Experiencing some degree of hair loss is, unfortunately, an inevitability for 50 per cent of the population – and that’s the mixed population, not just men. By the age of 50, one in two men and, similarly, one in two women will have androgenic alopecia manifesting itself as diffused thinning or a receding hairline and thinning crown.
Just as there are so many people affected by the condition, there is an increasing range of products and treatment on the market that promise to restore your hair to its former glory. If you are one of the millions whose thinning hair has chipped away at your self-esteem, you will probably be prepared to pay good money for a cure – but how can you tell what works and what is merely a scam?
Find out the cause of your hair loss.
By understanding what is behind your alopecia you can avoid spending money on irrelevant treatments. To begin, can you rule out that your hair loss is not normal, for example that which is often experienced with a change of season? Or a temporary hair loss as experienced in the months following childbirth? Do you have a hormonal imbalance?
Bear in mind, there is no cure only management.
Wish it as you might, you won’t find a clever pill that gets your hair growing once more. If you catch it early, you can slow down and stabilise the process. Even those FDA-approved medicines – finasteride and minoxidil – will only work for as long as you administer them.
Don’t be fooled by confusing wording.
It may sound like a miracle cure but what is it actually saying? There is an art to making a product sound like it will regrow your hair without specifically promising so – don’t just read between the lines but scrutinise the lines themselves.
Take promises with a pinch of salt.
Bear in mind that many hair restoration ideas are unproven or even untested. There is as yet no evidence supporting the effectiveness of herbal remedies in slowing down hair loss, and topical treatments may work well on existing hair but not in producing new hair.
Find out what does actually work.
If you have androgenetic alopecia you do have options, such as SMP which has had consistently good results. Before committing, fact check the claims of any product and try to talk to others who have already had the treatment.
Here’s some of the questions you should be asking your SMP practitioner to avoid getting a bad result:
- How many years have you been practising?
- What results can you show me? Be aware that less than scrupulous SMP practitioners steal before and after pictures from other sites.
- Can I speak to past patients about their experience?
- Do you offer a guarantee?
There are a number of popular SMP forums out there that are full of useful information for those planning their scalp micropigmentation treatment. Be aware, though, that some of them are actually run by SMP clinics and even those that are independent can be manipulated by SMP providers. At HisHair Clinic we have an excellent forum where you can get answers from previous clients and read their stories. Visit it by clicking here.