Thinning hair is a natural part of getting older. And men tend to lose their hair more quickly and more noticeably than do people of other genders.
Male hair loss is so common and normal that we ever refer to this as androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness.
Below, we’ll talk about how you can cover thin areas of your hair, if you wish to do so. We’ll also discuss how to treat thinning hair naturally, and how to enhance the look of your hair and build your confidence as your hair changes over time.
If you’re looking to cover up thinning areas of hair, here are some tips:
1. Wear a wig or toupee
A wig or toupee can cover large areas of thinning hair. It can be made of natural hair that matches your hair color.
2. Use scalp sprays
You can use a spray or colorants that match your hair and scalp color to fill in thinning areas of your scalp and reduce the appearance of thinning.
3. Try a crown weave
Ask your barber or hairstylist for a crown weave for thinning on the top of your head.
4. Play with your hairstyle
Try a hairstyle like a comb-over, slick-back, or pompadour to add volume and cover thinning areas in the back.
5. Scalp massage
Gently put pressure around your scalp with your fingertips. This helps blood flow more easily to the follicles and promotes hair growth. Try using castor oil to moisturize your hair and get your blood flowing at the same time. Both may help you grow more and thicker hair.
6. Essential oils
Try applying an essential oil, such as lavender or rosemary, to your scalp and hair to promote hair growth. Lavender oil has been shown to be somewhat successful in helping treat thinning hair.
Before applying the oil to your scalp, you’ll want to do a patch test to make sure you’re not allergic. You can do this by putting a small drop on your skin first and waiting 24 hours. If your skin turns red and itchy with hives, you may be allergic. Don’t use the oil if you see this reaction.
Try an anti-thinning shampoo that can add volume to your hair and nourish it and its follicles with vitamins and amino acids.
This can help bring nutrients and moisture to your scalp that can promote hair growth and follicle health.
Try a multivitamin rich with iron, folic acid, and zinc to ensure that hair grows back consistently thick and healthy.
Talk to your doctor before you take any new vitamins. There isn’t a ton of evidence that vitamin supplements will cause hair regrowth, and having too much of a specific vitamin can lead to other health issues.
9. Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical hair loss treatment that you apply to your scalp two times a day to help promote hair growth in thinning or balding areas. Rogaine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use at home, and there are plenty of studies proving that it can help.
Talk to your doctor first to make sure it will work for you, and to go over any diet or lifestyle changes you may need to make to help Rogaine work more effectively.
10. Prescription medications and treatments
Here are some medications for hair thinning and loss that your doctor may be able to prescribe:
11. Hair transplant
This procedure should be a last resort if you want to completely refresh your hair growth. A hair transplant may not help everyone and can lead to scars or unnatural hair patterns if done incorrectly.
12. Microneedling for scalp
WHAT IS WELLAGROW?
WellaGrow is a special Unlimited Hair Loss Treatment Package in Singapore that combines both the Microneedling for Scalp (with Minoxidil) and Low Level Laser Therapy into a monthly unlimited bundle which offers up to 4 weekly treatments a month at a heavily discounted pricing. WellaGrow is highly recommended by Wellaholic as this combined the various scientific treatments to treat your alopecia areata, thinning hair or receding hairline and accelerate your hair growth over a shorter period of time.
WellaGrow = Microneedling for Scalp + LLLT combined
IS WELLAGROW BACKED BY SCIENCE?
WellaGrow including both Microneedling for Scalp as well as Low Level Laser Therapy. Both treatments have numerous research reports and case studies backing them up.
Microneedling for Scalp
It’s not entirely clear what causes thinning hair in men.
We do know that male pattern baldness has something to do with androgens. These are hormones responsible for controlling bodily processes that happen during and after puberty, including hair growth.
Testosterone (T) is the most well-known androgen. An androgen called DHT is most involved in hair growth. High levels of T and DHT may influence the speed of your hair cycle, which can lead to thinning hair.
First, here’s a quick refresher on hair growth:
A 2001 study found that men who experienced male pattern baldness tended to have a specific genetic variant of a receptor called the StuI restriction site that shortens the genetic code responsible for hair growth.
But a 2017 study found that at least 200 other possible genes may contribute to your chance of male pattern baldness.
Some environmental and lifestyle factors can also affect hair loss, including:
Seek medical help as soon as possible if you notice any of the following along with thinning hair:
losing large amounts of hair elsewhere on your body
losing hair in large patches or chunks
losing or gaining an abnormal amount of weight without any major diet or lifestyle changes
unusual symptoms like fever, chills, or fatigue
Thinning hair and hair loss are natural. But losing your hair can still be a distressing experience.
That’s why it’s important to learn what works best for you to minimize how much thinning hair disrupts your life, whether it’s a new style, a new look, or just making your new appearance a part of who you are.