Hair Loss Prevention

Hair Loss PreventionHair Loss Prevention

 

As one ages, hair tends to become thin or start falling.  That’s when it becomes necessary  t to look at different hair loss prevention techniques. There are products and a change in diet and lifestyle that can help.

 

According to Bosley.com, a variety of products and treatments claim that they can naturally prevent or reverse hair loss. Although many people swear by these products for hair loss and there may very well be some natural hair loss remedies out there that could work for some people, they are not FDA-approved and there are no scientific data on them. There has been no clinical research to prove that these remedies work in the long term.

 

Although there are many causes to hair loss, hereditary hair loss (androgenic alopecia) is genetic. Inherited pattern hair loss affects millions of people around the world, but effective hair loss remedies and treatment options are typically limited to four medically-approved options: a topical hair solution (minoxidil), an oral medication (finasteride, more commonly known as Propecia), low-level laser therapy and hair transplantation.

 

Non-Surgical Hair Growth Remedies/ Solutions:

 

There are two categories of drugs for common hereditary hair loss but only one drug in each category: hair growth stimulators and androgen modulators. The hair growth stimulators are applied topically. They act by adding a positive growth-enhancing substance to the hair follicle. Androgen modulators work by removing a negative substance. This substance is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the male hormone that is one of the principal factors in male pattern hair loss. DHT is not usually the cause of pattern hair loss in women.

Minoxidil

 

The only direct hair growth stimulator currently FDA-approved for hair loss is topical minoxidil. A common brand is Rogaine®. This works to some degree in most patients. A 5% solution and foam have been approved for men and a 2% solution for women and men. Using the drug is simple: twice a day you apply a liquid or foam to your scalp.

 

The one drawback is that if you stop using the treatment, any benefits achieved will eventually be lost. You have to stay with it or your hair will revert to its previous pattern.

Finasteride (Prescription Propecia®)

 

Another FDA-approved treatment is the drug finasteride (sold as Propecia®). Finasteride, a synthetic 4-azasteroid compound, inhibits the enzyme type one 5 alpha reductase which converts testosterone in men to DHT. DHT in turn shrinks the hair follicle until it no longer produces visible hair. In short, Propecia® works to inhibit the formation of the DHT hormone that weakens hair and halts its growth, thereby reducing further hair loss.

 

Source: Bosley.com

 

There are other ways that you may be able to combat hair loss. There are many advocates today who prefer to stay with alternative hair loss treatments than resort to pharmaceutically manufactured products.

 

WikiHow has provided an alternative hair loss treatment, which include the following:

 

Treat with saw palmetto. Native Americans use saw palmetto to promote healthy hair and skin. Saw palmetto also blocks the production of DHT (a metabolite of testosterone), a contributing factor to enlarging of the prostate. Because DHT production also causes hair loss, saw palmetto has been shown in some small studies to be effective for preventing hair loss in some men.

 

Take vitamins. Your mother told you they were good for you, but you may not know that they are good for your hair, too. Add some extra milligrams of these vitamins to your daily regimen:

 

  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant, which promotes healthy production of sebum in the scalp.
  • Vitamin E: This vitamin stimulates circulation, and good blood circulation in the scalp is important in keeping your hair follicles productive.
  • B vitamins: The B vitamins help your body produce melanin, which gives hair its healthy color. Melanin also stimulates blood circulation.

 

Use essential oils combined with a scalp massage. Massage promotes good circulation in the scalp, to keep your hair follicles active. Massage your scalp daily by hand for a couple of minutes. To enhance the massage, use a few drops of lavender or bay essential oil in an almond, or sesame oil base on your scalp.

 

Restore moisture through hot oil treatments. You can use any natural oil including safflower and canola or olive oil.

 

  • Heat the oil up so it is warm, but not too hot. Then, massage the oil into your scalp.
  • Put on a shower cap for about an hour. When the hour is up, rinse or shampoo out the oil.
  • Mayonnaise also works well as a conditioner. Slather your hair with a generous dollop, put on a shower cap for up to an hour, and then rinse it off.

 

Try rubbing your scalp with garlic juice, onion juice, or ginger juice. Make sure you only use 1 of these juices; don’t mix them. Leave the juice on your scalp overnight, and wash it out in the morning.

 

Source: WikiHow

 

Hair loss prevention may not come easy if your hair has already started falling off. However, it isn’t too late for you to start now.

 

 

 

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