Hair Loss Treatment: The Most Common Mistakes

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Nowadays, hair loss, also known as alopecia, is quite a problem for both men and women and can have various causes.  One thing is true for both sexes – everyone wants to avoid this problem and have a head of thick hair.  The following is a list of the most common mistakes many hair loss patients make when starting treatment and you can draw your own conclusions and try to avoid these mistakes.

1.  Postponing the Treatment

Some people, when facing the problem of hair loss, think that the condition will disappearon its own. They think it is simply shedding of hair which happens seasonally and that no treatment is necessary. But if hair loss lasts for months, it is a sign of a more serious problem and does requires medical attention.  Do not ignore the problem and never postpone your visit to a doctor because hair loss can be the ‘tip of the iceberg’ signaling a possible grave situation occurring in your body that can harm your overall health.

Moreover, in cases like Male Pattern Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia), the longer you wait, the lesschancethere is to restore your hair to its initial thickness.  The protracted postponement of treatment can even lead to permanent baldness. In order to have hair re-grow, you must have at least fine miniaturized hair left on the balding areas of the scalp.  Once the hair follicles are dead and stop producing hair, then no miracle can revive them.

2.  Treating the Symptom Not the Cause

The worst mistake in any treatment is to eliminate the symptoms.  Such a treatment approach is fallacious because symptoms are the consequence of a disease and enables one to be aware of the disease.

Therefore, any successful therapy presupposes finding the real cause of the problem.  This applies to the treatment of hair loss.  Treating hair loss without knowing what causes it can make attempts to restore your hair futile and result in wasted money and time.

First and foremost, it is imperative to seek a diagnosis from a doctor and an explanation as to why your hair is falling out.  There are many factors which can provoke hair loss – autoimmune diseases, various infectious disease, emotional or physiological stress, hormonal imbalance, trivial hairstyling mistakes, nutrient deficiency, and even genetic predisposition.  The hair loss treatment should be chosen based on the cause of the condition. In some cases, just treating the underlying disease will stop your hair from falling out.   In other cases such as a genetic predisposition causing Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), the treatment should be aimed at the actual hair loss and include 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors.

3.  Using Folk and Herbal Remedies

Many patients suffering from hair loss fail to follow doctors’ recommendations concerning the use of proven treatments.  Instead, they turn to alleged ‘safer’ alternatives because they fear the potential side effects of medications.  Many hair loss scams take advantage of that fear and exaggerate the harmful effects of drugs and praise theproducts they are selling and promoting.  It is important to use only FDA-approved preparations to get noticeable results.  There are only 2 proven substances that are successful in the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA): Minoxidil and Finasteride. Do not believe anyone who says that anything other than Minoxidil or Finasteride can be successful in the treating AGA.

Dismiss the idea of using herbal remedies and folk recipes – They won’t be able to help if you have a serious hair loss problem caused by some internal process in your body. No herbal mask, rinse or any other folk recipe could help a man with Male Pattern Baldness.  Nothing can change the genetics or blood concentration of the enzyme participating in the process of hair loss.  The best that such remedies can do is mask the problem for a short period of time, but they cannot treat it.  If hair loss is caused by an autoimmune condition, the body’s immune system reacts as if the hair follicles producing hair are foreign bodies and will attempt to destroy them.  No topical folk remedy will be able to influence the immune system.

4.  Belief in Miraculous Shampoos, Conditioners and Elixirs

No shampoo or hair conditioner can restore the hair that has been lost or even make hair stop falling out.  Such claims arepurely marketing gimmicks aimed at those who confuse seasonal hair shedding with a serious hair loss problem requiring medical treatment.  No cosmetic product will be able to stop Androgenetic Alopecia.  This is because cosmetic products do not contain the anti-androgenic properties required to inhibit the activity of dihydrotestosterone, the main culprit of Male Pattern Baldness.  Neither do they contain what is required to correct hair loss induced by vitamin deficiency.

The main purpose of shampoo is to clean the scalp of excess oil and dirt.  To be effective, shampoos contain various surface-active substances that bind with the oil on the scalp and help eliminate it with the use of water. A good shampoo helps maintain the health of your scalp skin by cleaning it, but it cannot penetrate into the hair follicles.  As a shampoo is in contact with your scalp for a very short time, it cannot work as a treatment for a serious condition. As for the hair conditioners which are applied to the length of the hair and not the scalp, they, by no means, affect the hair follicles which grow hair.  Cosmetic products can only achieve a cosmetic effect; they do not treat.

5.  Not following prescribed regimen

Besides the correct diagnosis and choosing the right remedy, the key to a successful treatment is keeping to the daily regimen prescribed by a doctor.  A lot of people hope to get results in the shortest possible time and just donot follow the instructions provided by their doctor.  Instead they may begin experimenting with using various treatments at the same time. Such attitude often leads to discontinuing certain treatments even before they have a chance to produce results.  Remember that any treatment for hair loss requires several months before positive results will be seen. Overdosing won’t improve the outcome or speed up the process. You have to be consistent with the regimen and patient.

6.  Having Unrealistic Expectations

The thinning of your hair is a gradual process.  Therefore, the restoration process will take time as well – weeks or even months, depending on the cause of the hair loss.  Brace yourself for a long journey of hair restoration.  In some cases, as with Androgenetic Alopecia, the best possible result one can expect from any therapy is to re-grow the hair lost in the previous 2 or maximum 3 years. For such patients, the treatment could be life-long, as once the treatment stops, the process of hair loss provoked by hormones and genes will begin again.