Androgenetic alopecia (AGA), also known as pattern hair loss or balding, is an inherited genetic predisposition. American studies show that balding is evident in 2/3 of the male population at age 35, and in 85 percent of men beyond the age of 50. Another extensive study with East Asian and Southeast Asian subjects show that androgenetic alopecia affects about 73 percent of the male and female population.
Here were some of their key findings for Asian hair:
- Hairfall becomes more evident starting from age 40 and 50, which means this hairfall is really probably just part of the normal aging process.
- Smoking was viewed as a “statistically significant” factor in pattern hair loss, after isolating for age and family history.
Although androgenetic alopecia is a highly researched subject, still not enough is known to determine its exact causes. There is also no known cure that can reverse hair loss.
Doctors and dermatologists are now looking into low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to try and stimulate hair growth. So, far results tend to show that hair will grow but also eventually falls out. Specialists also recommend male and female patients to look into hair transplant surgeries, which is slow, time-consuming, and costly.
Habits that make a difference
Lifestyle habits do make a difference in the quality of hair you have, so they’re worth looking into. Let’s list them below.
1. Maintain a healthy diet
A good protein diet with nutrient sources rich in Vitamin A, B, and C, omega-3s and omega-6s, iron and zinc will do a lot for hair. Dry, thinning hair might be caused by a lack of iron and Vitamin A, which you can find in spinach. Carrots contain beta carotene, which the body metabolizes into Vitamin A, which is good for hair growth, as well as plenty of vitamin C. Other food that’s good for you includes eggs and dairy products, oats, nuts like walnuts and cashews, fatty fish, and avocados.
2. Quit smoking
Research shows that smoking has a negative effect on the body’s endocrine system, which in turn has an effect on hair growth. Smoking appears to increase the amount of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) that is produced by the body, which ages and dries the scalp, and causes hair follicles to shrink, making hair become thinner, brittle, and weak. In worst case scenarios, it can cause hair to stop growing completely.
Hair transplant surgery experts highly discourage their patients any smoking before and after a transplant session and say that there are good chances of improving hair growth after quitting.
3. Massage hair regularly
A scalp massage is one of the best things you can you for your hair – and it’s completely free! Not only is a massage relaxing and helpful against stress; a regular hair and scalp massage stimulates circulation, keeps hair follicles healthy, enabling them to produce stronger, healthier hair.
A 5-10 minute weekly scalp massage may be done on a dry scalp, or with essential oils that you can wash off afterwards with shampoo. Research on moringa oil, which is rich in vitamins, flavonoids, and oleic acid, praises it for its restorative properties, which include keeping scalp moisturized, strengthening hair, and preventing dandruff and split ends. Complete your hair massage routine with moringa oil for hair regrowth – and you won’t look back!