It always starts out small. A few hairs in the sink on day. Next week, several more. One day you wake up and you notice that you have ignored for a while. Your hair is definitely thinning. At the temples, on the crown, or all over: it sheds and it does not come back. Hair loss, in any form, is due to changes within the body. These unwanted changes can have severe impacts on self-esteem and emotional well-being.
There are a lot of uncontrollable causes of hair loss. Male pattern baldness, alopecia areata, pregnancy, stress, illness, and medication are all unavoidable paths to hair loss. For more information on how these work, you can find more information on a previous blog post here.
Men have a lot to contend with if you begin thinning out.
Do you let it all fall out on its own?
Do you change your hairstyle to cover it up as long as you can?
Do you shave it all off to the scalp?
Do you opt to try hair pieces or hats to cover it up?
Do you get professional treatment to defy the loss?
Unless you have a subtle or trendy receding hairline, it is probably not the best option to let it all fall out on its own. Patchiness and unpredictability will undoubtedly follow this choice.
Changing your hairstyle is always an adventure. For those who do not have much loss, this may be sufficient for you. There are all kinds of products, tips and tricks to make hair appear thicker than it is. Products can cause more damage – especially if combined with heat tools – causing hair to become brittle and break. Another option is a cut: shorter haircuts are better to disguise thinning. You could also go the other way – the comb-over.
Going down to the scalp can be a dramatic change for someone with hair loss. A lot of bald men are just plain gorgeous. However, it is not a look that everyone can pull off.
Hats and hair pieces. A high quality piece that does not look like a “rug” can cost a good amount of money. Hair pieces are not durable enough to deal with exercise. For those with an active lifestyle, this may not be appealing. Hats are an option, but they are not appropriate to be worn everywhere. Plus, hats can cause more friction damage to the remaining hair and can cause more breakage.
Professional treatment could be an option for you. Hair specialists such as Dr. Guenthner will be able to give you some guidance on the cause(s) of your hair loss. He will also be able to spell out your options for you. One of the most popular and effective options is NeoGraft. Throw away your conceptions of “hair plugs”. NeoGraft technology does make a transfer from the area of the head with the thickest hair – usually the back – and transfers it to the needed areas. Using a gentle process that does not leave nasty scars like traditional transfers, this may be the best option for you to keep your hair.