While hair loss is a stress factor for adults, it’s a natural part of aging. While genetics, food, and other factors such as stress come into play, 25% of men experience the early signs of male pattern baldness in their 30s. For women, hereditary hair loss usually starts in their 40s, but they generally lose less hair than men.
Hair loss is inevitable, but it can be delayed quite drastically. In fact, depending on what treatment you follow, you can regrow hair at places you thought would never see another strand of hair again.
While hair transplant procedures are out of reach for most people, you can still follow an at-home hair loss plan that has been proven to work using the dynamic duo consisting of Finasteride and Minoxidil for men, or just Minoxidil for women.
In this article, we’ll take a look at two major benefits of following a rigid hair loss plan.
A Lot of Money is Saved
While Wayne Rooney is happy to act as the poster boy for the magic of hair transplantation, most of us just can’t imagine parting from that much money. The cost of a hair transplant procedure varies greatly, ranging from GBP 1,000-30,000 depending on the number of follicles being transplanted and the type of procedure used.
Unfortunately, most insurance schemes don’t cover these as they are considered cosmetic treatments.
However, there are cheaper alternatives. Depending on where you live, you can get at-home treatment products online legally. In the UK, online pharmacies such as Manual.co deliver such hair loss treatments right to your doorstep.
Women can apply a 2% Minoxidil solution topically. While there is a 5% Minoxidil solution on the market, the FDA and HealthCanada have only approved its usage for men. On average, this would only set you back GBP 20/month.
Finasteride, too, is an affordable oral medication proven to treat hair loss. Although it is safe for men, its usage for women is controversial as it can affect a woman’s hormonal balance and a doctor’s consultation would be appropriate.
The downside to using at-home treatments is that you need a degree of discipline as they need to be applied and/or consumed daily. However, your bank account will thank you for this.
While hair transplant procedures work, you have to be prepared to make multiple appointments as some people do require extra visits to the doctor. Obviously, at-home remedies will make more financial sense for the majority of people.
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You Eat Healthier
Part of following an at-home hair loss plan isn’t just what you put on your scalp. To truly reap the benefits of your treatment, your nutrition is vital in supporting hair growth.
According to research published in 2017, iron deficiency is the most common form of nutritional deficiency and is a well-known cause of hair loss. This doesn’t just affect developing nations. In the US, iron deficiency affects 10 million people.
Other vitamin deficiencies that are also associated with hair loss are vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. However, to meet these vitamins requirements is fairly easy. All one needs to do is consume a healthy, balanced diet with the right amounts of fruits and vegetables.
Excessive amounts of said vitamins through unnecessary supplementation can also cause hair loss. While meeting the necessary nutritional requirements is important for supporting healthy hair growth, it’s just as important to avoid unhealthy food.
Food and beverages that accelerate hair loss are those that are laden with artificial sugars and additives. While there is no direct link between alcohol with hair loss, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to nutritional deficiencies and hormonal issues, thus putting your locks at risk.