Non-Surgical Hair Loss Treatments
Ask most Singaporeans you know to picture a bald head, and the most common image that comes to mind is a shiny, bald scalp of a man in their family – think of their uncles, parents or even grandparents!
However, while it’s a common belief that hair loss is an exclusively men’s issue, hair loss also affects plenty of women even though they might not be as numerous as in men!
In fact, about 85 percent of men will experience visible hair loss by the age of 50, so will 40 percent of women. This could explain why hair loss treatments in Singapore are popular for middle-aged folks!
How do you tell? Well, on average, it’s normal to shed about 100 hairs per day ― anything more than that could be cause for concern.
Hair loss for men and women is due to many different factors, including genetics, stress levels, hormonal fluctuations, other medical conditions and in some cases even diet and hair care.
While it is generally viewed as a normal part of the aging process for men today, for women it can be so much more than that – after all, hair is so much more important to most women than men!
In fact, the rate of women who experience symptoms of depression due to female pattern hair loss is much higher than men, who themselves are more likely to display signs of anxiety.
To make matters worse, women are also more prone to doing things to their hair that contribute to hair loss without even knowing it, such as bleaching and dye-ing their hair or using high-heat hair styling tools!
While hair loss can occur in different ways for different people, the signs are often unmistakable, such as the overall thinning of hair all over the scalp or patches of hair missing from the scalp itself.
Hair Loss Treatments for Men and Women
Luckily, there are a host of successful treatments out there in the hair loss treatment market in Singapore which can assist in preventing hair loss as well as stimulating hair growth.
It’s extremely important to note that time is of the essence when it comes to treatment: the sooner you start, the better results you’ll get.
For women, the process is somewhat simpler as they can simply take oral anti-androgen medication, which basically blocks the effect of androgen hormones that cause hair loss or thinning.
While women are likely to experience success with oral anti-androgens (over 90 percent, in fact) the process is not as straight forward for men due to the fact anti-androgen treatments are not just specific to the hair follicle.
For male hair loss, the prescription drug finasteride has been used for over 15 years and essentially works by stopping the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in the prostate, by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.
Or in other, non-scientific jargon-y terms, it stops testosterone from being converted into a more active by-product dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which has a more profound effect on the androgen receptors.
By using finasteride, men can block the conversion of testosterone to DHT, which is enough to stop the badness without emasculating men. It’s also important to note that while stopping DHT production is enough to stop balding process in 98 percent men, research has indicated that around one in 200 taking finasteride may notice a reduction in their libido.
Minoxidil is another available treatment, originally developed in the 1950s as a tablet to treat high blood pressure. It is used as a lotion applied straight to the scalp. Minoxidil is moderately effective as it can stop hair loss and stimulate hair to regrow.
Otherwise, if you’re thinking of taking hair loss treatments to the next step you can consider hair replacement procedures that are also commonly available in Singapore.
Preventing Hair Loss With Proper Hair Care
While hair loss and thinning is largely genetically influenced, you can follow a few hair care tips to make your hair less likely to fall out.
- Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hair
Hair is flexible, but your hair can only be stretched so much before becoming permanently damaged. Hairstyles like tight braids and ponytails can pull your hair away from your scalp and loosen the bond between your hair and scalp over time.
- Avoid high-heat hair styling tools
Using heat to style your hair leaves your hair follicle dehydrated and vulnerable to damage. Hair dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons can all damage your hair over time.
- Avoid chemically treating or bleaching your hair
Hair treatment chemicals cause sudden and irrevocable damage to hair follicles. If you’re concerned about hair loss, limit your use of dyes, highlights, peroxide treatments, and perms.
- Avoid harsh ingredients in many commercial shampoos
You might be aware of not shampooing your hair too often, but you should also use a shampoo that’s mild and suited for your hair. While the purpose of shampoo is to cleanse your hair of dirt and excess oil, most commercial shampoos contain harsh ingredients that can strip your hair off the natural oil and fatty acids that make it strong and supple. Read the ingredients of your shampoo and purchase one that’s as close to all-natural as possible.
Try switching up products if you’ve been losing excess hair.
Starting To See Signs Of Hair Loss And Hair Thinning? Get In Touch With HairSpec
If you’re losing your hair or have started noticing that your hair is thinning all over your scalp, it’s time to get started with hair loss treatments with the many available options in Singapore.
At HairSpec, our wide range of hair loss treatment products and high success rates of non-surgery hair transformation solutions ensure that your self-confidence is never at risk anymore. You can be assured that you can restore your hair successfully!
Regardless of your gender, age, and extent of hair loss, consult your HairSpec transformation specialist today, and discuss your hair loss solution options!