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According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), hair loss affects more than 80M American men and women (Note: that’s roughly the entire population of Great Britain), and the symptoms can range from increased shedding or a widening part up to bald patches. So, if you’ve started noticing more hairs on your pillow or in the shower drain or worse, here are some ways to prevent further hair loss and promote new growth.
Prevention and Maintenance
There’s a genetic component to both male and female pattern hair loss. Even if the DNA odds aren’t in your favor, there are a variety of simple steps you can take to preserve and optimize the health of your hair. According to Dr. Miguel Mascaró, founder of the Delray Beach Hair Transplant Center in Delray Beach, Florida, “Many of the supplements and over-the-counter topical treatments that are currently available focus on stress reduction as a means to reduce inflammation in the scalp and around the hair follicles.” Here, a few ways to take matters into your own hands at home.
There’s no shortage of hair-growth supplements out there, but one of the new kids on the block is Hush & Hush DeeplyRooted. Formulated with vitamins, minerals and botanically-based ingredients that work to protect against the effects of stress, environmental aggressors, unbalanced diet, over-styling and the aging process, a daily dose can help maintain and enhance your hair’s thickness, strength and rate of growth.
What you feed your body can have a significant effect on the hair. Dr. Mascaró explains,“There is definitely a link between diet and hair thinning or loss, and calorie restriction can lead to a condition called telogen effluvium that prompts the hair follicles to enter a prolonged resting phase before they ultimately shed.” When we cut calories, our body goes into “preservation mode” and diverts nutrients to vital organs that are necessary for survival. As a result, areas like the scalp get less blood supply and nutrients. “Deficiencies of vitamins A, C and E are among the leading causes of hair loss because these are important antioxidants that help prevent damage to the hair follicles—and eating a nutritious diet that includes iron, eggs, dairy, nuts and healthy fats is an important step for maintaining healthy hair,” he adds.
Hair restoration options
According to Dr. Mascaró, “There are several factors that can lead to hair loss, including genetics and environmental factors. It’s important to determine the underlying cause, as this dictates the most effective course of treatment that can help restore healthy hair growth.” Even if hair loss has progressed to visible thinning and balding, there are a variety of office-based procedures that can promote regrowth and restore a full head of thick, healthy hair.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) has become a go-to treatment for hair loss in recent years. This procedure involves drawing a small amount of a patient’s own blood and processing it to isolate the most beneficial growth factors and proteins, which are then injected into the scalp in order to stimulate the hair follicles. Dr. Mascaró explains, “Recent studies have shown that PRP promotes cell growth via protein production. In terms of hair growth, this stimulation of protein production prolongs the growth phase of the hair cycle.” The recommended treatment approach includes three treatments spaced one month apart, followed by “booster” treatments every three to six months.
“Early hair restoration procedures required a large scar across the back of the scalp, along with the downtime and required healing associated with surgery,” says Dr. Mascaró. With advanced technology like follicular unit extraction (FUE), small clusters of just a few hairs are discreetly moved from a donor spot to thinning or balding areas without large scars. “SmartGraft takes FUE to the next level by ensuring the grafts stay adequately hydrated and cooled from the second they are extracted from the scalp—and increases the survival rate of the transplanted hairs,” Dr. Mascaró explains. SmartGraft patients generally see new hair growth approximately three months after the procedure and have new hair that can be styled after six months. Full results are apparent after nine to 12 months.
There’s a new DIY hair-loss treatment option that brings the concept of professional microneedling home. Called LockRx Growth Factor 3X, this potent serum features a unique gold-tipped applicator to deliver its active ingredients deeply into the scalp. Formulated with growth factors that help optimize the hairs’ growth cycle, botanically-derived compounds to help ease inflammation that can impact the follicles, and a complex of B vitamins and amino acids minimize the progression of thinning, LockRx can be used on its own or in conjunction with professional hair restoration treatments.