Losing hair is never a good thing and for someone who is losing hair, there could be few things worse. While losing a few hair every day is normal, but if you are starting to see bald patches, then there is probably reason for worry. For several people, the hair loss is so severe that for them, the only option might be a hair transplant. However, if you are one of the people, for whom the hair loss has only just started, then there might be a few other options you could consider.
The fact of the matter is that a hair transplant is the last resort in most cases, and there are several non-surgical or minimally invasive methods that can be used before reaching the stage of surgery. Here are some of the most popular methods for hair restoration:
Oils and natural extracts
From coconut oil to jojoba oil, olive oil to lavender oil, there are several natural oils and extracts which are known to help with hair loss. Before jumping to anything more severe, you might want to try out some of the popular home remedies to help with the hair loss.
Topical and oral medications
There are oral and topical medications that you can purchase and use, with the advice of a doctor.
Finasteride is an oral medication which is prescribed by the doctors to men to for male pattern baldness. It is not recommended to women.Finasteride works by blocking the DHT (dihydrotestosterone) hormone which causes the hair loss. It is available on the doctor’s prescription only. There is a particular dosage that needs to be taken and for that, it would be best that you talk to an expert first.
Similarly, Rogaine or Minoxidil is a topical solution, which again can be purchased easily as it is available as OTC. The solution has to be applied to the scalp, because it is supposed to help with the natural growth of hair. Popular theory behind Rogaine is that it dilates the blood vessels, which in term is able to supply blood and oxygen to the hair follicles much faster, leading to better health of the follicles.
Combs and helmets
Various combs and helmets have made their way to the markets, each of which claim to give you better, longer and stronger hair. The basic tenant behind all these products is LLLT or low level laser therapy, because tools like these make the usage easier. These products allow the therapy to be done at home or without the supervision of a doctor. If you are using these products at home, do make sure that you ask a professional about the intensity, time duration of usage and of course how many times in a week you can use them. It would be a better idea to head to a clinic or cosmetology centre, where you can get these procedures done professionally.
This is one of the newer therapies that is minimally invasive, but is known to show results. A small amount of blood is taken from your body and the platelets from the blood are extracted. These platelets are combined with certain growth factors, which make them like a super serum. The new combination is then injected back into your scalp, allowing for improved growth. Perhaps the biggest benefit of this procedure is that there are minimal chances of infections or rejections from the body, because it is your blood that is being used.
While microneedling has been used for a long time to treat scars and wrinkles, it is only recently that it found its way into the world of hair restoration. This therapy actually inflicts wounds on the body intentionally, but they are extremely minute. Then the body’s healing procedure kicks in and the results are quite often what is expected. When there is a wound, there is an automatic production of new cells and when the procedure is done on the scalp, the cells in the hair follicles jump into action, allowing for new hair to grow in. In most cases, microneedling works best with Minoxidil, but it is best that you talk to your doctor first.
Artificial Hair Restoration:
If you are scared of a surgical procedure and are looking for the ways to restore your hair, then the artificial hair restoration is the option for you. Hair patches, hair extensions are used to cover the bald patches or if you have hair with less density, then you can use them too. You can style them as the way you style your natural hair. Whether men or women, anyone can go for artificial hair restoration methods.
Robotic hair transplant
For people who want the results that they would get from a proper hair transplant, without actually undergoing the pain and complications of the actual surgery, there is always the option of a robotic hair transplant. Being a completely automated method, there is minimal chance of human error and the procedure does get over much faster than a traditional transplant. The best hairs are identified and only those hairs are harvested and the hairs which are in a good condition are left untouched. And because there are no nicks and cuts, the recovery time is also minimal.
If you are having trouble with your hair, and are thinking about hair transplant, you might want to consider these above mentioned artificial hair restoration methods.