The truth about hair loss and baldness cures
The TRUTH about Hair Loss: What You Need to Know about Your Hair, Treatment, and Prevention by Robert Richard
The Bald Truth About Hair-Loss Treatments
Reversing hair loss is notoriously difficult, but a new study may bring scientists one step closer to solving the hair loss puzzle. Those eager to reverse a receding hairline can choose from a few solutions. Hair transplants are a costly but permanent option. Topical solutions that promote hair growth, but at inconsistent rates, are another option. That term alone provides clues to its illusive cure. Hair loss is the result of both hormonal and hereditary factors.
In the tunnels under New York, commuters squeeze into lumbering trains and try not to make eye contact with the people whose sweaty bodies are pressed against theirs. The ads are for a company called Hims, an online seller of the drugs finasteride and minoxidil known by the trade names Propecia and Rogaine. The marketing copy implies there has been some sort of breakthrough in the science of hair loss. But Propecia and Rogaine have been available for decades. They have proved modestly effective at slowing hair loss, but they cannot entirely prevent or reverse it. The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces and scientific interest, generating new hair remains outside the realm of the possible.
Most men will go bald, at some point in their lives.
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While decapitation is widely considered to be a suboptimal outcome in any situation, hair loss is also consistently reported as being a source of great stress for anyone who suffers from it. While some men — e. Patrick Stewart — can exude raw charisma with a bald head, the psychological impact of hair loss is significant and tends to affect women more intensely than men. Unsurprisingly, treating hair loss is a big business and I recently got an e-mail from a reader asking me if platelet-rich plasma PRP actually works since it is so widely marketed and apparently very popular. PRP is made of plasma , the liquid portion of your blood minus the blood cells. Platelets are responsible for blood clotting and, at first, it may not be immediately obvious what blood clotting has to do with hair loss. The theory goes that PRP also contains a number of growth factors — i.
H as there ever been more pressure to have a full and luscious head of hair? Now men are looking to find a partner in their 30s, which makes male pattern baldness more of a problem, as it tends to begin between the ages of 20 and Medical texts dating back to BC reveal that the ancient Egyptians tried rubbing pretty much everything into their scalps, from ground donkey hooves to hippopotamus fat, in a bid to halt the balding process. These days, the two most prominent medications are minoxidil and finasteride, but both are only marginally effective at halting the rate of hair loss and cannot stop it completely. In addition, both drugs have unpleasant side-effects, with finasteride being unsuitable for women and known to induce erectile dysfunction in some men. One of the main reasons we lack an effective way to prevent hair loss is that we still understand bafflingly little about the molecular mechanisms that underpin human hair growth and loss.