In order to help you make an informed decision, we have gathered information about all the hair loss treatments currently available on the market. These details about effectiveness, pros and cons will clear up popular myths and enable you to choose the solution that works best for you.
Many companies in the hair loss sector offer a huge range of treatments and claim to have a miracle cure for male pattern baldness. However, there is NO cure for male pattern baldness.
A lot of companies in the sector make false or unrealistic claims and are thus bound to fall short of expectations and leave their customers unhappy. We at iAremyhair have some of the most faithful customers in the hair loss business which shows that our hair system is a unique and honest solution that proves itself day after day.
We are, of course, always happy to provide unbiased, free and honest advice and support to anybody suffering from hair loss or baldness.
WHAT CAUSES MALE PATTERN BALDNESS
- Male pattern baldness (also known as androgenetic alopecia) is a progressive hair loss condition which causes your hairline to recede from the top or crown of your scalp and/or also from your forehead.
- Testosterone, an anabolic steroid commonly known as the male sex hormone, is responsible for maintaining your health and wellbeing. Its main responsibilities include regulating your libido (or sex drive), your energy and the production of red blood cells in your body. Unfortunately, testosterone is also the primary cause of male pattern baldness, DHT.
- DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone, an active compound produced by your metabolism that is derived from the male sex hormone testosterone. Together with other metabolites, DHT is crucial to normal growth, physical development and reproduction.
- DHT also acts as an androgenic hormone whose main function is to control and boost the development of your male characteristics.
- Your genetics define if and when your hair follicles are vulnerable to DHT. Once the converted hormone reaches the scalp through your blood stream, it causes an inflammation of the follicles and blocks the essential nutrients and oxygen that fuel the follicles. As a result, the growing phase (professionals call this the anagen phase) of your hair is shortened continually until the follicles completely lose the ability to grow the strong, thick hair on your scalp that is known as terminal hair.
During hair transplant surgery a surgeon harvests a strip of skin with follicles from a donor area, i.e. an area of the scalp with good hair growth. This causes permanent scarring in the donor area, a strip that is about 1.5cm wide and up to 30cm long. This scarring is quite serious. The FUE (follicular unit extraction) method minimises scarring as it uses very small micro blades or fine needles to puncture the area of the scalp that is to receive the hair grafts. Since this is a serious surgical procedure, all the side effects typically associated with surgery can occur. In addition, implanted hair follicles can grow in the wrong direction and inflammation during the healing process can kill both the existing and the newly transplanted hair follicles.
Unfortunately, hair transplantation is only a valid option for small balding areas. Nobody has enough transplantable hair to restore a full head of hair on a bald scalp. It is also important to note that the hairline only stops receding around the age of 50-60. Anybody who has a transplant before that age is likely to find their hairline receding further behind the transplanted area. Hair transplant surgery can be a worthwhile solution for thinning hair or small bald areas.
Listed side effects of surgery
If hair follicles are implanted in the wrong direction or move during the healing process the hair will look very unnatural.
So-called hair shock is a condition in which inflammation kills both the implanted and the surrounding follicles which effectively leads to more hair loss.
Scarring in the donor area can severely limit hairstyle options.
The continuing process of hair loss is likely to lead to more bald areas behind the newly implanted hair. As there is a limited amount of transplantable hair, it can become impossible to keep up with a receding hairline.
A certain amount of follicles will die during the process of transplantation.
Even the transplantation of very small patches can cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Most procedures that achieve visibly fuller hair tend to average around $15,000 – $20,000.
Low to medium. Hair transplantation may seem like a good solution as it creates growing hair in formerly bald areas, but in reality it does little more than redistribute existing hair. This means that longterm success can only be achieved in very specific cases.
Strictly speaking, a wig or toupee is nothing more than a hat made of hair. A base material similar to cloth netting has thousands of hairs knotted into it. The hair is then cut to a fixed style and clipped onto your head.
Because the hair doesn’t fall very naturally it often has a stiff, helmet-like appearance. Heat accumulation can make the wearer feel very hot and sweaty. This means that when you are out in the sunshine, in a warm room or doing even a little bit of physical exercise, the air between your scalp and the wig/toupee heats up in the same way as when you wear a wool hat, making you feel sweaty and uncomfortable. And to maintain the wig/toupee, wearers are recommended to take it off every night.
Listed side effects of wigs/toupees
While you could pay between $150 and $500 for a wig or toupee. Only the very expensive ones look close to realistic.
Low to poor. Due to their design they are easily detectable and limit hairstyle options.
A low level laser is supposed to stimulate the hair follicles to grow stronger and more dense. In theory the laser beams of laser combs should stimulate the hair follicles by increasing vascularization and increasing cellular metabolism in the scalp. Cellular metabolism is meant to provide better nutrition for the follicles thus hair growth.
However it cannot work against DHT.
Listed side effects
No listed side effects.
Can be very expensive due to the acquisition cost of the laser machine.
It might enhance the growing phases of existing hair, but it cannot make the follicle resistant to DHT and therefore can’t be effective for standard male pattern baldness.
There are currently only two hair loss drugs that have some effect: Finasteride and Minoxidil. Unfortunately, these drugs can only help prolong the life of intact hair follicles. It’s simply impossible to reanimate dead cells. Both drugs have to block DHT, a metabolite of the hormone testosterone, or counteract its effects .
The main problem is that products which contain these drugs (e.g. Propecia) can have serious side effects. And, most importantly, they only work as long as you keep taking them. Once you stop, your hair loss will continue as before. Any hair that you retained with the help of the drug will fall out once its effect has worn off.
Listed side effects
Minoxidil: In some cases Minoxidil can cause cardiac issues, tiredness, redness, itching, unwanted hair growth elsewhere on the body, severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), chest pain, dizziness, fainting, fast heartbeat, sudden, unexplained weight gain, swollen hands or feet and even hair loss.
Finasteride (Propecia): This drug can cause a sudden loss of libido, erectile dysfunction and the growth of breast tissue. In some cases the side effects persisted even after men had stopped taking Finasteride.
Prices for these types of drugs and lotions vary. They generally cost between $60 and $100 per month. .
The hair that is retained is usually short and thin, strong and full hair rarely returns.
There are various companies that offer concealers in the form of powders or sprays.
These concealers are temporary and must be renewed at least daily.
They are all based on the same basic principle: the concealer clings to existing hair to make it appear thicker and fuller and can therefore only work if enough hair is left to cling to in the first place.
Concealers that come in the form of a powder also take away the natural shine of the hair, making it look matt.
If you have very little or no hair then temporary concealers won’t work for you.
You may find using concealers very limiting when it comes to your day to day activities as many of them can be washed, rained, blown or rubbed off.
You may therefore end up feeling more aware of and self-conscious about your hair loss rather than more confident.
Listed side effects
Some people can have an allergic reaction to the chemicals used in concealer sprays and powders.
Concealers can be relatively cheap. Some powders come in at around $30 – $50 per unit. However, since they need to be applied frequently, you might find yourself using large quantities and spending a lot of money in the long run.
Concealers are not the most effective of hair loss solutions as they may be easily detectable from close up and only work if there is enough hair left.
Scalp pigmentation is the technical term for a tattoo on the balding area of the scalp.
The tattoo artist tries to imitate the look of hair follicles shining through the scalp, thereby creating the illusion that the head has simply been shaved.
Scalp pigmentation is as painful as a regular tattoo and can require several sessions at the tattoo studio. Unfortunately, it won’t give you a full head of hair and limits your styling options considerably. If you have some remaining hair, scalp pigmentation forces you to shave your head regularly in order to maintain an even look. As with every other kind of tattoo, the quality of the end result depends on the talent and experience of the tattoo artist. There is a potential danger that the tattoo looks artificial and unrealistic.
Potentially expensive $2,000 – $4,000.
In this case it is difficult to determine the success rate as many factors play a part, such as the skills of the tattoo artist, your style and head shape and, most of all, your willingness to shave your head every day for the rest of your life. After all it would look odd and very unnatural if you stopped shaving and hair started growing everywhere on your head with the exception of one area that constantly looks like hair is about to grow.
iAremyhair’s unique and revolutionary hair system is undetectable and the latest in hair loss solutions. It consists of human hair that has been implanted into a micro-thin layer of artificial skin. We then gently bond this artificial skin with the implanted hair onto your scalp. The whole procedure is pain free, non-surgical and takes less than 90 minutes .
The iAremyhair hair system is designed to perfectly suit your life and not vice versa! You don’t have to change a single aspect of your daily life because the hair system adapts to you. You can be confident and relaxed, whether it be in the shower, at the gym, outdoors or in the bedroom. The hair system becomes one with you, it becomes your hair.
100% success rate.
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