Turning early onset alopecia to your advantage
Written by Aaron A. Lim Entrepreneur. Business Owner
Early onset alopecia can be a traumatising experience, especially for those facing it as early as their mid-twenties. For many of us, our hair plays a huge role in maintaining a professional and youthful image – hence a receding hairline can severely impact our confidence and affect the way we present ourselves to others.
Fortunately, with just a few lifestyle tweaks, early onset alopecia can be turned from an insurmountable challenge into an easily preventable condition, at least for the first few decades. But more interestingly, these tweaks can help boost our confidence in more ways than one: not just by giving us a healthier head of hair, but also by paving the way towards a life that’s healthier and filled with energy.
Watch what you eat carefully
This is good advice for those wanting to lose weight – but what does it have to do with hair? Like everything else in our bodies, our hair benefits greatly from good nutrition, but the opposite is just as true. Processed, fatty or hydrogenated foods often contain synthetic compounds or enzymes that chemically imbalance our bodies – for instance, changing male testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance that shrinks hair follicles, causing it to thin – and fall – over time.
On the other hand, fresh whole foods, such as leafy vegetables, fruit, eggs and fish, contain the necessary irons, nutrients and vitamins required by our hair to maintain healthy grow and protect itself from damage. But more importantly, intake of these nutrients and vitamins are also vital for better health, which in turn, ensures you’ll have the right strength and energy to overcome the demands of daily life.
Tone down high-impact lifestyles
You’ve heard this adage before – do everything in moderation. Certain activities, such as smoking, dieting, exercising and even our own jobs, when overdone, bring tremendous stress onto our bodies. In the long-term, this stress can chemically alter our bodies, affecting our internal systems and leading to certain medical complications.
One of these stress-induced medical condition is the aforementioned Alopecia Areata. This happens when our immune system, affected by chemical imbalances in our bodies, mistakenly attacks our hair follicles, which are the roots of our hair strands. So, if you’ve had a stressful few weeks, do take the time off to relax and slow down a little – not only will this help you recuperate and recharge, it’ll also ensure you still have a head of hair to scratch the next time a stressful situation comes up!
Know that your hair deserves better
Those worried about hair loss would be glad to know they have organic alternatives when it comes to hair care. Products made from natural oils, such as coconut or castor seed, are well known for their naturally occurring hair vitamins, essential minerals and fatty acids, making them great shampoo and conditioner replacements. Similar products, such as organic hair gels or natural dyes can also be easily be found and bought online, giving sufferers of early onset hair loss more options than ever before.
These products, compared to their over-the-counter equivalents, nourish the hair with natural extracts and organic nutrients which are more readily absorbed by the scalp. The result is usually hair that’s thicker, more voluminous and has a glossier sheen – which many would find not just easier to style, but also longer lasting in today’s harsh environments.
As they say, prevention is better than cure, and hair loss sufferers, the above steps may potentially be helpful in staving off the worst of early onset of hair loss during the prime of their lives. But more crucially, these good eating habits, thoughtful life choices, and haircare practices won’t just enable men and women to continue looking good – it will help them feel good, healthy and energised as well. That is as equally important as a head full of hair, when it comes to facing the career and social challenges of today’s world.