How Black Men Can Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss, hair thinning and receding hair lines are extremely traumatic experiences for men. When hair begins to thin and the hair line starts to recede, your appearance is altered, and you have a feeling of losing control. You can begin to doubt whether you remain attractive to potential partners which, in turn, has a negative affect on your confidence and self-esteem. There are 5 main emotions a man must work through on their hair loss journey: denial, anger, depression, negotiation and acceptance, click here to find out how to deal with the 5 stages of grief for hair loss.
Losing your hair is a challenging time, especially for black men, because trichologists and hair loss professionals usually find treating hair loss and scalp conditions for people with afro hair types challenging. Here, at ProTress Hair Care we have scientific knowledge and understanding of the afro hair structure. Being of Caribbean/British descent, we have a full understanding of afro hair styling techniques. This knowledge enables us, here at ProTress, to accurately diagnose and provide successful treatment and ongoing management advise for your afro hair requirements. Therefore, the psychological side effects of hair loss such as turbulent emotions, loss of confidence and feeling like you have lost control of your hair, does not have to cause you emotional turbulence. There are some practical steps black men can take to prevent hair loss and take back control of their remaining hair. Read on to find out what you can do to maintain a full head of hair!
- Be Careful When Getting That All Important Trim!
Getting a trim, to sharpen your look is something that black men do weekly or bi-weekly. Nothing looks better than a fresh trim. However, one false move by the barber’s razor can create small cuts in the scalp which can go unnoticed. Small cuts on the scalp can lead to infection, scarring and hair loss, triggering a medical condition known as folliculitis. Folliculitis is a skin condition which is common amongst black men and is usually caused when hair follicles become inflamed and infected because of small cuts in the scalp, usually caused by razors.
The cuts cause the hair follicle to become inflamed, exposed, then infected by bacteria or fungi. The Inflammation of the hair follicle prevents further hair growth as does the bacterial or fungi infection which manifest in the form of bumps around the scalp, also known as keloids. If you suspect you have folliculitis, it is advised you avoid any hairstyling which involves a razor, wearing your hair naturally would be advisable. Antibiotics will probably be required from you doctor to clear up any infections. Once the infection has been cleared, ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo and Lotion can help to continue to cleanse and purify the scalp, whilst reactivating hair growth with the patented Si MATRIX PF which revitalises hair follicles.
- Avoid Hair Styles Such as Locs or Tight Cornrows
For black men, wearing dreadlocks is the hair styling technique most likely to cause hair loss and hair thinning. Dreadlocks causes hair loss because the styling technique increases tension and puts excessive weight and strain on the hair follicle and scalp, resulting in inflammation of the hair follicle and eventual hair loss and thinning. Click here to find out more about why dreadlocks cause hair loss and how it can be stopped.
Tight cornrows look smart and attractive on a black man. Unfortunately wearing tight cornrows can cause a hair loss condition called Traction Alopecia. Traction Alopecia is a form of hair loss that is gradual and caused because of constant pulling of hair strands which in turn puts stress on the scalp hair follicles resulting in hair loss and thinning. Click here to find out more about Traction Alopecia and how to treat it.
Wearing dreadlocks or tight cornrows might set you apart from the crowds enhance your handsome appearance but if you want to prevent hair loss, these styling techniques are best avoided, done infrequently or completely abandoned if you have begun to notice symptoms of hair loss. This does not mean that all hope is lost, wearing your without using styles which cause pulling on the scalp and hair follicle can keep your handsomeness intact. Click here for more information on the causes of hair loss for black men.
- Don’t Ignore Symptoms of hair loss, be Active, Get Treatment Early
Ignoring hair loss and hoping it will work itself out is the worst thing you can do if you do not want to lose your hair permanently and become completely bald. If you leave hair loss untreated, the chances are you will continue to experience hair loss, possibly losing your hair permanently. Common hair loss alopecia’s for black men such as Male Pattern Baldness (click here for more information on Male Pattern Baldness) and Traction Alopecia can be prevented with the right treatment. Seeking effective treatment such as ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy which will stop further hair loss, preserving the hair you have left, making it thicker and stronger. Getting effective treatment such as ProTress is the best thing you can do to avoid permanent, ongoing, relentless hair loss which results in balding.
- Invest in a Good Shampoo
Good shampoos and conditioners are an important investment for black men. Formula 1 racing car driver Lewis Hamilton recently attributed his brief bout of hair loss to using cheap shampoos. Lewis explained he would use the shampoos in his hotel which damaged his hair whilst also making it extremely dry and prone to hair loss and breakage.
The coil and kink of afro hair causes hair cuticles (the coating/protection on hair strands) to be slightly raised. Cheap, harsh shampoo’s and conditioners are likely to cause hair cuticles to raise even further, resulting in hair fraying, become thin, fragile and more prone to breakage. Click here for more information. A quality shampoo, such as ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Shampoo is a gentle, cleansing, moisturising shampoo which does not strip afro hair of its natural oils, whilst flattening the hair cuticles, making hair strong, thick and smooth, preventing hair thinning and hair loss.
- Try to Avoid Stress
Losing your hair can be stressful, but stress can also be a hair loss accelerator. When you become stressed, your body becomes unconsciously tense, reducing the flow of blood around the scalp. Continued hair growth, formation, strength and thickness is dependent on blood flowing around the scalp (microcirculation) and passing vital nutrients to the hair bulb. If the process of microcirculation slows because the body is tense hair growth slows and hair becomes fragile, weak and prone to breakage and loss because the hair bulb is no longer receiving the necessary amount of sustenance to flourish and sprout. Click here to find out more about the various types of hair loss caused by stress and how to treat it. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion can counter the effects of stress because it contains the patented Si MATRIX PF which reactivates the flow of blood around the scalp (microcirculation), stimulating hair growth and preventing further hair loss.
- Give Up Smoking
Studies in Taiwan revealed smoking to be a primary cause for men suffering form Male Pattern Baldness. Smoking can cause hair loss and hair thinning because most cigarettes contain ammonia. Ammonia is a gas which, when inhaled through smoking, can enter the blood stream and penetrate the flow of oxygen around the body and scalp, potentially causing scalp irritation or inflammation as well as contaminating the hair bulb whilst damaging the hair follicle by raising and breaking the hair cuticle. Such actions result in hair thinning, hair breakage and hair loss. So, if you are experiencing hair loss or thinning and smoke, it is advisable to stop smoking to prevent further hair loss and to seek treatment such as ProTress to reactivate hair growth whilst making hair thicker and stronger.
- Get a Hair Transplant?
If you are suffering from hair loss, you might be considering a hair transplant as an immediate and permanent fix. Hair transplants are expensive, results may vary and it is not uncommon for hair loss to persist after the hair transplant and for further hair transplants to be required. Click here to find our more about the pro's and con's of hair transplants.
Black men no longer have to be resigned to the fate of a bald shinny scalp, ProTress is at hand. ProTress Essential Scalp Therapy Energising Lotion contains the patented Si Matrix PF, which is a revolutionary ingredient for treating hair loss. Si Matrix PF is an innovative treatment for connective tissue recovery, making hair thicker, stronger and less prone to break or shed, thereby reducing hair loss. Si MATRIX is also a fundamental nutrient for the scalp, guaranteeing a balance of good and healthy hair. Si Matrix PF works to re-balance and reactivate the scalp, revitalise hair follicles and restore hair growth, whilst stimulating and strengthening hair. Once the Lotion is applied to the scalp, a tingling sensation will occur (as if massaging the scalp) to increasing blood flow - peripheral micro circulation. The effect will improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the hair bulbs, whilst also revitalising and reactivating hair follicles to stimulate hair growth.
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