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How to Prevent Balding Before It Starts

By Taylor Weeks
If you’re concerned about baldness, you may be able to take steps to help prevent certain types of hair loss.

Hair loss can be caused by many different factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, stress, and even certain hairstyles. Tips to prevent baldness before it starts depends on what type of hair loss you have. That’s why it’s important to see a doctor who can tell you the cause of your hair loss and help you with a treatment plan.

If you want to be one step ahead, here are some tips to prevent balding before it starts. 

Ways to Prevent Balding 

Switch up your hairstyles In terms of hair loss prevention tips, frequently styling your hair in ways that pull it tight (braids, tight ponytails, or using hair rollers) can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia.

According to the Skin of Color Society (SOCS), these hairstyles may be even more likely to cause problems when applied to relaxed hair. Traction alopecia is temporary if caught early but according to Mayo Clinic, prolonged damage caused by these hairstyles may cause scarring, which can lead to permanent hair loss. To avoid traction alopecia, try limiting tight hairstyles, or alternating them with looser styles.

Quit Smoking or Vaping According to a 2020 review published in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, people who smoke cigarettes are more likely than non-smokers to have androgenetic alopecia. Dimitar Marinov, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, recommends avoiding nicotine entirely to prevent hair loss. “Nicotine can inhibit the natural breakdown of DHT [hormone] and prolong its effects on hair follicles,” Marinov tells WebMD Connect to Care.

Eat a Healthy and Varied DietAccording to the American Academy of Dermatology, you may start to notice hair loss if you’re not getting enough of certain important nutrients, including biotin, iron, protein, and zinc. Eating a healthy diet containing a wide variety of foods will help ensure that you’re getting enough of these nutrients.

Take Care of Your Hair and Scalp Frequently dying, perming, or relaxing your hair can cause hair loss over time. They recommend limiting these treatments to keep your hair healthy and reduce breakage.

There are only two drugs approved by the FDA to treat androgenetic alopecia: minoxidil, which is a topical treatment, and finasteride, which is a pill. These medications are generally not used proactively, that is, before you show any signs of hair loss. But if you do begin to experience balding, the American Association of Hair Loss recommends seeking treatment as soon as possible, as treatments tend to be more effective in the early stages of hair loss. 

Don’t Wait. Get Help Today.

Losing some hairs every day is normal. According to Mayo Clinic, the average person loses between 50 and 100 strands each day. But if you notice that you're losing substantial amounts of hair, or that spots on your scalp are starting to thin, you may want to look into treatment options.

The sooner you address the symptoms of hair loss, the more likely you are to prevent irreversible damage. Speak to a medical professional today to begin your journey to a fuller head of hair.