Guest post by Jason Lewis.
It happens to most of us eventually. Hair loss can take a toll on the self-esteem of even the most assured. It’s important to tackle those feelings head on because everyone deserves to feel the best about themselves as possible. It may seem difficult, but there are ways to get your self-esteem back.
It may sound trite, but being able to love how you look no matter what the state your hair is in is important. You look different. That isn’t something you may have control over, as most hair loss is genetic and, short of a hair transplant, may be irreversible. Even after spending ample money getting a transplant, there is no guarantee the hair will take root.
If you can come to terms with hair loss, you will be in a better frame of mind. Try to accept that your hair won’t be the same, but that doesn’t mean that you’re less attractive. You can look darn good without any hair at all. Your self-worth should not depend on how you look and you may want to talk to a friend in a similar position, or maybe a therapist, to share what you’re going through and get an outsider’s opinion.
BUILD YOURSELF UP
There is no secret about staying active. It’s good for you, and it makes you feel good, too. One excellent way of building your self-esteem back up, and feeling better overall, is to start working out regularly. If you’re self-conscious or simply short on time, you may want to think about making a home gym. It isn’t as expensive or difficult as you may think, and compared to a gym membership, may save you money over time. You need a few basic pieces of equipment, preferably ones that can be adapted for multiple uses.
A yoga mat is an excellent way to both keep comfortable and your floor sweat-free. A jump rope or a stair step are good and inexpensive ways to get a good cardio boost to give you endorphins and keep your heart in tip-top shape.
TRY A NEW STYLE
There are plenty of men out there who successfully deal with hair loss by trying a new hairstyle. If you still have a good deal of hair, you may be able to grow out a section and style it to cover a receding hairline. Cutting it short in the back, where it is densest, can give your hair the appearance of fullness.
If you aren’t interested in learning a new style, or spending too much time on your hair each morning, you might consider shaving your head completely. By embracing baldness, you can gain some control of the situation over your hair and that can help boost your esteem. Besides, think of all the celebrities who look amazing without any hair. If they can be charismatic and confident while shaved, you can, too.
ADJUST YOUR DIET
You don’t need to take supplement after supplement as many won’t give you the results you’re looking for when the best bet to slowing hair loss is your diet. Eat fewer foods that are full of saturated fat, as there may be a link between it and hair loss.
A study found that Japanese men may suffer from hair loss less frequently than men in the west due to a diet low in saturated fat. Protein is fantastic for hair and the best way to absorb protein is to eat it. Choose low-fat proteins like fish to have a possible boost to your scalp.
It isn’t going to be an easy journey, but your hair does not define you. You can find other ways to feel attractive, vital and confident. It’s important to put in the effort of feeling good because, frankly, you deserve to feel the best you can.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Lewis is passionate about helping seniors stay healthy and injury-free. He created StrongWell.org to share his tips on senior fitness.
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