Hair loss is generally a gradual process. If yours is a receding hairline, it probably first started with a small part of your scalp visible due to hair loss. After that, your hairline has been gradually moving further and further back ever since.
Yes, these are the classic signs of male pattern baldness.
It is easy to watch this distressing progression and resort to hiding under caps or using concealers to avoid the embarrassment that comes with an increasingly bare scalp.
These are coping mechanisms that are fine but should only be used as temporary solutions. Once you have noticed progressive hair loss, it is time to find a long-term solution to take care of the problem once and for all.
There are several options to consider. It is necessary to understand exactly what each entails and any implications which might come with it. Here is your no-nonsense guide to finally doing something about your hair loss in 2022.
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Hair transplantation is one of the most popular hair restoration options mainly because it offers a permanent solution. This is a surgical technique in which a surgeon removes hair from one part of the scalp, known as the donor site, and transplants it onto the thinning or bald area, known as the recipient site.
There are two types of hair transplant procedures, FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction ) and FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation). The main difference is that in FUT, the surgeon removes a strip of skin from the donor area and then extracts individual hair follicles which are then planted on the balding area.
FUE has the surgeon extract individual hair follicles directly from the donor area and plants them onto the balding or thinning area. A key demerit to note is that FUT leaves a scar at the donor site while FUE doesn’t.
Genetically resistant hair follicles
The basic idea is to use hair follicles that are genetically resistant to balding, such as those found at the back of the head, and place them on the top or crown of the head which most often suffers hair loss.
Keep in mind, however, that hair transplantation calls for a lot of patience. It will be months before you see significant growth. It could take as long as 18 months before you see and experience the full results of a successful hair transplant surgery.
Hair systems are much like toupees or wigs. The main difference between toupees and modern hair systems is that the latter are designed to be attached to the scalp and kept on for several weeks or months.
Not to mention increasingly advanced techniques which can be used to attach hair systems to the scalp. You can choose to use liquid adhesive or hairpiece tape. This tape could be designed for short use or extended use.
All these come with merits and demerits which must be considered when choosing an attachment method. Toupees on the other hand are designed to be taken off at the end of the day.
Attached hair makes a huge difference for users because it gives a more natural feel and allows men to enjoy activities like swimming and even vigorous workouts without worrying about the hair shifting or falling off altogether.
Scalp micropigmentation is a great option if you are looking for a semi-permanent, non-surgical solution with instant results.
With SMP, a technician uses a specially designed microneedle, which is much like a tattoo needle, to deposit tiny dots of ink under the skin of the scalp. These tiny dots together create the illusion of hair because they appear like stubble left after hair is shaved short, down to the scalp.
The procedure takes about 3 hours though men are advised to arrange to have a friend drive them home after the session because technicians use anesthesia to numb the area.
After that, it takes several days for the scalp to heal. There is no downtime required. You can go to work or go about your day, as usual, the day after the treatment.
Scalp micropigmentation is ideal for bald or balding men. In order to maintain a realistic look, one must keep their hair shaved short which is easier to manage when one is bald or balding.
Embrace being Bald
So far we have mentioned two procedures and a hair attachment option. These are hair transplants, scalp micropigmentation, as well as hair systems. All these are external solutions, but you can also find a solution to your hair loss from your mind.
After all, all these methods become necessary because you feel dissatisfied with how you look. What if you learned to be perfectly happy with your hairless self and embraced being bald?
Many men have done it
You wouldn’t be the first man to take this route. Celebrities such as Jason Statham, Taye Diggs, and Vin Diesel wear the bald look with great pride and have even appeared on lists of the sexiest men on our screens today.
What this confirms is that you can learn to embrace being bald and get to a place where you not only stop feeling self-conscious but feel, and look, extremely attractive.
If you have been dealing with progressive hair loss and using short-term solutions for a long time, it is time to finally take the step towards a permanent solution. You may think that covering your head with a cap every day does the trick but it continuously robs you of confidence and the joy of a happy fulfilled life.
So many men admit that they didn’t realize just how much the shame of hair loss disrupted their life until they found an appropriate, permanent solution. Many say it is the best thing that ever happened to them. It restored their confidence which enabled them to perform better at work and even improved their social life. You too could be one of these men.
Do yourself a favor and do something about your hair loss… and there is no better time than now.