So we talked about the simple but extremely difficult solution of outright shaving your head. After years of battling extremely aggressive hair loss, I decided to shave it. However, for me the time was right. I had graduated college, was living at home until I started my new job, and so my social scene wasn’t exactly at its peak. This allowed me to embrace the blade … but would I do it if I was still in college? F$ckkkk that.
Let me share with you some tricks I used to help battle the hair loss. Honestly, if your hair-loss isn’t too aggressive, there are ways of recovering from it. Maybe not fully, but definitely a number of ways you can get back and/or maintain a good chunk of hair.
That being said, let’s delve into some tactics/tips to battle hair-loss. I will post the headers as Amazon links for the products available so you can check the price, read the reviews, and decide whether or not you’re interested in purchasing it.
First, there are only two FDA approved drugs that battle hair loss.
This is by prescription only (also only for men) and is the most common way individuals have regrown hair. Full disclaimer: I did not use this product because there is a small chance that it will mess up your sexual libido and/or cause Erectile Dysfunction. However, the reports of such side effects are only about 1-2% of users. So, if you’re willing to bear that risk of ED/side effects, then Propecia is probably your best bet for tackling hair loss. There’s a big disclaimer at the bottom, but as always, do your research and consult your doctor.
This is the first topical brand FDA-approved to regrow hair. For those with a lackluster vocabulary like yours truly, topical means it’s applied externally. So Rogaine (Rogaine is the brand, Minoxidil is the main ingredient that helps battles hair loss) is a foam that is applied to the scalp. How it works is not really known — there are theories about it improving blood flow/blood circulation to the scalp which makes the follicles healthier. Note: Rogaine/Minoxidil does not permanently regrow hair. You have to apply it daily for as long as you want to slow/prevent hair loss. Stopping the topical application will cause the hair-loss to accelerate once again.
Bonus category here. Couple notables right off the bat – First, this is expensive as fu*k. Second, it is FDA approved. Third, I believe it works best when applied along with other options. It’s a futuristic looking hat that uses laser-therapy to improve blood circulation in your scale, similiar to Minoxidil I believe. From the research I’ve done, there seems to be some good hype behind it. It also really boosts the effects of the other treatments you’re doing. So, if you only had to choose one option, I wouldn’t pick this one, but, if you’re willing to shell out some money to save your hair, I think this is a good option in conjunction with the other products listed!
Non-FDA approved/my tips:
Alright, so the three FDA-approved ways are listed above. However, pretty much everything I used to slow down my hair loss was non-FDA approved. As a result, I’ll share some decent products and supplements that will help maintain healthy scalp and hair follicles. Again, I’m not a doctor so please consult one before trying anything!
Do us both a favor, and please throw out your generic af shampoo. You know what I’m referring to – all the big brand names… they do much more damage than good. Invest in a high quality shampoo that provides true nutrition for your hair follicles rather than just making your hair look thicker. The link above is a solid choice but really just read any shampoo label and look for natural words like Biotin, Keratin, Vitamins etc.
The same note applies with Conditioners. Brand name conditioners really don’t ‘condition’ your hair at all. Get something with Biotin and natural alternatives in it. A good shampoo and conditioner is well worth the monetary investment. I’d recommend the two I’ve linked – decent price points, great reviews, natural ingredients – but again, just buy something that has natural ingredients and at a price point you’re comfortable with.
Another note to keep in mind is that you DO NOT NEED TO SHAMPOO EVERYDAY. Shampoo & Conditioning 2 times (max 3) per week is more than enough to have healthy, strong hair. More than that and the hair is fighting against the chemicals within that you’re applying on a daily basis.
This right here, my friends, is a God-send. Cheap. Simple to use. EXTREMELY effective. I’m not sure what it is about this, but the best results with any oil I’ve had were using JBCO. There are hundreds and thousands of people that swear by this product alone. I highly recommend you give it a try. Use it a couple times of week – I’d recommend leaving it in overnight and sleeping with a towel on your pillow for it to really sink into the scalp. Be consistent in its application and you should start to see your hair have significant thickness. Does it cause new hair to grow? Not sure, but it sure looks thicker, which is one part of the battle.
The Mac-Daddy of Hair-loss supplements. Biotin is recommended by doctors world-wide in order to produce healthy skin and nails, and this is something almost everyone swears by. Just take it in a recommended dose. Once again, cheap, effective, and probably the best/simplest supplement to take to promote hair growth. Word of caution though: This most likely won’t prevent hair loss. It just promotes hair growth and stronger hair. So at best, it may drastically slow down the hair loss process.
Hope this helps, gentlemen. I know I used a few other things so I will update this post as and when I remember it because ya boy’s hella tired right now.
Stay schemin’, fellas.
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