Hair loss is an inevitability of aging for most and is often unavoidable. There are, fortunately, a plethora of treatments and remedies with varying effects that might slow down the process. Before you go out and buy supplements and special tonics, you need to learn about them and which ones have more promising results to prevent and treat hair loss.
Male pattern baldness is an inherited trait and affects more than half of all men over the age of 50. Here are a few ways to help treat hair loss and restore your hair.
1. Prescription and OTC Drugs
Minoxidil and finasteride are both approved drugs to reduce hair loss. In the case of both of these drugs, it could take up to a year for you to see results. You will have to maintain them for the rest of your life to keep seeing the benefits. This is not ideal for everyone as it becomes tedious.
Minoxidil is available over the counter in foam and liquid form and must be applied to the scalp twice a day to prevent further hair loss. Finasteride is a pill prescribed by a doctor and is taken daily. Again, you need to keep taking them to maintain the benefits for the long term.
2. Hair Transplants
Hair transplants have become an increasingly popular solution to hair loss. The professionals at groclinics.co.uk stress the importance of having a hair-certified doctor perform the procedure as this is a surgery. Two hair transplant procedures in particular are very popular. One is follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and the other is follicular unit extraction (FUE). l
● Follicular Unit Transplantation
FUT is considered the more “classic” method of the two. Some skin is removed from the back of your scalp where there is typically more of an abundance of hair. The hair follicles are removed from that strip and are then reinserted into the part of the scalp where you’re experiencing hair loss.
● Follicular Unit Extraction
In FUE, hair follicles are removed directly from the scalp and transplanted to the bald parts of the scalp, differing only slightly from the FUT procedure.
Potential infections and scarring are some of the risks associated with these procedures. It also won’t necessarily be a once-off treatment, needing to be done multiple times to achieve the desired outcomes.
3. Laser Treatment
Laser therapy claims to reduce the inflammation in follicles that keeps them from regrowing, but there is limited information to support this. It’s an option, but some people are skeptical.
4. Make Lifestyle Changes
● Quit smoking
If you’re a smoker, you know all about the negative effects smoking has on your lungs, but did you know that smoking can lead to hair loss? To prevent hair loss, it may be a good idea to drop the habit.
● Scalp massage
Not only does a massage feel great, but it helps the scalp stimulate the hair follicles. This can help slow hair loss. A study in Japan showed that men who had a scalp massage for 4 minutes a day had thicker hair after 24 weeks when the study ended.
● A balanced diet
A well-balanced diet can help your hair stay healthy. Be sure to include a variety of vegetables, fruits, unsaturated fats, whole grains, and lean proteins in your diet. Also, be sure to limit your intake of unhealthy sugars.
Certain vitamins and minerals are associated with healthy hair. Try adding iron-rich foods, food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and high protein foods.
- Iron-rich foods – beans, lean beef, eggs, green leafy vegetables, and iron-fortified grains.
- Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, hemp seeds, mackerel, walnuts, tuna, flax seeds, and egg yolks.
- High-protein foods – lean meats, eggs, seafood
Last but not least, the often forgotten element of a healthy diet: Water. Be sure to drink plenty of water.
● Get a checkup
Aside from your genetics, several underlying medical conditions can result in hair loss, and you might not be aware you even have one of them.
Here is a list of a few underlying medical conditions that could be affecting you and causing hair loss:
- iron-deficiency anemia
- scalp psoriasis (due to scratching of the scalp)
- Celiac disease
- lichen planus
- thyroid conditions
- eating disorders (due to poor nutrition)
- hair pulling disorder, known as trichotillomania
- alopecia areata
If you have any of these conditions, or you’re experiencing related symptoms aside from just hair loss, be sure to visit your doctor and get the treatment you need. If you have one of these conditions, treatment should improve your condition and with it hair loss.
● Reduce stress
Stress has a mental, emotional, as well as a strong physical toll on the body. A stressful lifestyle can lead to hair loss. A few ways to reduce stress include doing regular exercise, listening to music, meditation, and doing yoga. It is also super important that you get enough sleep at night
5. Alternative/Natural Remedies
A few oils associated with hair growth are coconut oil, castor oil, olive oil, peppermint oil, and rosemary oil. There is evidence that peppermint oil can help with hair growth and rosemary oil has been used to increase blood circulation on the scalp, but research on the other oils is very limited.
Biotin is a vitamin found naturally in some nuts, sweet potatoes, eggs, onions, and oats. You can also get it in a supplement form. Although biotin has been shown to slow hair loss, these studies were all done with women, which can unfortunately not translate to men.
7. Stop or Change a Medication
Certain medications can lead to hair loss. If you are concerned that your medication might be causing hair loss, don’t stop taking it without seeing your doctor first. You might just have to wait until you finish your treatment in which case your hair should return.
Now that you have a few different options laid out for you, do some more research to see what option works best for you.