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How To Combat Hair Thinning, Receding Hairlines and Hair Loss

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If you’re wondering how to combat hair thinning or stop hair loss, you’re not alone, and yes there are ways to succeed at this. Receding hairlines are tricky to combat once it’s already occurred. Once your hair starts to recede, there is no guaranteed treatment that can make it stop receding or get your hairline back to normal. However, hairline microblading (a form of permanent makeup) is just one example of solutions that are out there for you.

When it comes to the question of how to combat hair thinning or stimulate hair growth, there are a variety of options. What works for one person may not work for you, but you can experiment with some of the tips in this article. 

It’s natural to want your hair to look as full and healthy as possible for as long as possible. ensure your hair looks lush and full for as long as possible. The bad news is that a receding hairline, baldness, or thinning hair might be in your genes. The good news is that if you want to learn how to combat hair thinning or stimulate hair growth, we’ve got some great tips for you below.

Scalp Massage with Essential Oils

Did you know that scalp massages can stimulate hair growth? Even more so if you perform a scalp massage with essential oils. This is because essential oils such as lavender and rosemary hold promising results in promoting hair growth. You can directly massage the oils into your scalp a few times per week to achieve thicker and fuller hair. Research proves that scalp massage promotes hair growth because this increases blood circulation in the scalp area. As a result, the massage stimulates your hair follicles to grow new hair. In other words, if you learn how to perform a scalp massage on yourself, you’re learning how to combat hair thinning and stimulating hair growth. For best results, perform scalp massage with essential oils for 5 – 10 minutes as many days per week as you can. 

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Eat a Balanced Diet Full of Vital Nutrients

What you eat plays a role in everything from brain function and joint health to skin vitality and hair health. 

Try not to eat fast food every single day, and don’t always eat takeout. Grocery shopping and cooking healthy meals full of vital nutrients will do wonders for your hair and skin health. Make sure your diet is full of antioxidants to minimize oxidative stress. Otherwise, your hair, which protects your scalp and is exposed to harsh environmental elements, will suffer the damage. Shop for foods rich in antioxidants such as blueberries, walnuts, kidney beans, and spinach. These superfoods will improve the way your hair looks and feels because they contain the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin A
  • Iron 
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B12 

If you don’t believe that changing what you eat can change the health of your hair, just try it. You might be surprised at the results. 

Camouflage the Bald or Receding Areas with Makeup or Microblading

Though hereditary hair loss is inevitable, you can create the look of fuller hair with makeup. Some people cover their receding hairline with bangs. However, you can also get something called ‘hairline microblading. This is a more permanent and natural-looking solution. Microblading is when a specialized permanent makeup tattoo artist mimics hair strokes on your scalp to create the illusion of fullness, and even out a receding hairline or uneven widow’s peak.

There’s also hair makeup (or even an eyeshadow that matches your hair colour) that can be applied each day to the balding, receding, or problem area.

Change Some Daily Habits

With certain kinds of hair loss, you can implement preventive measures. For example, you have thinning areas due to always wearing your hair in a ponytail, try changing your hairstyle. 

Below are some habits to avoid if you want to combat hair thinning and avoid hair loss.

  • Avoid tight hairstyles
  • Limit the amount of heat used on your hair
  • Use protective oils when styling your hair 
  • Invest in a quality hair brush that detangles without straining or tugging on the hair
  • Minimize harsh hair treatments like those with peroxide
  • Switch to a gentle shampoo, or a hair growth shampoo
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Try Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoos

Certain shampoos are designed to stimulate hair growth and combat hair thinning. These stimulating shampoos typically contain ingredients such as zinc, biotin, niacin or caffeine. These hair growth shampoos can help increase blood flow to the scalp area, stimulating new growth.

Prescription Medications

The most famous OTC medication for combating receding hairlines is called minidoxil (which you may know as Rogaine). You can apply this topical treatment to promote hair regrowth. 

Many people apply this product to their bald spots or receding hairline areas. Another alternative medication is Finasteride. However, this is an oral prescription treatment that your doctor must prescribe. It will lower the hormone levels, which precipitate hair loss and promote hair regrowth. 

Try Herbal Remedies

You can always try herbal concoctions and home remedies to get fuller hair. For example, you can mix several herbs together to create a DIY conditioner for your scalp. Studies show that these following herbs can help combat hair thinning and contribute to fuller-looking hair:

  • Chinese hibiscus
  • Gotu Kala
  • Rosemary
  • Aloe Vera
  • Ginseng

What are Some More Aggressive Treatments?

If you are desperate for results, and you haven’t had much success figuring out how to combat hair thinning or stop hair loss, you might try more aggressive treatments. This includes:

  • Hair transplant: A hair transplant is a somewhat invasive procedure where a doctor removes hair from the back of your head and implants it to an area that’s thinning such as a receding hairline. Your thinning hairline would get the hair from the back of your head. 
  • Low-level Light: This therapy utilizes lasers to promote hair growth. The laser lights begin prodding your cells to begin anagen or the follicles’ growth phase. 

Lower DHT levels in Your Body

DHT is an acronym for Dihydrotestosterone which is a hormone in your body. When this rises, hair loss will increase. Thus, it would help to keep an eye on this hormone by tweaking your diet. Incorporating food rich in lysine and zinc will help. In addition, eating these nuts can help lower DHT:

  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Cashews

Reduce Your Stress for Healthier Hair and a Healthier Life

It’s common knowledge that stress can lead to hair loss and hair thinning. Practice relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation, or try some of these stress-relieving activities that can be done from home such as home workouts.
Above all else, don’t forget to pay attention to your diet because your hair feeds off of you. It would help to take a DNA test to see if you have any genetic conditions that make you susceptible to hair loss. CircleDNA’s premium DNA test can also provide you with information about genetic skin conditions, health risks, and the optimal diet for you based on your genetics. 

Erica Gordon
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Erica Gordon is the Managing Editor and Director of Content at Circle Magazine. Erica majored in Psychology at UBC and has since founded The Babe Report and followed her passion for writing and journalism, with a focus on health and travel writing.
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