Losing my Hair, what should I do?


1.25cm (almost ½ an inch) per month…this is the speed at which hair grows. This corresponds to a daily growth rate in excess of 0.3 mm per day and an annual growth of 15 centimeters.

By applying these figures to the entire head of hair,  hair is produced at the rate of more than a 36 meters a day, some 1.1 kilometers per month, or more than 13 kilometers a year!

In terms of weight, for an entire head of hair, this represents 0.2 grams per day, 6 grams a month or 72 grams a year.

Since hair grows from its roots, the tip of a hair that’s 15 cm long will be one year old. But, as a single hair has on average a growth cycle spanning that of three years, it is rare to see hair longer than one meter, which represents over eight years of growth. However, the world record for hair length stands at 4.2 meters with Dai Yue Qin’s hair as seen below. If this hair had grown at a normal rate, its tips would be 28 years old!

 

a55dd1cc37ec0ddc57f839659b246ca3Dai Yue Qin

 

Treatments

Remember, in early stages, hair loss could potentially lessen at a slower pace using medications such as the FDA-approved drug Minoxidil and Finasteride. Finasteride is an oral medication usually taken at a daily dose of 1 mg for hair loss, and it works by reducing the level of DHT in the body by approximately 70%, thereby interfering directly with the fundamental balding process and protecting the hair follicles from further damage caused by DHT.

Dutasteride, a similar drug, also counteracts hair loss by reducing DHT levels. It has been scientifically found that Dutasteride lowers DHT levels more effectively than Finasteride by around 90%. Dutasteride, however, has not been FDA approved as a hair loss treatment, and its long-term` side-effects are less well-known or understood than those of Finasteride, and are likely to be more severe.

How does Minoxidil work? Minoxidil is a growth stimulant that triggers already-damaged hair follicles to artificially produce normal hair. Minoxidil does not, however, provide any protection to the follicles from further DHT damage, hence when a follicle eventually becomes completely destroyed by DHT, hair growth from that follicle is no longer possible because the follicle has literally died.

Finasteride is not approved for use in women, especially due to risks of birth defects in a fetus. It is classified in the FDA pregnancy category X.

The effect of Finasteride on sexual function is controversial. There are cases of persistent diminished libido or erectile dysfunction after stopping the drug and the FDA has updated the label to inform healthcare professionals of these reports.

Finasteride Dutasteride Minoxidil Hair loss Shampoo Low level laser therapy Surgery
Pro Low cost
FDA approved
Low cost Low cost
FDA approved
Low Side effects
Low cost since you need a shampoo anyway
No side effect
No side effect Efficient
Permanent
Con Side effects
Does not always work
Hair falls again as soon as you stop using
Side effects
Not FDA approved as of yet
Decreased sexual ability/desire may occur
Does not always work
Hair falls again as soon as you stop using
Does not always work
Hair falls again as soon as you stop using
Not effective by itself Does not always work
Hair falls again as soon as you stop using
Costly
Brand Proscar
Propecia
Avodart Generic
Rogaine
Lipogaine
Nu
Kirkland
Nioxin
Bosley
Kerastase prevention
Theradome
Oaze
iGrow
Capillus272
LaserCap
Side effect Decreased sexual ability/desire may occur as well as decrease of semen released during sex

May increase your risk of developing prostate cancer and breast enlargement and tenderness

Decreased sexual ability/desire may occur as well as decrease of semen released during sex

May increase your risk of developing prostate cancer and breast enlargement and tenderness

Limited to dry skin and body hair growth None None Scar on the back of the head
Availability for Women No No Yes in 2% solution Yes Yes Yes

 

 

 

My best recommendation for hair loss is Minoxidil since there are very little to no side effects.  The side effect of Finasteride and others is rather alarming.

Low level laser therapy (such devices as Theradome, Oaze, iGrow, Capillus272, LaserCap) is also recommended but findings diverge upon the  results.

 

Surgery

Number of surgical hair restoration procedures in the U.S in 2010:101,252

Hair Transplantation is usually carried out under a local anesthetic. A surgeon will move healthy hair from the back and sides of the head to areas that are thinning. The procedure can take between 4-8 hours, and additional sessions can be carried out to make hair even thicker. Take note that transplanted hair falls out within a few weeks, but it regrows permanently within months.

Available surgical options include follicle transplants, scalp flaps, and hair loss reductions. These procedures are generally chosen by those who are self-conscious about their hair loss, and they are expensive and painful with risks of infection and scarring. Once surgery has occurred, 6-8 months are needed before the quality of new hair can be assessed.

Scalp reduction requires the hairless scalp at the crown to be removed; the space is sewn together closing the area with now a hair-covered scalp.  Scalp reductions are generally done in combination with hair transplants to provide a more natural-looking hairline, especially those with extensive hair loss.

Hairline lowering can sometimes be used to lower a high hairline that’s secondary to hair loss, although there may be a visible scar after further hair loss.
Embracing baldness

Instead of concealing hair loss, one may embrace it. A shaved head will grow stubble in the same manner and at the same rate as a shaved face. The general public has become accepting of the shaved head as well.

 

Products make up

Hair Thickening Fibers and spray are cover ups for hair loss. Thickening Fibers are keratin fibers that bond securely to existing hair to blend and cover thinning and low density areas of hair instantly enhancing volume, thickness and fullness.

 

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