How Can You Treat Thinning Hair?

Thinning hair is a problem that can affect both men and women, particularly as we age. Some people accept it, and it doesn’t bother them too much. However, some people dislike the loss of a youthful appearance, and seek treatments to try and slow or even reverse the hair loss.

Which treatment you try will depend on the type of hair thinning you are experiencing. For men who are losing hair from the temples and crown, it is likely to be male pattern baldness. This is a hereditary condition that is caused by the interaction of hormones in the body, which results in the hair follicles shrinking and dying.

Male pattern baldness can be treated with over-the-counter medications which block the production of the hormone responsible for affecting hair follicles, known as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This treatment does not work for women, however.

Thinning hair in women could also be a genetic or hormonal condition. Sometimes, it can be brought on by stress, surgery, illness, a thyroid problem, or trauma. Some women find that by improving their diet to include more iron and vitamin D, the condition of their hair also improves.

Limiting the use of hair styling tools, and avoiding tight braids and ponytails, can help the scalp to retain more hair. Scalp massage to improve the flow of blood to the hair follicles can also help to stimulate hair growth.

Hair loss treatments can be complemented with microneedling to make them more effective. This involves applying a device with hundreds of tiny needles to the scalp, in order to regenerate the hair follicles. To minimise any discomfort, the therapist may apply a topical anaesthetic, or ask you to take a paracetamol prior to the appointment.

The process is thought to particularly effective for alopecia areata, where the hair falls out suddenly in small patches. It’s a quick and non-invasive procedure that can be carried out by suitably qualified beauticians.

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