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05 / 2022

6 Treatments For Thinning Afro Hair

Hair loss can be natural, mostly related to old age or an individual's genetic makeup. However, several other causes exist, demanding different treatments. For instance, autoimmune diseases, a recent surgery, and excessive hair exposure to bleach, among others, can lead to Afro hair loss. 

For each cause, there is a remedy or several remedies, but it's crucial not to perceive all treatments as effective for your thinning hair condition. Don’t apply any remedy if you're unsure of its effect.

Here are six Afro hair thinning treatments you should know and how they work.

1. Hair Transplant

Afro hair transplants are surgical procedures that can guarantee lasting results. There are two main types of hair transplants and before you opt for any, ensure a dermatologist backs your decision. Why do you need a dermatologist's advice?

Surgical hair transplants can be complex and expensive, and some patients require more than one surgery session. Therefore, you need guidance to avoid any surprises when you have to prepare for more than one hair transplant session to get your desired outcome. You may feel some level of discomfort during the process following surgical risks like infections and scarring. You can better prep yourself for the surgery if you know and understand these risk factors.

The most common hair transplant options include follicular unit extraction (FUE) and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). FUE, also known as follicular transfer, involves taking individual hair follicles from one part of your body to the thin area. FUE results in hair growth in about three months after surgery, depending on the complexity of the surgery. For instance, an afro hair transplant, one of the most complex forms of FUE, can take about 18 months for patients to see the full hair growth results. 

On the other hand, FUT involves doctors cutting a strip of skin from your scalp with the size usually between one and 1.5 centimeters, depending on the volume of follicles patients need to cover thinning areas. The harvested follicles can be re-inserted into your scalp to ensure hair growth. 

This hair restoration technique is quicker than FUE surgery, and most people stay awake through the process after receiving anesthesia shots that numb the scalp.

Generally, FUE and FUT transplants have a high graft survival rate and success rate pegged at 90 percent. Some robotic FUE technology procedures may even be higher. That notwithstanding, a huge part of your hair transplant's success will be determined by the skill and experience of the performing surgeon. Therefore, be rigorous in choosing your hair transplant surgeon or facility. 

2. Laser Treatment 

Laser therapy for hair loss, also known as cold laser or red light therapy, works by exposing the scalp to a low-level laser. It allows the laser photons to absorb the weaker cells, increasing blood flow to the scalp for hair growth. 

Laser therapy can work best for male and female patients in the early stages of hair thinning. This treatment's impact is often minimal in cases where the baldness or Afro hair loss condition has existed for many years. The speed of the laser therapy's hair regeneration impact differs from one patient to another, based on individual circumstances. However, various studies peg the success rate at 85 percent, with patients seeing new hair growth in 55 percent of the cases. 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should consider this treatment if your hair loss condition includes alopecia areata or chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Note that you may need multiple low-level laser therapy sessions for more visible and sustained hair regeneration results. 

3. Medication 

You may find numerous hair thinning medications online but the Food and Drug Administration has approved only two medications, especially for male patients. They include minoxidil (rogaine) and Finasteride (Propecia). 

You can get the former over the counter without a prescription. It comes in a liquid or foamy form, and you'll need to apply it to the scalp twice each day to improve hair growth or halt your hair loss. Results can take four to six months, depending on a patient's adherence to the drug application. You may lose regenerated hair if you stop taking this medication.

Unlike Minoxidil, Finasteride is a pill that needs to be taken by mouth daily to boost hair growth. Results may take at least three months of active daily usage for Finasteride to impact hair growth.

4. Scalp Massage 

All forms of massage can be relaxing, but the stimulating effects of scalp massage on your hair follicles can’t be understated. In 2016, a study assessed the results of nine men receiving a 4-minute scalp massage each day for about five months. The exercise ended with the men having thicker hair than they had at the start of the study. 

Scalp massage focuses on the hair follicles. The message stretches your hair follicles, dilating blood vessels under the skin and increasing hair follicles' capacity to produce thicker hair. This is because strong hair thrives on good blood circulation and proper nutrition. The more you massage, the more you expose the scalp to oxygen and hair-healthy nutrients. 

Scalp massage works best for patients with a tensed scalp. There are several techniques to massage your scalp. Applying light to medium pressure to your scalp by moving your fingertips in small circles can suffice. 

You can incorporate scalp massaging into your routine hair wash sessions if you're pressed for time to do scalp massage as a standalone exercise.

5. Microneedling

Microneedling is widely known for its antiageing effects, but applying it to your hair can also be helpful, especially for alopecia areata patients. This hair treatment procedure involves using small needles to prick the skin, allowing the pricked areas to generate hair follicles and tissues for thicker and firmer hair. 

6. Lifestyle Changes 

Balding is becoming more common in the United States, especially among millennials. Men and women as young as 18 years old face several hair loss challenges, and a huge part of this growing trend can be linked to chronic smoking and stressful lives. In this case, a decision to quit smoking or lead a less-stressful life through regular exercising, meditating, and getting enough sleep can be your best hair thinning treatment. 

To Conclude

Generally, most hair loss conditions can be easily reversed with consistent treatment, and you're free to combine different options if advised by your doctor. These treatment options can be your best bet at regenerating you're thinned hair if you're lost for choice. 

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