With many treatments available it can be hard to understand which treatment suits which hair loss condition. Can men and women use the same air loss treatment? Will a treatment reverse hair loss short and long-term.
The most common hair loss condition is genetic male pattern baldness, androgenic alopecia. This affects the majority of men over their lifetime. Female pattern hair loss is also common. But generally less severe cosmetically. As the hairline remains intact with a loss of hair density behind.
Hair loss conditions besides genetic
There are many forms of hair loss. Genetic hair loss is just the most common. Other forms of hair loss include stress related. Diet, traction, and chemical damage. As well as medication-induced hair loss such as chemotherapy and anticancer drugs. Female hair loss can carry many more complexities compared to males. As a result, a blood test should be taken. To help diagnose any systemic deficiencies. Possibly related to blood.
There have been recent images of David Beckham. Now 43 years of age. Sporting a shaved look hairstyle. Apparent to the eye is also what appears to be thinning hair. Diffused hair loss behind his hairline. But, then other images with a full thick looking head of dark hair. It has been said he may have used cosmetic products. Concealers to make his hair look thicker. These can be hair dyes or concealer products that cling to the hair shaft giving it the illusion of greater thickness.
Hair loss can affect men and woman at any time. In our adult lives and if genetic is generally slow and progressive. The pattern of hair loss can mirror others in our family on either the maternal or paternal sides without discrimination. The male pattern is stages of hair loss is categorised on the Norwood Scale from NW2 to NW7 being advanced hair loss and for female pattern hair loss the Ludwig Scale. Female pattern loss is more of a diffused pattern compared to male hair loss which can cover the entire top of the scalp.
The look of fullness and hair density
Changing your hair colour can help or heighten the look of hair loss. The lower the contrast between your hair and skin complexion the less obvious it is your hair is thinning. Your hairstyle also can help. Without having to have a comb-over. By keeping your hair short and cropped will minimise the balding scalp area.
Concealer products are popular with both men and women. They come in a variety of forms but the idea is to mask the scalp. Some use tiny iron filings that are peppered over your hair and head. They are the same colour as your hair. Stick to your remaining hair to add fullness. They can be fixed into place with a hairspray but be careful in heavy rain.
The FDA in America has passed three treatment to use against hair loss. Treatment available can work to stabilise hair loss and in some cases improve the hair growth if caught early enough. For younger men with a mild hairline recession, a hair loss treatment can help to maintain their hairline and in some cases help to thicken up weaker hairs. Minoxidil, finasteride, and laser therapy are all used at home and need constant usage to maintain positive results. If they are stopped the natural hair loss gene will continue and your hair loss will catch up to where it should have been if treatment was never used.
A hair transplant is a permanent surgical hair replacement option. That uses the genetically strong hair we have around the back and sides of our head. Although almost everyone can have a hair transplant it is important to have a comprehensive consultation first. To see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. Age, hair loss stage and future hair loss need to be taken into account and planning is important as a hair transplant is not a cure for hair loss in general.
The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) hair transplant techniques are the two recognised procedures today, they differ on the method the hair is removed from around the back and sides of the head.