If you’ve been dealing with hair falling out, the receding hairline around the temples, and the balding pate, it might be time to adopt a more accepting attitude towards the problem. Not only is the issue more of a genetic condition, but close to 50% of American men start to show some degree of hair loss by the time they reach 40 years of age. Not just genetics, but environmental factors, pollution, and your immune system attacking the hair follicles can also cause hair loss. And, in today’s times, it is not uncommon to note that men as young as 19 years of age are starting to lose their hair.
When faced with hair loss and the accompanying loss of self-esteem, it is easy to fall prey to the many lotions, creams, and other approaches that will make the hair loss less apparent. Or, even regrow your hair. It might interest you to know that according to IBIS World, the hair loss industry generated revenue of $4 billion in the year 2018 alone. This figure indicates the world’s obsession with hair loss and the development of various options to manage it. But, you may want to try the many solutions with caution. Most of them have severe side effects or make you look worse than you did with the balding pate.
Here are some of the most common solutions and why it is best to avoid them:
Approved by the FDA, Minoxidil is sold under the brand name of Rogaine® and is one of the most common options for dealing with hair falling out. You can buy the product in lotion or foam form and apply twice a day to stimulate the growth of hair. However, Minoxidil has severe side effects that can include flushing, itchy scalp, chest pain and palpitation, and unwanted hair growth on the face and other parts of the body. Headaches, brain fog, dizziness, and lightheadedness are some of the other adverse reactions you can expect.
In contrast, like the consultants at PRP Injection MD recommend, you could try natural solutions like PRP therapy for hair loss that helps the hair follicles regenerate and start to grow hair like they originally did.
Also approved by the FDA, Propecia is only prescribed for men and although it can help you in dealing with hair falling out, you’ll have to deal with the many side effects. Among them are impotence, loss of libido, dizziness, fatigue, and swelling in the hands and feet. Like Rogaine, Propecia works only as long as you continue the treatment. You can expect to lose the hair growth within a short time after stopping the intake of the medication or applications as in the case of Rogaine.
Just as more and more men are doing these days, it is best to accept the hair loss and wear your hair to match the growth you have left. Going bald is another look that many celebrities are sporting with style and flair. As for what you shouldn’t do?
Check out this feature on the Art of Manliness that advises you to let go of your regular hairdo and cut your hair short. That’s because long hair makes the balding patches more apparent. Having curly or straight locks framing a shining pate is possibly the worst look to sport. Match the short haircut with a clean-shaven style and you CAN carry it off. You could also try the goatee ala, Dwayne Johnson to go with a smooth pate. If you have to, remove the hair completely, but whatever you do, never, ever do the comb-over.
Unless the weather demands it, avoid using a hat or cap to cover the bald pate when dealing with hair falling out. Wear a hat only for protection against the sun and cold, and allow your skin to breathe at other times. Donning a hat when it’s clearly not needed makes you come across looking silly. At some time, the cover has to come off, and it will be obvious that you’re trying too hard. And, yes! Wearing a toupee is a definite no-no.
Have you been in the habit of shampooing every day? It’s time to change your hair care routine, and adopt one that will match the thinning and/or vanishing hair. Allowing the dirt, dust, and oils to accumulate can make the hair flat with bare skin showing through. But, on the other hand, too much washing can strip the scalp of the natural sebum and aggravate the hair loss. So, wash your hair only when you feel it’s absolutely necessary. You may also want to blow dry to lend volume and bounce to your hair for a fuller look like the folks at HuffPost suggest.
Stressing and obsessing over the problem is possibly one of the worst ways of dealing with hair falling out. The more stressed you are, higher will be the levels of cortisol in your blood. Cortisol interferes with the growth cycles of the hair follicles causing them to stop functioning as they should. And, that’s a fact corroborated by the scientists at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. In case of normal people, easing the stress levels can restore normal hair growth. But, if you’re already facing hair loss, the stress can cause irreparable damage.
With a larger percentage of men dealing with hair falling out, it would be advisable to accept the condition and take it in your stride. Given that most men have hair loss because of genetic causes, you’ve probably been watching your father, brothers, and other male family members facing the issue. Choose options to manage the hair loss that won’t cause side effects, but promote hair growth naturally. You might just get the results you want.