Who doesn’t want a luxurious, full head of hair? Every one does, but it comes with a price of staying cautious about your hair health which would only be possible if you know enough about hair loss, its causes, prevention tips and treatments. That is exactly what this post is all about.
Although hair loss is most commonly associated with women, but men also suffer from this problem but it isn’t a big problem for men when it comes to self-esteem and confidence, while for women, this problem means a lot, because according to some women, their hair defines who they are. For understanding it better, lets compare and contrast Male vs female hair loss.
Male VS Female Hair Loss
According to a research held by American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35, 66 percent of men in America have some noticeable hair loss, which is a pretty high percentage to worry about. This doesn’t end here, you would be shocked to know that by the age of 50, about 85 percent of men have significantly thin hair as compared to what they used to have before. The cause of hair loss in men is due to the hair follicles’ sensitivity to DHT (5a-Dihydrotosterone). It is basically a male androgen hormone that results in a shorter life span and decrease hair production.
Female pattern baldness (Androgenetic alopecia) is characterized by thinning on the top or the center of the head. The main reasons for female hair loss are generally due to high levels of stress, hormone imbalance, thyroid conditions or toxic exposure. Women are more likely to suffer from hair loss due to their hormones which are imbalanced because of pregnancy, menopause, birth control pills and other hormonal changes that women so commonly go through.
So, what are the treatments and remedies to overcome this disease?
The treatments could be categorized into medicines and supplements.
- Minoxidil Topical Solution
It is also known as Rogaine which is an over the counter drug and can be used by men and women with alopecia areata or androgenic alopecia with very little to no side effects at all
This drug comes in foam or liquid form which is meant to be spread on the scalp each day.
- Spironolactone Pills
Also known as Aldactone, the drug spironolactone works to treat hair loss by addressing hormones, androgen receptors in particular. It also decreases the body’s processing of testosterone. However, not every researcher agrees that it works effectively and the U.S FDA has not labeled it as a treatment for androgenic alopecia as yet.
- Topical Tretinoin
It is also called Retin-A, or topical tretinoin which is sometimes used as a combination therapy with minoxidil for androgenic alopecia. It is necessary to use this type of medicine under the guidance of your doctor.
- Corticosteroid Injections
Women with hair loss due to alopecia areata may consider treatment with corticosteroids injected at multiple sites in the affected area.
- Topical Anthralin
For women with alopecia areata, anthralin is safe, effective and feasible as it can be applied at home, once a day.
- Protein Powder from Bone Broth (1-4 servings daily depending Body Mass Index)
It is rich in protein, collagen, gelatin, glucosamine and key minerals that often are not in the average diet. These nutrients support and promote healthy hair growth as well as wide range of additional health benefits.
- Saw Palmetto (320mg on daily basis)
It’s a naturally occurring DHT blocker that improves hair growth
- Pygeum (100mg 2x daily)
This also blocks the DHT binding sites and improves prostate health
- Pumpkin seed oil (8 grams or 1 tablespoon daily)
This contains fatty acids that support thick hair.
- Fish Oil (1,000mg daily)
Reduces inflammation and thicken hair
- Aloe Vera Juice (1/2 cup 2x daily with shampoo)
This particular juice and naturally increase the volume of your hair
- Ashwagandha (500mg daily)
It helps your body adapt and deal with stress, balance hormones and reduce cortisol levels which is good for overall hair health
- Rhodiola (500 mg daily)
Its also a stress reducing agent which is found naturally and prevents hair loss.
- B-Complex vitamins (1 tablet daily)
This aids in healthy stress management. It also supports your adrenal glands.
- Zinc (8 mg daily for women/ 11mg daily for men)
Zinc is one of the most important elements deficiency of which leads to hair loss and a poor immune system.
Personally, I prefer supplements and natural remedies over drugs, as drugs come with side effects some of which are very dangerous and long lasting. Other than these, if you want an instant solution to your hair fall problem for a special occasion or gathering, then the hair extension services is the best option. There are hundreds of saloons offering various kinds of hair extension services among which Clip-in hair extension is most popular as it is easy to maintain and very cost efficient as well. These hair extension products are easily available in market having the same thing with different hair extension packaging labels.
Monica Anderson is a Trichologist from Long Island, U.S.A who specializes in scalp and hair related diseases. She has done a very extensive research on hair loss treatment medicines, supplements and effects of different kinds of hair extensions. She also evaluates hair extension packaging labels to see if it does not contain any harmful substances or material. She is a well published consultant for hair related diseases.