How to Prevent Balding

There are several things both men and women can do to prevent hair from falling out – and even a few remedies that may spark regrowth.

You will need

  • A medical evaluation
  • Dandruff shampoo
  • Minoxidil
  • Finasteride
  • Laser treatment
  • Foods rich in zinc

Step 1 See a doctor Consult a doctor to discuss your options. Besides genetics, a hormone imbalance, scalp infection, medical condition, certain medications, and even stress can all cause hair to fall out. Knowing why you’re losing your hair might help you stop it.

Step 2 Be gentle Be gentle when drying your hair. Vigorous towel drying – rather than patting your hair dry – can break hair, as can frequent blow-drying, especially on a hot setting.

Step 3 Lighten up Limit wearing your hair in styles that tug hair at the scalp, like tight ponytails, pigtails, cornrows, and hair extensions. The stress on the follicles can lead to a type of permanent hair loss called traction alopecia.

Step 4 Use dandruff shampoo Use dandruff shampoos that contain zinc, which has been shown to promote modest hair growth.

Step 5 Stop smoking Stop smoking, or don’t start in the first place. Researchers have linked it to hair loss.

Step 6 Try topical or oral medication Talk to your doctor about the topical solution minoxidil, available over-the-counter as Rogaine, and the oral prescription finasteride, known by its brand name, Propecia. Eight out of 10 Rogaine users stop losing hair after several months of applying it twice a day. Propecia slows hair loss and grows visible hair in about 50 percent of patients.

Step 7 Try laser treatment Try laser therapy, which may stimulate hair growth by increasing blood flow to hair follicles. Some dermatologists and many hair-loss centers offer in-house sessions, or you can purchase a laser comb or brush that you use at home.