Hair thinning or “balding” is generally assumed to be just another symptom of that one disease that affects roughly 8 billion people in the world, aging. It has also been assumed that once hair stops growing, that unless one gets painful and expensive implants, there’s no way to grow it back.
Knowing it’s a very tender issue for males, I decided to do my research and figure out if that was truly the case or just an accepted myth.
Research has shown that men with hair loss will suffer from self-esteem issues and it can be so serious that it could even lead to depression, perhaps it is due to the fact that research also shows that women will view men that struggle with hair loss as unattractive and undesirable. If it is something so serious, why is it that we rarely hear about it? Why is it that the only “cures” seem to be quite superficial or ineffective gimmicks.
I did not take this lightly for I personally know quite a few people that do in fact struggle with hair thinning and loss. I once told a friend ” Look at The Rock or Vin Diesel! They’re bald and look amazing!” to which they would simply roll their eyes at me and say “A celebrity can do whatever they want and still be seen as attractive”. Point taken.
The good news is that I did come across some enlightening research that did, in fact, show that there are products out there that WILL help you regrow your hair, so that portion of the myth was shattered, the question that remained was, if these solutions are in fact effective, how effective are they?
What works and what doesn’t
Minoxidil – The staple for those attempting to combat hair thinning everywhere. It which first hit the shelves in the UK in 1988. The history behind a particular brand of minoxidil, is quite interesting. It was supposed to be used as a blood pressure medication, but as tests were performed they soon realized that the drug, minoxidil, was increasing the rate of hair growth, and not only that, it was growing hair where hair did not grow before. Researchers are still unsure as to the exact reason why minoxidil can create strands of new hair to grow on areas of the scalp that have been bald for years.
One theory was that minoxidil had an impact on DHT levels better in the blood. In case one is unfamiliar with DHT, it is simply a form of testosterone that affects sensitive hair follicles as a person ages. However, it became known that minoxidil had absolutely no effect on DHT levels.
From then on, this powerful drug by the name of minoxidil exploded throughout the world.
The problem is, that with every drug, supplement or medication, not everyone will respond to the same way. So while we have tangible proof that minoxidil can assist in hair growth, the results for many can be mediocre at best.
Yoga/Meditation- Now I don’t mean to get all “new agey” but researchers at the Mayo Clinic have found that there is a strong link between stress and hair problems, what is most interesting about their research is that, by simply managing your stress, you can grow your hair back!
If something is proven to work, then it is my duty to share. One of the best ways to manage stress is through Yoga or some form of meditation. People are always way too busy in the West, life is rushed. People are worried about kids, bills, the payments to make, the stressful job, the demanding boss… I get stressed just typing about this. It is important to give the body a break from distractions and worries. People are generally amazed when they see that by simply focusing on their breathing will help them relax throughout your day. I would not recommend it if I did not think it would benefit our readers.
Wheat Grass – Instead of recommending a bunch of supplements like most blogs would do. I only have 1 recommendation when it comes to diet. Wheat Grass, why? Because it is rich in protein, minerals, Vitamin A, C and E, Dietary fiber and amino acids. It truly is a superfood that makes it an amazing supplementation to your hair growth routine. Drink a daily glass of wheatgrass juice with 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel extracted from aloe vera leaf for up to 2 weeks, to start seeing results.
Onion – This delicious vegetable is rich in sulfur which is one of the vital components in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. Granted, for you to take full advantage of the benefits onions can provide, you need to eat them raw. An easy way to have your daily intake of a full raw onion a day is to chop them up thinly and sprinkle on a potato salad or use in sandwiches.
I understand some people do not enjoy the taste of onions, so I suppose you’ll have to skip this recommendation for now.
What Does Not Work As Well
Homemade Topical Solutions – I ran an extensive research and found out there were thousands of recommendations out there, everything from eggs with cocoa butter, to anchovies and guava leaves… I was not sure if I was still looking for hair loss solutions or if I was looking up recipes for magical potions. The truth about topical creams, especially naturally made ones is that they CAN work, slightly, if there is already have hair in the area. Some nutrients and vitamins can be absorbed by the scalp and therefore aid in some hair growth, but for the majority of the cases, the results noted were simply a placebo, not effective at the very least in the long run.
Save money and do not waste on natural creams.
It does seem like it is not all lost. There are some great alternatives, medical ones being the most effective but I would really like to emphasize how important exercise and meditation can be to help your hair loss. I know it is standard recommendation to say “focus on your diet and exercise” but when it comes to hair growth, exercise and stress management plays a key role.
Got any other solutions? We’d hear from our readers !