LOSING YOUR HAIR? DON’T LOSE YOUR MIND. HERE ARE SOME OF THE LATEST OPTIONS IN THE 'HAIR RESTORATION' MARKET.
Have you noticed that your time in the barber chair has gotten shorter? Have the clippings from your hair that once used to bathe the smock you during your haircut, turned into a trickle of locks? Are you finding that you’re not going through as much product as you used to? If you answered ‘yes’ or even ‘maybe’ to one of these questions, chances are you’re experiencing hair loss.
Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Over 65% of American men start losing their hair by the time they’re 35. You don’t want to know how much higher that number gets for guys over 50.
Maybe it’s time for you to fight back and reclaim what’s yours!
In the past few decades, science has made tremendous progress in the area of hair rejuvenation. We’ve identified four proven procedures.
We know what you’re thinking. We’ve heard the “Chia Head” jokes. But hair transplants have come a long way from their “Barbie head beginnings.” Today, they look great! This process works by harvesting hair follicles from the back of your head and planting them in the balding areas of your scalp. It’s a surgical procedure that can happen in one day.
One treatment that has grown in popularity actually uses your own blood to regrow hair. “Platelet rich plasma” or PRP works by taking platelets from your own plasma and injecting them into your hair follicles. The platelets are rich in growth factors that stimulate re-growth and increase your hair’s integrity. It sounds gross, but it works!
Non-invasive and painless, this space age option uses low intensity light called “low-level laser therapy” or LLLT. Red light frequency targets stem cells in your scalp, which stimulates the anagen or growth phase of your hair follicles. Does it work? Nine out of 11 studies found that hair density and hair count significantly increased after LLLT treatments.
You may have seen their ads on the subway. A company that is disrupting the $85 billion hair replacement industry. This solution is as simple as taking a pill. Nutrafol is a solution that works from the inside out by targeting free radicals, oxidative stress and inflammatory markers that disrupt your hair cycle. It’s direct-to-consumer and can be purchased online.
Whichever solution you choose, realize that the clock is ticking. It’s easier to maintain hair that you’ already have than to go into the process of hair re-growth. In some cases, pharmaceutical grade minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) can be an effective “first defense.” In any
event, your first step should be contacting a dermatologist. And here’s a helpful hint. Go in for a skin cancer screening (you should do this anyway and it’s covered by most insurance), and while you’re there, ask your dermatologist about hair rejuvenation options.
Or you could just wear a hat and hope nobody notices.