Access to the internet means that we have opened a door to a world of knowledge waiting to be discovered. In past years, to find out the best ways to promote hair growth, you would have to visit a local library, check out the relevant book, find the appropriate page, read and digest the information yourself, before going home and practicing what you have learned.
Now, with access to the World Wide Web, we are able to simply enter our question into google and immediately we are greeted with thousands of results, all offering an answer to our question. If you want to find out the easiest way to hang a roman blind, for example, you are met with eight million results – including videos, step by step how tos and blog posts – all offering the best ways to hang your new window coverings.
But with such a pool of information, and such a range of suggestions – how do you know who to trust, what information is true and what is just created to grab your money?
When it comes to something like hair loss, a quick google search will produce a variety of different results which promise to help lost hair return – however, many of these products are simply scams which prey on those who are unfortunate enough to have lost their hair.
If you have lost your hair through cancer treatment or hormonal changes – for example through pregnancy – it is very likely your hair will return. Unfortunately there are very few ways to encourage hair growth if you have lost it through alopecia or female or male patterned baldness.
Hair transplants have around a 95% success rate, and offer a permanent solution to hair loss – when combined with other tools of the trade (such as Propecia). A hair transplant, should last a life time – as long as the hair is properly taken care of, and the surgery is completed by a professional.
There isn’t a single shampoo on the market that will encourage hair growth, although a huge variety claim to do so. However, shampoos that contain Nioxin could help keep your scalp in great condition, and protect any hair you still have. Essential oils, such as rosemary and mint, can also help to improve the appearance of the hair you still have, but unfortunately won’t encourage re-growth.
Whilst there is currently no medication to help women with hair loss, there is a variety of medication available on the market for men who suffer with male patterned baldness. Neither tablet claim to recover all lost hair, however a small selection of men claim that they notice hair regrowth whilst taking the medicines. Both medicines need to be taken for the rest of your life – because as soon as you stop, the hair will continue to fall, but at a more rapid rate than before. Speak to your doctor about using Propecia or Rogaine to find out more information.
Whilst changing your diet will not encourage you hair to grow back, adding more protein to your diet can make your hair appear thicker and healthier. Whilst some studies have found that cutting out red meats and replacing them with protein-rich foods, healthy fats and foods with a high vitamin b content could decrease the rate of hair loss.
Wigs are the cheapest, quickest and most reliable tool to having a full head of hair again. A good quality wig will last a number of years if taken care of properly, and will disguise or conceal any degree of hair loss.
Any other “cures” or solutions to hair loss that you read about online should be taken with a pinch of salt – unfortunately, if it looks too good to be true – it probably is.
Robyn Edwards currently works for Joseph’s Wigs, a UK based company who specialise in wigs, hair pieces and head wear for men and women struggling with hair loss and alopecia. Joseph’s Wigs offer a human, sensitive and expert approach to coping with your hair piece needs. Visit our site today to learn more about our wigs and hair pieces, or give us a call to speak to a specialist about your hair care needs.