Losing Your Hair?
The big cover-up. restore your glorious
For normal hereditary hair loss (the technical term is
androgenic alopecia), there is no cure although some treatments
are available to slow or halt the hair loss. Early treatment
works the best to prevent further loss. If hair loss is caused
by a temporary situation such as medication, stress or
insufficient iron, however, the hair loss will stop when the
cause of the hair loss is removed.
MEDICATIONS FOR HAIR LOSS
Treating hereditary hair loss with
medications is more successful when started early, at the first
signs of hair thinning. Treatment must be continuous to maintain
hair regrowth. If the treatment is stopped, regrowth ceases and
hair loss will start again.
The effectiveness of treatment may not be measurable for up to
Some hair loss
medications are over-the-counter drugs, but most require a
prescription. These medications have a small risk of causing
side effects, and you should make sure your doctor or pharmacist
satisfactorily explains to you what these are before starting
Flnasterlde is available
on prescription from your doctor for the treatment of hereditary
hair loss in men only (male pattern baldness). Finasteride acts
on 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme present in your scalp that
controls the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone,
which is involved in regulating hair growth. Taking this
medication will not affect the hair on the rest of your body.
Minoxidil topical lotion is also available on
prescription and is rubbed directly onto the scalp and can be
used by both men and women. It usually works best for hair loss
at the top and back of the scalp, where there is still some
remaining hair. It can slow progressive balding in hereditary
hair loss, but not all hair will grow back.
The lotion needs to be applied twice daily to the scalp while it
is dry. You should not exceed the recommended dose, as overuse
will not achieve better or faster growth. The most common side
effect is an itchy scalp.
You should always wash your hands thoroughly after applying the
lotion, and avoid getting it in your eyes, nose or mouth. This
product should not be used by women during pregnancy or
Hairstyles can often be effective in hiding thinning hair. In
some men, hair transplants can redistribute the remaining hair.
replacement can give you back a head of your own hair. Available
since the 1950s, surgical hair replacement is a low risk
procedure. Tiny plugs (grafts) of your hair-bearing skin are
surgically removed and transplanted into tiny holes made in the
scalp where your hair is thinning. These plugs are removed from
the band of hair extending from above your ears and around the
back of your scalp. During one hair transplant session, up to 60
or 100 hair plugs are transplanted. Typically, it takes three or
four sessions to cover a bald area.