A majority of men, roughly 80% according to the "Color Atlas of Cosmetic Dermatology" by Marc R. Avram et al, will experience thinning hair but not complete hair loss by the time they are 50 years old.
You can determine where you are experiencing hair loss or how much hair loss you can start focusing on solutions for hair loss. We can focus on ways you can stop or regrow the hair you have lost. There are two different approaches for both men’s and women’s hair loss.
If you have male pattern hair loss as there are several treatments that should help. With the advent of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and the evolution of surgical hair restoration, for many, living with noticeable hair loss is no longer inevitable. Keeping a clean scalp from Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) using a cleansing scalp shampoo is a strong start to stop hair loss from even beginning. On top of these treatments there are some promising technological developments such as stem cells for hair regrowth. The stem cells however is unfortunately far away from being readily available.
In-office laser light treatments or at-home handheld devices, such as the HairMax LaserComb, grow new hair by stimulating blood flow to the area. This is a laser no shampoo version of Nisim Newhair Biofactors hair and scalp extracts. Both stimulate the scalp helping hair growth. The extracts work more effectively to promote nutrients to the open pores and hair follicles to help stimulate hair growth. These are both a time commitment however and will require you spend up to 15-30 minutes a day focusing on laser light or massaging in the extract.
Another option is to find ways to manage stress levels. There is a saying that you are pulling your hair out with stress. While they isn’t exactly what literally happens high stress levels cause your body to go into a protective state and push hair out of its growth phase. If you are already focusing on a healthy diet introduce some light exercise to help pump in some endorphins and help with stress levels.
If you are looking at specific hair loss solutions for women, here is a quick primer of some of the stuff both men and women can do to help with hair loss. Healthy eating with high protein foods, stress management and exercise. Women’s hair loss is slightly different experience from men’s hair loss as there are several other factors that will hit the scalp harder and do not provide as many options for hair loss control. General good health, like with men, will be a strong start to control or mitigate hair loss.
Women’s hair loss is a complicated problem. It was commonly believed to be mostly due to male hormone, which women also have trace amounts of this leads to DHT. Testosterone converts to DHT with the aid of the enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase. This shrinks the hair follicles and causes the hair loss. Normally women have a very small amount of DHT on their scalp as they do not produce as much testosterone as men. There are other temporary forms of hair loss such as telogen effluvium, which can be caused by pregnancy and will eventually, after several months, go away.
Treatments for hair loss for women are normally not offered by a physician as they want to ensure they will not lower androgen levels and cause further complications outside of restoring your hair. What you will normally get is a topical treatment to help with the hair loss. The effectiveness of methods vary from person to person, but many women have found that using these topical treatments have made a positive difference in their hair and their self-esteem.
While hair loss is not a crucial but complex medical condition it is still something that greatly affects the hair loss sufferer in their everyday life. Through your own research as well as what is provided above you can help find appropriate treatment and anything self help related in controlling, slowing or stopping your hair loss. You can help eliminate the stigma about hair loss and take the steps you need to have the hair you want.