Hair Loss: Preventing, Reducing and Concealing


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It is much easier to prevent losing health hairs, than it is to re-grow the hair that was lost, when follicles have already become formant. Many products have shown some success in partially reversing unwanted hair loss, like Propecia, Minoxidil and Rogaine. After a one year study using Finasteride, which is marketed as Propecia in the United States, only five of twenty-one test subjects actually managed a two-grade improvement on the MNHS scale, and only twelve of twenty-one subjects managed a one-grade improvement. Everyone else remained at the same grade, meaning that they did not show much if any hair re-growth. In extreme cases of hair loss, these treatments will not be effective.

Another method of reversing hair loss and baldness, though considered to be an extreme measure, is surgery. Surgical methods used for reversing hair loss include hair transplantation which transplants patches of skin with hair from one part of the scalp to another.

Topical application of an anti-fungal and potential 5-alpha reeducate inhibitor called Ketoconazole is often used as a supplement to other hair restoration approaches.

Placebo treatments in studies often have a surprising success rate, though it is not usually as high as with the products that are being tested at the time. Sometimes there are side-effects for placebo treatments that resemble the products being tested. In a Finasteride or Propecia study, the percentage of patients that had a drug-related *** adverse experience was 3.8%, compared to the 2.0% that the placebo group experienced.

Incorporating regular aerobic exercise into your lifestyle can maintain overall health and lower stress, in addition to keeping androgen levels naturally lower which can aid in keeping hair from falling out unnecessarily. Stress reduction can be very helpful when it comes to slowing down hair loss. It should be noted, however, that weight training can often have a detrimental effect on hair simply by increasing the level of testosterone in your body.

Hair loss may also temporarily be reversed by applying an immunosuppressant to the scalp. However, there are potentially lethal side effects, so this treatment is not recommended. Other products that are worth trying when it comes to slowing or reversing hair loss are; Saw Palmetto, Polygonum Multiflorum, Beta Sitosterol, Resveratrol, and Flutamide.

To conceal hair loss, one method is called a “comb over”, which entails restyling the remaining hair in an attempt to cover the area that is balding. This is only a temporary solution that can only be useful if the area that needs to be covered is small. The Comb Over becomes less effective as the hair loss increases. Another method is to wear a hairpiece, like a wig or toupee, or a hat. Eyebrow hair loss is also a possibility, and there are artificial eyebrows available to correct hair loss issues in the eyebrow.

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