Tag: PRP

PRP is a unique treatment that may be able to cure baldness and alopecia, regardless of how severe it is. That is a bold statement, but this is a bold treatment, and one that is taking over the field of haircare and hair growth treatments. It is something we have discussed many times before on Hair Growth Pills and something you can learn about by searching through the article below.

All of these articles relate to PRP in some way or another and all of them can be found here on the Hair Growth Pills website. We will ask whether it is a scam, whether it is safe and whether it is effective. And once we have established that we will tell you how much it costs and where you can get the treatment from. This is something that you really need to learn about as it is something that could provide you with the results you seek.

Receding Hair in Men: What is it and How to Cure It

Receding Hair in Men: What is it and How to Cure It

Receding Hair in Men

If there is anything a man hates more about aging than a beer gut, grey hair and that noise you begin to make when you stand-up, it’s a receding hairline. Receding hair in men is not attractive by any stretch of the imagination. There are people who will find you attractive if you are bald. There are people who will happily ignore bald spots, thinning hair and damaged hair, as well as grey hair. But when it comes to a receding hairline, no one finds it attractive.

To make matters worse, receding hair in men is very common. It’s something that most men will experience at one point in their lives. Most of the time it happens when they are older, but for many men it happens at a young age and it’s hard to take.

It’s not all bad though. There are things you can to to limit the damage done by a receding hairline. The trick is to make sure that you start early enough. When you do that then you can avoid this issue setting in at a later date and branding you as an unattractive, hairless monster.

Receding Hair in Men: What is it?

A receding hairline is where the front of the hairline recedes, often creating an “M” shape. This begins with a simple recession. Before long, the M shape forms and if nothing is done to stop it then all of the hair on top of the head will begin to thin or fall out. At this point, a comb-over is often applied, which is another way of saying, “I give up”, as well as, “I don’t own a mirror” (find some better styles in our Hairstyles for Balding Men article).

This issue can be caused by a number of factors. Bald spots and other hair loss is often caused by alopecia, but with receding hair in men the main culprit is genetics. Simply put, if your father suffered from the condition early on, then there is a good chance you’ll start to see the same issue develop at an equally young age.

Hormones also play a role, as does stress, diet and a number of environmental factors. In some cases, there is very little you can do to stop it completely, but you can slow it down. In most cases, there is something you can do to stop it and there may even be something you can do to reverse it.

Receding Hair in Men: How to Stop it

Receding Hairline in Men

So, let’s imagine that you are worried about a receding hairline. What can you do to stop it? If you get in early enough, when the signs first begin to show or even before they start to show, then there is a lot you can do. If not, and if it has already started to recede, there is still something that can be done to slow the process down, including:

Healthy Lifestyle

A vitamin deficiency can cause hair loss. Not only that, but an excess of fat, processed foods and everything else that is bad for you can lead to receding hair in men. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. There are dozens of vitamins and minerals that are involved in the hair growth process, and there are also many substances that can inhibit it.

As an example, Biotin and other B Vitamins are used by your body to trigger the hair growth process. Things like amino acids are essentially the building blocks of your cells, including your hair, while a lack of zinc can cause your hair to fall out. All of this goes someway to explaining how important vitamins and minerals are and how imperative it is to have a healthy diet if you want to have a healthy hairline.

Water is also important. Hydration can work wonders for your scalp and your hair. It can limit dandruff, it can stop your hair from splitting and breaking.

So, drink plenty of water, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and make sure you avoid all of the things you know you shouldn’t be eating and drinking. That applies to cigarettes and alcohol as well, as these are toxic for your body and your hair.

Hairstyles

One of the causes of receding hair in men that may surprise you is your hairstyle. If you wear a tight weave, a tight ponytail or any other tight hairstyle then you are pulling your hair away from the hairline and damaging the follicles. The longer it stays in this position the more damage you are doing.

The same goes for wearing a cap all of the time, especially if that cap is tight around your head. You are pressing it tight to your skin, you’re keeping the air away from your hair and you’re letting all of that sweat build-up.

You’d be much better off just shaving your hair completely than putting your hair in a ponytail. Because while you wouldn’t have any hair to speak of for a short while, it would grow back, while the ponytail would damage the hair follicles, putting the under constantly stress and messing with the hair growth rate cycle.

Stress-Free

Stress is also a major cause of receding hair in men. Stress can mess with your hormones, which in turn can damage your hair and your hair line. The angrier you are, the more stressed you are and the less rest you get, the more damage you are going to do.

Of course, it’s not easy to live a stress-free life, especially if you’re the sort of person who gets wound up easily. But there are things you can do to help. Try exercising. Try yoga. Meditate. Create more time for play and spend less time working. A little less stress can go a very long way.

In fact, not only can it help with your hairline, but it may even prolong your life.

Chemical-Free

A lot of the damage we do to our hair is done almost intentionally via the use of hair dyes and other toxic products. We acknowledge that they are not healthy, but for the sake of beauty and vanity, we ignore them and just hope for the best.

If you want to avoid receding hair in men then you need to try and keep harmful chemicals, including bleach and dyes, away from your hair. There is no need to worry about synthetic shampoos and conditioners, as for the most part these are okay. Just avoid the really harmful stuff.

Receding Hair in Men: How to Cure It

Receding Hair Causes
Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to cure a receding hair line. The follicles have basically stopped growing hair, and because it’s not the result of alopecia and other common conditions, it’s often very difficult to turn it around.

Don’t give up just yet though as there can be some solutions that can help you to grow hair where there was none before.

Medications

The first thing you should do is try either Minoxidil or Finasteride. Do not take them both together. Just choose one, try it, and if it doesn’t quite hit the mark then try the other one. With Finasteride you will benefit more if you are older and as a young man it’s not really a medication you should be taking or one that you will be prescribed.

Minoxidil is a different story though. This can be used by many people and it is actually prescribed to help with hair growth. Just make sure that you give it plenty of time to work (up to 6 months) and that you follow the instructions to the letter. The reason this treatment fails, more often than not, is because the instructions are ignored.

PRP

We have discussed this radical treatment in our PRP Hair Loss guide. It involves drawing blood from you, processing this blood and then injecting it into your scalp. This has been shown to work and while it sounds a little barbaric, it’s actually very safe.

The problem is, it’s quite expensive and you need a professional to perform the treatment. The fact that it involves injections is off-putting for many, but if you can get over this then it’s a treatment that’s worth considering.

Transplants

Receding Hair Cures

If you can commit to the PRP treatment but don’t think it’s going to be effective, then a hair transplant may be better suited. This is often a little more expensive, but it also worked every time, without fail. They will take hair from the back of your neck (your hair above this will flop down to cover the hair that has been removed) and they will implant this into your hairline.

This is a treatment that has been used by many celebs, as discussed in our Famous Bald Celebrities article. It’s not cheap, it’s not completely safe, it hurts a little and it takes a long time to recover. But all in all, it’s possibly the most effective way to treat receding hair in men.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth (Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils, More)

How to Stimulate Hair Growth (Vitamins, Minerals, Essential Oils, More)

Stimulate Hair Growth

There are many ways that you can trigger hair growth, filling-in that receding hairline and those bald patches, or simply speeding up the natural growth process. In this article we will show you how to stimulate hair growth quickly, easily and through any number of methods.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Vitamins and Supplements

We find that the best way to stimulate hair growth is to opt for 100% natural vitamins and minerals, all of which can be found in the food you eat. It sounds a little too simplistic, even hard to believe, but the health of your hair depends greatly on your diet. The reason this should be the first step is because a deficiency in many vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron and vitamin C, can trigger hair loss.

There are many people out there who are expiring hair loss symptoms and are using all kinds of topical treatments and shampoos to treat them, failing to realize that the reason behind their hair loss is a simple vitamin deficiency and that the only thing they need to fix it is a multi-vitamin. What’s more, an excess of certain key vitamins, such as Biotin and Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) may be able to trigger further hair growth, even in healthy individuals. That’s because these vitamins are involved in the hair growth process, so it only makes sense that an abundance of them will allow for more hair to come through.

Supplements are also good for this. By “supplements” we mean products that contain a mixture of vitamins and minerals. These basically bring a host of ingredients together, focusing on the ones that can help with hair growth in some way. By talking all of these together you’re giving your hair the best chance to grow naturally.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Essential Oils

Learn How to Stimulate Hair Growth

There are many essential oils that can also help to stimulate hair growth. These work by nourishing your scalp, by cleaning the area, killing bacteria and providing nutrients to the roots. There are many essential oils that can help with this, including lavender oil and chamomile oil, both of which we have discussed at great length on this site already.

These oils obviously need to be diluted, because they may do some damage to your scalp and/or skin if you apply them directly in undiluted form. One of the most important things to remember about these oils is that while they are natural, they are also very potent and can be dangerous. So, take care with them and don’t make any assumptions before doing your research.

As with vitamins and minerals you can also combine these oils to create a concoction that offers more benefits and delivers more results. For instance, you can combine sage oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil to create something that can kill growth-inhibiting bacteria, can clean the area and can also provide nutrients to the root. It’s an assault on all fronts, and because it’s topical you can even apply such a product while also taking a supplement.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Other Natural Products

There are many other natural products that can help. Fats tend to be very good for stimulating hair growth. Olive oil is one of the ones we have discussed at great length already. This is a great oil when consumed and when applied directly. It may not stimulate growth directly, but it can help to condition your hair and it can also help to keep the area moisturized and protected.

Coconut oil and argan oil are also very good for this purpose, as is castor oil. All of these can keep the area protected and they can also deliver nourishment. Also, as with the supplements and the essential oils, these can be combined for maximum effect. We have discussed this before and find that castor oil works well when it is combined with a gel such as aloe vera gel. You can also mix it with coconut oil, which makes a very good base ingredient.

These products are cheap, readily available and safe, so there is no reason not to use them.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Medications

There are two main medications designed to stimulate hair growth. These are Minoxidil and Finasteride, also known by the names Rogaine and Propecia. The former is applied as a topical solution, typically on bald spots and on a receding hair line. The latter is taken as a tablet.

Both of these are effective, but there are problems with them. The first issue is that they are not effective in all users. There is no definitive figure regarding who can benefit and who can not benefit, but in our experience they tend to work roughly 50% of the time when they are taken properly and for the prescribed length of time. The number of people that experience positive results using these products is actually much lower, especially with Minoxidil, but only because they don’t use them for the full length of time required.

One of the reasons behind that is because it’s too expensive, and that’s another issue with both of these medications. They can set you back quite a lot of money if you purchase a full course of treatment. You can buy generic though if you want to cut costs, just make sure you don’t try to cut corners by shortening your treatment.

Other issues include a number of side effects; the fact that Propecia is not approved for use in women; and the fact there are many low-quality copies of these drugs on the market. Read our articles on Minoxidil for Men and Minoxidil for Women to learn more.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Surgery

How to Trigger Hair Growth

This is often seen as the last resort, but it is effective, it is relatively safe and it works, so if you have the money then it can also be your first choice of treatment. The surgery in this case is a hair transplant, which involves taking hair from one part of you body (often the back of your head/neck) and then transplanting it in the problem areas. The hair is transplanted one follicle at a time, and after you have given it time to heal it should begin to grow as normal.

You can use medications (such as this mentioned above) to speed up the growth process, but typically you will have the results you seek in a matter of months anyway. The only real issue with this treatment is the price, because it’s not cheap. In fact, it is the most expensive treatment we have mentioned on this page.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s also the most effective, working nearly 100% of the time.

How to Stimulate Hair Growth: Radical Treatments

There are a few other treatments worth discussing. We have already showed you how to stimulate hair growth using traditional methods and even drastic options, but there are less traditional and even more drastic options out there. One such method is known as PRP, which we discussed at length on our PRP Hair Loss page.

This treatment involves drawing blood from your body, processing the blood and then injecting it into your scalp. It sounds bizarre, and it’s not cheap, but the research is positive on this one, almost as much as hair transplants. And while it is expensive, it is actually cheaper than hair transplants. So if you can’t quite afford to get the grafts then you might want to consider this treatment.

There is also a lot of research being done on stem cell therapy. This is a treatment that is changing the medical sector and is helping with all kinds of diseases and ailments. One of those may just include hair loss, although a lot more work needs to be done on this before we can be sure about its effectiveness.

PRP for Hair Loss (PRP Injection Therapy: Side Effects and Safety)

PRP for Hair Loss (PRP Injection Therapy: Side Effects and Safety)

PRP for Hair Loss

PRP therapy is one of the many hair loss treatments out there, and one that involves what seems like a drastic process. The question is, just how effective is PRP for hair loss, how accessible is it to the average person, and what does it involve? We will answer those questions and more in this PRP therapy for hair loss article.

What is PRP Treatment?

PRP hair loss treatment, or “PRP injection therapy” involves drawing blood from the patient, processing it to enrich it, and then injecting it directly into the scalp. This vampiric process is not for everyone and is a little too morbid for some. However, there is a lot of science to this. There are also many suggestions that it is effective.

The abbreviation “PRP” is used to refer to the blood that is injected in your scalp, as opposed to the treatment itself. It stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and refers to the enriched blood that is said to stimulate hair follicles, while also ensuring that the blood around those follicles is strong.

In laymen terms, your hair is like a patch of grass. For the most part, it grows well and it grows quickly. If the ground beneath has no nourishment, if it is dry, scorched and depleted of any goodness, then the grass will die. But if you add some fertilizer then you can promote growth once more, while also improving the condition of the once depleted earth.

That’s the theory anyway. But as you might have expected, it’s not quite that simple. There are a few problems with using PRP for hair loss, from the risks involved to the cost.

Is a PRP Injection Safe?

PRP Injection Therapy
This treatment can be—and perhaps should be—safe. However, it needs to be performed by a licensed and experienced practitioner. These days it’s too easier for anyone who owns a beauty business to start offering advanced treatments, whether they are legally allowed to or not, and that creates all kinds of problems, causing potential life-long issues for the patients and giving the treatments a bad name.

This is a treatment that should be safe, but it’s one that involves drawing and injecting blood; it’s one that can cause pain; and it’s one that lasts for up to an hour. There may also be topical anesthetic involved, as well as dedicated aftercare. All of this raises the chances of complications when PRP hair loss treatment is not performed by an experienced practitioner. It also raises the cost when it is.

How Much Does PRP Injection Cost?

How Much Does PRP Injection Therapy Cost?

Although PRP injection therapy is quite expensive, it’s usually cheaper than a hair transplant and it can be very affordable if you compare it to all of the money you might spend on shampoos, medications, supplements and vitamins. From what we can see, the average price of a PRP for hair loss treatment is around $1,000.

Even if you focus on the more respected clinics, you should still be able to get PRP injection therapy for less than $2000. To give you an idea of how this costs on the whole, we checked with a leading clinic that is based in Europe and works with patients all over the world. They charge just under $1,000 for PRP hair loss therapy. However, if you were to get a hair transplant that involves 1,500 grafts, which is one of the larger ones, then you would pay around $7,000. Even the smaller grafts cost in excess of $2,000, twice as much as PRP injection therapy.

How Effective is PRP for Hair Loss?

PRP hair loss treatment has been shown to be very effective, certainly when compared to other hair loss treatments that just don’t deliver the results you expect. It may sound like a bizarre treatment. It may seem alien, risky and even ridiculous, and it is all of those things. However, it works. And if you have struggled to find effective hair growth solutions then you won’t care how crazy it seems.

To give you a better idea of the effectiveness of PRP hair loss treatments, take a look at the following PRP hair loss treatment clinical studies.

PRP Hair Loss Treatment Clinical Studies

One of the main clinical studies performed on Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment can be found on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

In this study, parents with androgenic alopecia were given the therapy to test how effective, safe and feasible the treatment was. There were eleven patients suffering from hair loss due to this disorder, and this included a number of patients that had been on a course of finasteride and minoxidil, without any notable results.

The hair was measured prior to every PRP hair loss treatment session, during which the patients were injected as four times over an 8 week period (once every two weeks). After the treatment had finished, the hair was tested for both length and strength, as well as the level to which the patient was satisfied.

This particular PRP clinical study noted a significant decrease in hair loss between the first and fourth treatment. Hair growth was also noticed, with total hair count increasing by an average of around 1/5th, or 22.09 follicular units for square centimeter. Not only that, but 9 of the 11 patients reported “negative” pull tests, which is to say that none of their hairs came out when pulled.

Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling with PRP

PRP hair loss treatment can be used with many other treatments. There are reports of this being used in combination with treatments such as finasteride and minoxidil, as mentioned above. Microneedling with PRP is also becoming very common. However, this is basically combining one somewhat dangerous and morbid treatment with another.

As mentioned in our Dermaroller Review, microneedling involves creating hundreds of pin-prick injuries on the face or the scalp. This is said to trigger a release of collagen, which is used by the body to speed-up recovery and may also help to create firmer, stronger skin, which potentially triggers hair growth.

Microneedling has been shown to be effective for skin conditions and can also help to improve the overall look and feel of your skin. However, it is not as effective when it comes to hair growth, which suggests that if microneedling with PRP does work, then it’s only because PRP injections are so effective on their own.