Hair Loss Treatment
About 90% of your hair is growing at any one time, while the balance 10% is in a resting phase. At the end of the resting stage, the hair is shed and new ones grow from the same follicles, and the growth cycle starts again. Our hair grows about 1.5 inches a month (the rate slows as we age) and shedding 50 to 100 hairs a day is normal.
Excessive hair loss can be caused by a number of factors. Illness, scalp problems and even mere stress are possible causes of hair loss. Hormonal imbalance in pregnant women, and deficiency in iron and thyroid hormones are contributing factors as well.
Apart from health-related causes, fancy hairstyling like pigtails and cornrows or the usage of tight rollers can trigger hair loss known as Traction Alopecia. Basically, these hairstyling methods cause injury to the scalp and result in permanent hair loss at the scarred areas. Hair perm that uses chemicals and hot oil hair treatments may also potentially produce swelling of the hair follicle and lead to hair loss.
Male-pattern baldness is the most general reason for hair loss in men. Also known as 'common baldness', this problem is usually inherited. Men may have extensive baldness if they start losing their hair at a young age. For this trait, the hair loss produces a thinning hair line and baldness at the crown of the head.
There are a variety of hair loss treatments available depending on the type and cause of hair loss.
For common baldness, Minoxidil can be applied to the scalp and both genders can take advantage of this medicine without prescription. Finasteride on the other hand needs to be prescribed and is taken orally. However, this takes half a year to know if the medication truly improves the amount of hair loss.
For certain types of hair loss, e.g. hair loss from chemotherapy treatment or because of genetics, there may be no treatments available. In these cases, wigs, hair weaves or hairpieces are the only solution.
For hair loss cause by thyroid or iron deficiencies, taking thyroid replacements and iron supplements usually resolves the problem.
As for clinical hair loss treatments, your dermatologist may prescribe cortisone injections into the scalp or a special type of light treatment. He/she may also recommend a hair restoration surgery like hair transplants or scalp reductions.
Another alternative for hair loss treatment in Singapore is through the use of traditional chinese medicine (TCM), based on a 2,000-year old tradition. A hair care company that provides this method is Beijing 101, which believes in using chinese herbs like ginseng and dongquan.