(BPT) – Hair loss is stressful. Some try to embrace it as an unavoidable aspect of aging, but most people would prefer their hair stayed on their head. An increase in shed strands caught in a brush or shower drain can be particularly disheartening for people who know hair loss runs in their family. While it’s tempting to throw in the towel, there are preventive measures you can take to mitigate hair loss by investing in scalp care.
Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. As skin that remains mostly hidden (until hair loss issues arise), the scalp tends to get less care and attention. However, a study by the L’Oréal Professional Academy showed scalp skin ages up to 12 times faster than other body skin. So, if you want healthy hair – start at the root.
Below are three ways you can take care of your scalp and help your head shed less hair.
1. Shampoo gently
Not all shampoos support a healthy scalp. According to Healthline, you should avoid products with sulfates, which strip away natural hair oils and can cause scalp dryness and irritation. While scalp irritation and dryness do not directly cause hair loss, the itchiness makes it more likely that people will scratch their scalp, causing damage to the hair follicles.
Choose shampoos that will clean and nourish your scalp, ridding it of dead skin cells. As you shampoo, gently massage your scalp using your fingertips. Giving yourself a scalp massage feels good and increases blood flow to your hair follicles, encouraging growth. You can also buy a scalp brush to help you gently apply shampoo and massage your scalp.
2. Try a topical serum
Androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss. It is triggered by high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen hormone present in men and women. This hereditary type of pattern hair loss can begin as early as your late teens or early 20s. However, many people don’t seek help until thinning progresses to a significant loss in density or a visibly receding hairline.
Prevention is key. Start with an anti-DHT shampoo or better yet, a topical hair serum. Revivogen Scalp Therapy addresses follicle miniaturization caused by DHT and works to extend hair growth cycles. Using a daily topical scalp formula can provide added protection for those predisposed to androgenetic alopecia before the onset of excess shedding and thinning.
If you’re already experiencing hair loss, you may need to be more aggressive about scalp and follicle care. There are prescription treatments on the market, such as finasteride and minoxidil, but many people are looking for more natural, drug-free alternatives. Revivogen is a clinically proven, plant-based hair care system that has zero systemic side effects because it only impacts DHT topically on the scalp.
Like other hair loss products, Revivogen can retroactively address some thinning and follicle damage by rejuvenating recently dormant follicles and reducing shedding. Even better – it works to promote thicker, healthier growth for all hair types and prevent future DHT-triggered hair loss.
Both Revivogen MD and Revivogen Pro Essentials enhance scalp health, inhibit DHT from adhering to follicles and promote healthy hair growth. These 3-step hair care routines are dermatologist-formulated and safe for use by both men and women.
3. Feed your scalp with supplements
Your nutrition impacts your hair’s health. Even with a balanced, nutritious diet, you may be missing some important nutrients vital to maintaining healthy hair and scalp.
Vitamins and nutrients that impact scalp and hair health include:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Taking a daily multivitamin or hair supplement can help you nourish your scalp and follicles from the inside out. Check with your doctor to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals to support a healthy head of hair.
While there is no magic cure for hair loss, every little bit of help can decrease the amount of hair you lose. By following these three tips you can improve your scalp’s health and help reduce hair loss as you age.