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Most of us grow up thinking that shaving – whether it’s our mustache or our heads – can make hair thicker. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. If you want to make your hair thicker, you have two options. You can make hair appear thicker by using certain haircare products, or you can actually try to grow thicker, stronger hairs.
At the moment, there are three different FDA-approved hair loss treatments available for people with androgenic alopecia: minoxidil, finasteride, and low-level laser therapy. However, there are many more hair loss products available on the market. Some of these are legitimate solutions being researched in clinical trials, while others are little more than snake oil.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is an FDA-approved hair loss treatment. It’s a noninvasive procedure that applies red, near-infrared, or infrared laser light to the scalp to stimulate hair growth. LLLT is typically applied through devices, like combs, brushes, and caps. Treatments can be obtained at clinics, or you can do them yourself at home.
Microneedling has been used to improve skin health in a variety of different ways. It’s helpful in reducing scarring, acne, stretch marks, and excessive sweating. Research has also shown that microneedling can also be used on the scalp and may be able to improve hair growth. Studies that combine microneedling with an FDA-approved hair loss treatment tend to be the most effective at inducing hair regrowth.
Hair plugs are an old school hair transplantation technique. This surgical procedure was developed in the 1950s and was technically successful – but produced some peculiar results.
Everyone knows the impact of nutrition on your health – but few people consider the impact of nutrition on a particular part of your body, like your hair. A variety of different foods, including berries, avocado, eggs, and salmon, all help you grow strong, healthy hair. Some foods are also good for more than eating: they can also be applied directly onto your scalp.
Finasteride is an FDA-approved hair loss treatment that’s taken orally. While this drug is effective at preventing and stopping the effects of androgenic alopecia, it comes with a variety of side effects. This medication is particularly well known for causing sexual dysfunction and related issues.
Hair grows about 1 centimeter each month, so growing hair out takes time and commitment. Most people can achieve about 5 inches of hair growth each year. While you wait, you’ll need to stop cutting your hair and should avoid using heat on it. You’ll also need to keep your hair moisturized to prevent split ends and make sure your scalp stays clean and healthy.
Hair shedding is a normal part of daily life, with most people losing between 50 and 150 hairs each day. These are the hairs you see on your comb, pillow, and in the shower drain. However, if you’re losing more than this amount of hair, it might be a sign of hair loss.
All about hair loss
Hair loss has plagued people for millennia. From Ancient Egypt to modern times, it’s been a persistent thorn in our sides, affecting men, women, and sometimes even children. Yet, it’s only been in the last few decades that the reasons behind hair loss have been understood and effective treatments have been discovered.
Our aim is to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information that can help you manage your hair problems and answer all your hair-related questions. We aspire to help you separate fact from fiction so that you can skip the useless snake oil treatments and identify which products really work.
And actually, snake oil really was used as a hair loss remedy back in the day. Ancient Egyptians mixed it with ingredients like donkey hooves, porcupine spines, and hippopotamus fat and let it soak into their scalps for hours. Did this concoction work? Not a chance.
The good news is that there are many different — and most importantly, effective — treatments you can choose from today. So far, the FDA has approved options like minoxidil, finasteride, and low-level laser therapy. A few other treatments, like microneedling and ketoconazole, are also currently being explored by researchers. And as for natural remedies… well, let’s just say some of them work, while most of them don’t.
Hair is complicated. We’re here to simplify it.