Question by Nonya: Solutions to a 22 Year Old Guy losing his hair?
I’m a 22 year old guy, and I’m losing my hair. It’s thinning, there’s a noticeable partial bald-spot at the crown of my head, and the front is really thinning out. To top it off, my hair is blond and very fine in texture, making it appear even thinner.
So today I shaved my head. I’d rather be bald than get bald slowly. But my mom said that I’m too young to be getting bald, and that there has to be a real solution out there. Is there anything that’s scientifically proven to restore hair loss? What should I do?
Answer by Thelma
I think yours is male baldness. but Male pattern baldness affects up to 30 per cent of 30-year-old men and 50 per cent of 50-year-old men.
* Minoxidil is a lotion available from the pharmacist that you rub on to the scalp. It comes in two strengths – 2% and 5%. The latter is more effective, although it does not seem to be effective for everyone. It is not clear exactly how it works but it may slow down the process of hair loss and can cause new hair growth but it usually takes at least four months to start to show an effect you have to keep on using it or it will stop being effective. It may work for women with male pattern baldness too.
* Finasteride (Propecia) is an oral drug treatment. It works by preventing the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone and so the hair doesn’t thin. It can take several months to start to show an effect and may take up to two years for hair to re-grow, but works for the majority of men, although not all and cannot be used by women with male pattern baldness. In the UK it’s only available on private prescription from your GP and is only effective during a course of medicine.
* Surgical techniques. Scalp surgery was originally used, moving flaps of skin with hair to areas without, but is less used now because hair transplant techniques have become refined, transplanting hair follicles from areas such as the back of the head by the removal of a thin strip of scalp and then the follicular units in it are replanted into the bald area.
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