Male pattern baldness is a condition that affects 53% of men between the ages of 40-49. It can happen even earlier, affecting up to 16% of men 18-29 years of age.
You may feel self-conscious if you’re dealing with any of the male pattern baldness stages. You might be wondering if there’s anything you can do to cure your balding. While you shouldn’t expect to revert to your pre-thinning hair, there are steps you can take to help.
Keep reading to find your options for handling male pattern baldness.
While there is no male pattern baldness cure, some medications can help slow down the process. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is the most common over-the-counter treatment and should be the first you try.
Apply Rogaine to your scalp two times a day to help stimulate hair growth. This medication works best for men who are in the early stages of balding.
The important thing to know is that you need to keep using it once you start. The moment you quit this treatment, the hair loss will return.
Finasteride is a prescription medication that your doctor may recommend if you’re experiencing significant hair loss. It works by preventing the production of the hormone that’s primarily responsible for hair loss. As with Rogaine, however, you must continue to take the medication to see results.
Consider Surgical Intervention
A hair transplant is an invasive and expensive solution for male pattern baldness. The average recipient will receive thousands of grafts to restore the appearance of their hair. The surgeon will remove strips of hair from other areas of your head and graft them to the balding areas.
As invasive and costly as it is, hair transplants are one of the most effective ways to battle baldness.
Microneedling and scalp pigmentation are other dermatological procedures to consider.
Get a New Hair Style
If you’re in the initial stages of balding, a new haircut or style can hide your thinning spots. Ask your hairstylist for their advice on male pattern baldness haircuts.
A general rule to follow is to keep your hair as short as possible. The shorter it is, the less apparent signs of balding will be.
If you’re dealing with quite a bit of loss, you might consider going completely clean-shaven. Not only will you free yourself from worrying about styling your hair, but you’ll make quite a statement, too.
If you’re not confident with shaving it all off, a buzz cut is a less severe option. It will give you a clean and edgy look while hiding your thinning areas.
If you don’t have much hair to work with, maybe it’s time to invest in a toupee. Toupees have a bad reputation for looking fake and awful but modern options are changing the game. Visit a wig stylist for advice on choosing the right one for your needs.
Get a Grip on Male Pattern Baldness Today
If male pattern baldness has you feeling down, give our tips a whirl. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your doctor to ask for their opinion and further treatment options.
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