If you haven’t even reached the age of 30 and you’re noticing a little thinning of your hair, there’s no need to panic – you’re among the 70 percent of men who end up with what’s called ‘male pattern baldness’. This can happen at any age, with 25 percent of men in the figure above starting to notice their hair thinning out before the age of 21.
It’s probably debatable whether belonging to that group is reassuring, but there is hope in the modern world for treatments and even possible cures for the problem of thinning hair. Some of the top experts in the hair restoration industry have some great ideas, so read on.
Why your hair is thinning
Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) is what causes some 98 percent of hair thinning cases and this is genetic, however, there are factors in the environment which can accelerate the condition. These include steroids, smoking, and hormone supplements, so it’s time to give them up. And also, if you wear your hair in a style that continually pulls your hair – e.g. corn-rows or tight braids – these can cause traction alopecia.
Today’s best options to treat, reverse and prevent thinning hair
The thing to remember is that not every therapy choice works for every man with a thinning hair problem and there are a few different methods to try. The determined might head straight for the relatively new, and in some cases successful, laser therapy, or the doctor-prescribed treatments. These are Minoxidil (Rogaine), which is a foam you use on the scalp daily, or Finasteride (Propecia), a pill you take daily. Apparently Donald Trump’s troll-like locks are the result of Propecia. But Minoxidil only works if you keep on taking it. Propecia works in 83 percent of cases and helps to produce more hair in 66 percent of its users. Propecia has an unwanted but uncommon side effect. It lowers the libido and can result in erectile problems. The low level laser therapy treatments have been shown to be as effective for thinning hair and baldness as the drugs, and have no side effects.
Is surgery necessary to treat thinning hair?
This is the most effective therapy to restore your hair if you can afford it, but nothing lasts forever. The costs are from around $7,000 up to $15,000 and it depends on the way the follicles are harvested, of which there are two methods: taking a strip of skin from the back area of the head and grafting it onto the bald or thinning patches, or taking follicles individually and replanting them. But this is really a way to go when all else fails.
What other therapies are there to stop my hair from thinning?
There are many herbal remedies and options such as using onion juice or lavender oil on the scalp, among others, which some say can stop or slow the hair thinning process. You could try platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy injections to restore natural looking hair. The trained practitioner doing the therapy uses a very thin needle to inject plasma, taken from your own blood, into your scalp. Factors such as stem cells in your blood are said to help stimulate and produce new hair and to prevent or slow the thinning process.
Or you could just accept the hair thinning, shave your head and move on.