When you realize your hair is thinning or that your hairline is receding, the natural response is to wonder, “How do I stop this from happening?” Well, we have some good news for you: It is possible to slow down or prevent hair loss, and even to regrow new hair.
There are a number of hair loss solutions available, but the first step is to discover what is causing your hairline to recede or the hair on top of your head to become thin. Once you’ve learned the reason behind your hair loss, it’s time to put together a plan to regain your hair.
Understanding Male Pattern Baldness
The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness, which is known medically as androgenetic alopecia. This is a progressive condition that, left untreated, typically results in permanent hair loss along the hairline or the crown of the scalp.
Male pattern baldness has a hereditary cause — the set of genes you inherit from your parents may be causing a progressive loss of hair as you age. In particular, a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) gradually causes hair follicles to shrink as you age, leading to thin hair and eventually little or no hair. While you can’t control your genetic makeup, you can, if you begin soon enough, treat the effects of male pattern baldness.
Other causes of hair loss are less common: stress, scarring from burns, medication side effects, too-tight hairstyles that damage follicles or a medical condition known as hypothyroidism.
What Causes Female Hair Loss?
Unlike with men, female hair loss tends to happen on the crown of the head rather than at the hairline. This hair loss has a wide variety of possible causes: childbirth, stress, medical conditions, hormonal imbalance, medication side effects, tight hairstyles or crash diets, to name just a few. Because of this, we recommend you talk with your physician to eliminate any possible medical issues before consulting with a Bosley counselor about your hair loss treatment options.
Hair to Treat Your Hair Loss
People with hair loss turn to solutions including home remedies, lifestyle and dietary changes, hair regrowth medications, and hair restoration surgery. Before you make any decisions, it’s important to learn which treatment would work best for your situation, as well as what goals you want to achieve.
You can begin right away by following some simple guidelines. Avoid hair products that contain harsh chemicals, brush and style your hair gently following the natural direction of your hair, and use hair-thickening and growth-boosting products.
Be wary of home remedies or herbal solutions used to combat a receding hairline. While they may seem appealing, they often have not been extensively tested, and therefore are not likely to achieve your desired outcome.
Hair Loss Treatment Options
Fortunately, there are many beneficial treatments that have been proven to boost men’s overall health, which includes having a healthy head of hair. With this in mind, our physicians created the five-step Bosley Professional Strength for Men product list. This includes an FDA-approved hair loss treatment (containing the minoxidil topical solution) that has shown proven results. You also benefit from a dietary supplement of herbs, minerals and compounds such as saw palmetto, plankton extract, amino acids and vegetable proteins. These ingredients all work toward strengthening hair, revitalizing follicles and improving your overall health.
For some men, taking a once-daily oral medication is more convenient, and this option is available with FDA-approved Propecia® (finasteride). Since the DHT hormone has been linked to hair loss in men, Propecia was formulated to inhibit its production. DHT causes hair to weaken and halts hair growth. Propecia, which is available by prescription only, can be used by those experiencing early stages of hair loss, and by those who have had a hair transplantation procedure, in order to slow the thinning of native hair.
The Bosley Revitalizer laser therapy cap can help stop hair loss. The Revitalizer uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to treat the scalp and hair follicles. This clinically proven therapy helps stimulate cellular activity and blood circulation to treat hair loss and promote hair growth.
If your goal is to achieve a permanent solution to your hair loss, then hair transplantation is still the only proven method. Bosley’s hair restoration procedure helps you regain your own natural-looking head of hair with a natural hairline.
Due to their attention to artistry and their aim of restoring a hairline that is as soft and feathered as your original one, Bosley physicians have earned a reputation for creating realistic results. The two most common techniques, Follicular Unit Extraction and Follicular Unit Transplantation, take hair grafts from areas of healthy hair and transplant them to areas of thinning hair. Because you are using your own hair, the results are natural looking and the procedure itself is virtually undetectable in a short amount of time.
For more information and to explore options that are best suited to you, contact a Bosley counselor for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation at one of our 70 locations in the U.S. To learn more about your hair restoration options, download Bosley’s FREE guidebook, The Complete Book on Hair Restoration, to see how great your hair can look.