thinning hair dos and don'tsOver 60% of men have thinning hair by the time they hit their mid 30s but it’s still a shock to the system when it happens to you. It signals the onset of the ageing process and possibly means an enforced change of style, so what can you do about it?

The first thing to remember is not to try to maintain the shaggy mane you’ve previously been sporting. Try to keep the hair neat and tidy as a short style can create the illusion of thicker hair.

You could also try one of the many off the shelf products like the Wella System Professional Colour BiPhase Conditioner but don’t expect it to do any more than slow down the process of balding.

Talk to the professionals

The most important thing to do is speak to the hair loss professionals. There is no substitute for a phone call and/or trip to a professional hair loss clinic where they can advise you on all the options that actually work.

A good clinic won’t give you the hard sell but tailor a solution to meet your needs, after all everyone’s hair loss problem is unique to them.

A hair loss clinic will be able to advise on the use of proven medical treatments such as minoxidil and finasteride. These compounds can stall hair loss and strengthen the remaining hair based on clinical trials and subsequent results worldwide. There are downsides as they don’t work for everyone and they’re only effective if continuously applied.

Transplants work but need careful thought

If you really want an effective solution to reverse balding then a clinic can also advise on the risks and advantages of a hair transplant. Whilst the results can be very effective, often it’s a long painful road which required deep pockets so could advise at the onset is essential.

A good clinic will also offer a range of newer treatments, from laser therapy to scalp micropigmentation, where organic pigments are used to create a startlingly realistic “buzz” cut.

If you want to tackle that growing bald spot then do, by all means try some of the off the shelf solutions but if you’re serious about it then bear in mind that by delaying talking to the experts you might be wasting valuable time and hair.

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