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What to do about hair loss
This article is written for people who would like to know more about hair loss, how to handle this and what can be done.
With what kind of hair loss, I have to do?
It is important to know what kind of hairloss you are experiencing before specific action can be taken. The most common type of hair loss for men is alopecia androgenetica (AGA). This hairloss follows the classic pattern in which there arise inlets and the hair on the crown gets ever thinner. In female pattern AGA begins in the separation and the hair gradually thins in a diffuse pattern. AGA is hereditary, so when the description applies to you and it comes in your family (the maternal genes weighs more heavy) you probably suffer from AGA. If it is not clear what kind of hair loss you have, consult a doctor.
Do not panic!
Hair loss is a slow process and it may take a while before your hair has become noticably thinner. Many people start counting shed hairs after combing or showering. Do not fall for this trap! This only makes you stressed, loss of hair is normal. Do not panic if you come to the conclusion that you suffer from hair loss. There are currently sufficient hairgrowth products available to stabilize your hairloss or even improve the growth.
Once you've determined that you are experiencing hair loss and you're well informed about the possibilities, take action. The sooner you start with the hair growth products, the better. This is essential because growth products work better in maintaining the hair you still have, than regrow what's been lost.
Also use products that have proven effects against hair loss. Health stores, drug stores and merchants promote and sell lots of hair growth products, but for most of them do not have scientifically proven positive effects.
Over the years a lot of hair growth products have come on the market, unfortunately there is only a small number with scientifically proven effects against hairloss. Roughly hair growth products can be placed in four basic categories:
- DHT-inhibitors (finasteride, dutasteride and Saw Palmetto). Finasteride which is taken as a tablet and also has an effect on slowing hair loss and promoting hair growth in some but not all men.
- Minoxidil, which is known by various trade names. It is applied directly to the scalp, and slows hair loss or promotes hair growth in some, but not all men
- Ketoconazole shampoo (nizoral, rooscure and revita shampoo)
- Low Level Laser Therapy (lasercomb of laserhelmet)
Most men take at least one of each category. On websites and forums they refer to this as the golden triangle.
Besides these medications there are a number of supplements one can take:
- Vitamine B6
- Green thea
- Omega 3 fatacids
Think about your health!
Hair growth products may cause side effects, so be sure to know the exact inner workings of the products you use and read the instructions. Talk to a doctor about what products to use. Else you keep strictly to the recommended doses. A higher dosage does not always mean a better result, sometimes just stronger side-effects.
It is also important to mind your physical and mental health. Smoking accelerates the bolding process by increasing DHT levels. Try to exercise regularly and not drinking too much alcohol.