As you get older you begin to realise that the percentage of men who experience hair loss at some point in their lives is remarkably high. In fact, by age 50 almost 85% of men will have significantly thinned hair coverage. For most men, the signs of hair loss start to show up long before then, with the average ages of onset falling between the late 20’s to early 40’s.
Indeed, hair loss is a major contributing factor to the classic “mid-life crises” that men in that age group typically face. Two decades ago, there wasn’t much that could be done to bring back a fading hairline, but as we inch closer to 2020 there have been some impressive advancements in the treatment of hair loss in the past few years. That being said, the following are the three most effective and realistic solutions for men’s hair loss today.
1. FUE Hair Transplants
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is a surgical technique in which living and intact hair follicles are extracted from one part of the scalp or body and transplanted to a thinning or bald area. Hairs can be transplanted in small groups or on entire patches of skin (strip harvesting). Once transplanted, the hairs attach to the scalp and grow like normal follicles. As this technology has become more widely available, the cost of a hair transplant has gone down, making it a financially feasible option for many who might’ve previously discarded it as an excessively expensive option.
2. Non-Surgical Hair Replacements
Non-surgical options used to be confined to flimsy wigs and hair pieces that could fall off and lead to immense embarrassment at any moment. Nowadays, the advent of advanced body adhesives and wig glue products have made it possible to attach a wig to the scalp in a sturdy and aesthetically appealing manner. Entire hair style trends have sprung up around these glue-down hair pieces. Although some view this as a quick fix, the requirement for maintenance makes it a more temporary and unstable solution than an actual hair transplant. Since the wig is not permanently attached, there’s the possibility of having to revert back to a baldhead, which can be tough for someone who has gotten used to their short-term solution.
3. Medications and Diet
Medications like Rogaine have been proven to slow, prevent, and possibly even reverse hair loss in some cases. Doctors will often prescribe these medications to take alongside a hair transplant regimen. Getting plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals is also an important factor. Some people take hair and nail vitamin supplements to encourage keratin and biotin production.
4. Compensational Hair Styling
Finally, opting for hair styles that cover up your thinning spots is one way to cope with hair loss in the event that you haven’t started doing one of the three recommendations above. Growing your hair to medium length and then seeing a hair stylist who specialises in hair loss disguising techniques may lead to you finding a new style that helps you adapt to your look in the meantime.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.