What are the choices to halt or slow down hair loss as you explore your options? Maybe you’re at the beginning of your research for a suitable hair loss solution. Or perhaps you’re sold on SMP and just saving up or waiting for financing to come through [check out financing here]. Whatever that case may be, to objective is still the same: save those follicles. So what can be done to improve your situation before the SMP? According to Details magazine, there’s plenty of things you can be doing to hang on to the hair you got left. In a recent article posted online, it suggests to forget blaming genetics and gives a handful of proactive ways to increase your chances of survival. Here they are: You’ve heard it said, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em…. Well, don’t. Don’t smoke ‘em” or anything else for that matter. While the ills of smoking have been discussed ad nauseam, the fact is smoking plays a major role in hair loss. According to a study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgery, genetics was the number one reason for hair loss. A close second? Smoking and overexposure to the sun. Shield yourself from the sun. A hot (no pun intended) topic debate about whether sun exposure causes hair loss. Some say it certainl contributes. Some say that it doesn’t at all, however, sun exposure does cause damage to existing hair. Both sides of the debate make valid points. What do we think? Why risk it. Wear a hat or check out products specifically designed to pro-tect the hair you got from the sun, like Paul Mitchell’s Sun Shield conditioning spray. Frosted flakes belong in your bowl, not on your scalp. Dandruff is reported to be another contributing factor to hair loss. While the condition can’t be cured it can be managed with a diligent grooming regime and some medical strength shampoo, like Nizoral 1%. You are what you eat… It’s simple: eat garbage, you’re going to look like…well, you get the gist. Hair needs nu-trients to grow strong and healthy. So if you don’t feed yourself properly then your hair, among other things, will suffer. Too much fried food, sugar, refined grains, junk food will all play a role in stunting your hair’s chances of growth. You’re overall health is important. Research has discovered that people suffering from high blood pressure and improper insulin levels are more likely to be bald. For the sake of saving your hair, eat clean and healthy. Thank you, barista; may I have another…. The International Journal of Dermatology published a study giving us the green light drink more coffee as caffeine has been discovered to stimulate hair follicles and cause growth. How many extra cups would it take? The study said it would take up to 60 cups a day to really get the hair growing. For more on coffee, caffeinated shampoos, and hair growth click here. Frankie says relax… And so do the doctors. “Stress can cause short-term hair loss such as alopecia areata, which causes discreet spots of hair loss,” says Jeffrey Benabio, M.D., F.A.A.D., director of healthcare transformation at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. When our bodies gets stressed out, our immune system can attack the hair follicles causing hair loss. But if you relax and destress, there is hope that the hair could resume growing. So there you have it. Just a few ways to bide your time as you research and explore your hair loss options.