Did you know that over 40 million women and over 60 million men suffer from some form of hair loss in the United States today? The male population takes this problem in stride, but for women, it can be emotionally and socially devastating. Are you in this category? So what can you do about? Well there are several actions that you can take to correct your hair loss problems. These actions are:
Hair Transplant – I would consider this the last resort to take to restore your lost hair. Not only is it expensive, but also it can be painful and the results may not be what you desired. Sometimes the doctor you chose might not be the best that money can buy. So if you elect this method, do your homework and ensure your doctor is knowledgeable and look at his/her past results.
Drugs –There are two drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for correcting your loss of hair. They are Minoxidil and Propecia. Propecia is only approved for use by men because it has been found to produce birth defects in babies. It is taken orally as a pill. Now Minoxidil is approved for use by both men and women. Men are provided a solution with 5% strength, while women use a solution that has a 2% strength. Women can use the 5% strength, but should be done under a doctor’s care.
Saw Palmetto –This is an herbal supplement that was first used to help men with an enlarged prostate. It was noted that while taking this supplement, excess hair was grown. Since an enlarged prostate is caused by DHT, male pattern baldness (MPB) and female pattern baldness (FPB) is also caused by DHT. Saw palmetto is now used to control MPB and FPB. I take saw palmetto for my hair loss and for my enlarged prostate.
Natural Remedies –Some natural remedies are green apples, omega 3, ginger and capsicum. These items have ingredients that can enhance your hair. Capsicum is found in a wide variety of peppers such as chili peppers, red peppers, cayenne pepper, etc.
Wigs or Toupees – For women, this is a natural. But men who resort to wearing wigs or toupees, it is not as socially acceptable.
These are some of the things people do to correct their hair loss problems. Some can produce instant results, while others, such as drugs, will take several months before you see the results.