Maybe you’ve noticed that your forehead looks larger, or you’ve found stray strands on your white pillowcase, but it’s finally set in – you’re losing your hair. Hair loss takes you through a series of emotional stages, similar to grief.
You would deny that hair in the shower drain is yours, resent your flawed genes, negotiate how bad it really is, and lose all hope and confidence before finally accepting the undeniable, universal truth: hair loss is inevitable. The main cause of hair loss can range from genetics, lifestyle choices, hormonal changes and even age. However, male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, accounts for more than 95 percent of male pattern baldness. Sravya C. Tipirneni, a consultant dermatologist and cosmetologist at Manipal Hospitals, says the condition affects one in five men. “Men are extremely conscious groomers these days. So, of course, a receding hairline is a huge blow to their confidence,” says Dr. Tipirneni.
While a visit to the doctor’s office will help sniff out the cause of your hair loss, stopping or reversing the process isn’t that easy. It takes time, energy, experimentation, positive spirits, and when all else fails, deep pockets. If you’re struggling to figure out the best way to combat a receding hairline, consider these expert-approved short- and long-term solutions.
Be it a bad breakup or a receding hairline, there’s nothing a good haircut can’t help with. Experts suggest going short – really short. Hairstyles like undercuts and fades help draw attention away from your crown by making the disparity less obvious. “Fringes or fringes are also popular choices for modern men,” says Vipul Chudasama, founder and instructor at Vipul Chudasama Academy & Salon. According to him, the key is to choose a hairstyle that suits your face shape, hair density, body proportions and personality.
Experimenting with your parting is also a clever hack—and no, we’re not talking a comb. Instead of hiding your scalp, you can use your side part to reveal it subtly. By strategically parting your hair where it’s thinnest, you can successfully camouflage a problem area.
It can be difficult to choose the right product when countless brands fill the shelves, each with a higher claim than the one before. There are three types of hair loss products to add to your grooming closet: formulas that conceal hair loss, those that prevent it, and those that encourage hair growth or regrowth.
Hair stylists regularly use fiber sprays to fill in thinning areas and bald spots. They typically contain keratin fibers that attach to the strands and make your hair look more voluminous.
Shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, and serums that protect against damage and hair loss are rich in ingredients that offer anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. They ensure that your follicles do not become clogged while strengthening your strands and thus delaying hair loss.
Although no conclusive research has proven that it is possible to regrow hair naturally, there are products that work to revitalize the roots and create a healthy environment for your hair to thrive. Some ingredients, like caffeine, have started to draw particular attention. “According to research published in the
International Journal of Dermatology, caffeine is shown to stimulate hair follicle growth,” says Mr. Tarun Sharma, co-founder and CEO of mCaffeine.
Ayurvedic formulas have also remained a popular choice among men and women with thinning hair. Alternative medicine attributes hair loss to an imbalance in the doshas. “People with too much Pitta and Vata are more prone to premature thinning, graying and hair loss. The rasayanas in Ayurvedic herbs like amla, bhringraj rosemary, hibiscus, neem, etc. have the power to reverse the damage by balancing your doshas,” explains Dr. Aruna Purohit, Ayurveda Expert at Kama Ayurveda.
Undergoing medical or surgical procedures to regrow hair is considered a last resort for many reasons: it’s time-consuming, expensive, and frankly terrifying. No one is keen on the idea of needles penetrating the scalp. But not all medical treatments for hair growth are invasive. Minoxidil, a common medication prescribed for hair loss, is available as both an oral tablet and a liquid solution. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may combine minoxidil with surgical treatments such as the Growth Factor Concentrate (GFC) procedure and LED therapy. You can start seeing results after just one month.
The bottom line? Combating hair loss can be a long and frustrating process. The choice to lead the fight or embrace the changes is entirely yours. But whatever you do, remember to admire your reflection in the mirror, with or without a head full of hair.
(Selected image: (L to R) Man Matters and The Cosmetic Republic)