For men and women alike, hair has become synonymous with identity, self-expression, pride, and so much more. So when we start to lose it, whether it’s in clumps or just minor shedding, we can feel a little helpless. Some might turn to “miracle” solutions and others will give up hope, chalking it up to genetics.
Our solution? It might sound paradoxical at first.
Take the focus off of your hair in order to grow it back.
Let’s explain. Hair is...relatively unimportant. Not what you’d expect from a men’s grooming company, right? What we mean by that is, when our bodies are in a state of imbalance, hair is one of the first things to go because it just isn’t necessary for survival. This understanding is actually key to hair restoration.
If you’re experiencing hair loss, our best advice (and the advice that worked for our certified trichologist, Brandon Patton) is to take a holistic approach. Boost hair growth from the inside, out. We’ve put together the ultimate guide based on what Brandon learned on his hair growth journey.
GET SOME SHUT-EYE
When our sleep cycles are out of whack, whether that means our sleep habits are irregular or we’re just not getting enough quality sleep to begin with, this can often manifest as hair thinning, shedding, or baldness.
This is due to the fact that circadian rhythm and stem cells (a.k.a. the champs of cell growth) are closely linked. So if you’re working late nights or you’re guilty of a little too much screen time before bed, it’s possible that your hair growth cycles are being affected.
Sleep is also our best defense against the most infamous hair loss trigger, chronic stress. Our stress levels have a new (and higher) baseline thanks to modern times, meaning all of us can benefit from better sleep, not just big-time CEOs and other people leading stressful lifestyles.
CHUG IT DOWN
Are you drinking enough water? If your hair is falling out, it’s worth taking a look at your daily water intake. Hair growth relies heavily on the body’s ability to absorb vitamins, and water-soluble vitamins like B12, B6, B5, and B7 (otherwise known as biotin) absolutely need water in order to do so.
Staying hydrated also prevents long-term damage to hair follicles and hair shafts by helping skin to retain its strength and elasticity. Supple skin is the best environment for healthy hair. So drink up!
LOOK INTO INTERMITTENT FASTING
Brandon credits intermittent fasting for playing a role in the reversal of his hair loss. He explains that fasting promotes cell growth by reducing insulin levels and increasing growth hormone levels. This balance is essential for hair growth to take place.
CLEAR IT OUT
We hear a lot about inflammation these days, especially as it relates to arthritis, cancer, and other diseases. Turns out, we can also add hair loss to that long list of inflammatory symptoms.
Detoxifying, or detoxing, restores balance in the body by removing waste and heavy metals, which are all triggers for inflammation. When your tissues are clear from toxins, your follicles then have a healthy environment to carry out hair growth.
An unobstructed digestive system also allows for better absorption of minerals and vitamins. So while you’re ridding your body of the bad stuff, make sure you’re simultaneously loading up on the good stuff, like antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants fight something called oxidative stress, an inflammatory trigger that causes hair follicles to miniaturize or shrink.
As we know by now, chronic inflammation and hair loss go hand in hand. Exercise is another effective anti-inflammatory tool. Moving your body increases blood flow and allows your lymphatic system to do its job, which is to remove toxins and metabolic waste.
If that waste is not removed, it can secrete into tissues, leading to—you guessed it—inflammation. You don’t have to become a fitness guru overnight. Simply taking the time to stretch or go for a walk can have palpable effects.
MY HAIR REPAIR SYSTEM
When we suffer from hair thinning or hair loss, we often need to shift our focus away from our actual hair, and onto our scalps. Brandon explains, “You want to make sure that the environment of your scalp is healthy and it’s being treated on a daily basis. So that way, your hair and the scalp conditions are prime for that growth to take place.”
MY Hair Repair System is like a major reset for your scalp. It restores alkalinity, ensuring that the environment isn’t too acidic for hair growth.
MY GROWTH VITAMINS
There’s no such thing as the “perfect” diet, but even if there was, you’d still be lacking in key nutrients due to deficient soil and other environmental factors. This is why we suggest supplementing with vitamins that are formulated for hair growth. The key word here is supplement—vitamins are not designed to replace meals, nor do we recommend eating mostly junk food and expecting the vitamins to pick up the slack!
Remember, guys. Restoring your hair and its health isn’t just about this product or that strategy. It’s about perceiving the body as a complete whole and implementing long-term habits that will support your overall well-being. And be patient. Hair loss didn’t happen overnight, so you can expect the same from the healing process. You got this!
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of medical advice.