Hair loss and baldness are very common problems among both men and women. Approximately 95% of hair loss is hereditary and stems from genetics. Other potential causes of hair loss include illness, surgery, drugs, stress, poor diet, and stressful hair styles such as wearing pony tails and corn rows too frequently. No matter what the cause, most people search for effective solutions for hair loss when they start to lose their hair. The following are some of the most common and effective ways to deal with hair loss and balding.
Drug Solutions For Hair Loss
There are two hair loss drug solutions that are FDA-approved. These are Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (Finasteride). These products both work to slow hair loss down and in some cases regrow hair. They are both better at helping to slow down the loss of further hair than they are at regrowing hair. If one stops using either one of these products, progress can be lost.
Rogaine, or Minoxidil, is an over-the-counter foam or liquid that is rubbed into the scalp on a daily basis to prevent further hair loss and to regrow hair. It can take as many as 12 weeks before hair starts to grow. Both men and women can use Rogaine as an effective hair loss solution.
Propecia, or Finasteride, is a prescription medication that comes in a form of a pill. It is used to treat male-pattern baldness. The prescription is for men only, as it can cause birth defects and is therefore not prescribed to women.
Surgery Solutions For Hair Loss
Hair transplantation can be very effective. The procedure involves transplanting hair from other parts of the head, such as the back of head or above the ear, over to the thinning or balding portion of the head. The average cost of hair transplant surgery is $7,000 to $15,000. One should do thorough research on surgeons and carefully check their experience and credentials before making a final decision on who will be performing the transplant procedure.
Hairpieces And Weaves
For those individuals who cannot or would prefer not to use a drug or undergo surgery to help combat hair loss, they can consider a hairpiece or weave as a solution. Wigs and hairpieces are widely available and can be a fairly easy cosmetic hair loss solution. Another option is to have a weave put in where mesh is attached to the remaining hair along with human or artificial hair and woven together.
Natural Hair Loss Solutions
One of the best “natural” ways to keep a healthy head of hair is to eat a good diet. Omega-3s are especially good for maintaining a healthy scalp. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3s. A well-balanced diet that includes plenty of protein and fruits and vegetables can help keep one’s hair healthy. One should also refrain from putting too much stress on one’s hair such as wearing tight cornrows or pulling one’s hair back into a ponytail too often. Also, avoid using too many harsh hair dyes and chemicals on one’s hair.
These solutions for hair loss are most effective when the problem is addressed early on in the hair loss process. It is much easier to slow the hair loss process down than it is to try to regrow a lot of hair. The solution that one chooses will depend on individual preferences, condition of one’s hair and health, as well as the state of one’s budget. Fortunately, there are several solutions to choose from when it comes to combating hair loss.