Using proven hair growth techniques will bring an end to your frustration with baldness. Here is a look at the most reliable options.

What to Know About Hair Growth Techniques

It seems that for as long as people have been losing their hair, they have been looking for ways to regrow it, whether they suffer from male pattern baldness or chemotherapy hair loss. Countless hair loss products, from chemicals to herbal remedies to surgery, have been used with a wide range of results, from complete failure to real hair growth. Unfortunately, there are so many products and techniques out there that claim to regrow hair that it is difficult to know which ones really work. The good news is that there are a handful of options that have proven to work well in regrowing hair and if you choose these options, you are likely to experience positive results, although some do not work for chemotherapy hair loss. 

Surgical Replacement

Of all the techniques that are currently available to cure baldness, the most effective hair loss solution is surgical replacement. This technique involves taking hair from another source and transplanting it in your scalp. There are currently two forms of surgical replacement that are commonly used. The first involves transplanting individual grafts of hair in your scalp. The doctor punches each individual hair follicle into your scalp to cover your balding areas, with no scarring. The second is the strip method, which involves harvesting a strip of hair from the back of the head, which is used to transplant follicles to your balding areas. While effective, the downside of this technique is that it can cause scarring.

Surgical hair transplants are very effective, but they are also expensive. A typical hair transplant procedure can cost $7,000 or more.

Medical Treatment

While a lot of products claim to regrow hair, very few are medically approved for scalp application. The first medicine approved by the Food and Drug Administration was Rogaine, also known as Minoxidil. While the effects of using this drug are mixed, it can be an effective hair loss solution. Some hair regrowth is also possible depending on the individual. However, Rogaine has proven more effective when used with another FDA-approved drug called Propecia.

Propecia, which is also called Finasteride, is used with Rogaine. It helps regrow hair by blocking the male hormone that causes baldness. For most people, using this product results in the regrowth of hair. The downside of Propecia is that the results are not permanent, which means that if you stop using it, your hair will fall out again. These hair loss products must be used continuously to prevent further loss of hair.

Foods for Hair

While foods are not a hair loss cure, there are many foods that have been proven to strengthen and thicken the hair you have while preventing or slowing further loss of hair. Among the best foods to eat are those that contain healthy proteins, omega-3 fats and zinc. Try adding pumpkin seeds, green tea, flax seed, wild-caught fish, bone broth and organic foods to your diet. These food items will help your hair look and feel better.

Some foods promote healthy hair, but others are detrimental to your hair, which means you should avoid them. Try to limit your consumption of alcohol, sugar, trans fatty acids and caffeine. If you are consuming high levels of these foods and drinks, it could be contributing to your baldness.

Hair Supplements

There is no magic hair loss cure when it comes to supplements, but many vitamins and supplements have been proven to strengthen and improve hair growth, while some may even aid in regrowing hair. Different people have varying levels of success with supplements, but they can at least benefit the hair you have. DHT is a key element in baldness, and some supplements have been shown to block DHT, which can help prevent hair loss and may even help regrow hair. Among the supplements that block DHT are saw palmetto, pumpkin seed oil and pygeum. Also consider rhodiola, which can increase hair growth. Vitamins that promote healthy hair include B-complex vitamins and zinc.

Get Rid of the Flakes

It may not cure baldness, but getting rid of dandruff is a factor in preventing it. Studies show there is a link between dandruff and the loss of hair. If you have dandruff, use a shampoo to get rid of it. This will reduce the chances of you losing your hair.