We come into this world with very little hair, and unfortunately some of us part with the strands we grow far too soon. For millions of men thinning hair is a big confidence buster. Women have makeup and clothes to show off their style, but for men creating a look largely comes from hair styling.
The American Hair Loss Association says that the vast majority of hair thinning in men is a result of androgenetic alopecia, more commonly referred to as male pattern baldness (MPB). By the ripe old age of 35, around 66% of guys have already begun to see more of their scalp. Think that’s bad – 25% of men in that group see the signs of male pattern baldness as early as 21 years old.
If you’re beginning to notice more hair in the sink after brushing and less on your head, it’s time to do something about it.
An Immediate Fix for Thinning Hair
Reclaiming some of your lost hair can take time. While you wait, there’s a hair loss solution that can work temporarily and looks natural. Hair building fibers can be used to make each strand look thicker. The fibers bond to hair and help fill in the thin spots. Even better – thickening your hair with fibers only adds a few minutes to your morning routine.
We know that thinning hair is only increasing your stress levels, but that can be part of the problem. Stress can cause both telogen effluvium (more hair falls out than normal) and alopecia areata (sudden hair loss in clumps). It could even trigger trichotillomania – the urge to tug and pull on hair, which causes it to fall out.
Find your happy place and go there any time you’re feeling stressed. Try practicing meditation for about 10 minutes each day to calm your mind and let the little things go. If you are still feeling anxious it may be time to schedule a one-on-one session with a professional who can help you identify the source of your stress.
Change Up Your Diet
Hair loss is sometimes caused by poor nutrition since hair needs certain nutrients to grow. Most notably a lack of vitamin B, vitamin D, zinc, iron and protein can lead to hair loss problems. One of the quickest solutions is to start taking a daily multi-vitamin. However, you’ll need to make adjustments to your diet as well if you want the best head of hair possible.
- · Up your meat intake to take care of a protein deficiency as well as any low iron issues.
- · Drink milk and fortified orange juice to increase vitamin D in your diet.
- · Load up on beans, lentils and leafy greens.
Try a Scalp Treatment With Minoxidil
The first thing to try is an over-the-counter product with minoxidil. That’s the active ingredient in Rogaine. Doctors aren’t exactly sure how minoxidil works, but it’s effective for some types of hair loss. If you start using the products early enough it is possible to slow down the hair loss process.
Be patient – it can take up to four months of daily use to start seeing results.
Try a Treatment With 5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors
If male pattern baldness runs in your family, heredity is the most likely cause of the hair loss. The millions of men with MPB have follicles that are sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When that sensitivity kicks in the hairs will become finer and shorter until follicles finally stop producing hair altogether.
Some of the most highly rated hair loss treatment products contain 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. This is what makes Propecia effective. The inhibitors block 5-alpha-reductase, the enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT.
If you can’t cover the hefty cost of Propecia, try a saw palmetto supplement. Some studies show that the extract from saw palmetto berries contains natural 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. There’s also a generic form of Propecia called finasteride that should be just as effective.
Surgical Hair Restoration
If less invasive treatments aren’t producing results and you’re dead set on getting your hair back, surgery may be the only option. During the procedure hair from other parts of your body are transplanted to the head. Doctors have gotten better at creating a natural final product, but the surgery costs thousands of dollars.
What Not to Do to Regrow Hair
People have come up with a lot of harebrained tricks over the years to regrow hair. If you want to increase your strand count DON’T try these methods.
- · Hair loss laser brushes
- · Ointments without minoxidil or 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors
- · Rubbing tea with lemon on the scalp
- · Doing headstands
- · Platelet rich plasma therapy
- · Stem cell therapies
All those “solutions” noted above won’t regrow hair, but they will help you lose more of your money.