How to cope with hair loss

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Aging is a natural process and it manifests itself in different ways, hair loss being one of them. Hair signifies youth and vitality, and people with a head full of hair are considered youthful and attractive. Given the significance it holds in our overall appearance, hair loss, thinning or balding can cause a lot of emotional anxiety and a loss of self-confidence.

Hair loss also has some serious effects on one’s personal, social and professional interactions. It can lead to people isolating themselves from others, which can significantly impact their lives.

If you are suffering from hair loss or if you know someone suffering from hair loss, here are some ways to help cope with it.

1. Understand what’s causing hair fall

Hair loss can happen due to a variety of factors. It is caused by stress, eating disorders, pregnancy, chemotherapy or it can be hereditary. For most men, hair loss is caused by androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness that can set in at any age.

Once the cause is identified, it can be treated accordingly. Hair loss caused by stress can be addressed by undergoing medical treatment for eliminating stress, or taking part in stress reducing activities like meditation. For hair loss that is induced by a poor diet, dietary supplements or improving the quality and variety of food can be helpful.

It is necessary to address hair loss like you would address any other ailment. Don’ give up on it easily,instead talk to a specialist who can identify the cause and recommend necessary treatment.

2. There is nothing wrong with being bald

There are lots of men, including many celebrities, who have embraced baldness gracefully and are considered attractive. Jason Statham, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson are a few examples. All of them have chosen to remain bald despite the fact that they are actors and their job requires them to look a certain way. Bald men are considered strong and attractive as well.

The important thing is to keep your confidence; if you are confident, others will recognise it as well.

3. Get a new cut, style it, wear a hat

A good haircut can work like magic. If your hair is thinning, it is a good idea to get it styled differently. What might have looked good on you earlier might not be flattering anymore. Find a good stylist as they understand receding hairlines and can give you a flattering cut.

Wearing a hat or a bandana is also a good option if that is something you are comfortable with.

4. Join a forum or a help group

People suffering from hair loss often feel misunderstood or alone. They tend to believe that no one understands their pain. It can be tough to cope if you think no one is empathising with you. If you feel like that joining an online forum, or a help group can be very helpful. You can discuss your issues, treatment, medication, or just talk to people who can understand how losing hair feels like.

5. Treatments

There are a number of treatments available for thinning hair.

a. Minoxidil, a topical solution used to stimulate hair growth and slow balding, is a popular medication. It is very useful in early stages of hair loss. While it does not necessarily help in regrowth, it will help you hold on to the hair you have.

b. PRP Therapy
PRP is a popular non-surgical procedure used to treat hair loss. PRP or platelet rich plasma therapy involves injecting the patient’s own blood into the scalp to induce hair growth. How this works is – A little blood is drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge machine where PRP’s, containing essential growth proteins, are extracted from it. This platelet rich plasma is then injected into the effected areas. Since it is made from patient’s own blood, it is a purely natural form of treatment.

6. Hair Transplant
There has never been better technology for hair transplant than there is today.Currently; there are two widely used methods of hair restoration used by surgeons – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).

a. FUE is a minimally invasive technique. It involves harvesting hair follicles one by one by using micropunches from the patient’s donor site, the back and sides of the head, and transplanting them onto the thinning or bald areas. FUE Hair Transplant is ideal for patients with male pattern baldness and involves no incision and heals quickly.

b. FUT involves extracting a strip of scalp from the back or sides of the head and dissecting it into individual grafts, which are then transplanted on the bald spots.The difference between FUE and FUT, is the method of extraction of follicles, while the rest of the procedure remains the same.

Hair loss especially in the case of pattern baldness is a natural process. While it is not the best thing to happen to any of us, we have to learn to deal with it. It definitely does not imply that we are not attractive any more. It is important to not let it affect you emotionally and mentally. If it does the bravest thing to do is seek help.

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