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At a loss: Hair loss treatment techniques

Everyone hates one sign of ageing – hair loss. Balding has become a common phenomenon in both men and women today. So how would you bring back your lost crown? Find out here.

Many will start accepting the fact that they are losing their hair, but then there are those where the hair loss can have an emotional impact, eventually leading to depression or anxiety. There are a few treatment techniques that you could consider, so always be sure to seek advice if you are feeling conscious about your appearance.

Male-pattern baldness

Whilst this is not usually treated, there are hair loss treatments that may be effective. It is important to note however that they are expensive and may not work for everyone.

Finasteride and minoxidil are both available, but not on the NHS. The former is available on private prescription and will involve you just taking a tablet every day. It works because it prevents testosterone being turned into the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes hair follicles to shrink. By blocking DHT production, hair follicles can regain their normal size again. Past cases have shown that between three and six months of continually taking finasteride has increased the number of hairs on individuals, but if the treatment is stopped, then balding will begin again between six and 12 months later. Side effects are rare, with only one per cent of men experiencing a loss of sexual libido or erectile dysfunction.

Minoxidil meanwhile is a lotion that you can rub on your scalp every single day. This is available from a pharmacy and so you don't need a prescription for it. The bottles come in either five per cent or two per cent minoxidil form, with some cases suggesting that the stronger five per cent version has better effects. The lotion needs to be applied over the course of several months, and like finasteride, balding will resume if the lotion is stopped. The only side effects known are itchiness or scalp dryness, but these are rare.

Beyond these treatments, there are also the options of having surgery or wearing a wig. If the cause of hair loss is another condition such as discoid lupus or lichen planus, then it is important to treat the original condition to prevent further hair loss.

Female-pattern baldness

Only minoxidil can be used to treat women, but it is said to help hair grow in 25 per cent of women who have used it. Past case studies have shown that women will respond better to the treatment than men, but like with all treatments, it needs to be applied for several months before any changes can be seen.

For men and women, another option to consider is tattoos, also known as dermatography. Whilst it is quite expensive, they are great in replicating very short hair over a long period of time. At the moment, it is more commonly used on eyebrows, and only takes several hours.

As you can see, none of these treatments are free, but they are a price worth paying if your baldness is having a lasting impression on your emotions and mental state. Be sure to seek professional advice if you would like more information on the matter.