What to do once hair loss sets in?

Hair loss can be a really stressful experience in a persons lifetime.  Luckily, we have solutions that can actually counteract the effects. Both female and male patients come to us during the early stages of hair loss for treatments that can help stabilize the loss they were previously experiencing. We also see patients with hair follicles that have gone completely dormant and balding in certain areas of the scalp has taken place. So what do you do once once hair loss sets in?

Make a Timeline

Hair loss is a gradual process and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much hair you’ve lost. We recommend making a timeline which can help a patient gauge how much hair they’ve actually lost over the a certain amount of time period. A good way to start a timeline is with photos. Photos will help determine how much hair has been lost and what areas of the head have been effected.

Short-Term Hair Loss Solution

If you have thinning hair or a receding hairline, a short-term solution would be a simple haircut. Unless you plan on being “bald” for the rest of your life, this is a short-term solution because hair loss does gradually gets worse. But in the mean time, a new hairstyle will make you look younger and will give you time to discuss long-term solutions with your hair restoration provider.

Is Hair Loss Effecting Your Self-Esteem?

Once hair loss starts to effect your self-confidence then you may want to consider more than just a new hair style. There are both surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options that can improve the quality of your life. Read more on hair, confidence, and self-esteem.

It’s common to feel self-conscious about bald spots or thinning areas, especially when they become noticeable. This might prompt spending more time trying to cover up or style the hair differently to hide the changes, straining confidence in social situations.

It’s important to remember that your worth isn’t tied to your appearance. But accepting this change can be hard, particularly when society places considerable importance on physical attributes like hair.

Protection and Care for Existing Hair

Your existing hair requires as much attention and care as your new growth or remaining strands. The goal is to fortify and preserve the health of your existing hair, thereby minimizing further loss and breakage. Let’s discuss some strategies that can help maintain the strength and vitality of your current hair.

Gentle Hair Care Products

Choosing the right hair care products is vital for the well-being of your existing hair. Opt for gentle, sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated to minimize damage and nourish the scalp. These products are designed to cleanse without stripping away natural oils, ensuring that your scalp remains hydrated and healthy. Additionally, incorporating nourishing hair masks or treatments can provide an extra layer of protection, promoting resilience and shine.

For instance, aloe vera-infused shampoos and argan oil-based conditioners are excellent choices for nurturing existing hair, as they deliver essential nutrients while being gentle on the scalp and strands. When selecting hair care products, prioritize those labeled as “moisturizing,” “nourishing,” or “repairing,” as they are tailored to bolster hair strength and combat potential damage.

Regular Scalp Care

Caring for your scalp is fundamental to maintaining the health of your existing hair. Regular washing with a mild shampoo not only removes excess oils, dirt, and product buildup but also fosters a clean environment that encourages optimal hair growth. Incorporate scalp massages during shampooing to stimulate blood circulation, which can contribute to healthier hair follicles.

Furthermore, refraining from using water that is too hot or too cold during the washing process is paramount. Lukewarm water is the ideal temperature for washing your hair, as it helps in effectively removing impurities while preventing the scalp from becoming excessively dry or oily.

Remember: A healthy scalp provides a favorable foundation for strong, vibrant hair. By practicing regular scalp care with appropriate products, you’re enhancing the overall resilience and luster of your existing locks.

By implementing protective measures and nurturing your existing hair with gentle care routines, you’re empowering your strands to thrive amidst the challenges of potential hair loss.

With the right care and attention, it’s possible to maintain the health and vitality of your existing hair while minimizing the impact of potential hair loss. Remember that small changes in your hair care routine can make a big difference in preserving the strength and resilience of your strands.

Long-Term Hair Loss Solutions

At UFP Hair Restoration, we offer a multiple of long-term solutions for hair loss. Our non-surgical hair restoration options include scalp micropigmentation. We also offer FUE (follicular unit extraction) and FUT (follicular unit transplant) hair transplant surgeries to permanently place hair follicles in bald or thinning areas of the scalp. All of the solutions listed above are long-term and can help both men and women in different stages of hair loss.

Accepting Changes in Appearance

When hair loss begins, it’s natural to feel a sense of loss. Many people develop a strong emotional connection to their hair, associating it with their identity, youthfulness, and attractiveness. This can make accepting changes in one’s appearance difficult. However, finding ways to adapt and embrace these changes can lead to a stronger sense of self-acceptance and confidence.

One way to approach this transition is by exploring different hairstyles that work well with thinner hair. While it can be disheartening to notice thinning or receding hair, finding a style that complements your hair can make a significant difference. Consulting with a skilled hairstylist who understands the nuances of different hair types and textures can help you discover flattering cuts or styles that enhance your best features.

For men experiencing male pattern baldness, opting for shorter styles or embracing a closely cropped haircut can create an effortlessly stylish and modern look. Embracing the buzz cut or shaved head offers a bold and confident aesthetic while minimizing the appearance of thinning hair.

Similarly, women confronting hair thinning or loss may find that shorter hairstyles create volume and fullness, making the hair appear thicker. Layered cuts and textured styles can add depth and movement to the hair, providing a chic and contemporary look.

Another vital aspect of accepting changes in appearance revolves around building confidence beyond physical attributes. Focusing on personal strengths, talents, and inner qualities can be instrumental in enhancing self-esteem and reducing the emotional impact of hair loss.

Engaging in activities or hobbies that bring joy and fulfillment, nurturing meaningful relationships, and pursuing personal and professional goals are essential components of cultivating confidence from within.

For instance, participating in regular physical exercise not only promotes overall well-being but also contributes to increased self-assurance. Setting aside time for relaxation, meditation, or engaging in creative pursuits can foster a positive mindset and outlook on life, facilitating greater resilience during times of change.

By exploring new hairstyles that work harmoniously with changes in your hair’s texture and focusing on personal strengths beyond physical appearance, you can cultivate a renewed sense of self-acceptance and confidence when confronted with the challenges of hair loss.

Scheduling a Hair Restoration Consultation

Once you are ready to learn more, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a well-qualified and experienced hair restoration specialist. Going to the right surgeon is crucial so make sure you review their credentials, before and after photos and don’t be afraid to ask about their success rate with the different hair restoration options they may be recommending.

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If you are someone who is experiencing hair thinning or loss beyond lifestyle behaviors, UFP Hair Restoration offers non-surgical and surgical options for hair restoration.
Contact us to schedule a hair restoration consultation or call 801-849-8140.

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