Over time, men tend to lose their hair, leaving nothing behind but a bald patch. Some people wear it well, but others find it more difficult to accept this mark of the passage of time. Baldness is generally hereditary, and it’s easy to figure out whether or not you are likely to be a victim. And for those who are worried about how the Friar Tuck look is going to suit them, don’t panic! There are a few solutions that can help prevent or delay hair loss.
1) Get into good everyday habits
Even if baldness is inevitable for certain people, it is still possible to delay its onset. In order to do so, you need to take care of your hair, and take steps in order to make it stronger and healthier. This is mainly achieved by diet. In fact, our food has a direct impact on our hair, and therefore a balanced diet can meet all of the hair’s essential needs. To stay strong and healthy, the hair needs iron, copper, zinc, B vitamins, silicon and essential fatty acids.
You can also take on a few good habits while washing your hair. Don’t hesitate to massage your scalp before shampooing, in order to improve circulation, which will make your scalp more receptive to the treatments you apply. Use a gentle shampoo with a neutral pH. Avoid aggressive products, such as gel, dry shampoo or dyes. It is also recommended that you rinse your hair with lukewarm rather than hot water, as hot water can damage the scalp.
In summer time, you should protect your scalp from sun exposure, which can speed up hair loss. Arm yourself with some good quality sunscreen, but also with a hat.
2) Cosmetic and pharmaceutical treatments
Numerous treatments exist and are available in the pharmacy, which aim to slow down hair loss and fortify the scalp. Between food supplements, rollerballs or massaging applicators, you have a wide variety of choice. The ingredients vary depending on the products you choose, but also depending on the stage of baldness they are aiming to treat. Take care to choose the treatment that is most appropriate for you.
3) Medical treatments for baldness
If you become very self-conscious about it, you can also make an appointment with a dermatologist, who may be able to prescribe a medical treatment, depending on how advanced the baldness is. Such treatments aim to slow down hair loss, but they cannot definitively stop it. Furthermore, such treatments tend to have numerous side effects, such as a lowered libido. After having decided to go for this kind of treatment, medical monitoring is essential.
4) Cosmetic surgery
Sometimes, it is already too late to slow down hair loss, as too much hair has already fallen out. A more radical solution is therefore possible: hair implants, via cosmetic surgery. The operation in fact consists of taking healthy hairs and implanting them into areas of the skull that no longer have any hair. This is called follicular unit extraction, as follicular units of 1 to 4 hairs are taken from one area and transplanted to a hairless area. This needs to be done very well in order for the results to look natural and to stay looking natural over the years.
There is also the strip harvesting technique, which consists of taking a thin strip of the scalp from the back of the head, in order to implant all of the follicles to an area in which there is no more hair. This is a long and meticulous operation, taking around 2 hours to redistribute an average of 4,500 hairs.
Finally, there is Low-Level Therapy, which promotes hair growth with the help of a low energy laser.
5) Scalp tattoos
This is another radical solution, but scalp tattoos can give the illusion that someone has simply had a very close shave, when in reality there is no more hair. This technique is less expensive than cosmetic surgery, and there are certain centres that specialise in this method. A head full of fake hair will cost you around 5,000 euros.