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05- Sep-2015

Hair Loss in Men: 5 Things To Do*

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Alopecia, more prone to affect men, results in bald spots. Saw palmetto oil is a powerful natural solution to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall.

Alopecia is a condition characterized by hair loss, usually in spots. Hair loss due to Alopecia is a problem that occurs in 0.1 to 0.2 percent of humans and affects men and women all over the world. In alopecia, the body is unable to distinguish its own cells and destroys hair follicles, causing hair loss. In androgenic alopecia, hormonal imbalance leads to increased percentage of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the scalp and near the temples. DHT attaches itself to hair follicles and prevents proper nutrient supply to them. This causes reduction in the size of hair follicles, resulting in thinning and hair loss. When this condition persists, regrowth and generation of new hair follicles gradually declines or stops.

People with autoimmune diseases and allergies are more likely to have alopecia. It is usually diagnosed through hair loss in spots. Alopecia may result in thinning, discoloration and eventually hair loss in clumps. It can result in baldness in men if preventive steps are not taken to stop hair fall. Alopecia cannot be completely prevented or reversed. However, treatments that reduce hair loss and stop hair fall can aid men with alopecia. In order to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall, natural remedies such as massaging with saw palmetto oil have proven handy. Natural saw palmetto oil can prevent hair loss and stop hair fall with regular application.

People trying to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall can follow these five things to counter alopecia.

  1. Massage your scalp with saw palmetto oil at night

    Saw palmetto oil effectively counters thinning hair, providing visible results to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall. Saw palmetto palm has berry-like fruits that are rich in oleic acid, lauric acid and palmitic acid. These have been long used in traditional natural medicine to treat alopecia and stop hair fall.

    Saw palmetto oil contains fatty acid components that inhibit the production of enzyme type II 5-alpha reductase, which is essential for conversion of testosterone to DHT. Hence, the oil restores normal supply of nutrition to hair follicles, helping to prevent hair loss.

    Saw palmetto oil creates a block on the cell membranes so that receptor sites do not absorb DHT, which can stop hair fall.

    Men with alopecia can eat the saw palmetto fruit to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall. Since availability of the fruit can be limited, doctors usually advise using 1 to 2 ml of saw palmetto oil that is standardized to 85%- 95% free fatty acids.

    Good quality saw palmetto oil is available from online stores such as www.bestsourcenutrition.com. Massage your scalp generously with saw palmetto oil for about 15 minutes daily. Allow the saw palmetto oil to soak into the scalp overnight. Daily use for only a couple of months has shown visible results of saw palmetto oil to prevent hair loss and stop hair fall.

  2. Drink Nettle leaf tea twice daily

    Nettle leaf is popularly known for its stinging effect. Combining saw palmetto oil application and drinking nettle leaf tea is a natural treatment alternative to prevent hair loss and initiate hair regrowth. Nettle leaf herb is included in many popular treatments that prevent hair fall and reduce hair loss since it is rich in silica and sulfur. Like saw palmetto oil, this leaf has been traditionally used as a treatment of alopecia and male pattern baldness as it can help stop hair fall and prevent hair loss.

  3. Keep your scalp clean and do some regular exercise

    Even though alopecia is considered an autoimmune disease, dust and exposure to heat and pollution can aggravate hair loss. Hence, to stop hair fall and prevent hair loss, it is important to keep your scalp clean and dry. Opt for natural cleansers along with therapeutic treatments such as saw palmetto oil. It is advisable to reduce the use of synthetic shampoos that are usually hard on your hair follicles. Daily exercise is a good way to ensure overall good health, which includes healthy hair and scalp.

  4. Minimize the use of hair styling products

    Excessive application of gels, creams and hair styling treatments and products results in hair loss from stress on the hair and scalp. These aggravate the symptoms of alopecia. To stop hair fall and prevent baldness, it is advisable to switch to natural haircare alternatives.

  5. Consult a dermatologist

    For many people, alopecia may not be a permanent condition of irreversible hair loss. Despite regular scalp massage with saw palmetto oil for a couple of months, if bald spots persist, do consult your doctor/dermatologist before taking corticosteroids or other chemical treatments. In many instances, stress or other causes can cause hair loss that is not permanent and there is possibility of re-growth of hair after the particular cause is identified and removed.

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