There is no magic potion that will instantly give you back a full crop of thick, lush hair. But if we look at the way advances in hair loss treatments have evolved recently, perhaps we’re not far from it.
Hair loss can be caused by many factors, the most common being Pattern Baldness which affects more than 40% of the male population. Women also suffer from hair loss, although the causes can be quite different than in men. Baldness can be quite a degrading condition for millions of men and women and can lead to psychological problems and feelings of self worthlessness. But the scientific discoveries in recent years have made the treatments for balding more effective, and like all medical conditions, if you act on the problem when it is in its infancy, you’ve got a better chance of minimizing the effects or even reversing the condition.
The causes of hair loss are many and varied. Genetic ‘Pattern Baldness’ is the most common, but there are other very common causes such as Hormonal Imbalance, Illness, Poor Diet, Poor Hygiene, Drug Abuse, and Stress. These are just the core issues that contribute to hair loss. To get a better understanding of exactly how the hair stops to reproduce entails a bit of a scientific look at how hair actually grows …..
Hair grows in 3 stages. In the first stage (Anagen) a new hair is produced and this is the stage where most growth occurs. Next, in the Catagen (Regressive) stage, the hair has stopped growing but is yet to shed. In the final stage (Telogen) the hair is resting and eventually falls out, and a new one begins to grow. In Pattern Baldness, DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) miniaturizes hair follicles by shortening the Anagen (growth) stage and at the same time can also lengthen the Telogen (resting) stage. This is usually a gradual process, and the end result is an increase in the number of short, thin hairs which are barely visible above the scalp.
There is hope because while any hair is growing then various treatments can be administered to re-balance/block the DHT and promote healthier hair growth once again. There is no single hair loss treatment that works for everyone. In fact, it would be quite amazing if someone used a single baldness treatment that completely solved their problem. The best hair loss treatment is, in fact, a combination of the best-known products in a way that is tailored to your individual circumstances.
Generally, the most effective regime for preventing/reversing hair loss is a combination of 3 or 4 products:
1) DHT Inhibitors – Work to inhibit the negative effects of DHT
2) Growth Stimulators – artificially stimulate growth in the hair follicle
3) Hair vitamins – these products actually provide all the clinical proven vitamins and minerals required to help hair grow to its fullest and thickest
4) Hair and Scalp Cleaners – these products provide proper hair and scalp hygiene and nutrition.
In all cases, the most effective hair loss treatment will involve a combination of the above options. That is because there is no single solution that tackles the cause and the effect of baldness in everyone.