Though many people expect hair loss as they age, when hair actually starts falling it can come as quite a shock. Especially so for the 80 million Americans who have to face these problems at a younger age than usual because they suffer from hereditary hair loss.
The first thing to remember is that you’ll want to start treating your hair loss as soon as you realize it’s happening. From the instant there’s an excess of hair on your brush or in the shower drain, be prepared with a solution that works quickly and effectively. Taking action immediately can prevent or delay thinning hair, bald spots on your scalp, or a receding hairline.
Even though hair loss is more common in men than in women, the actual act of losing your hair has proven to be much more devastating to women, who may find themselves more shy or hyper aware of their surroundings. Prevent the damaging psychological effects of hair loss, no matter you sex, by taking the first step now.
Taking Biotin is one of the most natural solutions available for hair loss. Easily found in many big box retailers or your local drugstore, the B vitamin is often the main ingredient found in multivitamins for hair, nails, and skin.
That being said, several studies have showed varying results in its effectiveness. One report by the Cleveland Clinic states that it is one of the premier treatments for hair loss in women and men because of its ability to stimulate hair growth. Coincidently, a study published in Skin Appendage Disorders says that there is little to no scientific evidence which proves that biotin does in fact stop the loss of hair or effectively stimulate hair growth.
Even so, doctors across the United States continue to recommend Biotin for hair loss and many people have seen noticeable results when taking the vitamin consistently.
Propecia, or Finasteride, is another oral treatment for hair loss but is only available to people with a doctor’s prescription. The medication can only be used by men who are facing hereditary hair loss or baldness due to the fact that it causes hormonal changes which are only safe for males - women and children should no interact with Propecia in any way as the medication is easily absorbed into the skin when touched.
As long as it’s taken on a daily basis, Propecia will help you prevent hair loss and results can be seen in as quick as three months. Note that rapid hair loss should be expected if you stop taking the medication.
According to several reports online, Rogaine, or minoxidil, is one of the most effective medications to treat hair thinning and loss in both men and women. It’s easy to obtain as you can find it at any drugstore and is simple to use as you apply it directly to your scalp daily. You don’t need a prescription and the medicine has proven to show results and stimulate new hair growth on the scalp as long as it used consistently. When purchasing, keep in mind that there are different formulas for men and women. You should expect to see results in about four months if used properly. Do not take Rogaine if you have heart disease, pregnant, or may become pregnant.
In addition to all of the solutions we’ve listed above, it’s also important to see a doctor and understand why your hair is starting to fall in the first place. If hair loss is not hereditary, simple changes to your stress level or diet may make a big difference. Before beginning any treatment, do your research and make sure to pick a regimen that’s right for you.