There are two important things everyone really needs to acknowledge when it comes to hair loss. The first being that while some may be more predisposed to suffer hair loss than others, it can happen to absolutely anyone for no real reason. Secondly, the sad truth is that hair loss is for the most part something we have no control over. It’s hard to predict, tricky to prevent and always quite challenging to treat.
That said, there are various ways and means by which thinning and falling hair can be addressed in ways that have been clinically proven as effective.
For obvious reasons, simply altering your diet probably isn’t going to reverse hair thinning or loss to a significant extent. Nevertheless, experts comprehensively push the importance of quality nutrition, for anyone looking to hold onto a healthy head of hair. The reason being that overall health is directly reflected in the health of the hair and scalp alike. Which means the more you neglect your overall health with poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, the more likely you are to have weak, thinning and generally unhealthy hair.
- Nioxin shampoo
You’ve probably heard of this particular brand of haircare products by now, which according to the manufacturer is the perfect solution for thinning or falling hair. As far as experts are concerned however, there is in fact no such thing as a shampoo that can put a stop to or actively reverse hair-loss. Instead, products like Nioxin shampoo are designed to keep your scalp in the kind of condition that will at least help look after the hairs you have on your head. Once again, a healthy scalp means healthy hair, which in turn means a reduced likelihood of breakage, thinning and falling.
- Laser light therapy
Once exclusive to expensive studios, it’s now possible to pick up handheld devices for carrying out laser light therapy at home. The technique supposedly works by stimulating blood flow around the treated area, which is in turn said to encourage the growth of stronger and more resilient hair. Once again however, experts are divided on the effectiveness of laser light therapy, generally suggesting that while it can be useful for slowing hair loss in its tracks, it won’t actually do anything to spur the growth of new hair.
- Hair replacement surgery
Widely considered to be the single best approach to stopping and reversing hair loss, hair replacement therapy is also the most complex and expensive approach on the list. It’s a method that basically involves the surgical removal of hair from other areas of the head. It can be relatively time consuming, expensive and a little on the uncomfortable side, but almost always delivers solid results.
Last but not least, Propecia is currently the only medicine on the market for the treatment of hair loss that has received full FDA-approval. Designed originally as a treatment for the prevention of prostate cancer, Propecia works by blocking the production of a hormone which has been linked with damage to the follicles that would otherwise continue growing hair. Experts have likened Propecia to something of a ‘fertiliser’, which with on-going use has been clinically proven as effective in putting a stop to (or at least reducing the severity of) hair loss.
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