It is usually normal for everybody to lose some hair from the scalp daily. Most people, especially men, experience excessive hair loss as they grow old. If your hair is thinning or falling more rapidly than expected, you may be experiencing balding. Hair loss can lower your self-confidence and motivation and your overall quality of life. Balding affects your well-being negatively. It is often related to the natural process of growth and genetics.
At Honest Hair Restoration, Martin Maag M.D., and the team offer consultation and treatment services for balding. Book an appointment today to discuss your condition with a balding specialist.
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What Is Balding?
Balding usually happens when you excessively lose natural hair from the head. In most cases, balding is commonly used to refer to androgenetic alopecia or female and male pattern hair loss. Before you are completely bald, you may notice some hair loss, resulting in thinning spots or patches. Alternatively, you may notice a receding hairline. A receding hairline in men is a symptom of androgenetic alopecia, often known as male-pattern baldness. Women can develop female-pattern baldness, which commonly begins with a widening hair part.
What Are the Causes of Balding?
Balding is mainly a result of genetics which is connected to androgenetic alopecia. Besides genetics, there are other underlying causes of balding. They include the following:
Ø Normal aging process.
Ø Male hormones are called androgens.
Ø Some hairstyles like tight ponytails, cornrows, braids, and extensions.
Ø Minimal proteins in the diet.
Ø Pulling the hair habitually.
Ø Excessive stress and depression or shock.
Ø Ringworm of the scalp.
Ø Autoimmune disease.
Ø Deficiency in nutrients.
Ø Certain medications such as chemotherapy drugs, antifungal drugs, and cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Is It Possible to Prevent Balding?
Balding that results from genetics cannot be prevented. However, you can lower the risk of losing your hair through these tips:
Ø Limit heat damage- Tools like curling irons and straighteners used in styling contribute to root damage. Therefore, their heat should be limited to reduce the damaging effect.
Ø Eat a healthy diet- Your diet should be rich in all nutrients like iron, protein, and vitamins.
Ø Manage stress- Through exercise, mediation, and deep breathing exercises.
Ø Loosen your hairstyles- Avoid tight hairstyles to reduce hair pulling.
Ø Cooling cap- If you are undergoing chemotherapy, a cooling cap will help reduce hair loss after treatment.
Ø Massage your scalp- Scalp massages help in promoting hair growth.
Ø Avoid stress and depression- Always keep off situations that would cause shock or stress to you.
Ø Switch medication- If you think your medication may be causing hair loss, consult your doctor for other medications that may not affect your hair.
Can Your Hair Grow Again If You Are Balding?
Yes, worry not. Your hair can grow again no matter your condition of balding. Treatments of balding usually range from products you rub into your head to more involving treatments to replace hair loss or restore hair growth. These treatment options include:
Ø Medications- They include both over-the-counter and prescribed drugs for treating male and female pattern baldness. Some of these drugs are finasteride, spironolactone, minoxidil, and also hormone therapy for men.
Ø Laser treatment- Low-level laser therapy could improve circulation in the head and stimulate hair follicles.
Ø Hair transplant surgery- During the transplant, the surgeon removes existing hair follicles and replaces them by inserting the hair into bald spots on the scalp.
Ø Nutrition- Hair growth may be boosted by adding nutrients like fatty acids and antioxidants to your diet.
Ø Protein-rich plasma (PRP) injections– The treatment uses your blood platelets. It is concentrated and injected into locations of hair loss, which leads to hair growth.
Ø Exosomal hair restoration.
Talk to a Balding Specialist Today
Are you aware that you lose 50-100 hairs on average daily? Do you know more than 50% of women experience balding? Have you ever thought of finding yourself losing hair due to your genetics? For this reason, Honest Hair Restoration exists to create an awareness of this condition and offer treatments that help manage your situation. Contact them today to discuss your symptoms with Dr. Maag M.D.