When it comes to hair, it’s a genetic lottery. Some men keep a full head right into old age whereas others lose it in their early twenties and some cases even sooner. And when your hairline starts to recede and your locks start to thin out, it’s enough to knock any man’s confidence. Many claim that it makes them look older, believe it makes them look like their dad or think it makes them look less attractive. While hair isn’t the end of the world (and might not seem like a big deal to those who still have it!) when you’re going through hair loss it can seem like it is. If you’re not ready to embrace baldness just yet, luckily there are a few options you can try.
Hair Promoting Shampoos and Topical Products
There are a range of products on the highstreet and in pharmacies that can be applied directly to the scalp. They usually come in the form of shampoos and lotions, and different products will do different things. Some will just strengthen the follicle and strands of your existing hair to prevent from more from falling out. Others are said to stimulate growth or increase circulation to make hair grow faster. Minoxidil is a topical solution that you can buy from the drugstore under the name Regaine. It was previously used on patients with heart conditions who noticed increased hair growth as a side effect. It’s now a safe hair loss treatment that is effective for many men with mild to moderate hair loss. While Minoxodil has been shown to be effective, in general topical products do get mixed results. Some men don’t notice much change but others do, and so a treatment like this could be your first port of call when you start to spot thinning. They’re probably not going to provide you with miracle hair regrowth, but may well help get things moving again. You could consider combining a topical treatment with one of the supplements below.
Vitamins and Supplements
There are a number of vitamins and supplements that are beneficial for the hair. Nutrients such as biotin and zinc, and tablets containing collagen can all be useful in promoting hair health and growth. You will find these in your local health food shop. For something a bit more heavy duty you could try a supplement such as Propecia. This has shown to be effective in ninety percent of men suffering from male pattern baldness. In some men it slows down or stops hair loss, and in others, it can actually cause hair to grow back. The reason why male pattern baldness occurs is because testosterone is converted to a chemical called DHT in the body. DHT shrinks hair follicles on the crown of the skull making it impossible for a hair to grow in this area. Supplements that target this hormonal issue are likely to have good results in most men with mild to moderate hair loss.
Another method to consider in order to treat your hair loss, is a hair transplant. This is a permanent method where ‘donor’ hairs are transplanted into the thinning areas. Hairs are taken from other areas (usually the back of the head which is not affected by male pattern baldness). It is then transplanted into the sparse areas. Hair ‘plugs’ haven’t had the best reputation in years gone by as they’ve been criticised for looking obvious. However, modern techniques are absolutely incredible. Single hairs are taken rather than clusters, and once transplanted they blend seamlessly with the rest of the hair. You’ll need to take a short while off work to have this done and recover, after three to four days the follicles are safely incorporated under the scalp with chances of infection being low. But there will be scabbing in the area for a while, and so if you’re looking to get this done discreetly allow yourself a week or two to heal. Within a few months you will have a full head of hair again, which can be an incredible confidence boost.
So much emphasis is placed on hair in society, and so it’s no wonder we want to hang on to what we have for as long as possible. With methods like these available you’re able to keep a lush head of hair-even if you weren’t dealt the best hair card when it comes to genetics!
Have you experienced any degree of hair loss? Will you be trying any of these things to improve thinning or balding?