Hi-Tech Fix: Baldness
Tips to help you ward off hair loss
When you look good, you feel good. Here's another hi-tech grooming solution
Hi-tech fix: Get some stimulation
Losing your hair can be a killer for your confidence. Handheld devices, such as the HairMax LaserComb, help prevent more hair from falling out, and could trigger new hair to grow. The HairMax is the only at-home laser approved by the FDA to "promote hair growth," and uses laser energy to stimulate hair follicles at the root. Thin, weak hairs may fall out at first to be eventually replaced by thicker, stronger hairs. You have to use the product for 15 minutes a day, three days a week and results may take up to three to four months. ($495; hairmax.com)
Low-tech trick: Eat for your hair
You are what you eat, and nutrition also plays a role in growing hair. Being low on vitamin B12 or iron (particularly ferritin) can interfere with the formation of hair cells and, therefore, hair growth, says Philip Kingsley, a.k.a. "the hair doctor," who founded the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in Manhattan. He suggests eating a "healthy hair" diet of protein at both breakfast and lunch (since hair is made of protein) and taking a multi vitamin daily. Kingsley also says scientific research has shown that flaky and itchy scalps trigger more hair to fall. To keep your scalp in top shape and help prevent thinning, try using a tonic, such as his leave-in Flaky/Itching Scalp Tonic ($11: philipkingsley.com).