Hair loss in men: THIS shower habit could be why you’re going bald

Image result for Hair loss in men: THIS shower habit could be why you're going baldThe UK has the fifth highest number of bald men in the world.

Indeed, almost 40 per cent of men in this country are losing their hair.

It’s often hereditary – male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, which is related to genes and male sex hormones, accounts for 95 per cent of hair loss in men.

Other reasons for thinning hair include stress, anaemia, protein deficiency and low vitamin levels.

Hair loss: It affects 40 per cent of men in the UK
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However, surprisingly, a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology found there’s no relationship between hair loss and testosterone levels in men.

If you want to maintain your head of hair for as long as possible, start to pay more attention to your daily grooming habits.

Jumping in and out of the shower as quickly as possible might mean more time in bed, but it could be speeding up you going bald.

That’s because taking the time to massage your head as you shampoo stimulates hair growth.

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Grooming habits: Not spending long enough in the shower can make a difference

Ananbel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, said: “Scalp massage can be beneficial for those experiencing a gradual reduction in hair volume or hair loss.”

It does this by improving blood flow directly to the area, and by removing dead skin cells which have been proven to cause or worsen hair loss.

She explained: “It should ideally be done for five to ten minutes once to twice a week. It should be gentle yet firm with consistent pressure.

“Using both hands, gently knead your scalp in circular movements starting at the front hairline and gradually working your way back down to the nape of your neck.

“Repeat three to four times, then, with a gentle sweeping action, smooth your hands over the top of your scalp.”

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Thinning hair: It could be due to stress and vitamin deficiency

Additionally, a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience found that massaging your scalp also lowers hair loss-inducing stress levels.

However, Anabel added: “Scalp massage alone will not have a vast impact on hair growth. Its benefits are highly dependent on what is used during massage – try a stimulating scalp mask.

“Additionally, one of the most common causes of hair loss is the result of iron and ferritin – stored iron – deficiency.

“A healthy diet, eating adequate iron and proteins and taking care of your general health will help prevent both hair loss and hair thinning – and will often improve the general appearance of the hair.”


Move that body when you’re stressed out

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Stress is an inevitable part of our lives today. No matter where you are or what you do, modern lifestyles mean that stress is never too far away. And as lives become more fast-paced and hectic, working out tends to take a backseat. Many people assume that the last thing they should be doing when they are stressed out is exercising. But what they don’t realise is the fact that moving your body at this time will actually make you feel better.

The importance of working out when you’re stressed
Agrees certified yoga expert from the Government of India (Ministry of AYUSH and Quality Council of India) Ankita Sood, “Stress instantly disturbs our mind and body. It immediately increases the heart rate, blood sugar levels and blood pressure levels, muscles become tense, breathing is fast and you may start sweating. This sends erratic impulses to the brain centre — Hypothalamus and the mother gland — Pituitary, which then creates disturbed responses. All these factors indicate that one has disturbed the normal functioning of the body and activated stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Balance is what the body and mind should aim for at all times. Yoga is a holistic approach and helps maintain in this harmony. Yoga is the key to keep stress away as the combination of various techniques — asanas, pranayamas, shuddhikriyas, meditation and relaxation help balance the sympathetic and para sympathetic nervous system. The body protectors and regulators i.e. the ductless endocrine glands are activated. The three humors in the body — vata (wind), pitta (bile) and kapha (mucus) are balanced. Thus, yoga helps in relieving frustration and releasing emotional tension by relaxing the body and mind.”
Adds masala bhangra expert, Riddhi Gupta, “Working out releases certain hormones that help battle your stress hormones. It’s absolutely miraculous how pre workout you could be anxious, stressed or depressed and post workout, that feeling is oblivious. Dance and fitness release endorphins, which are often called the happy hormones. These also ease tension in the muscles, which is great because you tend to ease the body out completely and, at the same time, strengthen and tone it. Stress can be detrimental especially in extreme cases. Movement and rhythm have always shaped the mind positively and therefore, it will have only most rewarding benefits. The body releases happy hormones that make you feel content.”

How yoga helps

“Yoga is not just a physical practice but a holistic way of life. A combination of the following with consistency is very important — shuddikriyas (cleansing techniques), asanas (postures), pranayamas (expansion of bioenergy), mudras (energy-circuit), bandhas (Energy lock), eating the right food at the right time (Ahara), relaxation (vihara), healthy routine (achara), positive thinking (vichara) and meditation. These practices should ideally be done under the guidance of an expert yoga teacher, keeping in mind you health problems, if any.”
The following techniques have many benefits but I am mentioning the important benefits related to stress release.