According to the American Hair Loss Association, “over two-thirds of men will start to see some sort of hair loss by the time the reach 35”, and there is no reason that this wouldn’t apply to men in the UK.
Even more worryingly, this figure jumps up to a whopping “85% of men by the time they reach 50 years of age”.
Even younger men are not completely immune, with “25% of men seeing some sort of sign of hair loss before they hit their 21st birthday”.
Now, before you give up hope entirely and resign yourself to a future of baldness, there are some actions you can take to counteract this heredity complaint.
Treat your hair with care
If you are a fan of blow-drying, bleaching or hair straightening, then stop immediately. All of these hair styling and colouring routines can cause damage to your hair, resulting in breakages and hair loss.
Even the simple act of playing with your hair, twisting it in your fingers or pulling it when nervous can cause the strands to snap. As can overly aggressive brushing; gentle and slow brushstrokes are recommended.
Indulge in a scalp massage
This is a great way to promote hair growth by stimulating your hair follicles and increasing the circulation to your head, leading to thicker, healthier-looking hair.
You don’t have to massage your scalp for very long; simply use your fingertips to gently massage your head in a circular motion for 3-4 minutes each day.
Reduce your stress levels
Most people know that stress is not good for them, or at least not too much of it. But did you know that stress has a direct impact on the growth phase of your hair cycle? Essentially, it pushes your hair follicles into the resting phase, also known as the shedding stage, where they stay dormant for up to four months.
Effective ways to reduce stress include yoga, meditation and regular exercise.
Seek professional advice
Hair loss may seem like a purely cosmetic issue, but many who experience it can also experience feelings of depression, anxiety and poor self-image. Therefore, it is important to take this issue seriously and consider if you want to find a more permanent solution to the problem, such as a hair transplant.
Now, a hair transplant in London may seem like the go-to destination for celebrities wanting a discreet and high-quality procedure, but it can be costly. Instead, consider a treatment by GetHair, who offer the FUE hair transplant technique (that leaves no scars) at their clinic in Turkey.
Change your diet
To make your hair grow, your body needs protein. If you are currently protein deficient, then this could be the reason why you are experiencing hair loss or why your hair is not growing very fast.
By simply eating more sources of protein such as eggs, fish, nuts, lean meats and seeds, you could see a significant difference in your hair.
Iron is also important for promoting hair growth, so try to eat iron-rich foods such as lentils, spinach and lean beef. Vegetarians and vegans are often at risk of being iron deficient, so if this is you, try to up your intake of lentils, white beans and pumpkin seeds.