You need this information if you are starting on the path to treating hair loss. There is so much mis-information out there most people don’t know what to believe. This article is written as a basic resource for people with thinning and balding hair. Before you spend hundreds of dollars on something that may not work, be sure to read this informative post.
The first step is to understand what causes hair loss. For men, about 95% of early balding cases can be traced to male pattern baldness. This is a medical condition that is actually hereditary in nature. It is also known by its medical name Androgenic Alopecia. Recent pictures found in an Egyptian tomb indicate it has been a problem for over 5000 years.
This medical problem can be passed down from either the mother or the father and can even skip a generation. It also does not treat every sibling in a family the same so some may have varying degrees of hair loss and others will have a full head of hair. These facts are why it took so long to understand that the problem was genetically derived. It just seemed like magic.
Men aren’t the only ones who suffer hair loss though. In fact, around 60% of all doctor visits concerning hair loss comes from women. This means the problem is bigger for the females than the males which is surprising considering very little research has gone into female hair restoration when considering the millions that has been spent on men.
There is actually one treatment that is effective for both men and women. This is a FDA approved drug called Minoxidil. It is applied topically to the scalp twice a day and will protect the hair roots from attack by the hormonal substance DHT. DHT has been found to be the culprit of almost all early onset balding.
DHT is formed from the hormone testosterone. Many people call it the male hormone but in reality it is found in both men and women. The DHT will attack the hair follicles and cause them to stop producing keratin. Keratin is the material that the hair shaft is constructed of. Limiting DHT by inhibiting its production or shielding the follicles from it is effective at slowing or stopping hair loss.
One natural hair restoration product which seems to be very effective is Saw Palmetto. This extract is derived from a three foot tall bush found in the American Gulf Coast. It has been used to treat several problems over the centuries but is now targeted at hair loss. Saw palmetto appears to be a DHT blocker which means it inhibits the formation of the hormonal substance.
There is another DHT blocker available that is an FDA approved drug. Finasteride has been accepted by the US government as being effective as a hair loss treatment. It is not recommended to be used by women though because of the potential for birth defects. If a pregnant woman takes the drug there is a high probability that birth defects can occur if the fetus is male. In fact, women are not even recommended to touch the tablets.
After trying these ways to restore hair if you still have baldness then you will need to look into hair graft surgery. Tis surgery works well for men because they almost always have good hair growth at the back of the head from which donor follicles can be removed. Women, though, tend to have thinning problems over their entire head. This means the standard transplant methods will not work. Instead, women need direct hair implants which allow for the transplanting of body hairs.
When hair implants were first used the results were very sub-par. Over the years the techniques have improved to the point that a hair restoration procedure offers a very natural looking head of hair for both men and women. In fact, there are now tens of thousands of clients who have had the procedure and have a full head of hair to show for it.