Dear Men, Save Your Falling Mane

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There’s no gender bias when it comes to loving your hair. Men love their manes as much as women love their tresses, and when signs of hair loss begin to show, you hit the panic button. But wait, not all hair fall is as bad as you think, and here is how you can protect your mane with a little extra care.

Types of hair fall commonly seen in men
Hair fall in men can be diffused (affecting a larger area of the scalp), or patchy (affecting a spot or smaller area of the scalp). One of the most common reasons behind diffused hair fall is male pattern baldness, a condition caused majorly by genetic factors and aggravated by others like poor diet and vices. Other reasons for diffused hair fall could be an infection, an allergic reaction, or even excessive treatment with chemicals. Patchy hair loss could be the result of autoimmune diseases, the habit of pulling hair, or even a fungal infection.

Signs of hair loss
There are many signs that suggest that your hair fall problems need to be addressed.

  • A receding or thinning hairline in the front or at the crown of your head is usually a sign of pattern baldness. This type of hair loss begins with the temples and forehead and recedes over time. The strands close to the hairline also become thin and wispy and eventually fall out.
  • Dermatologists say that it is normal to lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair every day. However, an excessive amount of hair on pillows, in combs and hair brushes, in towels, on car seats and office chairs, or in the shower is an indication that you suffer from hair loss that needs to be treated.
  • Delayed hair growth often results in a situation where your hair loss becomes evident when falling hair does not get replenished on time with new growth. This is typically seen in pattern baldness where hair follicles enter a resting phase. This could also be the result of malnutrition, where your hair is deprived of the right food that helps it grow back healthy and on time.
  • An itchy and flaky scalp could also be accompanied by hair fall. This usually results from excessive sebum on the scalp or an infection like dandruff that can be treated suitably.
  • Thin and lifeless hair and lackluster hair often falls out first. If the quality of your hair is on this side of the spectrum, especially around the temples and forehead, you could be suffering from male pattern baldness.

How to keep hair fall under check
While some conditions or hair fall cannot be reversed, some can be treated. However, certain precautions can come in handy and prevent a speedy hair loss or baldness, by saving your mane in time.

  • Cleanse your scalp and hair regularly. This keeps it free from sebum and builds up contributes to healthy hair. Use an anti-dandruff solution like a shampoo or hair oil if you suffer from the same.
  • Keep a check on what you eat. A diet rich in proteins is key to a healthy mane. Add spinach, almonds, walnuts, milk and milk products, soy products etc. to your diet, and your hair will thank you later.
  • Give your mane a good oil massage. A hot oil massage with a good hair oil increases blood flow to the follicles, improves the strength of hair roots, and also conditions your scalp.
  • Keep stress at bay. Stress and lack of good sleep can play spoilsport and wreak havoc by causing excessive hair fall. Get between 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, and practice relaxation techniques to keep your hair healthy.
  • Say no to smoking and alcohol. These vices are not only injurious to your internal organs, but to your hair too. They prevent hair from receiving the vital nutrients and also affects its quality adversely.

Hair fall that occurs as a result of an allergic reaction or excessive medication would need medical intervention for correction. If such a situation arises, consult a doctor at the earliest.

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