Battling Hair Loss? Let’s Explore Your Options

By Ava Brown, October 7, 2014

Although typical for men, hair loss is becoming a more common problem for growing number of women as well. Luckily, women have a wider choice of possible solutions and hair loss tends to be much easier to treat and less dramatic. If you started losing hair, you must be freaking out. But before you go nuts, let’s go over few hair loss facts first.

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  • It is known that, as we age, our hair tends to get thin;
  • Everyone loses an average of 50-100 hairs per day;
  • Some of the hair that sheds are just the ends that have broken off;
  • Hair loss can occur as a side effect due to the intake of strong medicine such as anti-depressants, birth control, diet pills or any other drug that can interfere with the hormones;
  • Hair loss is associated with poor diet. Make sure you drink lots of water, eat healthy foods and take your vitamins daily.

Regardless of the fact that there isn’t a miracle drug that can help grow your hair, there are numerous solutions that can help you slow down and hide hair loss. Let’s start with some DIY tips.

  • Use gentle hair products: Hair care products can greatly affect the overall hair health. Regardless of how voluminous hair the model on the magazine cover has, know that it is these hair products that are loaded with harsh chemicals that can damage the follicles. Your best option is to ditch them for Eco-friendly and organic products.
  • Use hair extensions: With hair extensions, there is no need to let your hair loss hold you back. This beauty trend that has lately become an increasingly popular can help you hide your hair problem. A huge variety of options (some permanent and some temporary) are available. From human to synthetic, clip-in to glue-in, hair extension are a great solution.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise is a key to healthy hair. When you exercise you sweat, and the sweat from your scalp helps hair follicles to unclog. This gives enough space for new hair to grow. Moreover, the increased blood flow brings in more nutrients and oxygen, which provides nourishment to hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth.

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You should try the above options for at least 3 months in order to see improvements. In case none of the above are satisfying, it is best to consult with your doctor and see which hair loss treatment will best work for you. More aggressive options are:

  • Hair transplantation – Recommended for permanent hair loss. Different methods are available and the best one will be indicated depending on the type and severity of hair loss. Hair transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves removing a narrow strip of hair from the back of head and placing it in the area with thin or no hair.
  • Minoxidil – A spray or lotion that can be directly applied on your scalp and is available without a prescription. It is known to increase hair follicles and also to add thickness to the existing hair, making it grow ticker.