The biggest nightmare for men is to experience losing their hair. Since hair is the crowning glory of our personality, hair loss can be extremely depressing especially in this image conscious society. There are many cures and ways to prevent hair loss in men but what are they?
Medical advances have made it possible to prevent and stop hair loss. A few years ago this would sound like a false promise but there are treatments that really work today. Most of them come in the form of taking medications and undergoing hair restorations. Here are fruitful tips to help you combat hair loss.
A good shampoo or DHT inhibiting shampoo can help slow down or possibly even stop hair loss. It will also help if one learns to shampoo the right way: deeply and thoroughly. Unwashed shampoos left on the scalp may aggravate hair loss by irritating the scalp. Remember, a hair growth shampoo should be used in conjunction with other hair loss remedies or treatments for the best possible results.
Minoxidil lotion (Regaine regular strength or Regaine extra strength) is applied twice daily to the scalp. Minoxidil was originally invented as a treatment for high blood pressure; the hair growth is a side effect that, in this case, has proved useful. It is not available on NHS prescription, but can be purchased over-the-counter. About 60 per cent of patients benefit from it to varying degrees and its effects start to wear off as soon as it is stopped.
Finasteride (Propecia) is a medicine taken in tablet form that partially blocks the effects of the male hormones (an 'anti-androgen'). It is used in a higher dose to reduce the size of the prostate gland in men with benign prostatic hypertrophy. Propecia has been shown to halt further hair fall and promote re-growth of scalp hair in approximately 80 per cent of patients after three to six months. Treatment must be continued to sustain the improvement in hair growth.
Hair transplant surgery has improved since its early days and can be an effective way of covering a balding scalp. Plugs of hair are taken from the back and sides of the head, where hair tends to continue to grow, and is placed in the scalp where it is needed. This works well and real hair grows to mask the baldness, but even these days the transplanted plugs make it look a little like doll's hair.
Hair concealers are possibly the safest and easiest treatments to use. If you use hair concealers properly it can produce desired results. With a little practice you will be able to conceal any bald patch with ease. Hair concealers can be solid products (like colored powder that coats and thickens your hair), sprays (aerosolized polymers for thickening hair) or particles (charged with static electricity tiny hair fibers that intertwine with your own hair).
Wigs and toupees are also used to conceal bald spots and make you look more impressive. A good wig can really work wonders but as a matter of fact it is usually expensive and extremely fragile. Toupees are very similar to wigs but generally cover a very much smaller area.
Men who are suffering from hair loss should explore the aforementioned methods to combat their receding hairline before it is too late! By providing you with these tips to stop hair loss, you have more ways than ever before to hang on to your hair. Baldness may one day be a thing of the past, and in the meantime you can do a lot to prevent hair loss if you follow these fruitful tips.