Hair loss is a common concern among men. Two out of every three men start to lose some hair by the time they hit their thirties. (Thanks a lot, testosterone.) There are a number of different ways to handle losing a little hair with dignity. You can always rock a shaved head, but some men don’t want to channel their inner Vin Diesel. If you’re not going to buzz it all off there’s no silver bullet for your bald spot, but there are a few ways to slow or reverse hair loss.
Early hair loss is often due to stress, and not just because you’re pulling your hair out at work. Stress can put your hair follicles into “rest mode,” slowing or halting hair growth. Anxiety destabilizes your endocrine system and releases excess amounts of cortisol, a hormone that could speed up hair loss if male-pattern baldness runs in your family. If you’re under high stress and notice the warning signs, you can use exercise or meditation to relax. Significant hair loss coupled with high stress levels should be a serious sign that it’s time to reevaluate your choices, if possible, and focus on caring for your mind and body.
Hair loss is also linked to genetic factors. FDA-approved hair treatments include topical hair-growth formulas like Rogaine and laser scalp-rejuvenation therapies. Rogaine and similar ointments can have significant side effects and you should always consult your doctor before treatment, while laser therapy comes with a hefty pricetag and doesn’t have a lot of independent evidence backing it up! We’d recommend exhausting your other options first.
For minor hair loss, it’s possible that an anti-dandruff shampoo with ketoconazole can do the trick. Ketoconazole has as beneficial effect on hair loss. While 1 percent solutions are often available over the counter, a stronger 2 percent solution requires a prescription. Talk to a dermatologist first before you try an anti-dandruff shampoo.
In most cases, new hair growth will not be as long or lustrous as your original locks. We wish there was a guaranteed treatment for male baldness, but this is better than wearing a toupee! Always consult with your doctor before seeking treatment.