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In today’s modernised society, nothing can go unsolved with high-end technology – not even hair loss. Hair loss is becoming a massive problem. A number of natural hair loss treatments have been sprouting in the market today. While there are surgical treatments, most people still prefer non-surgical natural hair loss treatments.
Hair Replacement Systems
Basically, there are two types of hair replacement systems: wigs and toupees. The main difference between the two is the size they cover. Toupees only cover a small part while wigs can cover the entire head.
Hair replacements are usually made of a fine plastic mesh or coarse clothing. They are attached to the scalp with a double-sided tape or glue. Pre-made hair replacements are usually cheaper than other natural hair loss treatments. High-quality hair replacements, on the other hand, can be very expensive.
Hair replacements can become loose overtime which means that the user will have to undergo retightening in clinics. But the main disadvantage of hair replacements is that they encourage sebum production. Sebum is reported to stimulate high levels of 5-alpha reductase and clog pores. For this, they may only hasten hair loss.
Minoxidil lotion and oral Finasteride are medications scientifically proven to treat hair loss. Both of these drugs are approved by the FDA and are available over the counter without the need for prescription.
Minoxidil is a topical solution applied on the balding region twice a day. It stimulates and enlarges miniaturised hair follicles. Like other natural hair loss treatments, Minoxidil compels hair follicles to go into growth phase. On the other hand, Minoxidil lotion doesn’t inhibit dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production. DHT is the hair loss-causing hormone mostly present among men. Also, it has several known side-effects.
Unlike Minoxidil lotion, Finasteride is a DHT inhibitor of type II 5- alpha reductase. It is an oral treatment and is only recommended to men. Finasteride is not prescribed to pregnant women since it causes abnormalities to a male fetus.
Laser and LED Therapies
Several medical experts worldwide have been utilising low level laser therapy to treat pains, injuries, and other several conditions. In the cosmetic industry, this kind of therapy has been used as a natural treatment for hair loss.
Low level laser is a cold coherent light source with numerous positive effects documented on the living cells.
Unlike non-therapeutic treatments for hair loss, LLLT has no side-effects. It improves cellular metabolism particularly by increasing mitochondrial and ATP production. In this way, laser light allows better blood circulation in the scalp area, thus promoting hair regrowth.
Light Emitting Diode Therapy
A light emitting diode is an infrared light that revitalises hair follicles. LED is non-coherent that also helps improve blood circulation in the scalp. LED makes hair regrowth possible by stimulating new hair follicles to grow.
LLLT and LEDT results can vary from person to person. This is why they still require wide-scale scientific studies in order to gain universal acceptance in the hair-related industry.
Hair replacements, medications, and therapies are common non-surgical natural hair loss treatments. Whatever patients choose to use, it is imperative that they seek professional advice first before choosing the most appropriate treatment.