Can Shaving Hair Prevent Hair Loss?

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Can Shaving Hair Prevent Hair Loss

Can Shaving Hair Prevent Hair Loss?

Can Shaving Hair Prevent Hair Loss
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

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Have you been tempted to shave your head in the hope your hair will grow back thicker and stronger? In this article, we look at the effects and the pros and cons. 

Shaving hair does not make your hair grow back thicker or stronger, nor does it prevent hair loss. However, a close haircut or shaved hair can create the illusion of thicker hair.

Is shaving hair good for hair growth?

There is no evidence that shaving promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss. Often men with male pattern baldness shave their heads and sport a new bald look that good great.

Unfortunately, when their hair grows back, they have the same quality and quantity of hair as they did before shaving.

However, there could be some benefits, and it’s these. Shaving your hair off allows you to rid yourself of any debris and residue leftover by shampoos and conditioners.

If you have dandruff, you can clear up the ailment quickly if you shave your hair.

If you have any scalp issues like inflammation, then having a clean sweep of the area that needs treating will help enormously with the treatment.

If you want to give your hair regrowth a boost, you can massage your scalp daily with something like Minoxidil or Rogaine to stimulate hair growth.

Keeping your hair short is an excellent way of making the illusion you have better hair than you do.

Short hair stands up straight without a need for a parting, and this can give the illusion you have thick, strong hair. Having your hair shaved or cut short can appear to change the texture.

When your hair grows, it will resume its original appearance, and you will need to decide what your plan of action is.

The cool thing about short hair is that it never really goes out of fashion.

Will thinning hair grow back after shaving my head?

Thinning hair will regrow after you shave your head. As long as the hair follicles are active, your hair will regrow regardless of whether your hair is thinning.

It is essential to keep your hair follicles in good condition; they need an excellent oxygen-rich blood supply full of nutrients.

Massaging your scalp will help promote blood flow to your scalp, and if your hair is thinning, you may decide to use something like Minoxidil to promote hair growth.

However, if you have the gene that causes baldness, your thinning hair will inevitably fall out.

Your hair is falling out and becoming thin due to a byproduct of the hormone testosterone called DHT.

DHT kills your hair follicles in predictable areas of your scalp. This is known as male pattern baldness.

Once your hair follicles have stopped growing, it’s pretty tricky, if not impossible, to kick start the process all over again.

Unfortunately, shaving your hair for thicker hair growth is a myth and does not work. When your hair regrows after shaving or a close haircut, your hair is stiffer because it’s short.

Short hair gives a false impression that you have strong hair, but it will revert to its natural texture when your hair grows.

How can I stop my hair from falling out and balding?

Surprisingly, you do control how fast you lose your hair, and by following the following suggestions, you will improve your chances of keeping your hair.

Quit smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but smoking impacts your hair growth. Quitting smoking will allow a healthier blood supply to flow to your hair follicles.

Hair follicles need oxygen-rich blood and nutrients. Smoking depletes both and may cause the blood capillaries to become small and not supply sufficient blood to the follicles.

Diet

The importance of a healthy diet cannot be overstated if you want to retain your hair. Your diet needs to be full of vitamins and nutrients balanced with protein to promote healthy hair growth.

Cut back on sugar and carbs. Sugars and glucose in excess are detrimental to hair growth and your overall health.

Use quality supplements when needed to boost hair growth.

Medication

Be aware that certain medications cause you to lose your hair. We all associate chemo with hair loss, but that’s not the whole picture.

Medications such as ACE inhibitors to control high blood pressure are notorious for causing hair loss.

If you are experiencing thinning hair and suspect your medication could be a contributing factor, speak to your doctor.

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) 

This is the tricky aspect of hair loss. DHT is the reason for male pattern baldness. It is a byproduct of testosterone.

It is possible to combat DHT and prevent hair loss, but it means you will need to take a drug for the rest of your life.

DHT can be blocked by taking Finasteride. Finasteride blocks DHT at the AR ( androgen receptor). It sounds perfect, and many men, including celebrities, take Finasteride with great success.

However, once you stop taking Finasteride or a similar drug, you will start to lose your hair again.

Alternatives

You can apply several topical applications to your scalp to increase hair growth; some come as shampoos and conditioners and others mouse-like products.

Minoxidil is a topical treatment recommended by hair transplant surgeons, which gives the product some credibility.

Minoxidil is said to be very effective at promoting new hair growth over some time.

However, there are more options than Minoxidil, and it’s worth checking these options to prevent hair loss.

The bottom line

Sadly the myth about shaving your hair promoting strong, robust hair growth has been around for decades, and it is a myth.

Short hair gives the illusion of being strong because of its stubble texture, but when the hair grows longer, you will be back to square one and looking for another solution to prevent your hair from falling.

Top 5 Reasons to go abroad for a Hair Transplant

1. Save at least 60% on the cost

A hair transplant in Europe is at least 60% cheaper than in the UK. And most packages are all inclusive, including your accommodation and airport transfers.

2. Europe has some of the most experienced surgeons in the world

Europe has more clinics, which have been established and running for much longer than clinics in the UK. The price is also lower, making it more accessible for people.

Surgeons in Europe will have carried out hundreds, if not thousands more procedures than UK based surgeons. Because of this some UK clinics will bring in surgeons from Europe to carry out your procedure.

3. Hair restoration clinics in Europe are state or the art

Many facilities in Europe are dedicated hair restoration clinics. They only perform that type of treatment. As such all equipment, facilities, techniques and staff are specialists in hair restoration. 

Hair restoration is only now becoming more popular in the UK, so many UK clinics are general cosmetic facilities that carry out various procedures.

4. Get even more value by making your transplant into a holiday

Europe is such a popular holiday destination for many reasons, the culture, history, sights, cuisine, shopping, great weather, your money goes further, it’s widely English speaking, and it’s just 2 or 3 hours away by plane. 

The list goes on! So why not travel a few days earlier, grab a low cost Airbnb or hotel, take a friend or partner and enjoy the city for a few days before your transplant.

5. Hassle free process

It’s so easy to get an assessment and price. Contact the clinic, arrange an initial consultation in the UK with your surgeon, or do an online consultation by sending a few pictures and answering some basic questions. 

Once you’re happy, pick a date and you’re done! The clinic will send you all the paperwork and itinerary so you know exactly what’s happening. You don’t pay until you go for treatment. 

You just hop on the plane. A transfer car will meet you as you get off the plane and take you to the clinic. It’s such an easy process. Easy!

Top 5 Hair Transplant Tips

1. Know your post-op timeline – The key dates!

  • You need to take the upmost care in the first 7 days
  • You can leave the house after 7 days, but I advise you take at least 2 weeks off work.
  • You won’t be able to wear a hat or exercise for up to 4 weeks after.
  • Around 2 – 4 weeks your new hair will fall out, you’ll look a little red and sore – similar to sunburn.
  • Around 4 months your new hair starts growing and looking good.
  • By 6 months you can’t tell you’ve had a transplant.
You can get a haircut after the first month, or you can keep it short yourself with clippers until it starts to grow back.

2. Pick the right time to schedule your treatment

Good clinics will be busy, so you may have to wait 2 months to get an appointment – this is a good thing. So knowing that and knowing your post-op timeline (above) means you can plan the perfect time around your social or work calendar. 

If you have important social events coming up, particularly if you know you’ll be photographed then you may plan your transplant 6 months in advance, or wait until your calendar is free.

3. Set your expectations

If your hair has receded at the front you’ll want the clinic to draw an expected hairline on your head or on pictures of you as soon as possible. They’ll then also talk about the number of grafts or hairs you’ll need and how thick the result will look. 

The sooner you can establish this, the sooner you’ll know exactly what to expect. A good clinic will also take into consideration a natural looking hair line for your age and your face and head shape. Have an honest conversation and be open to their expert feedback.

4. Knowing what the journey home looks like

There’s no way around it, you’ll have to go out in public to travel home. The worst part is sitting at the airport for 2 hours or so whilst you wait for your plane. 

I found it was best to embrace it. People are nice for the most part and won’t stare, and if one or two do who cares – you will never see those people again! You may even be at the airport with other transplant patients, I wasn’t the only one! 

Take a travel pillow and have someone pick you up if possible, so you can exit swiftly and get back home as soon as possible. It’s natural to be self-conscious, but it’s over fast and well worth it.

Tip! Just take carry-on luggage to keep your check-in and wait time down.

5. Choosing the right clinic

  • Pick somewhere you can travel to and from easily
  • Check their reviews online, not just on their site!
  • Do they have a good quality website and professional looking emails?
  • Can you see actual case studies of previous patients online?
  • Do they have an address? Can you see it on Google street view?
  • Can you meet your surgeon for a consultation beforehand?
  • Do you know someone who’s been there before – first hand opinion is amazing!
John M

John M

Hi, I'm John. About age 30 my hair started receding. After trying lots of products I eventually decided on a hair transplant. And now I have my hair back.

Do you want to keep your hair without surgery? I get it … surgery can be expensive and frightening. Although it’s the most effective solution when things go bad and it helped me, you still experience some discomfort and have to take some time off from work.

Fortunately, researchers in Norway succeeded in stopping hair loss and promoting regrowth in 63.9% of test participants by using fish proteins!

Although not flawless … fish proteins, minerals, and antioxidants have a positive effect on strengthening hair.

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