When you start losing your hair it can seem overwhelming. Sometimes even inevitable. But do not just give in. Rather, put some time into understanding the reason you're losing your hair and then choose the best option you can find and fight hair loss hard.
From innovations in contemporary healthcare to homeopathic treatments, there are a myriad of choices - many of which were not available just a few years ago. Yes, it can be confusing and, to be sure, no one solution works every time. But just the same, it's worth the time and effort if you can keep your mane.
Do not just "set it and forget it"
Many people who notice they are losing hair simply choose what they think is the cheapest solution and go with it. Then, if they've chosen poorly they conclude that there is no solution for their situation.
That's not wise.
Plan, Do, Check, Adjust
The better choice is to determine why you're losing your hair, find the range of possible solutions, and choose what looks to be the best option. Put the wheels into motion and then check to see if it's working (this may take more than three days to test).
After a reasonable time period, if you're not seeing the results you expect, reevaluate your options. Perhaps the next possible solution will be the one that works for you.
In the Plan phase, you'll really accomplish two big tasks. The first is to figure out what's causing your hair loss. And the second is to determine the best possible course of action.
There are a variety of reasons for hair loss, from genetics to lifestyle choices to medications and more. In this phase you'll want to look at lifestyle factors such as smoking and nutrition. You'll compare your hair loss to that of your parents, grandparents, uncles (and aunts), and siblings. You'll note similarities as well as differences.
Take notes as you do. Research online for possible causes. And, in this critical phase of problem solving, it may be valuable to bring in outside help in the form of medical or hair care professionals.
Once you've determined why you're losing your hair, it's time to plan your fight. Again, research and outside help can be valuable. But, for the most part, your options will be pretty straightforward.
- If it's about lifestyle, change your lifestyle.
- If it's about nutrition, change your nutrition.
- If it's about medication or illness, see what can be done.
- If it's about genetics, get ready to call in the big guns.
Determine your course of action and, with the help of the best information you can find, decide how long you're going to wait before checking in again. For some things it might be a couple weeks before you see a change. For others it might be months or even a year.
But determine to continue with your course of action until your first check in.
After you've configured your plan, it's time to put it into action. You've already decided how long you're going to do it. So get going and keep going until you reach your first check in. Whether you see positive results or not.
Of course, if you notice unanticipated health problems or your hair loss accelerates, you might want to check in early. But, barring those, keep on keeping on.
This is a critical step. It's probably not one that pharmaceutical companies want you to do. In fact, many of the possible solutions for your hair loss may want you to skip this. But it's important.
After a pre-determined time period, check in. See if your hair loss has decelerated, stopped, or reversed. See if your results are in line with what you expected.
If they are, keep going. Maybe even increase the intensity of what you're doing (within legal and medically acceptable limits). But if they are not it's time to adjust.
Evaluate how well you followed your plan. Evaluate where your results are close to what you expected or not even marginally close. If you've already been working with a health or hair care professional, consult with them to learn more about what's going on.
Find out what your options are. If you can change your current regimen, that may be enough. But if not, sometimes it's time to look for a different solution.
Rinse and Repeat
Continue this iterative process of planning, doing, checking, and adjusting until you've either begun to see the results you want or you've run out of available options.
In the end, you might not be able to stop your hair loss. But maybe you can. In any event, there's no reason to just roll over and let hair loss win. If you're going to go down, go down swinging. Maybe you will not go down.