Two-thirds of men are affected by male pattern baldness, with 40% experiencing noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, but there are some things you can do to try to keep it at bay. Here are a few suggestions we found would be interesting to try:( East Village Barber )
Consider prescription medications
There are two clinically approved drugs for preventing further hair loss – finasteride and minoxidil. Finasteride works by inhibiting the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually fall out, while minoxidil increases blood flow and nutrient uptake to the follicles. Both treatments may result in some hair regrowth as well, but they include the risk of side-effects. Finasteride has been found to lead to erectile dysfunction and decreased libido in approximately 1 in 31 men, while minoxidil can result in skin irritation and allergic reactions.( East Village Barber )
Use a laser comb
Aside from finasteride and minoxidil, laser brushes are the main male pattern baldness treatment to have gotten FDA endorsement. (In the UK, the prescription and the searches must be paid for secretly as they are not accessible on the NHS.) A 2014 investigation of 103 men with design male pattern baldness found a critical increment in hair thickness following 26 weeks of applying a laser brush over the scalp three times each week. The correct way the brushes work isn’t completely seen, yet it has been proposed that low-control lasers have a cancer prevention agent impact on hair follicles.
Change your hair products
There is some evidence that many gels and other styling products may contribute to hair loss, as the chemicals within these products stay on the scalp and become trapped in the follicles, preventing the hair from coming to the surface. Avoid excessive use of hair gels and try more natural styling products, which contain fewer chemicals.
Avoid hot showers
Overly hot showers can cause damage to the scalp by stripping it of the essential oils that help to protect it, causing dryness and inflammation. There is no direct evidence that hot showers lead to hair loss, but some believe that scalp inflammation can result in miniaturisation of the hair follicles and thinning hair.( East Village Barber )
Switch to anti-DHT shampoos
DHT is the main culprit in hair loss, and some shampoos can help to combat this. Search for products containing 1-2% ketoconazole, a drug that blocks the conversion of testosterone to DHT, just as finasteride does. However, because the application of ketoconazole is restricted to the scalp, it doesn’t have the same risk of negative sexual side-effects.
Try scalp massage
A few investigations have proposed that scalp knead can possibly build hair thickness by enhancing blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, and additionally expanding the movement of qualities known to advance hair development. An extra advantage is that back rub brings down feelings of anxiety, another factor identifying with male pattern baldness.
Have a transplant
If you already have significant hair loss, a transplant may be your best bet. Before hair loss, we have about 100,000 hairs; at least 25,000 are required to give the appearance of a relatively complete head of hair. The transplant process involves taking hair follicles from the DHT-resistant “donor” regions at the back and sides of the head, and grafting them on to the scalp. There are many different hair transplant techniques, but some of the newer methods use hair stem cells to stimulate regrowth in the donor area, allowing for repeated transplantations if necessary.
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