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6 Treatments for Thinning Hair

Thinning hair, a receding hairline, hair loss, and balding can affect men and women at any stage of life, but they are most commonly an issue for older people. There are lots of ‘quick fix’ products out there which promise overnight miracles, but unfortunately, most do not deliver on their promises. 

However, there are some treatments and remedies which have been proven to work when trying to prevent or treat hair loss. Here are 6 treatments for thinning hair that you might want to consider. But remember, it is always best to consult with a medical professional before taking action. 

1)Medical drugs

There are two drugs which have been approved for use by people experiencing hair loss: Finasteride and Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine). Both can be used by men, but women should only use Minoxidil. Finasteride is a tablet which must be prescribed by a doctor and taken daily, while Minoxidil can be purchased in a pharmacy as a liquid or foam. These drugs need to be used on a long-term basis to be effective. 

2)Hair transplant procedures

There are two types of hair transplant procedures: Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). FUT is the removal of skin from the back of the scalp (where there is plenty of hair) and moving the skin to an area of the scalp where hair is thinning. FUE is the removal of individual hair follicles so they can be moved to thinning areas. Visit hshairclinic.co.uk for more information on hair transplants. 

3)Stop smoking

We all know that smoking is not good for our health, but many do not realize that it also leads to premature aging including wrinkles, greying hair, and hair loss. Reducing and eventually quitting smoking altogether will have many benefits for your health, including the prevention of hair loss. 

4)Eat a well-balanced diet

Our diet has a big impact on our overall health, so ensuring you include the right vitamins and minerals can lead to stronger and thicker hair. Try to include a wide range of lean proteins, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and unsaturated fats. Great choices are foods rich in iron, omega-3 fatty acids, eggs, lean meat, seeds, nuts, and seafood. It is also important to ensure you are drinking enough water

5)Minimize stress

Stress can cause a lot of damage to us both physically and mentally, so try to remove sources of stress from your life and/or develop coping techniques. This might include getting more exercise, listening to soothing music, taking a bath, socializing with friends, getting a massage, meditating, and getting plenty of sleep. A great way to relax and stimulate hair growth at the same time is a scalp massage. It feels great and stimulates hair follicles which studies have shown can lead to thicker hair. 

6)See your doctor

In some cases, an underlying medical condition might be causing hair loss and you may need medical treatment. Possible conditions include lupus, diabetes, iron deficiency, Celiac disease, thyroid conditions, alopecia, diabetes, or syphilis. Treatment for these conditions should improve hair loss and any other symptoms you are experiencing. 

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