85% of men experience some kind of hair loss by the time they reach 50 years old. This usually starts past the age of 40, however some men experience hair loss in their 20s, or even younger.
While there’s no definitive ‘cure’ for hair loss, there are many solutions that can be used to slow down hair loss, regrow hair or simply create the illusion of a full head of hair. Below are just 7 solutions to look into.
Minoxidil is a popular form of topical medication that is applied to the scalp to reduce hair loss. It works by widening the blood vessels in your scalp. This increases blood flow to the scalp, which can help to promote hair growth.
The most popular branded version of this medication is Rogaine, which many men find to be very effective - one study found that 92% of men noticed that hair loss has stopped or slowed down.
Finasteride is another form of medication that works differently to minoxidil. The drug prevents your body from converting testosterone into DHT - a hormone which is strongly linked to hair loss.
The most popular branded version of this medication is Propecia. A study found that 80% of men noticed improvements when using Propecia.
Hair loss can sometimes be caused by a deficiency of biotin (a type of B vitamin).
Some people find that taking biotin supplements can help to prevent hair loss. It’s worth seeing a doctor to see if a deficiency is to blame - some doctors will prescribe biotin if you do have a deficiency.
The most traditional way to fight hair loss is to hide it by wearing a hair piece. In recent decades, hairpieces have come a long way - they are a lot more convincing and comfortable to wear.
You can buy generic hairpieces or you can get a custom hairpiece made. The latter option will guarantee a hair piece that fits snugly and looks genuine.
A hair transplant involves taking hair follicles from one area of the body or from a donor and transplanting them to a bald area on your head. Such hair continues to grow just like normal hair.
For many patients, hair transplants can be effective. Such a procedure does have its downsides though: it can be expensive and often leaves scarring.
Scalp micropigmentation is pretty much a hair tattoo. Ink is applied to the scalp, which can help to create added volume in areas where hair is thinning. This procedure can also be used to hide scarring caused by a hair transplant.
Such tattoos are carried out at specialist micropigmentation clinics. The procedure is successful for many patients.
Low-level laser therapy can also be used to treat hair loss. This works by increasing blood flow to the scalp, the same way that minoxidil works but often with faster results.
You’ll find specialist laser clinics that offer this service. Laser therapy can be quite expensive, but many people do find it to be successful in reducing hair loss.