Every man’s worse nightmare is male pattern baldness, the most common cause of hair loss. Going bald is something that men cannot control and is heavily stigmatized in society, although nowadays there is less negative stigma surrounding it. And, a lot of men are deciding to pick up the razor and have shaved heads by choice. Ultimately though, for men it is tough to deal with hair loss in general.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for male pattern baldness, it is something that men have to deal and live it. For now, we cannot change genetics, because it is hereditary. No need to be sad though because there are a lot of medical and surgical procedures which can help you not only reduce baldness but even help you regrow some of the lost hair.
Propecia or Proscar
This is a drug that prevents the buildup and body’s conversion of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone which is partly responsible for male pattern baldness. Although this drug does not prevent baldness completely, it does help prevent further hair loss and some surveys have even concluded that miniscule hair re-growth is possible. The bad side is that you will have to take it continuously otherwise the effects will wear off quickly.
Read the label and check with your doctor about Rogaine side effects. Check with your doctor whether it will be safe or not to use this medication. Unfortunately, once you start the medication, there is no stopping or going back, you will have to stick with it if you want to preserve your remaining hair.
Rogaine or minoxidil is a cream that should be applied to the balding patches twice daily, and as long as it is used on a regular basis, chances are that even hair regrowth will appear. It will prevent the further spread of baldness, but unfortunately, it will not cure it. You can get more info about Rogaine hair cream here, and here is a nice review of product.
Hair Plug Transplant
One of the most common surgical procedures is to transplant little pieces of scalp with hair roots to balding spots, and hopefully hair regrowth would start once again. On the good side, it is possible to regrow hair to a certain extent, on the bad side, scarring will be a visible problem and you will be limited to not so short haircuts.
Before any surgical treatment however, make sure to check up on your surgeon as it is crucial to find one that has absolutely clean references. If you can find patients who can testify, that would be the best. Find out more about hair transplant surgery here.
Do Not Hide It
Besides drugs and surgical interventions, one way to fight male pattern baldness is to actually accept and embrace it. Many hairdos can actually work out for you, and even though your hairline is receding you will be able to pull off a sexy look.
One way is to shave your head completely, for some it will work better than the others, but a shaved head is not as terrifying as it sounds. Maybe this is the new look you were looking for.
If you do not like the idea of shaving your head, try the alternative that is cutting your hair really short. The rule of thumb is to cut your hair short enough to expose enough scalp in healthy areas to minimize the balding effect.
Just Wig It
As a last resort, you can always buy a wig that will cover your head. However, be careful not to go overboard. People will notice that you have a head-rug, but as long as you keep it good looking and not something that stands out. Nobody will appreciate a bad wig.
“Back of man’s head plus 4” by Beyond My Ken – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons