A lot of volumising shampoos contain keratin, a type of hair protein that penetrates into the shaft so it is thicker and hair appears fuller. This is useful for people with thinning hair as it lasts for a few days until the next shampoo.
Stress plays a major role in the loss of hair. Blocking a stress-related hormone called corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) associated with hair loss can help regain hair. The stress hormone blocker, known as astressin-B, has strong and long-lasting effects. Investigations and trials are being done to determine the efficacy of astressin-B in human hair growth.
It prevents hair miniaturization, favours better hair anchoring and reduces inflammation (an aggravating factor in hair loss).
It may help in preventing hair loss by blocking the production of or binding of testosterone in the scalp hair follicles. You are not permitted to donate blood before the six-month clearance time after taking this medication.
It is a pill that blocks the action of natural hormones in scalp hair and reduces hair loss. Approved for use in only men with androgenic hair loss, this drug is found to be safe in postmenopausal women.
Hair extensions are a temporary solution for people who have lost hair either made of human hair or synthetic hair fibre supplements. They can make your thin hair look voluminous. But when not used properly, they lead to patchy loss of hair, says an expert. ‘To add volume to thin hair one can choose natural human hair extensions, but we advise using with clip-on attachments,’ Dr Apoorva Shah, founder of trichology centre Richfeel Health and Beauty Pvt. Ltd, told IANS. ‘These are temporary, unlike the permanent type of attachment, which cause a lot of pull on the hair it is attached to. Sometimes it causes ‘traction alopecia’ (patchy loss of hair due to constant pull),’ Shah added.
You can cover up thinning hair areas with coloured, powdery fibre sprinkles that are commercially available. These coloured sprinkles attach to hair and give a fuller appearance!
According to Lorraine Lambert, the CEO and Managing Director of Ailesbury Hair Clinics, London, ‘The hair restoration procedure consists of regrowing hair on the scalp without any linear scarring. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area before the procedure and hair follicles are removed from the non-testosterone sensitive zone at the back of the head. This is because it is an area where follicles survive for almost one’s lifetime. After this, the hair follicles are placed on the scalp using the hair implantation pen with specialised packing tools. The pen allows us to place the hair at the correct angle i.e. 35-45 degrees along the frontal hair line and other areas of the scalp. Since the hair does not grow 90 degrees upwards out of the skin, the placement angle is of vital importance to get a natural end result. On an average, 6,000 to 9,000 hair follicles are placed on the scalp.’
Surgical restoration is the only permanent solution to baldness; they are useful to ‘fill in’ bald areas. Tiny plugs of your hair are removed from areas where hair is thicker and placed in areas that are balding. You may have minor scarring at the site of hair removal. The procedure also carries a slight risk for skin infection. You may need many transplantation sessions. However, the results are often excellent and permanent.
They are often the least expensive and safest way to deal with baldness. You can use hair weaving to add hair temporarily. A mesh is attached to your remaining hair and artificial hair of similar colour and texture is woven with existing hair or attached to the scalp with glue, metal clips or tape. Hairpieces are made from human or synthetic hair. However, you need to be aware that they may stretch, oxidize and loosen.
Contact immunotherapy may be the most effective treatment for severe alopecia areata. A medicine is applied on your scalp once a week which irritates the skin and makes it red and scaly. Hair growth may appear within 3 months of beginning treatment. Side effects include a severe rash (contact dermatitis) and swollen lymph nodes.
Thinning or balding hair can take away the sheen from even the best-looking faces. However, science has come a long way and it is possible to treat hair loss in more ways than one. Here are 20 treatments to beat hair loss.
Used for both men and women, it is a solution that is applied directly to the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. It slows down hair loss for many men and some even grow new hair. It works best on the crown compared to the frontal region. However, one needs to be very careful while applying it since application to the face or neck skin can cause unwanted hair growth in those areas! And you may have to continue using it for a really long time since stopping the usage has often been linked to increased hair loss.
PRP therapy, also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is the same as vampire facelift which is done on the face to help reduce lines, wrinkles and acne scars and also helps build collagen.
The procedure involves drawing out one’s own blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects in the tube. This plasma rich in platelets and growth factors is very useful in tissue regeneration and healing. It is then injected on the scalp or rubbed on the scalp after performing a dermaroller treatment in the areas which suffer from hair loss.
Psoralen with Ultraviolet A Light (PUVA) therapy may also be used to treat alopecia areata if you have large areas of skin affected by the disorder or you cannot use other treatments. A medicine, called psoralen, is used to make the scalp more sensitive to ultraviolet A (UVA) light before exposing it to the same.
Another non-invasive solution to thinning hair and baldness, this process involves creating several micro-tattooed dots over the scalp to make it appear like a stubble. The process is tedious and may be done in two sittings to cover the entire scalp. The results are dramatic and offer a great solution to people who have no hair for hair transplantation or cannot afford hair transplantation. It can also be used to cover up a previous hair transplant scar. Any tattoo will fade slightly with time and this can be touched up in due course of time. But remember that it is important to go to the right person because otherwise it can look harsh and fake.
In this procedure, bald areas are cut away and the rest of scalp is stitched together. This procedure is done if you have well-defined bald spots in the crown area of the scalp. It is sometimes done along with hair transplantation to reduce the size of the bald scalp.
Stem cells are also used to treat hair loss. In this process, a small amount of fat is taken from the waist area of the person whose hair is being treated through a mini-liposuction process. This fat, which contains dormant stem cells, is then put in a centrifuge and spun to separate the stem cells from the fat. Once that is done, an activation solution is added to these cells. The cells might have to be multiplied in number depending on the size of the bald area that needs coverage. Once activated, the solution is washed off so that only cells remain. Now, the stem cells are injected into the scalp where hair loss has appeared. One can find some hair growth in about two to four weeks.
Similar to shoe polish, this is applied to the thinning areas of the scalp so it gives the illusion of a fuller scalp. It helps coat the outside of each follicle almost like mascara, causing an increase in thickness by 50%. But this product can rub off onto clothes and can run when it’s raining.
Tissue expanders are inserted beneath an area of hairy scalp and gradually inflated with saline water over a period of six to eight weeks. This stretches the hair-bearing skin, thus increasing the amount of hair-bearing scalp. After removing the bags, expanded hair bearing skin is moved to an adjacent bald area where a similar sized patch of scalp has been excised or cut away. It is most useful when you have hair loss associated with scarring due to burns and other injuries to the scalp.
There are several yoga asanas which help promote hair growth. Some of them are balasana, vajrasana, uttanasana and anulom vilom. These asanas help improve digestion, increase the circulation of blood to the head and stimulates your nerves making them really great for your hair along with the rest of your body.