Premature hair loss can be a devastating experience for both men and women. The condition can arise from different underlying causes such as genetics, nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalance as well as some medical conditions. The good news however is that there is a good number of proven treatments available to fix the problem for good. Interestingly, these methods can also be used to encourage hair growth for people who reach adulthood but fail to get facial or body hair.
Types of Treatments
There is a whole industry built around hair growth treatment solutions and products. The ideal solution depends on individual reasons for hair loss or, as the case may be, complete lack of hair. Broadly speaking though, these are the main types of treatments available today:
- Hair transplants
- Natural therapy
- Hormonal replacement therapy
- Laser hair treatment
- Hair loss shampoos
Hair transplants are effective and long term solutions for replacing hair on the scalp, face and other parts of the body. Hair transplant procedures involve moving tiny skin grafts with hair follicles from one part of the body to another one that is either balding or lacking hair. A hair transplant is considered the most effective solution for male pattern baldness as the grafts used invariably have bald resistant hair follicles.
Other than treating male pattern baldness, hair transplants can be used to restore eyelashes, facial hair, pubic hair and chest hair. The method is also used to cover scars caused by accidents or surgical procedures such as face lifts or even previous hair transplant procedures.
Useful tips about hair transplants
- In general, hair transplants are not covered under health insurance policies and therefore you will have to foot the bill from your own sources
- A hair transplant procedure comes with such risks as bleeding and infection though surgical techniques are improving all the time
- To improve the success rate of the procedure and lower the risks, you should only undergo a hair transplant if you are in good health. Discuss the likely risks and the benefits with your doctor before proceeding
There are many natural remedies and precautions which help in preventing and reducing hair thinning, shedding and breakage as well as in promoting optimal growth of hair on the scalp and other areas of the body. Natural remedies are highly recommended as they are more cost effective and come with no side effects. However, the results can take plenty of time to show up.
Natural hair growth tips
- Cut back on meat in your diet: researchers in Japan have identified that animal fat intake can increase the level of sebum in the body. Excessive sebum production leads to high levels of 5-alpha reductase on the scalp. 5-alpha reductase is an enzyme which has been linked to premature hair loss
- Take diet rich in essential fatty acids: Essential fatty acids found in walnuts, flaxseed, avocado and fish are essential to healthy and abundant hair on the scalp
- Take MSM to boost keratin production: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a compound which boosts the production of keratin (a protein found in hair and nails) in the body as well as in strengthening hair follicles.
- Use egg yolk and olive oil mask to treat your hair: Egg yolk is full of hair-nurturing fatty acids. Adding olive oil to the mix gives your hair a shiny, soft sheen as well. Mix two egg yolks with two tablespoonfuls of olive oil and then add a cup of water to dilute. Massage the mask thoroughly through your hair and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off with plenty of water.
Hormonal Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Hair Thinning & Loss
A good proportion of hair loss cases can be attributed to hormonal activity in the body. In fact, male pattern baldness is closely linked to hormonal imbalance.
HRT for hair loss in men
While testosterone is a male hormone which can promote thicker hair, one of its derivatives called dihydrotesterone (DHT) actually causes hair loss. Hormonal therapy for men is therefore mainly about lowering the levels of DHT in the body.
HRT for hair fall and thinning in women
Because women have higher estrogen levels in their body that can counteract the effects of Androgen, they tend to encounter less hair fall and thinning problems compared to men. However, the onset of menopause may reduce estrogen levels in women resulting in an increased in hair problems. Estrogen, patches, pills and cream can help to alleviate hair problems in women associated with hormonal imbalance.
The use of laser technology to encourage hair growth sounds unorthodox enough and it is true that it is usually used on people for whom other treatment options are impractical for a variety of reasons including genetic factors. Laser treatment works by helping hair follicles which have stopped growing to heal. It makes use of the same sort of laser technology used to stimulate cellular healing in procedures like anti aging and scar removal.
Laser treatment tips
- Laser hair growth treatment requires several visits for results to appear. If you stop visiting the clinic after a few treatments, the results achieved can be reversed fast
- The method works best on areas of the body just starting to experience hair thinning. If you have been bald for some years, it is unlikely that the method will stimulate any growth at all
- Laser treatment is usually a temporary fix for hair loss