THINNING HAIR TREATMENTS AND REMEDIES
Hair actually falling out, which in many cases may be more to do with genetic and hereditary traits, is something that is usually noticed immediately because it can come on so abruptly. Thinning or thin hair however is sometimes not so apparent because of its gradual nature. It actually is two different factors taking place at once. The first is loosing hair or not having new growth occur in certain areas. The other factor is that the hair follicles are actually becoming thinner.
While thin hair is an affliction that effects both men and women, it usually occurs in different areas and for different reasons. For men the process starts with the production of Testosterone. This testosterone is converted to Dihydrotestosterone, also known as DHT. The conversion of the testosterone is caused by an enzyme that is present called 5-Alpha reductase (5-AR). The beginning of this production process can start or escalate at any point during our lives. For some it begins at an early age and aggressively.
For fortunate individuals, it may not be apparent until very late in life, if at all. The DHT will attach itself to the hair follicles, usually at the androgen receptor, essentially choking them off. This in turn causes hair loss, making it difficult for new hair to begin a fresh cycle or at the least causes existing or new hair to begin to shrink in size. This leaves the impression of thin hair.
Thinning Hair Treatment
For most men the reasons for thinning hair are as stated above, so the treatment would obviously be the reduction or complete elimination of the production of DHT. There are a large number of products available that do exactly that. They mostly fight the DHT production, which is a natural process, with other natural ingredients which work to inhibit or eliminate that production. You can approach the problem with a number of methods.
- By eliminating the production of 5-AR enzyme which is what actually causes the conversion of Testosterone to DHT.
- or attacking the substances that will invariably produce this enzyme
- Eliminating or decreasing the production of DHT
- Stopping the DHT from attaching itself to the hair follicle and restricting them
Thinning Hair Remedies
There are a number of different treatments that use the approaches above to control the loss or thinning of hair. Most of these remedies are proven to work but of course they depend not only on the individual but also on the presumption that your particular case of thin hair is in fact a process of the production of DHT.
The most popular thinning hair remedies these days are the mens hair products that come in the pill form and are a combination of natural ingredients formulated to combat thinning hair from the inside. They may also be used in tandem with other products such as shampoos or foam products used to help reduction of DHT from the outside. These products are generally non-prescription and have few side affect associated with them
Laser hair treatment is also a remedy that is used quite often but usually involves going to a clinic for treatment on a regular basis. They are somewhat more expensive that the supplement but can be quite effective. In this case the process in usually aimed at keeping the hair follicles healthy and stopping DHT from adhering to the follicles and literally choking them off. There are available today some clinics that provide home versions of their clinic models they say are quite effective when used regularly and properly with the help of clinic support.
Many natural or homeopaths also offer natural ingredients that can be purchase to help combat hair loss or thinning, that can be used individually or in combinations. The difficult part is finding what works for you in particular and it may become a hit and miss process. However this is the most economical approach that can be taken and with a little research and advice can be quite affective
If you are interested in the homeopath route there are courses and books both online and in your local health store that may be of help in finding what may best work for you.