Frequently Asked Questions
Is Hair Loss Genetic?
In many cases, the answer is yes, especially in the case of male pattern baldness. That said, there are a number of other causes and contributing factors when it comes to hair loss and baldness, and it is ill advised to assume that you are stuck with your condition just because of your genes.
- Illness: A number of illnesses, such as thyroid conditions, can cause hair loss and, once treated, the effects can often be reversed. It is important that you take into account that your baldness may be a symptom of another, more serious problem that you should deal with right away.
- General Health: Your general physical condition has an effect on the health and growth of your hair. Lack of exercise, poor dietary habits and even specific aspects of hygiene can contribute to hair loss.
- Harmful Products and Procedures: While all products and procedures for hair care and hygiene are monitored and approved by the FDA, some can be used to excess or may affect some people more than others. When considering the causes of your hair loss, your hair care regimen and styling practices should be considered.
- Diet: You are what you eat, and that goes for your hair too. Just like muscles, bones, and skin, hair and follicle health depends a lot on what goes into your body on a regular basis. Sometimes hair loss issues can be improved with the addition of supplements or a change in your diet.
Is hair replacement the best solution?
Hair replacement, while shown to be effective in a number of cases, is an extreme solution to the hair loss problem, and should only be considered after a lot of research into the full spectrum of options for dealing with hair loss.
These techniques are expensive, take a long time, and result in some levels of discomfort. And since the hair follicles being transplanted are from areas other than your head, the resulting hair growth is often less attractive than your original head of hair.
You will need to do your homework and consult with a hair replacement professional to determine if this is the way you want to go.
What about hair pieces?
Hair supplement technology has improved over time and modern hair appliances and extensions are more natural and attractive than ever before. Techniques for weaving matched synthetic and human fibers into your existing hair growth can also help produce a thicker head of hair with more coverage.
Wigs and toupees are much more sophisticated now, and the mechanisms for holding them in place are more reliable. Modern computer controlled coloring techniques help to insure that hair pieces match your existing hair in color, texture and body.
Can natural remedies cure baldness?
Again, the answer depends on the type and extent of the hair loss that you are experiencing, and the underlying causes. However, most hair loss affects less than 100% of the available follicles, and creams and lotions that promote the health and activity of the remaining viable follicles can increase the thickness of hair locally without transplants or plugs. Just bear in mind that many so called home remedies are really just panaceas and snake oil. You will need to investigate the claims of any natural remedies and determine if they are something that might help you in your situation.