How Can Seniors Help Treat Hair Loss?
As we age, our hair changes, just as the rest of our body changes. For many people, this means that our hair starts to thin and fall out as the cycle of hair growth starts to slow down. Hair loss depends on a number of different factors, including heredity, hormonal changes, stress, as well as any medications and treatments you may be undergoing.
There are a few things that can be done to prevent this, but generally, they involve minor lifestyle changes that may not make a visible difference. If you’re a senior and are concerned about hair loss, there are a few ways that you can make your hair loss less noticeable or if you’re willing to spend the money, use medications and specific hair therapy treatments to maintain and improve your hair growth.
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HairClub is a one-stop shop for hair loss treatments. They have 120 locations across the United States and Canada and offer customers a customized treatment plan that can involve a combination of in-salon and at-home treatments.
When you first arrive at one of their locations, you’re assessed by one of their experts, who will recommend a treatment plan depending on the level and positioning of your hair loss. They offer seven unique treatment options, ranging from Xtrands and Xtrands+, where cosmetologists adhere real human hair to your head, to Follicular Unit Transplantation, where hair follicles are transplanted onto your scalp in an outpatient procedure.
All of these treatments have their own associated costs, but as many of these procedures need to be performed by doctors, they can get expensive.
If you’re interested in encouraging hair growth instead of heading right for a transplant procedure, start at an Aveda salon. They manufacture their own three-step line of hair growth products that many people swear by.
Aveda claims that the Invati Advanced Three-Step System reduces hair loss by 53 perfect when used daily. The system is comprised of an exfoliating shampoo, which works to clean and rejuvenate the scalp, and a thickening conditioner. The final step is a scalp revitalizer that’s massaged in after you get out of the shower.
These products are available in a variety of sizes, but they only come in one formulation, which is scented with essential oils like rose geranium, rosemary, and lavender. They’re also quite costly. In fact, each standard sized bottle ranges in price from $33 to $65 each.
Viviscal is another hair growth product that uses an entire system — including shampoo, conditioner, and a dietary supplement — to encourage hair growth and limit thinning and shedding. It’s available for both men and women, and each system has its own gender-specific formulation that helps to encourage long-term hair growth.
For men, there are a dietary supplement and fortifying shampoo, which is each available for a much lower cost than many of the other systems on the market. The fortifying shampoo is available online for only $9.99 and the dietary supplements cost $119.97 for a three-month supply.
For women, Viviscal has engineered an elite subscription service that includes their clinically-tested shampoo, conditioner, and dietary supplements, as well as perks like tangle-less hair ties, a gentle detangling brush, and deep conditioning hair masks. It’s available for only $39.99 per month when you purchase a subscription plan.
Many people have used their system and had success, but some reviewers felt that it made their hair appear yellow and discolored.
Roman is an organization that focuses on men’s health and wellness. They offer a number of custom solutions to health problems that many men find embarrassing to treat, like hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and genital herpes.
Their hair loss treatment plans start with a doctor consultation, where they’ll evaluate your personal balding pattern, and prescribe medications that range from over the counter minoxidil to more experimental finasteride treatments, which are still FDA approved. All of your medications will be shipped right to your door every three months.
Each of these different medications works in a different way and you may even be able to use them together to create a more effective treatment plan. If you use both products on their quarterly plan, you’ll only pay $1.20 per day.
Bosley is a company that offers permanent procedures to help to combat hair loss. There’s an option for almost any budget and balding pattern. Whether you opt for an inpatient procedure like scalp micropigmentation or an outpatient procedure like follicular unit or hair transplantation, Bosley is committed to ensuring that anyone can take steps to improve their hair loss. You can come in at any stage of hair loss and know that they’re going to be able to recommend a solution that works.
All initial consultations are free and help provide more information including whether their procedures are covered by insurance. They offer their own line of hair growth shampoos, conditioners, and serums, which can be used alone or in conjunction with another one of their treatments. They’ve also developed Propecia, an FDA-approved pill that’s taken once a day to promote long-term hair growth.
The decision to act on hair loss is an extremely personal choice. Many seniors opt for hair growth treatment because they just don’t like how they look with less hair. Others cover their hair loss up or decide that they don’t care as much about that aspect of their appearance.
There’s no wrong choice. Doing your research in advance and learning about all the advantages and potential disadvantages of each option will help you come to an informed decision.