Hair loss has been described as the worst thing that can happen to a man and while that might be a bit extreme, it certainly isn’t pleasant. Personally I am ok with it but not everyone can pull off. There are all sorts of products out there that claim to fight hair loss. But humanity, right now, is in a state of ignorance when it comes to pattern baldness. And most products you can buy are snake oil.
Science seems to be quite clear that hair loss is mostly outside of men’s control. Fred Joyce is a member of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. He says that if you’ve got the baldness gene, there are a couple of things you can do to make your hair stronger. “But they won’t prevent you from going bald.”
So what’s on the table right now? Are there any fixes? Let’s take a look.
Nutrition – Some brave souls have pushed back against the idea that hair loss is purely genetic. They liken it to cancer. Yes, some genes make it more likely. But it’s your environment that is the primary determinant of whether you get sick. And of course, in cancer, what you eat throughout your life makes a big difference. The same apparently is true for hair loss. Some commentators have argued that male pattern baldness is the consequence of a Western diet.
Even if a diet isn’t the answer, there are still a few ways it can help hair. Read any women’s magazine and you’ll come across the argument that food makes hair shinier and stronger. And to some degree it does. B vitamins are necessary for the formation of hair cells. And not getting enough of them can make hair weak and brittle.
Hair Transplant – Top of the list of hair rejuvenation therapies are hair transplants. They’ve improved a lot since the old days. You’ve now got a couple of options. You can either have a hair transplant called the strip method. This is where hairs from the back of your head are removed and then relocated to the front.
If you want to have shorter hair, you might also consider the follicular unit extraction method. This method doesn’t leave a scar. Here the hair is extracted with tiny punches, leaving practically no mark at all. It’s then reinserted where it’s needed. What’s great about this method is that it’s suitable for men who have gone almost entirely bald. You can use donor hair and hair from any region of the body.
Propecia – Some drugs have been designed to slow the rate of hair loss. One of those is Propecia. This was originally a drug designed to combat prostate cancer in men. And it works by blocking the hormone that causes follicles to stop producing hair on the scalp. You can think of Propecia as a sort of fertiliser for your head.
Propecia isn’t a panacea. For starters, you have to take the drug long term. Otherwise, your hair will start falling out again. And some men have reported that it causes problems in the bedroom. Not good.