If you are losing hair, what are your options?
- Ignore it. Maybe it will go away.
Paying no attention to hair loss is dangerous. A diagnosis from a doctor or dermatologist is important, in case the hair loss is a symptom of an underlying condition. Ignoring it will just make more hair go away, and could damage your health.
- Ask Your Hair Dresser.
Hair stylists are trained to attempt to cover up hair loss, but they are not licensed to diagnosis the reason for the hair loss. After diagnosis of the reason for hair loss, your stylist can help make the best of the situation. Beware of certain hair treatments and dyes, however, as they may damage hair. Hair stylists cannot grow new hair, so examine all your options.
- See Your Doctor
Good move! No matter what reason you THINK you have hair loss, a doctor is needed to really give you a diagnosis. A diagnosis is important because hair loss can be a symptom of more serious illness. Also, the diagnosis leads to your treatment options.
- Try Laser Comb Treatments
While laser combs are FDA approved, the quality of the hair they grow is in question (like peach fuzz) and sometimes hair won’t grow in the places that are already bald.
- Try Medications
Certain types of balding, especially male pattern balding, can be treated using medications such as Rogaine and Menoxil. They help prevent further balding, but don’t grow hair. They can have side effects. These medications must be taken long-term because when you stop taking them, the effects stop.
- Look Into a Hair Transplant
Most cases of hair loss can be treated or improved with a hair transplant. This minor operation is conducted on an out-patient basis, and uses your own hair to fill in balding areas. With a Follicular Unit Transplant, the hair follicles are moved in very small bunches and are virtually indistinguishable from a natural hairline. Learn more.
- Improve Nutrition
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is high in calories but woefully low in certain nutrients. Even if you have a good diet, research has shown that specific supplements can help hair. Dr. Shapiro has conducted research into a special Whey Protein Concentrate supplement that makes hair appear longer, stronger, and thicker. Whey Protein Isolate, on the other hand, seemed to damage hair. Read the study. This video describes how Dr. Shapiro’s supplements helped three people with their hair loss: