For millions of people, the prospect of finding an effective hair loss treatment means a better body image and a revived social life. The loss of hair through the natural process of balding or as a result of medical procedures such as chemotherapy can have devastating effects. Research has shown that many people suffer psychological trauma when they lose hair which may result in withdrawal, and inability to express themselves. Some also fail to regain their previous self image even when the hair grows back.
Hair loss can start early for some and both men and women can experience this problem. Besides the loss of hair on the head, one may also lose eye lashes which may have been a feature that makes them very attractive. Hair loss may also occur on the rest of the body either partially or fully.
People have devised different ways of dealing with hair loss. Some simply cover it with a cap or tie a piece of cloth constantly on their head. Some will opt for a wig while others may simply embrace it and go for what in my area is called the Jordan way – shaving the head clean. All these options may work for you except that they have their own challenges. These may vary from the need to visit a barber regularly and in a timely manner regardless of where you are to the discomfort of having something constantly on your head.
Wearing a cap can also increase hair loss, though we will not go into detail on that here, and wigs that are designed to fit your head and appear as natural as possible may be rather expensive. Of course there is also the aspect of needing to remove the covering either in places of worship, or indoors depending on cultural considerations.
Is it possible to simply get an effective hair loss treatment that does not involve all these cumbersome techniques? If you could just embrace your condition, that would be the easiest route. But that is not viable for many. And so, there are several treatment options that you may consider. With the discovery of the role played by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT in causing baldness, it became possible to target it in the search for effective treatment.
Most drugs based on this understanding either inhibit formation of DHT or prevent it from binding with hair follicles. These drugs have achieved some remarkable success in re-growing hair for some patients and two of them, Finasteride and Minoxidil are approved in the US. Treatment may also involve dietary changes, reducing stress levels or cosmetic transplant surgery.
Whatever option for hair loss treatment you want to explore, it is important to get the right advice from a doctor so that you do not lose money on unproven treatments.