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When you think about it, your hair doesn't do much for you, does it? If your answer is yes, then you are probably 61 and still haven't lost enough hair for others to see. It isn't fair that some of us have to lose our hair while we're still quite young but that's just the way it is.
Would it have been easier to accept it if we all experienced hair loss at the same time? Maybe. But what can we do? Only about 25 percent of men have this terrible experience of hair loss before they're 30 years old and when they are 50, it's almost 85% of men.
Would it surprise you to know that there is hardly any man who is happy about his hair loss? Definitely not. We all know how devastating it is to see our hair lines draw back. Even the most noble of men are negatively impacted by hair loss.
Androgenetic alopecia or male pattern hair loss – whatever fancy name men's hair loss is called doesn't matter. What matters is whether or not there is a remedy that actually works. There are several reasons why men lose their hair but mostly, it is out of your control because it is deep down in your genes. If your immediate relatives have patterned hair loss, then you can do either of two things – slow down the process or find a remedy that works perfectly. Fortunately for you, such remedies exists.
What is causing your hair loss
Hair loss isn't always as a result of 'the baldness gene’, but it mostly due to it. The question of what is causing you to lose hair should be more important to you if your primary relatives do not have male pattern hair loss and you seem to be the only one with such severe amount of hair loss. For two people experiencing the same level of hair loss, if one does not have the genetic deposition to lose hair at that age and rate then it could be that one of the following is implicated:
What you want to do is ensure that your daily habits are not damaging your hair. So it's good if you pay attention to your lifestyle by doing the following:
- Eat more protein and maintain balanced diet
- Avoid hair products that contain damaging chemicals, minimize extensive dyeing and relaxing
- Ensure your comb has wide enough spaces between the bristles
- Some medication such as antidepressants, calcium channel blockers and retinoid have side effects that includes hair loss
There are different remedies for hair loss and we can classify them broadly as either being a surgical remedy or a non-surgical remedy.
Non-surgical hair loss remedies
Today, there is no remedy that beats the hair replacement systems when it comes to getting rid of the negatives of hair loss. This system is perfect for complete hair loss and works well for partial hair loss and thinning too. Hair replacement systems use hairpieces to cover hair loss. They do not restore your hair per se, but function as a prosthesis. It replaces your hair like what a normal prosthetic devices will do, only that it is made to appear natural so that it doesn't look like a device but your actual hair. It is almost a 100% guarantee that your hair will be restored easily without pain or stress.
The best hair replacement systems use hairpieces that affix natural human hair onto a base material that mimics your natural skin. After being fixed semi-permanently to your scalp with the use of undetectable glue, it can be styled like it is your original hair and you can enjoy the hair of your youth at little cost. This systems can be worn for a long time and even worn while bathing or sleeping. If you don't have a problem with things being perfect, then do yourself a favor and get a hairpiece that matches your hair.
These are over-the-counter drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) to help treat hair loss. They come in form of ointments and foams. Minoxidil and Finasteride are the most known and used of these drugs. Minoxidil is actually an antihypertensive drug but when doctors noticed how it caused unwanted hair growth in different body parts, it became a remedy for hair loss. It is safer to use than Finasteride, which is contraindicated in children and pregnant women. Medications can be useful if you're not experiencing severe hair loss such as thinning.
This is a non-surgical procedure that uses a cosmetic ink to produce hair-like lines and markings on your scalp such that it gives the impression of a fuller hair. It is a relatively easy procedure and is good if you have very short hair and your hair loss is not severe. This process however is temporary and doesn't appear very realistic.
Surgical hair loss treatment
There are two methods by which a surgical procedure can be used to correct hair loss.
- The follicular unit strip surgery (FUSS)
- The follicular unit extraction (FUE)
To replace your hair surgically, you will undergo a process called a hair transplant. This is how it works –Hair is removed from its follicles from one are of your body where it is concentrated and used to fill other areas where there is no hair or thinning. This procedure is comparatively very delicate because the surgeon has to create holes with a needle in your scalp and fill those holes with single strands or small groups of transplanted hairs with their follicles.
At the end of the procedure, the area where the extraction was done heals leaving tiny spots which will be covered by your existing hair. You will need to be on pain medications and head bandage for several days and restrict your head movement. You will also be given antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs to ease the recovery process.
After about three weeks, the transplanted hairs die off but take longer to regrow. New hair growth can take up to six months before it begins but is usually permanent. This option comes with a lot of health risks apart from being expensive.
So there you have it! You have a few options to choose from. While it may seem like doom and gloom at the start of your hair loss, you have solutions that can ensure you have a head full of hair!