Even though bald heads are increasingly accepted and even considered sexy, many men are still hesitant about losing their hair.
Why? A full head of hair symbolises virility, youth and masculinity. Many men associate losing their hair with the loss of these qualities. Whether this is actually true or not makes no difference to someone whose hair starts falling out.
What’s important is that they think because they’ve lost their hair, they’ve lost all these qualities. It lowers their self esteem, which may lead to more serious mental health issues.How to stop hair loss? There are some proven and effective ways. Let’s talk about some of those
What causes hair loss?
First, in order to understand how some of these remedies work, we need to understand how and why hair loss happens. There are a variety of causes.
- Diseases of the scalp
- Cancer treatments
- Hormonal imbalances
- Mineral deficiencies
- Lifestyle and environmental stressors
- Exposure to certain chemicals
As you can see, hair loss is a complex medical issue. Treatments will depend on getting to the bottom of what in particular is causing you to lose your hair.
Hair loss solutions
Hair loss subscriptions
For hair loss caused largely by genetics and age, there are solutions that have been deemed very effective by people who have used them to regrow their hair.
One of the best known of these is hair loss subscription products. If you want to learn more about these and the major difference they are making in people’s lives, you can research online and pay attention to reviews. In a nutshell, customers pay a set fee every 1-3 months to receive products that have been scientifically shown to stop hair loss and to regrow hair.
Most subscription hair loss products depend on two popular chemicals formulated in varying strengths for their effectiveness. These chemicals are:
Minoxidil, which is found is Rogaine, works by lengthening the growth phase of hair follicles. Because more follicles are experiencing their growth phase longer, hair in thinning areas eventually fills back out.
Minoxidil does not work for everyone. It appears to be most effective for people under 40 who have not been experiencing hair loss long. It also has to be taken for life in order to continue hair loss reduction and regrowth of hair.
Finasteride, as is found in Propecia, stops hair loss by reducing the chemical DHT (dihydrotesterone). DHT causes hair loss by shrinking hair follicles, causing them to produce thinner and less hair over time.
Finasteride has some side effects including decrease in sexual appetite and function. Additionally, women who may become pregnant are asked not to come into contact with the drug.
For hair loss caused by scalp conditions, antifungals and antibacterials have often been proven effective.
Hair loss can be caused by the following scalp conditions:
Ringworm is caused by a fungus which proliferates on the scalp. The fungus causes the hair to break off at the root, resulting in a stump. It is usually cured by an antifungal called Griseofulvin.
This is when the scalp produces too much of a certain type of oil, it causes this inflammatory scalp condition. The excess oil causes yeast organisms to thrive. If these get into the hair follicle it can cause hair loss. Shampoos containing ketoconazole (Nizoral) have proven effective against this. Soaps containing coal tar work as well.
This is another type of inflammation of the hair follicle. As the condition progresses and the inflammation spreads, it causes hair to fall out. It can be treated with antibiotics, bacitracin, mycitracin, neomycin or erythromycin.
This fungal infection causes a hard nodule to appear on the hair shaft. Over time, hair begins to break off at the point of the nodule resulting in hair loss. Piedra can cause hair loss all over the body and not just on the scalp. Ketoconazole generally tends to help with fungal infection too.
Hair loss caused by environmental and lifestyle stressors is usually temporary and usually alleviated by removing the stressor.
Therefore, if you are experiencing financial, work related, or emotional stress, it may be a good idea to modify your life so that this level of stress is reduced.
Hair loss caused by hormonal imbalances, exposure to certain chemicals and mineral deficiencies can also be corrected without permanent hair loss in most people.
See your doctor to determine which hormones may be imbalanced or which minerals you may be lacking in your diet. Once you remove the chemical from your environment, your hair should begin to grow again as well.