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4 Ways to Treat Thinning Hair

Some men can go their entire lives with a full head of hair. These lucky few seem to have hit the genetic lottery. But for the rest of us, at some point, our hair will begin to thin. When this happens, or better yet before this happens, there are some things that you can do to treat thinning hair, including: nutrition, exercise, using the right hair products, and changing certain parts of your lifestyle.

Man applying moisturizer in front of mirror

Nutrition

There’s a reason why women who are pregnant often have thicker, healthier hair. Prenatal vitamins are packed with nutrients to help a growing baby, which also promote healthy hair. And much like taking a prenatal vitamin, which we are not necessarily suggesting, men with thinning hair may want to consider upping their nutrition. This can be done through making changes to your diet by adding foods rich in biotin, iron, folate, zinc, selenium, vitamins A, C, & E, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Some foods to consider include: 

  • Eggs 
  •  Spinach 
  • Fish 
  • Sweet Potatoes 
  • Nuts
  •  Peppers 
  • Fresh Berries 
In addition to adding these nutrient-rich foods to your diet, you may also want to cut back on some others, such as those with high amounts of added sugars or foods that have been overly processed or are fried and high in fat, which may lead to an increase in testosterone, which has been attributed to male pattern baldness.

Exercise

While exercise may not have a direct correlation to hair growth, a lack of exercise, and all the things that come with it, may very well be contributing to thinning hair. According to Livestrong, “the hair growth process can be interrupted by mental and physical health problems, resulting in hair loss.” By exercising regularly, including cardio, your physical and mental health is likely to receive a boost, including lowered stress levels. These factors may help slow down the rate your hair is thinning.

Lifestyle Changes

Yeah, diet and exercise are likely considered “lifestyle changes,” but we felt that they stood pretty well on their own. Here are a few additional lifestyle changes to consider making that are likely to help slow, or in some cases, reverse thinning hair:

  1. Stop smoking. Peer-reviewed research shows a direct link between smoking and hair loss. 
  2. Avoid extended sun exposure. If you know you are going to be outside for extended periods of time, consider wearing a hat. But don’t just take our word for it, consider the research on how UV rays can damage hair
  3. Sleep. Getting plenty of quality sleep will help you in a lot of places, one of which may be hair health. This comes back to stress levels and overall physical, mental, and nutritional health. Sleep is often the best defense for the body, which includes your hair.

Use the Right Hair Product

Many hair products contain chemicals that can be harmful to hair – seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? When finding the right product for your hair, consider using one that is free of parabens and other chemicals that simply do not belong in a quality product.

Consider trying out Johnny Slicks’ Thinning Hair Kit, which includes our Oil-based Pomade, Beard Oil, and Beard Wash in one convenient package. You can also try out Beast Wash Shampoo and Beast Wash Conditioner that will not only keep your hair clean and smelling great but also contain essential vitamins and minerals that promote overall hair health.

Conclusion

Thinning hair doesn’t have to be a death sentence. There are many factors that contribute to hair thinning, and some of those are within your control. By trying these four ways to treat thinning hair, you will likely experience positive side effects in other aspects of your life as well. And if your hair continues to thin, there’s always a visit to the dermatologist to see if a professional solution is needed. We hope it doesn’t come to that.

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