Coloring, cuts, hairsprays, gels, oils, serums, flat irons, curling irons, teasing, mousse, extensions, wigs, shampoos, conditioners—the lengths we go to feel beautiful are exhausting; and that’s just hair regimen. It’s true, no matter how much we deny it or fight against it, physical appearance is a top priority and it’s role has a huge effect on our success and happiness. Our appearance is not only what gets us in the door of opportunities, but influences what happens inside. How we look on the outside is how people often perceive us on the inside. And, unfortunately, we perpetuate this cycle because of the pressures of fitting in.
Despite everything we do, and sometimes because of it, 35 million men and 25% of women suffer from hair loss and thinning. The problem is difficult to deny and even more difficult to hide. Even if we see no immediate repercussions, our constant worry and paranoia causes stress and distraction. In the long run, this has the potential to impact our lives even more.
Fads And Ads
Countless “cures” exist on the marketplace today—shampoos, conditioners, serums, sprays, etc. Some claim to regrow hair, others to stop further progression of hair loss. In the end, most fail. The truth is, we’re not sure exactly what causes hair loss. Everyone’s case is individual and nothing concrete exists to point to one answer. For most it’s genetic; others it’s hormonal, and other may be product overuse. The list goes on and on. That’s precisely what keeps “magic pill” products selling. Unfortunately, the solution may not be as simple, but it doesn’t mean there aren’t realistic options.
Realistic Hair Loss Options
Once you’ve tried over-the-counter options and “As Seen On TV” solutions, you might want to consult with physician who specializes in hair restoration. Many fear that they’ll be talked into surgery and come out with 1980’s “plugs” on their head after spending an arm and a leg out-of-pocket. The reality is that it hasn’t been 1980 for over a quarter of a century and technological, as well as medical, advancement have improved recovery, cost and the naturalness of hair restoration procedures exponentially. Meaning that it’s time to do away with the stereotype and start listening to options that can truly improve your life.
There are a variety of treatment options available to hair loss sufferers that are non-surgical and have proven great success in stopping the hair loss process as well as regrowing hair. It’s important to see an actual specialist to discuss your options and find a solution that you’re financially, medically and emotionally comfortable with.
Laser Treatment :Low Level cold laser therapy works to stimulate hair follicles to improve follicle health, function and vitality.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma):Utilizing, activating and injecting platelets from patients own blood to stimulate growth factors in the scalp.
Scalp Micro-pigmentation:Using natural pigments to create the appearance of real hair follicles.
Stem Cell Treatment:Harvesting patient’s own fat cells to purify and combine with platelets from their blood to stimulate follicle growth and speed up recovery.
Hair Thickener Products:Topical Keratin protein hair fibers that mask and camouflage the appearance of thinning hair.
Rogaine (minoxidil 5%):This topical solution is available over the counter and is FDA approved to restore hair loss for men and women.
Propecia (finasteride) 1mg:This prescription medication is available for men to block DHT (a hormone known to cause hair loss).
Although many causes for male and female hair loss can be the same, male pattern baldness is better understood and easier to treat. The good news is, however, there are many great treatment options available to both men and women that will help restore one’s natural hair. The key is finding the right hair restoration specialist to recommend an individualized treatment plan to help meet your goals.