Last Updated on 17/05/2023
A few decades ago you could hardly walk on a street or at your working place without noticing a bald man or a woman in a wig. Baldness was a common thing that was respected and mythically a source of wisdom. Well, currently as baldness then didn’t go well with women, men have also joined the train and feel embarrassed once they begging to notice hair thinning or any form of hair loss on their scalp.
This resulted in men with receding hairlines wearing hairpieces and wigs, which most were visible to be fake making a source of jokes for most comedians. Fortunately, that all belongs to the paste, and here with us is the new dawn. Today in case you notice an attempt of hair thinning and you are not ready to be branded as a bald man, you have three most basic options:
- Medications and ointments. These hair replacement systems may result in a retarded hair loss or even reverse the hair loss process to facilitate the growth of new hair.
- Surgical hair transparent services such as hair transplantation and scalp reduction.
- Finally, the non-surgical hair replacement system also known as wigs or toupees.
In this article, we are going to discuss everything you need to know about hair replacement, including the major causes of hair loss, different methods of hair replacement, and the best hair loss solution you can adopt for yourself or someone else.
What causes Hair loss
The majority of us grew up in a community full of different theories about hair loss. Some believed that baldness is caused due to the lack of vitamin deficiencies in our body, too much hat-wearing, or poor circulation to the scalp. Well, the good news is that all these are mere mythical theories with zero studies backing them up.
Research says that alopecia commonly known as baldness is caused by a combination of hormonal changes, aging, and a family history of baldness. Hair loss is generally of two types;
- Permanent hair loss/ Anagen effluvium – It is caused by the destruction of hair follicles.
- Temporary hair loss/ Telogen effluvium – is a result of transitory damage to the follicles.
Some of the major causes of hair loss are:
1- Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is a hereditary hair loss condition that studies have proved to be the cause of 95% of permanent hair loss in children, women, and most significantly in men. This condition is characterized by a common predictable pattern of baldness.
In the male pattern baldness, a receding hairline at the front is observed and tracked toward the back of the head. At times it may be a thinning on the crown of your scalp which progress to leave a horseshoe-shaped rim of hair. After some time, hair only gets to remain on the sides and back part of your head.
Female pattern baldness on the other side occurs as a general hair thinning on the entire scalp. Though not common, female pattern baldness has been observed to begin by age 30 and becomes more prevalent after 40 after menopause.
Apart from inherited genes and Corse age, androgenetic alopecia is affected in a bigger margin by the overabundance of the male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) within your hair follicle. The DHT may result in overtime degradation or shortening of your hair follicles during their active phases which will result in eventual death.
2- Alopecia Areata
This is a non-scarring inflammatory condition that has to some extent affected millions of men and children globally. Although it is temporary to some extent it can result in permanent loss of hair. In most cases, Alopecia Areata heals itself where the body uses its immune to reverse the problem before it escalates to a massive disaster (permanent hair loss). Alopecia Areata is hard to identify and only experienced dermatologists possess the ability to categorize it.
Alopecia Areata results in patchy hair loss which appears as small smoothie patches on a different part of your scalp. These patchy hairs appear suddenly and can be visible within a day. Some victims even complain of tingling and pain at the site.
Method of hair Replacement
Well, although some hair loss cannot be cured, you can use a hair replacement system that will work just fine like natural hair. The best thing to do once you realize that you have hair loss or a certain degree of hair thinning is to look for a dermatologist, a good counselor, and most important a cosmetic professional to help keep your hair in style.
Some of the common hair replacement systems are:
1- Wigs and hairpieces
Wigs and hairpieces have existed for decades now, over the years they have gone under immense growth to ensure that they give you a natural look. Wigs are a non-surgical hair replacement system that is characterized by an external hair-bearing device that perfectly fits on your scalp to give you a fuller head of hair look. Wigs are broadly categorized into hair weaves, hairpieces, toupees, hair extensions, and non-surgical hair replacement.
2- Hair transplant
Another form of a hair replacement system is the adaptation of hair transplantation. This surgical process involves removing small pieces of hair-bearing scalp grafts from another part of the body and transplanting it to the area affected by hair thinning or balding. This form of hair replacement must be performed by an experienced professional only.
Best hair loss solution
The best hair loss solution is particularly taking good care of your hair over some time. In cases where hair loss is inevitable, such as androgenetic alopecia you can adopt the use of non-surgical hair replacement services that are overall less expensive and easy to maintain.
Ideally, you can also choose to accept the situation and train yourself to feel confident even with hair thinning. Mind you, I have never seen my grandfather try to cover his baldness, the same case with celebrities like Arnold from Terminator.
Hair replacement is a big deal in modern society, every person male or female trying to finger out which is the best way to treat their hair loss. The major cause of hair loss in both male and female baldness is pattern baldness which is hereditary and hence inevitable. In the quest to find the best hair replacement system both surgical and non-surgical hair replacement are ideal. It’s up to you to weigh your pocket and decide the best course to take.