order to minimize the chances of hair loss occurring.

Understanding the science that underpins hair growth and which ultimately leads to hair loss can help to get ahead of the problem. With our constantly improving understanding of the underlying science behind hair loss, we are now able to develop techniques and treatments that really work to prevent, delay, and mitigate hair loss.


What Does the Science Say?

There are a number of reasons that an otherwise perfectly healthy person’s hair might begin to fall out. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes:

  • Genetics. Our genes decide a great deal about us, especially when it comes to our physical characteristics. It’s little surprise then, that our genetics play an important role in deciding how our hair will grow throughout our lives. This includes when hair loss will likely begin. The most cutting-edge hair loss treatments are those that are designed to target our genes in some way. In the future, the pre-emptive targeting of genes earlier in life could drastically reduce rates of baldness. The ways in which our individual genetics can affect out hair loss include, but are not limited to, the simple fact that a dry scalp can sometimes lead to the loss of hair.

  • Environmental: Even if you are blessed with the most advanced, genetically-engineered head of hair in the world, it won’t count for much if you live in a highly polluted area. If your hair is exposed to certain types of chemical, especially in high doses or over a prolonged period of time, it can lead to hair loss.


Laying the Groundwork

The many factors that go into determining the overall state and health of a person’s head of hair, and the varying impacts on their hair that each individual component might have, can end up making things a little bit more difficult when it comes to selecting a supplement routine that works for as many people as possible. However, if you are able to discover your own supplementary routines, one that really works well for you, it can make an enormous amount of difference to your hair care routine.


Finding the Right Balance

Different supplements will have different impacts on hair. No matter how much research you do, you will always find conflicting information regarding exactly which ingredient does what, and which is the best for you. The simplest way around this situation would be to try as many as you can and see what works. An experienced professional will be able to target their suggestions a lot more, but this doesn’t always mean you’ll get the best results. Sometimes the best results come a little unexpected.

If you take proper care of your scalp, and you are willing to try new things along the way, you’d be amazed by how much more life you can add to your head of hair.