Treatments for hair loss abound. But actually, they can only be categorized into two: DHT blockers and growth stimulators. DHT blockers and growth stimulators complement each other for a successful hair regrowth. Because there are more men who suffer from this condition than there are women, most of these products are targeted to men.
Laser treatment is a growth stimulator. It is the application of the low level laser light that stimulates the hair follicles into growth phase through the process called photobiostimulation. By converting light energy into chemical energy, the scalp cells are rejuvenated to perform better. Laser treatment does not have any side-effects or put the patient at any significant risks.
More often than not, hair clinics and salons are the places to be to have laser hair regrowth therapy. But today it is no longer limited in hair clinics. Laser combs are the one of the latest developments today with the same photobiostimulation capacity but which can be used in the privacy and comforts of the home.
OTC & Prescription Drugs
Minoxidil and Finasteride have been excellent treatments for hair loss in men. Minoxidil is a topical solution which requires two applications on the scalp. The recommended Minoxidil concentration for men comes as a 5% solution. Minoxidil is a vasodilator. By increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles, Minoxidil forces hair follicles to undergo the normal hair growth cycle.
Finasteride is an oral drug that serves as a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibitor. Specifically, it prevents the type 1 5-alpha reductase from converting testosterone into DHT. As it is known, DHT build-up is the main cause of hair loss.
Minoxidil and Finasteride are both approved by the Food and Drug Administration as treatments for hair loss but they can entail negative side-effects (e.g., allergic reactions, sexual dysfunction).
Hair transplantation is a one-time solution to hair loss. After a few hours and a few visits, hair transplants should provide almost immediate results. The procedure involves removing the non-balding areas in the scalp and replanting them to the affected region.
Consultation happens as a pre-surgery measure. This is where the patient knows whether he/she is an ideal candidate for a hair transplant.
Superior surgeries can provide long-lasting results, not to mention almost natural-looking while poorly performed ones can leave a horrible sight.
Herbal medicine is an option that never leaves people’s list of potential treatments for hair loss.
Perhaps the most popular herb which exhibits DHT-inhibiting activity is saw palmetto. Saw palmetto is in fact contained in some hair loss products. The hair regrowth connection started with its capacity to promote prostate health. Like Finasteride, saw palmetto is believed to block the formation of DHT.
Other herbal medicines for hair loss include: green tea, ginkgo biloba, horsetail, amla, ashwagandha, etc.