Most everyone who experiences hair loss, longs for their hair to be as it was. People are sometimes willing to try just about anything to achieve this goal. There are treatments, cover-ups, and other options. If you have thinning hair you should discuss it with your doctor. This will hopefully weed out it being caused by something physical and determine which treatment or cover-up might best meet your needs.
Thinning Hair Possible Causes
There are many things that can cause hair thinning and which cause people to seek out methods of hair restoration. Physical and emotional stress may have an effect on hair loss. Illnesses and very high fevers can cause hair to thin out. Nervous habits that can result in hair loss include any one of the following: pulling on your hair, pulling hair out, or unduly rubbing your scalp. Medical conditions such as Thyroid problems may also play a part in thinning hair.
Medications may also trigger hair thinning. Medication that is used in chemotherapy and in radiation treatments cause hair to fall out. The good news is that once the medications are stopped you will see hair re-growth over time.
Hormonal changes such as the use of birth control, pregnancy, or child birth can affect hair loss. Levels of testosterone in men are also known to cause hair loss. Men who have low levels of testosterone do not have typical male pattern baldness.
A chemical called DHT- dihydrotestosterone is an enzyme and causes healthy follicles to shrink causing hairs to fall out. Testosterone and DHT are known as male hormones and when present in excess will cause hair to fall out. The presence of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase appears in high levels. It then becomes DHT. This destroys soft hairs till they fall out for good.
Methods of Hair Restoration
There are different types of hair restoration available. Pharmaceutical treatments can include oral medications such as Finasteride. Topical treatments are applied to the scalp and minoxidil is one such treatment.
Surgical treatments include hair transplant therapy. In transplants, healthy hair including the follicles are removed and placed in thinning areas of the scalp. Hair Cloning is taking a number of healthy hair and follicles, reproducing them, and planting them where they are needed. Hair cloning is new and has the potential of producing a high amount of new hairs. Both procedures are time consuming, painful, and expensive.
Natural treatments are an option including natural supplements. These supplements have fewer side effects and are less costly than some other treatments. These supplements have a blend of ingredients that together are believed to promote hair re-growth. Some of these ingredients include vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts.
There are sprays that may closely match your hair color that “fill in” bald spots by using miniscule synthetic fibers. This is not a permanent solution. It just fills it in and does not last. There are hair pieces, wigs, weaves, and extensions available that are much more real looking and can be styled in almost any style you want. This is the cheapest and safest option.
Hair thinning is a reality for many people. As a result, there is a great demand for hair restoration products or procedures. Consultation with your doctor will help you to determine the hair restoration method that will best meet your needs all the way around.