Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments

The medical sector is always innovating, improving and advancing, and this is as true with hair loss as it is with anything else. Not so long ago hair loss treatments consisted of spraying black “hair” onto your scalp or wearing a wig. It was a joke. It left sufferers feeling hopeless and—if they chose the spray option—a little stupid.

Thankfully, times have changed and there are so many better and more effective hair loss treatments out there today. In this article we’ll take a broad look at all of the options available for someone suffering from alopecia, thinning hair, and other hair loss problems.

Hair Transplants

Hair Transplants

This option is quite expensive, but it is getting cheaper as it becomes more widely available and more widely accepted by both the healthcare community and the public. Hair transplants essentially take hair from one part of your body and then transport it to your scalp. The extraction part is known as “harvesting” and involves taking the whole hair follicle. To do this, they have to puncture the skin and make sure the hair follicle is 100% intact when it is removed.

They will then insert this into the scalp. This allows the hair to grow as it would and indeed as it should. As with all hair loss treatments and all treatments in general, this has as many pros as it does cons.

  • Pros: This is an effective treatment and one that, if done properly, works all of the time. There are also no medication side effects to worry about because there is no medication besides a local anesthetic.
  • Cons: The main con is that this is surgery. The anesthetic may be local and it may not be life threatening, but it’s still surgery and that will put people off. It can also be expensive, it can take a few weeks for the scalp to heal and it can lave a scar in the donor area.

This is not a perfect practice. However, you can’t argue with the results. When it comes to hair loss treatments that work quickly and are effective all of the time, nothing comes close. In fact, based on those parameters, hair transplants are the only thing available.

Medications

Minoxidil for Hair Loss

There are two main medications that can be used to treat baldness and to stop thinning hair and receding hair lines. These include Rogaine and Propecia. Both of these have been used for many years and have been advertised extensively throughout that time. As a result, they have cemented themselves into the public consciousness. So, there’s good chance you already know about them, but an equally good chance that you see them as useless, ineffective products.

That’s because these medications don’t work all of the time. And when you have something that isn’t always effective and is used by millions of people, you have something that is not short on bad reviews. Make no mistake about it, these products do work, but they don’t work for everyone and even when they are working, the positive effects may not be as pronounced in you as they were in your friend.

These medications are fairly cheap and they are FDA approved. These are all good points, but there are a few downsides that need to be considered. Firstly, while cheap, they have to be taken over the long term and that can make them very expensive. Also, both of these hair loss treatments come with a long list of side effects. As with their effectiveness, these effect aren’t felt by all, but if you’re one of the unlucky few then you’re in for an unpleasant time.

Side effects can range from diarrhea to heart palpitations. We always recommend that you get checked up and have a discussion with your doctor before taking the medications. But don’t dismiss them out of hand just because there are a few side effects, the same can be said for all medications.

Natural Treatments

Lasers Hair Growth

There are many new trends for hair loss treatments that are relying on desperation in order to succeed. Some of these show promise, but others are based on pseudoscience and should be ignored. Some of the more promising ones include the use of lasers. The idea behind this is that the lasers stimuli the follicles and help them to produce more hair, while making sure that the hair is thicker and stronger. This has shown some promise, but it’s still very early so it’s hard to say.

If you encounter a new hair loss treatment the first thing you should do is enquire about the science. If what you had sounds like it was dreamt up by a marketing agency, then you should be wary. Don’t dismiss it out of hand, but do your research and don’t take it on face value.

Vitamins and Supplements

There are hair loss treatments that are as effective as Rogaine and Propecia for some people, and also come with little to no side effects. Hair loss supplements and hair loss vitamin formulas promise the world, but not all of them deliver. As a consumer, it’s up to you to separate the truths from the advertising, to distance the genuine products from the snake oil.

The only way to do this is to educate yourself on what ingredients are effective and what ingredients are not. Once you do that you can begin to look at the ingredient potholes of these hair loss treatments to determine whether you’re getting a genuinely helpful product, or something designed purely to trigger big numbers on the late-night shopping channels.

Some of the vitamins and minerals to look out for include B Vitamins like Biotin and Niacin; Saw Palmetto, which works in a similar way to Propecia; Vitamin D, which is better absorbed when you get an adequate amount of sunlight; and Vitamin E. Products like olive oil, caster oil, coconut oil and even lemon peel have also been proven to be effective hair loss treatments. We have discussed these products in our guides on Eyelash Growth DIY and Eyelash Growth Serums, as well as a piece on How to Grow your Eyebrows.

Effective hair loss treatments are out there. The problem is, they are drowning in a see of ineffective treatments, marketing claims and cons. Here at Hair Growth Pills, we can help you to get some clarity.

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