We love scientists! Because of all the research that has been conducted on hair loss along with the advancement of technology, there are a wide variety of ways people can address their concerns about their thinning hair and hair loss.
Whether hair loss (sometimes called alopecia) is induced by genetics or outside stressors like chemotherapy, there are a lot of viable options to get your hair and confidence back — and most now do not involve surgery! Surgery can be scary, invasive, and expensive, so the following methods are great options for those looking for cost-effective solutions for their hair loss treatment.
Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Stress
Exhaustive research has indicated a direct link between stress and lack of sleep with a decrease in the overall function of the body, including hair growth. A 2008 study from the UCLA Cousins Center showed that not sleeping for even one night can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissue and cells within your body — resulting in inflammation.
Constant or chronic stress can also cause inflammation, which can lead to the weakening of important tissue and cells that support your hair health. Stress comes in many forms (like lack of sleep), so it’s best to consult with your doctor or a psychiatrist for more information. We also suggest meditation, as it is a proven and popular method for many people to reduce stress.
Other popular methods include exercise, drinking green or chamomile tea, making regular downtime for yourself, taking melatonin supplements, etc.
Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
Vitamins and minerals are essential for sustaining the health and new growth of your hair. In today’s world, it’s easy to opt for carb-heavy food when time is limited, but this may be causing vitamin deficiencies in generally healthy people. The nutrients necessary for healthy hair are primarily plentiful in fruits and veggies, so make sure to include those in your meals.
There are many vitamins and minerals that support hair growth, but here are some of our most recommended, along with the foods that are rich in what you need for hair health:
- Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for cellular health. Studies have shown that an omega-3 deficiency can cause rough, scaly skin and rashes. Having healthy skin helps protect hair follicles and encourage growth. While they’re most known to be present in fish like salmon and tuna, you can also get these fatty acids from flaxseeds, walnuts and soybean oil.
- Biotin and B5 vitamins have shown to be likely the most beneficial to hair health. Biotin, or vitamin B7, is also popular in many skin care products because the vitamin promotes healthy skin, though it is generally more effective when ingested. Biotin deficiencies are uncommon in the U.S., however they do occur often in pregnant women, since biotin is used up more frequently during that time. You can get these vitamins through avocados, almonds, raspberries, and eggs.
- Iron is also known to help promote cellular health, since it aids in the creation of hemoglobins, which carry oxygen to tissues in the body. According to the World Health Organization, lack of iron is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies, and can adversely affect cognitive health. Fatigue and hair loss are also linked to iron deficiency. Be sure to include spinach, lentils, chickpeas, and tomatoes into your meals.
Topical Treatment and Oral Supplements
Many nutrients listed above might be hard for some people to get for the quantity needed to really boost the growth of your hair. This is how supplements can often aid in the fight against hair loss.
There are also many new products on the market that promise to promote hair growth. Some may be oral supplements with a cocktail mix of essential vitamins and minerals, and some are topical products that you can apply directly onto your scalp.
The XTC Hair Regrowth System is a line of products that have been scientifically researched and clinically tested to combat hair loss. It uses both oral and topical solutions to fight DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a hormone that is directly linked with hair loss.
Not only do these products block DHT to prevent hair loss, but they also contain other essential nutrients to promote healthier and stronger hair.
Hair Integration Systems
If you want a quicker solution to having fuller hair, then this method may be for you. A hair integration system uses non-surgical techniques to implant real human hair on your head, giving you more volume without wearing a wig. This is a great solution for those with thinning hair.
Omnigraft Hair Restoration
You can enjoy the benefits of a skin grafting surgery (without having the actual surgery!) with a modern procedure called Omnigraft. This non-surgical grafting solution implants human hair onto your scalp on a vertical bias, meaning that your hair will look more natural than with typical surgical procedures.
There is no tape or skin to glue down onto your head. This procedure allows your own scalp to be visible through the hair. You can find more information about this innovative solution here.
These are not your father’s toupees! Modern technological advancement has given rise to new products that offer a more permanent, realistic, and cost-effective alternative to surgical hair transplants or skin grafting, and they don’t look like cheap removable hair pieces that can slide off at any moment.
Procedures like Live Skin Replica, Virtual Reality Hair for men, and Virtuesse for women use membrane-like second-skin material that can apply directly onto your scalp. These customizable hairpieces can match your scalp’s skin tone and your hair’s unique color and texture so that they look completely natural.
Custom Wigs and Hair Extensions
Wigs can either be bought as-is off of retail shelves, or they can be customized to your needs. The possibilities are endless with wigs, and the best part is that you can change up your look whenever you’d like. For many people though, the care involved with having and wearing wigs and hair extensions can be a bit cumbersome. It’s not generally advised for people who are constantly busy or are unable to commit to properly caring for wigs.
Custom wigs are also suggested for chemotherapy patients who may have experienced hair loss due to the medical treatment, and who are expected to grow their hair back again once treatment has ended. Wigs are a great temporary solution.
Hair extensions are also a good alternative for those experiencing temporary hair thinning or simply want a quick way to add more volume. Today’s extensions aren’t as harmful to your hair as they used to be, as these hairpieces have become more sophisticated in fit and hold.
If you’re unsure what options are a good fit for you, or if you’d like more information about the best care for your hair, come into one of our two Los Angeles hair loss clinics and speak with an experienced stylist today!