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At the out­set, it must be said that not all hair loss can be pre­vented. Even with med­i­ca­tion, some bald­ness is some­times in­evitable. But fol­low­ing these tips have all been shown, in some cases, to re­duce hair fall.


A good diet al­lows your body to main­tain ab­so­lute peak con­di­tions and that means re­tain­ing hair. Think pro­tein, iron, zinc and omega fatty acids, which points to red meats, eggs, fish and lots of green leafy veg­eta­bles. Drink lots of wa­ter, too, to rid the body of tox­ins. And, in this case, the old adage that breakfast is the most im­por­tant meal of the day is ab­so­lutely true. ‘This is when the hair is in need of pro­tein the most, so an egg is ideal,’ says Dubai-based tri­chol­o­gist Dr Mike Ryan.


Stress is thought to cause hair loss be­cause it raises the amount of the hor­mone cor­ti­sol in the body. Hair fol­li­cles re­act badly to this, and are weak­ened. By tak­ing pos­i­tive steps to cut stress from our lives, there should be a pos­i­tive ef­fect on thin­ning hair.


The tox­ins present in your av­er­age cig­a­rettes dam­age pretty much ev­ery part of your body – and hair fol­li­cles are no dif­fer­ent. That’s be­cause nicotine and car­bon monox­ide re­strict the flow of blood to the body’s ex­trem­i­ties, in­clud­ing the hair. With­out good cir­cu­la­tion, the fol­li­cles be­gin to die.


Drugs like mi­nox­i­dil (which you mas­sage into the scalp) and fi­nas­teride (gen­er­ally taken orally) aren’t per­fect by any means. They aren’t ef­fec­tive for ev­ery­one, have ad­verse side ef­fects and once you stop us­ing them, the hair loss will con­tinue apace. Per­haps, of more con­cern, while fi­nas­teride func­tions by block­ing testos­terone that causes thin­ning, no one is re­ally sure how mi­nox­i­dil works. Yet, if you do feel des­per­ate to stop fur­ther hair loss, it may be worth con­sid­er­ing. Many men don’t, and many do ad­vo­cate the de­ci­sion.


A trans­plant is prob­a­bly the last op­tion, and only for those who can af­ford the Dh15,000 Dh50,000 start­ing price. But Dr Ryan says the tech­nol­ogy has grown in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated, mean­ing the fin­ished re­sults are ever-im­prov­ing. ‘With a good sur­geon, these days,’ he says, ‘no one would ever know you’d had a trans­plant.’

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