There are many ways to prevent hair loss, but what exactly are the most effective? Some treatments might be good for you but not for others. So in this article, we’ll be guiding you on how we can treat hair loss.
Firstly, you should have it checked up. Once the first consultation starts, your doctor will let you take a physical exam and ask about your diet. They might also ask about your hair care routine, medical, and family history. After consultation with your doctor, you will most likely be required to go through one or more of the following tests:
- Pull test- This is when your doctor will pull some strands of your hair to see how much of it gets pulled easily to see what stage of hair thinning it’s in.
- Scalp biopsy- A scalp biopsy is a test where the doctor can discover if you have an infection that causes hair thinning or hair loss. They will take a small samples from your scalp and.or take some hair with the roots on to examine them under the microscope.
- Blood tests- Some doctors might require further tests by taking blood samples too see if you have underlying medical conditions that causes hair loss.
Treatments for hair loss
Minoxidil. You can buy it over the counter without a prescription. You may need to use it for a several months before you see your hair starting to thicken. If you do regrow hair while using minoxidil, you might lose it again if you stop taking it.
Finasteride. Finasteride is a prescription medicine in pill form that you orally take monthly. Just like minoxidil, you’ll have to take it regularly for months to see the effect and if you stop using it once your hair thickens, you could possibly lose the hair you’ve grown.
This procedure removes single hairs or strips of skin with hair from one part of the scalp and transfers them to areas of thinning or balding. The surgery could take 4 to 8 hours and has long-lasting results than taking medications.
Getting low-level laser therapy is helpful for those who have male-pattern balding, hair loss from chemotherapy, or while healing after getting a hair transplant. This type of therapy requuires a number of sessions to get the best results in hair growth.
This is a treatment requiring a medical equipment with neddles attached, then the tiny needles are used to pierce the scalp to help blood circulation and produce hair folicles in balding spots.
While waiting for test results, you can refer to some home remedies or temporary fixes for hair loss. Using a mild hair loss shampoo, avoiding chemical-based hair products, avoiding high-heat styling tools, and trying on wigs and hair extensions can be temporary remedies you can use. For men, having a short haircut and color can help in hiding bald spots and uneven hair thinning as well, you can ask your hairstylist on what haircut would suit you the best.