While unwanted hair growth is a blow to one’s self-esteem, the loss of hair can be just as bad if not worse. Alopecia, the loss of hair, can be experienced by both men and women. The condition can go far beyond just losing hair and can be signs of a deeper medical condition brought on by genetics or high levels of stress. Alopecia is a difficult malady to manage and even harder to cure. With the proper steps, there are ways to combat the loss of hair.
Things You'll Need
- Stress Management
Consult a physician for diagnosis. Hair loss can be a symptom of a larger medical condition especially in women (e.g. PCOS.)
Consider steroid injections. Injections of steroids into the scalp have been shown to initiate hair growth in areas affected by Alopecia. However, injections are used for small areas of baldness due to the amount of pain involved with multiple shots to the scalp in very tight patterns.
Use Clobetasol. The chemical comes in either an ointment or a cream and is applied to the patches of baldness. Some have had successful regrowth of hair with the use of Clobetasol. Clobetasol only regrows hair and does not stop Alopecia's spreading. However, it is not recommended for use beyond two weeks and can have the following side effects: skin dryness, glaucoma or itching.
Use Minoxidil. Minoxidil is used to promote cellular activity in the skin with the effect of stimulating hair growth. It has been shown to be effective in a small percentage of individuals, between 10 to 45 percent. The cream is rubbed on spots of baldness but is not to be used for pregnant women. Minoxidil is not to shown to be a cure for Alopecia but more of a treatment.
Manage stress. Hair loss can be greatly accelerated by stress and emotional duress. Managing one's stress levels can slow and even eliminate Alopecia. Consider time and stress management, yoga or meditation to alleviate stress.