Frontal hair loss is the most common male pattern hair loss and the easiest to treat. Hair in this area grows thinner until it becomes a receding hairline. Others may even call this widow’s peak because of the receding temples. Although this type of baldness is usually seen in men, women are not spared from this type of condition. Women are supposed to produce female hormones and minimal male hormones. In some cases, there are women who produce increased amounts of androgen for many different reasons such as an underlying medical disorder or hormonal imbalance. Increased amount of testosterone is then converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT appears to be the primary contributing factor that affects hair growth in men. It clings to the hair follicle and blocks the growth of the hair.
Ways on How Promote Hair Growth
• Seek consultation
– Health practitioners like dermatologists have different ways of managing different types of losing hair in men. Provide your doctor with a clear history on the type of hair loss that you are experiencing. Discuss with your doctor the amount hair that is loss everyday. Have your hormone levels checked. In women, it is important to trace the underlying cause of increased androgen hormones in order to balance these. If the cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome, then it is important to manage your condition through continuous medical care. If the cause is thyroid disorder, maintenance drugs should be taken as prescribed by your doctor.
– Find ways on how you can take care of the remaining hair on your head. Reduce traction by tying your hair loosely or snugly as tight ponytails add trauma to the hair, which affects the hair growth. Avoid using harsh hair products by checking on the label to find out what the ingredients are. If it is possible, go natural or organic on beauty products that you use. There are health practitioners who would advise and promote the use of organic products.
• Consider supplements or drugs
– There are several drugs that are now available in the market – some are oral in form and some topical. It is important to research on the ingredients of these products and consult with your doctor first. There are some who are advised to use creams or liquids and oral medications at the same time. It depends on the severity of a patient’s condition.
• Eat foods rich in vitamin E, zinc, magnesium and protein
– These are nutrients essential in healthier hair growth. These vitamins make the hair thick and lustrous.
• Hair transplant
– This is starting to gain popularity in the market. It involves extracting hair from other parts of the head to the bald spots. Later on, the transplanted hair will grow. Often times, transplants are mistaken for implants but the former is far more invasive than the latter. Transplants require a semi- major surgery while implants is an outpatient procedure.