Hair loss can be devastating and even affect a person’s self-esteem. However, it is something you can take care of because there are many treatment options categorized into non-surgical and surgical methods. Surgical methods, such as hair transplantation are quite costly. You can, therefore, opt for non-surgical methods. The non-invasive techniques will help slow down the rate at which you lose hair and stimulate growth. There are three types of non-surgical treatments which include: cosmetic treatments, natural treatments and prescription treatments.
Hair loss can really effect the way you feel on a day-to-day basis. While a common cause of hair loss can be stress, dealing with seeing hair loss in the shower and practically every where else you go can really perpetuate even more stress! However, there are certain steps you can take when beginning to experience the symptoms of hair loss. Although you may see mostly surgical options on television, there are many non-surgical hair loss treatment options to choose from, especially in Miami.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HAIR LOSS?
There are many causes to hair loss. These range from environmental factors such as stress and nutrition, to your genetic disposition The key (no matter what the cause) is to act is quickly as possible when experiencing the early stages of hair loss. We will take a more in-depth look at the causes of hair loss in our next blog article. Below you’ll read about some non-surgical hair loss solutions in the Miami area.
SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP)
Scalp Micropigmentation is an innovative, non-invasive treatment that provides the look of fuller hair through detailed micro needles injections. The resulting effect creates tiny follicles on your scalp which thicken and restore texture to thinning or completely bald areas with just one session!
WHO IS GOOD CANDIDATE FOR SMP OR SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION?
SMP is also good for men and women suffering from thinning hair or receding hairlines. The SMP procedure seeks to replicate your natural hair follicles and color by helping add density in thinning areas. This undetectable illusion of thicker stronger strands will create an appealing look for people who are struggling with their appearance due to the thinning and recession.
HOW DOES SMP WORK?
In order to create the appearance of hair, SMP practitioners use cosmetic pigmentation and state-of-the art equipment. This can be used for blending into your existing hairline or adding density where needed. When density is added in thinning areas gaps between strands become less noticeable and achieve the appearance you are striving for in an authentic fashion.
NATURAL HAIR LOSS TREATMENTS
Another great form of fighting hair loss are supplements! Supplements are a billion dollar industry but keep in mind that all are not created equal. First and foremost, we do not recommend picking up any supplements from your local CVS or Walgreens. This is mostly due to the ingredients used in those brand’s that can add to your hair loss issues instead of solving them. Some of the ingredients we’ve commonly seen in commonly stocked products at those stores contain cheap sugars and corn starches that you should be cleaning out of your system to begin with. While health food stores like Whole Foods usually have a better selection of products, your best bet is to stick with brands such as Designs For Health, Orthomolecular and Pure Encapsulations.
According to this WEBMD article, the top supplements for fighting hair loss are as follows:
Thinning hair? You might not be getting enough of these important vitamins and nutrients.
Is your diet affecting your hair? If you aren’t getting enough of certain key vitamins and minerals, you may be at risk for hair loss. Find out which foods you can get these important nutrients from, and make sure you talk to a medical professional before you take a supplement. When it comes to vitamins, more is not better, and sometimes too much can be harmful.
Biotin (vitamin B7) is important for cells inside your body. Low levels of Biotin can cause hair loss, skin rashes, and brittle nails. Signs that your Biotin or B7 levels are low include but are not limited to:
- hair loss
- insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- brittle hair
- red rashes on the skin, especially the face
- dry or scaly skin.
- dry eyes
Zinc plays a key role in the synthesis proteins in hair and other human cells. Since your body can’t make zinc on it’s own, you’ll need to get it from an extrinsic source (food or supplementation). Some signs and symptoms of low zinc levels include hair loss, a weak sense of taste or smell and even poor or slow wound healing. Zinc is prevalent in many food such as selfish, meats, beans, nuts and seeds.
Red blood cells need iron to carry oxygen. Low levels of Iron can cause something called iron deficiency anemia. Symptoms include fatigue, pale skin, and hair loss.
You’re at risk for low iron if:
- Practice Vegetarianism or Veganism
- Suffer from chronic illness
- You’re a woman who experiences heavy periods
Some foods that are naturally rich in iron include:
- Red meat (grass-fed)
- Leafy greens
Vitamin C is essential for your gut to absorb iron. Some good sources of Vitamin C are found in citrus fruits such as oranges, bell peppers and leafy greens. “Eating your iron-containing foods at the same time as a food that contains vitamin C will help you better absorb the iron in that food,” Megan Byrd, RD, tells WebMD Connect to Care.
One of the most important functions of Vitamin D is in bone health. Low levels of vitamin D, which is actually a hormone, not a vitamin – are linked to hair loss. The best and longest lasting form of Vitamin D is gained from the sun. Your skin makes vitamin D when you get sunlight, but many people can’t get enough from sun alone – or are afraid of the sun. One can boost vitamin D levels by eating fatty fish. You can also ask your doctor to recommend a supplement. Taking magnesium with Vitamin D can enhance it’s bioavailability.
HAIR CARE ROUTINES
Hair loss is no fun, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. Take good care of your hair by shampooing and conditioning with gentle products that also contain biotin. There are many products out there that are paraben free. This is important to keep excessive damage from occurring! When drying off after washing (or wetting), make sure not use hot water because this will dry out strands even more than usual. Instead, opt for lukewarm settings which won’t fry those precious locks. Too much heat could damage hair so use a protectant like Argon oil or leave-in conditioner before blow drying. Also, avoid brushing your hair when when because that is when it most easily breaks.
PRESCRIPTION HAIR LOSS TREATMENT SOLUTIONS
Minoxidil is available in a variety of forms. In it’s liquid form, one can rub it directly on their scalp. Rogaine, the most popular brand name containing Minoxidil is popular for both men and women. Rogaine can offer you moderate results ranging from hair regrowth to a reduction in the rate of hair loss or at times even both. However, the hair regrowth is found to be weaker than existing hair.
SIDE EFFECTS OF MINOXODIL
As with most prescription drugs, one always has to deal with side effects. Minoxidil may cause symptoms such as irritation, hair growing in unwanted areas and increased heart rate. Rogaine with Minoxidil is a prescription drug and can only be obtained through a physician. You should apply the prescription as directed for you to see results. However please note, Minoxidil is not suitable for all types of baldness.
In most countries, Finasteride is a medication prescribed exclusively for men. Men who take the pill once a day experience reduction in hair loss and better maintenance of hairline. Some experience hair regrowth. Men should take the drug as directed which usually means continuously. Propecia (the brand name for Finasteride in the United States) too does not suit all forms of baldness.
SIDE EFFECTS OF PROPECIA
While side effects may be minimal, it doesn’t mean many don’t experience them. The most glaring side effect includes lower sex drive. This has been experienced many by many men on Propecia and kind of defeats the purpose of why you want you hair back to begin with. In addition, (and not to be over looked), men who take Propecia may be at a higher risk of getting prostate cancer – kind of a big deal.
Many people experience thinning or bald patches in their hair. For these reasons, it is important to conceal the areas where there are problems so that they do not show up on an scalp examination – especially if you want your natural appearance back! Hair Concealers come as creams and powders. These can be applied directly onto dry scalps for coverage either under existing styles OR alone without any styling products at all. However some customers prefer using mousse after applying this type of product because its full bodied texture helps hold everything together better while giving more body than traditional gels/volumizers etc.