If you’re someone who suffers from baldness, then you undoubtedly have tried a number of baldness remedies in order to promote hair growth. Men and women of all ages suffer from baldness, and it can be quite embarrassing. Less than buying a wig, what can you do to cover up those bald spots and sport a natural looking head of hair? It’s not difficult to find baldness remedies, but one starts to wonder: Which work? Which don’t work?
Before you try any of these remedies, it’s important to notice whether or not you’re actively bald, or if your hair is showing signs of thinning. Keep in mind, you’re more likely to be able to reverse or prevent balding if you start remedies sooner than later.
There are a number of hair thickening shampoos out on the shelves of every pharmacy. Your best bet is to go with a brand that is carried by salons. Head into your favorite hair stylist and ask them for a recommendation. You’ll spend a little bit extra money than you would on a knock-off brand sitting on the pharmacy shelf, but you’re also purchasing a product with higher quality ingredients that will help promote the thickening of your hair. One of the most interesting things ever witnessed was a generic brand of hair thickening shampoo who had a list of side effects that included: dry scalp, itchy scalp, and hair thinning. So, you’d be using a hair thickening shampoo that causes thinner hair? Go for the higher quality brand. It’s worth it.
Does it work: Yes, if you buy a legitimate, salon trusted brand.
This is probably the first thing that you considered when you started noticing your thinning hair. Rogaine gained the FDA Approval in 1988 and has become the go to treatment to reverse baldness and promote new hair growth. It works by making shrunken hair follicles larger and thereby promoting thicker hair growth. It seems like a no-brainer, but before you head out and purchase it, realize this: It’s not an overnight treatment option. You don’t apply Rogaine and then wake up in the morning with a full mane of flowing hair. In fact, Rogaine has to be applied twice a day for about 4 months before any kind of result is seen. If you’re not in a rush, then Rogaine may be an option for you. But if you want quick results, skip this one, no matter what the box in the drugstore says.
Does it work: It can work, but the wait time is significant over other baldness remedies.
Hair transplant surgery
Getting hair transplant surgery is the most extreme solution to baldness. Some people cringe at the thought of having it done because in their minds they have the vision of clearly visible hair plugs. This is only partly true. The way that a hair transplant works is by taking grafts from functioning hair production locations and transplanting them to the scalp. They do take several months to begin growing, so they may be slightly visible for a period of time. The technology has greatly improved over the years and results can come much quicker than before. There are other options, however, so it’s best that you do a pre-consultation with a specialist. This method will get you the hair that you want, you just have to be a little patient and willing to have the surgery.
Does it work: Yes, so long as you’re willing to wait for the hair to grow.
If you look up “natural remedies for hair loss” on the internet, you’re going to be overwhelmed with the amount of things that people claim will be able to help. For example, aloe vera – it seems that it’s used for everything from rashes to acne to baldness. The majority of natural remedies are just suggestions for the sake of taking the natural route. The problem with hair loss and thinning is that the follicle is no longer allowing growth. So if you go with a remedy that promotes moisture, well, that’s not the problem that you’re trying to solve. This isn’t to say that perhaps the small chance that the remedies have for working won’t work for you. They just may. One thing is for sure, you aren’t at a loss for possibilities. Natural remedies include using: Aloe vera, black pepper, castor oil, pigeon pea, lemon, spinach juice, lettuce juice, milk, red henna, almond oil, egg yolk, apple cider vinegar, snake gourd, olive oil, banana, cinnamon powder, emu oil, green tea, and coconut milk. And those are just a few of the hundreds of potential remedies. There is something to be said for licorice and milk – mixing the two and applying to the scalp will basically color your scalp to make it appear as though there is hair there. This might be good if you have small patches of hair loss and want to do a quick fix.
Does it work: For the most part, no. But you may get lucky!
Which baldness treatments work?
So, the general consensus is that there are some products that you can use to promote your hair to grow back thicker, but anything that promises overnight results shouldn’t be trusted. There aren’t many quick fixes out there. Have you tried any of these baldness remedies with some success? How about the natural remedies? Do you have your own proven method that has worked? Please share in the comments below!