New Year’s is just around the corner, which means, for many, it’s time for making resolutions.
If the state of your hair is a concern, you might consider making a resolution or two that specifically deal with how you treat or care for your hair. In some cases, the resolutions you make concerning hair loss are resolutions that will have a positive effect in other areas of your life, too.
Improve Your Diet
You are what you eat, and the state of your diet is often reflected in the state of your hair. Some foods are better for hair growth than others, particularly foods that are high in protein, iron and zinc. Resolve to add more hair-healthy foods to your diet in 2015 and you might see a positive effect elsewhere, such as in the number on the scale or the in terms of your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Of course, resolving to improve your diet and actually improving it can often be easier said than done. Take small steps to make it easier. For example, if you want to eat more protein this coming year, add some to your breakfast. Instead of eating just a piece of toast, add an egg. Eggs don’t take that long to cook and can make a big difference in terms of how you feel at the beginning of the day. If you want to add more veggies to your diet, try adding a small salad to the side of your lunch or dinner. In the long run, the small changes will help you stick to your resolution.
Be Kinder to Your Hair
While some hair loss is caused by genes, other types of hair loss are caused by your styling choices. Styles that put a lot of stress on your hair, such as tight braids and taut ponytails, can lead to a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia. If you regularly style your hair tightly and are starting to notice some thinning or that more strands are falling out than before, make 2015 the year you commit to a style change. A hair restoration surgeon can help you determine if your hair issues are related to your particular style while a hair stylist can help you come up with a new style that’s not as hard on your hair.
While high levels of stress don’t always cause trouble with your hair, in some cases, stress can lead to a condition known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium usually occurs after a shock to the system. If you’re regularly under extreme stress or have experienced a particularly stressful life event recently, you might have noticed some changes to your hair, mostly in the form of excessive shedding. While telogen effluvium is typically a temporary form of hair loss, finding ways to cut down on the stress in your life this year will have a positive impact overall.
A few ways to cut stress include taking time for yourself each day to at least take some deep breaths. Many people find that yoga or another form of exercise helps them deal with stress levels. You can also try a new hobby or make a greater effort to relax each day to cut back on your levels of stress.
Consider a Hair Transplant
Depending on the cause and extent of any hair loss you have, 2015 might be the year when you first start to seriously consider a hair transplant. Although often thought of as just being a solution for men with hair loss, the surgery can also benefit women who are suffering from female pattern baldness.
Usually, it’s a good idea to wait a bit before deciding on surgery. While the procedure restores lost hair permanently, it won’t stop hair loss from progressing. If you’re in the early stages of hair loss, your surgeon may advise waiting until you’ve lost more hair, so that you don’t need an additional procedure in a few years. In the meantime, you might use Minoxidil to help regrow any thinning hair or to minimize the effects of hair loss.
Dr. Kyle Choe is a hair restoration specialist in Virginia Beach. He’s available to evaluate your hair and scalp, diagnose the cause of your hair loss and recommend the best treatment option. If you’re tired of trying to cover up your a hair issues, make 2015 the year you finally do something. Call (757) 389-5850 to schedule an appointment today.