Our next tip is from Dr Bessam Farjo–one of the world’s leading hair restoration surgeons and the medical director of the Institute of Trichologists. He trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and specialised in hair transplantation in Toronto, Canada in 1992.
Dr. Farjo’s Tips:
1. The thinning of the hair is an inevitable part of the aging process. However, eating a healthy diet rich in zinc, calcium, sodium and potassium can help prevent unnecessary hair loss. Salmon, beans, leafy dark green vegetables and nuts are among the best sources of nutrients for maintaining a luscious head of hair.
2.If your hair has started to thin, Minoxidil (Regaine®) may be an option. It is a medication originally developed to treat high blood pressure, but a side effect of causing hair growth was discovered. Minoxidil won’t work for everyone, but in a percentage of men and women, it will cause some hair to re-grow.
3.Hair transplant surgery is the only treatment that is guaranteed to re-grow hair that has been lost as part of the aging process. A hair transplant is a permanent solution for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness, and is even an appropriate solution in some cases of female hair loss.
4.As we get older, our skin, including the scalp, tends to get drier. Scalp oil moisturises the hair – the less oil, the drier the hair. As the hair loses melanin (pigment), turning white or gray, hair tends to feel drier. Counteract this change by eating plenty of protein, keeping hydrated and taking a multivitamin supplement.
5.The hair turning grey, or eventually white, is a natural part of the ageing process. If you’re unhappy with this change, colouring the hair will not do it any harm, as long as you take care not to over-process it.
6.As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less sebum, which is the oil that makes our hair greasy – which can be a relief for some. To keep hair in good condition, this needs to be counteracted by treating the hair as we would the skin and moisturise well. Consider using a shampoo specifically designed for dry hair, and a leave-in conditioner.