Despite admissions to the contrary, men, like women find security and confidence in their hair. So what do you do when the dreaded house guest of premature balding decides to show up and never leave? Here are five ways to help you fight back, and kick early onset balding to the curb:

1. Diet

Your diet can be imperative in helping to combat premature balding. Improper nutrition and protein deficiency are detrimental to hair growth. It is proven that diets rich in calcium and iron help to prevent and/or reduce hair loss. Vitamins, proteins, minerals and anti oxidants = healthy hair, healthy you.

2. Stress Avoidance

There is no way around it, your face, skin, and hair is affected by what is going on with you internally. All forms of stress, be it physical or emotional can stop the growth of your hair, as well as eventually cause it to fall out. The good news about this contributor is that once you are able to better manage, or eliminate those stressors your hair will rebound back to its normal patterns and grow.

3. Pulling Your Hair

Yes, in certain instances pulling hair, can be fun, and for some erotic, but for hair growth it’s a don’t. Not only, can it stop growth but it can also damage your hair significantly. So, if you like your hair, stop pulling it. Think of it this way: if you don’t the hair is going to go sooner rather than later, and it wouldn’t be there to pull anyway. Pick your battles, especially when you know how this one ends.

4. Hygiene

Plants need food and water to grow and flourish, so does your scalp, take care of it and it will take care of you. Hygiene and a clean scalp can go a long way in promoting a healthy head of hair.

5. Slow Down on the Products

Have you ever heard that saying, “too much of something is never a good thing?” It applies here. Blow dryers, straightening irons, and chemical products damage hair. Use as sparingly as possible for hair life and longevity.

Lastly, men, remember, hair loss affects approximately 80% of all men by the age of 70 according to the Mayo Clinic. Some men are just born with hereditary contributors that speed up the process. Regardless, of a full head of hair, or a slick smooth head, confidence will counteract it every time.

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