4 Drug-Free Ways to Stop Losing Hair
Under 30 and already looking into hair restoration products? Don’t freak out; you are one of the 30 percent of men in this age bracket who experience some kind of hair loss.
That’s what the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) reckons. And although you may think your hair loss is due to recent stress or other health problems, it could be a genetic issue.
That said, there’s still hope. Ali Alhashemi, a Detroit-based barber, has inspired lots of guys with thinning hair. He says many of his customers have to deal with hair loss.
“The biggest thing I see actually is alopecia,” he told one GQ interviewer.“ I actually did a haircut give back a few months ago, where I gave free haircuts to people with thinning hair or people who were in chemo.”
Here are four ways you can learn to deal with—and even combat—hair loss. No drugs involved!
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
Also known as PRP, these treatments are a new and popular way to remedy hair loss. Your own blood can regenerate those hair growth cells. Blood, the source of life, is what scientists discovered makes all the diff
Joshua Zeichner, a New-York based cosmetic dermatologist explains it this way:
“Our blood is made of two main components: red blood cells and plasma. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.”
Here’s how it works: The barber stores your blood sample in a centrifuge, separating your platelets from other blood cells and then adding calcium to promote hair growth.
A recent Italian study reports that, when compared to steroids, PRP was even more successful at increasing the odds of hair regrowth. Even though it requires a few successive treatments, each session will only be under an hour. Fear not; it’s no more painful than feeling a few needle pricks to your scalp. (Nothing a tough guy like you can’t handle, right?)
If you want additional info about PRP, call someone at BSG today to explain in more detail.
Aloe Vera Treatments
This is one secret passed down to me by my late grandfather, who still had a full head of hair, even during his last few days (RIP, grandpa!).
Hair growth and regrowth usually require having a healthy scalp. This means not too dry, not too oily and well-conditioned. Enter the magic aloe vera plant, a staple in many East-Asian homes and gardens because it serves so many medicinal purposes. Besides feeling cool and soothing, it is a natural moisturizer and conditioner. It has properties that can help you deal with dandruff, nourish your hair follicles and reduce excess oil on your scalp.
The best way to use it is by applying 100% natural aloe vera gel straight from the plant. Cut a leaf off (and don’t worry, the plant starts to regrow its leaves almost instantly), and slice it down the center. You’ll find the gel inside the leaves, which you can then use directly on your scalp and even other body parts that need moisturization.
Hair Stimulating Shampoo
Your efforts to regrow your hair should involve two goals: preventing further hair loss and promoting hair gain. One thing you can do to avoid using drugs is to simply incorporate hair restoration shampoo into your routine. Make sure to choose fortified shampoo that you choose for optimal hair health, such as our HCO1 Shampoo.
Our BSG HCO1 Edition Shampoo cleans your scalp plus so much more. Its extra-proprietary blend of the BSG Trichoanagenic Factor promotes healthy hair growth while locking moisture in.
How many times a week should you shampoo? This all depends on your hair. Some guys can get away with shampooing and conditioning once a week, while others need at least two treatments in this same time period. Best to ask your barber about the type of hair you have and what’s suitable.
Have you heard about Low-Level Laser Therapy? It’s an FDA approved treatment for androgenetic alopecia, and it’s safe for both men and women.
In short, it’s a laser devise used in hair regrowth. You might have seen it in use on YouTube videos or even read the reviews and wondered if it’s right for you.
The more scientific explanation is that LLLT is a photo-biostimulator. Light therapy aids in the transformation and lifespan of your hair follicles and cells. It prolongs the hair growth abilities while encouraging blood flow to your scalp. This keeps the main hormone responsible for hair loss at a minimum.
Low-Level Laser Therapy is a newer treatment that has proven to be just about as effective as minoxidil and finasteride. Because of this, it’s sometimes used on patients who lose hair due to chemotherapy. One study published by Dr. Samia Esmat and her group (April 2017) shows that the best results of LLLT happen when the therapy is paired with other hair loss treatments.
At BSG you will find the best deals on a curated selection of the top hair lasers for home use. You can pick one up in an Outpost or even have it shipped to you.
Hair Loss Treatments and Results at BSG
We know, we know…losing hair can cause a lot of anxiety. And it helps to have someone like a buddy—but on a professional level—get through this awkward stage. Or you might be okay with the bald look (Hey, it can be totally sexy!).
But if you do decide to try treatments like the PRP process, talk to us first. Each person has unique needs and responds differently to this procedure, and we can help you get the most out of it.
Remember, every man needs a barber friend. You can talk to him about your greatest hopes and fears, or just exchange sex tips. You can also get fitness and fashion ideas while your scalp enjoys some therapy.
More Than Just a Haircut
BSG barbers have been helping guys out for years. We offer everything from straight razor shaves to hair regrowth treatments and dating advice. And we’ll tell you all about the best hair products on the market. So go ahead; book that appointment today. We promise you won’t regret it.