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When you look in the mirror, do you notice your hairline getting thinner?

Don't panic. Men as well as women, who often see thinning around menopause, can take healthy steps to help reverse sudden hair loss. It's often caused by diet, illness, and excessive hair grooming. You can even slow the gradual hair loss that's a result of genes (80 million men and women have hereditary hair loss).

4 Hair-Loss Helpers

  • Sip a little caffeine. Yep, caffeine helps slow baldness. It decreases a follicle-damaging hormone known as DHT (a friendlier way of saying dihydrotestosterone). It comes from testosterone, the hormone that makes men and women want to get friendly with each other. The easiest place to get your supply: tea or coffee. (Ease mood swings and thinning hair, too.)
  • Be gentle. Vigorous brushing and high heat can break strands, leaving even relatively thick manes looking frayed and thin. Avoid rough toweling, too. Wet hair is more elastic and vulnerable to damage than dry hair. (Men: Can you get your hair back? Discover what works and what factors might be to blame.)
  • Eat lean protein. Hair, which is made mostly of keratin, needs protein to grow. Low-fat, heart-healthy, skinless poultry breasts are particularly good sources because they're also rich in iron and zinc (deficiencies in either trigger hair loss). Try this smoky and somewhat spicy barbecued chicken dish.
  • Vary your veggies. Add peas, carrots, cauliflower, and soybeans to salads and sides. All are good sources of vitamin B6, biotin, and folate, which help slow hair loss and encourage growth. Not in the mood for salad? Dip your vegetables in a feta and herb dip, such as this one from EatingWell.

These tactics should help keep your hair on your head, where it belongs. For extra assurance, add these foods to your diet.

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