A man who notices that his hair is thinning might want to take a moment to examine the cause.
Hair loss is a common, natural process among adult males and some women, so it can be tough to pinpoint the exact cause of a sudden increase in hair loss.
It may be due to poor diet or thyroid problems, medications, stress, or other health concerns.
It's also possible that a man's hair has been thinning for a long time, but he didn't notice since so many guys have thinning hair by the time they hit their thirties.
Either way, see your doctor right away if you find yourself pulling out more than usual amounts of hair when brushing or find noticeable patches where hair is thinning.
Overall, hair loss is not uncommon, and it doesn't necessarily mean you have a significant medical issue.
But here are some things you can do right now to stop hair loss and even potentially reverse it:
- Remove any rubber bands from your hair. Over time, these tight hairstyles damage the scalp and contribute to hair thinning.
- Trim the split ends of your hair. They weaken your hair and make it more fragile. Regular trims can prevent split ends from splitting further down the shaft of the hair, which is what causes thinning hair.
- Use moisturizing shampoo daily to promote healthy hair growth. If you have a dandruff problem, do not use a medicated shampoo for this issue.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. While these will not help with hair loss directly, they are essential to overall health, and many men don't eat enough foods rich in these nutrients to maintain their current levels in the body. Some experts recommend eating more protein for this purpose.
- Use a hair thickening product or spray, if desired. These products will not actually increase the number of hairs on the head, but they can make each strand appear thicker by adding volume to your existing hair. This is especially helpful for men who are thinning at their crown and temples.