prevent and control balding -----Hair loss, or Alopecia


Lord of Penmai
Jul 5, 2011
prevent and control balding -----Hair loss, or Alopecia

Hair loss, or Alopecia, is a condition in which hair falls at an abnormal rate, eventually leading to partial or complete loss of hair.

The scalp at an average has 1.00.000 hair. A healthy scalp sheds hair and replaces it continuously. However when the scalp is not able to produce new hair to replace the shed hair, baldness develops.

There are different types of hair loss based on the type and cause. While balding is no longer a problem for most confident men and women - reflecting more a style statement rather than an affliction - if you are still concerned about it,

here are some ways inwhich you can prevent and control it.


The most common type of balding is androgenic alopecia, also know as
male pattern baldness (when it occurs in men) or
female pattern baldness (when it occurs in women).

This is a permanent type of hair loss which is incurable and is caused by heredity and genetics. Other types are usually temporary and may be a symptom of serious illness, skin infection, stress, use of certain drugs, or thyroid diseases.
The hair loss halts once the underlying cause has been identified and treated.

Signs and symptoms

The first step is self examination.
While examining the scalp, the distribution of hair loss, and the presence of scarring should be noted. Part widths should be measured. All abnormalities should be noted.

In male-pattern hair loss, loss and thinning begin at the temples and either thins out or falls out.
Female-pattern hair loss occurs when hair thinning occurs at the frontal and parietal.

If you believe that you have a significant amount of hair loss then consulting a doctor and conducting a scalp biopsy is recommended.

Non surgical treatments

There are various over the counter medicines available for hair loss - pills, hair oils and other forms claiming a cure for it. These are not sure-shot cures or even treatments. The hair loss stops till the intake of the medicines continues and then resumes once stopped.

There are significant side effects of these as well, like decreased libido, and erectile dysfunction. There are injections of cortisone into the scalp that also help stop hair loss, this is a slow process and results may vary from person to person. Hormonal modulators are also used to treat female pattern baldness.

Surgical treatments

If the hair loss is a major concern for you and you are willing to go under the knife for it, treatment options such as follicle transplant, scalp flaps, are available. These are expensive and painful, but the results are seen within 8-10 weeks of the surgery. They also carry a risk of scarring and infection. These are only recommended if balding is also causing self esteem issues.

There are other cosmetic treatments such as Hair transplant and Scalp reduction. Scalp reduction is generally done in combination with hair transplantation to provide a natural-looking hairline.

The verdict

Some of the best looking people, some also very famous for their good looks, are bald and even carry a receding hairline with utmost style. Jason Stratum, Nicholas Cage and Bruce Willis make being bald sexy. Balding will go the way you take it -

You can either choose to fuss about it or make a bold bald statement!
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