Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Never did I think growing up that as an adult male I would start to lose my hair. It was thick and luscious and seemed to grow like wild fire, but alas that was many years ago now and today I have accepted the fact that it is gone. I chose to shave it down to the wood work as I feel is the best solution for me but what are some of the other solutions to battle hair loss some others may ask? The answer to the question is that there are numerous options today and the sky is the limit for price of some of them. I thought I would share a few of these options with you my friends to perhaps help those follicly challenged find a solution that works best for them.
A term that I recently heard and had to look up was micro blading also known as micropigmentation. Micro blading is the process of using a cosmetic tattoo pigment to fill in the areas affected by the baldness and hence giving the illusion of a fuller head of hair. This process is similar to that of getting a tattoo and like a tattoo I would suggest finding the best place before committing to the process. No one wants a terrible tattoo and no one wants terrible looking micro blading. Another note that should be mentioned is that yearly touch ups are a very real possibility with this technique as your scalp is exposed to the elements such as sun light which will cause fading. It should also be noted that there does also run a slight risk of infection or rejection of the pigment.
Another option of course is hair transplant (hair replacement). This is a costly procedure where hair is relocated from one area of your head to another by grafting a patch or moving the hair follicle by follicle. After the surgery the transplanted hair falls out and new hair begins to grow within the next few months. The cost for the procedure can be quite expensive to ranging from $4,000 to above $15,000 (yikes). Because this is technically a surgery too there is always the risk of infections, bleeding and scaring. In the U.S. hair transplants have been done since the 1950's.
Now if the first 2 seem a little extreme there is always the route of using a hair growth product like Rogaine. There seems to be lots of them on the market and I cannot say for sure if any of them actually work as they describe. There is a scene in the movie "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in which Sacha Baron Cohen's character is trying to sell his miracle elixir that always pops into my head when thinking about these products. Do they really do all that they say they do? Perhaps when I was a little younger I would have considered this to prevent or slow down hair loss.
One option I could never really get behind, but many do is the comb over. The art of hiding the lack of hair by cleverly making the hair one does sit over the area. To me it always looked like someone was trying to hide their baldness instead of accepting it. This is of course just my opinion and I would never try to tell someone they couldn't do it.
For me as I stated above I choose to shave my head and for many of us this is the route we have taken. It can be easily done, it doesn't cost a lot of money and bald can be beautiful. I find I like to shave my head down first with my clippers, then grab a shower and to finish is off i will use shaving crème and a razor. Once you get the hang of it too you will find that it takes no time at all.
There are so many options out there for hair loss and I only covered a couple so I am going to ask you my friends to share with us what techniques you use and why. It’s a great way to help your fellow man.
Until next time my friends, stay sexy!