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Hair Loss Treatments For Men: What Works?

If your other half has started to fret about losing his hair, this guide may help…

Going bald can cause overwhelming stress, low self-esteem, reduced sex drive, and depression - and it affects about 40% of men by the age of 40. So what can be done? The best way to deal with the psychological element is to come to terms with the reality of baldness, and then to get a good haircut, seek treatment and try to unearth the cause. The majority of men lose their hair not through stress or unhealthy diet but due to a genetic predisposition from one or both sides of the family. This inherited baldness is hard to treat, and it causes follicles to shrink, producing finer and shorter hairs with each growth cycle, resulting in a loss of volume and density. Thankfully, due to the significant advances in the £3bn hair regrowth industry there are clinically proven options that offer results:

The pharmaceutical solution:Minoxidil is the only FDA-approved, over-the-counter treatment for hair loss and comes in the form of Regaine. The results are impressive: it can help to stop further shedding and make hair thicker in around three months. The topical foam increases the blood flow around shrunken hair follicles, causing them to increase in size and thicken. It also extends each follicle’s growth phase so encourages hair to grow longer.

The oral medication:Finasteride goes by the brand name Propecia, which is also FDA-approved to treat hair loss. Male pattern hair loss occurs when a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) prevents hair follicles from getting the nutrients they need. Finasteride works by blocking the production of DHT, thereby protecting the follicles. It is available from GPs, so ask to get it prescribed on the NHS, or head to a private doctor and pay for your prescription.

The hair transplant surgery:Footballers such as David Beckham and Wayne Rooney are being credited with making this procedure mainstream. It works by moving grafts of hair – typically two to four follicles at a time - from the back of the head to the temples and crown. Prices start from £1,000 depending on the extent of hair loss.

Volume-boosting shampoos :A shampoo or conditioner certainly won’t help with hair loss, but a thickening or volumising shampoo can make hair temporarily thicker by swelling the shaft. Try SHOW Beauty Lux Volume Shampoo at the same time as leaving hair smooth and shiny.

Hair growth supplements :There are stacks of supplements on the market. Even the very good ones won’t prevent or treat male pattern baldness caused by genetics, but they can help make the hair you do have stronger and healthier. Try Vitabiotics HairFollic Man Hair Health and Growth Tablets that are much more potent than regular daily multi-vitamins in terms of helping with hair health.

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