Losing your hair when you are young is not a death sentence
Losing your hair when you are young can be extremely difficult. ForÂ most men, a full head of hair is vital to their self-image. Whether you feel this way or not, here are some ways to deal with hair loss at a young age.Â
1. Preserve your hairÂ
If you still have some hair on your head, you have some options for preserving it. One is minoxidil, commonly known as Rogaine. Rogaine stimulates the growth of hair and has a high success rate for doing so. However, Rogaine does nothing to solve the root cause of hair loss. It will merely help you in the short-term. Minoxidil is available without prescription from any pharmacy.Â
Finasteride, commonly sold as Propecia, is widely prescribed as a solution to hair loss. It has a high success rate for stopping hair loss at the source and maintaining current hair. It is widely accepted now that male pattern hair loss is caused by excessive DHT, a hormone related to testosterone. Finasteride works by inhibiting an enzyme that produces DHT. In doing so, scalp levels of DHT are reduced and you will stop losing your hair. What's the catch? Many people have side effects on Finasteride and some of them, like impotence and decreased libido, can have long-term effects. You can look at articles at Propecia Side Effects to find more information on possible side effects. You also need a prescription for finasteride and this is something you will have to discuss with your doctor.Â
There are many herbal remedies and supplements that claim to stop or reduce hair loss. Green tea extract andÂ saw palmetto extract are two of the most notable. Regarding green tea extract, there are several conflicting studies, but nothing definitive. Saw palmetto works in a similar manner to finasteride - it inhibits DHT production - and thus should be effective in stopping hair loss, but once again, there are conflicting reports. Side effects associated with Propecia could also be present with saw palmetto extract.Â
2. Hair Transplant
A hair transplant involves taking hair follicles from another part of the body and inserting them into affected areas of the scalp. It is typically done as an outpatient surgery. While it can be effective in restoring hair to your head, there can be complications and it is expensive. In addition, the new follicles will become affected by DHT after they are transplanted and eventually you will start losing your hair again.Â
3. Buzz it Off
Another option to consider is accepting your hair loss entirely by buzzing off your remaining hair or shaving your head.
You will feel empowered - it will be obvious to you and those around you that you have taken control of your situation.
You will no longer have constant anxiety - no more checking yourself in the mirror, no more careful shaping of your thinning hair.
You will look better - A buzzed or shaved head is more attractive than a thinning head of hair trying to be a full head of hair. Combovers are a mistake, period. People can tell when your hairline is receding. It is obvious when hair is thinning. No matter how you feel about the shape of your head or your facial features, you look better because you are more confident.Â
There are obviously other options to maintaining your hair. Some people wear hair pieces. Some people try every "hair-restoring" shampoo that's on the market. Some people hold out hope that some gene manipulating medication is going to arrive just in time.Â
The bottom line is this: you should be comfortable with yourself. You should be confident. You should be able to live a full and successfulÂ life with or without hair.Â