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There are a variety of hair restoration options available to people who suffer with hair loss. Choosing the best solution for yourself takes time and a wealth of research. You do not want to waste money or time on a hair restoration service that is not the best fit for you, because in the end, you will have to spend more money to fix what you do not like. Here are a few options that can help you along your hair restoration journey to improve or enhance hair loss or thinning.

You do not want to waste money or time on a hair restoration service that is not the best fit for you, because in the end, you will have to spend more money to fix what you do not like.

Hair systems

A traditional way to restore your hair loss would be to use a type of hair piece. Traditional wigs, lace units, hair integration systems, and toppers, also called wiglets, fall into this category. They can be custom designed to fit your head and specifically detailed to cover up your hair loss.

What is great about custom designed units is that they can be tailored to your needs and you can pick the hair texture or a breathable fabric underneath the hair piece if you need to apply topical treatments or access your scalp easily.

Some of these pieces are attached with medical grade adhesive, clips, tape adhesive, combs, braids, or have a suction cap. Custom units look more natural because of the hair quality, colors, their ability to be cut, and parts that look like your scalp.

How do you choose the best hair system?

You have to consult with a hair restoration specialist who can tell you what is the proper system and the best way to attach the unit based on your lifestyle. For example, if you swim regularly or exercise often and you have an oily or dry scalp, you will need to identify what works for your specific needs. If you are not careful, you could end up with more hair loss if the unit is attached improperly. The hair restoration technician will consult with you about the best unit based on the type of hair loss you have.

Hair transplantation using Follicular Unit Extraction with NeoGraft

NeoGraft is a new automated hair transplant system, "which facilitates the harvesting of follicles during a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) hair transplant, dramatically improving the accuracy and speed over previously used manual extraction instruments."

What is Follicular Unit Extraction or FUE?

Baumanmedical says it is a “minimally invasive hair transplantation. Follicular Unit Extraction with NeoGraft leaves no strip scar, no linear scar. The most exciting thing about Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is what it enables us to do in the donor area with people who wear very short hair. For many people, having a linear scar is not desirable. So this surgical technique gives us another option for extracting or harvesting the permanent donor follicles from the scalp. With FUE, we are able to extract single Follicular Units (that means groupings of 1, 2, 3, and sometimes, 4 hair follicles) individually from the donor area without a scalpel. This also means the patient will not require any stitches and there is absolutely no linear scar.”

A donor area is located either at the back or side of the scalp where hair follicles are removed to be used for the hair transplant. These donor areas on the scalp are not affected by hormones that cause male or female pattern hair loss and continue to grow permanently.

Is it beneficial to use the FUE method instead of traditional strip method or linear harvesting?

Radiantskinnyc says, “one of the major drawbacks to the traditional strip method procedure is the incision is sutured together leaving a noticeable linear scar. The scar may stretch or enlarge over time to overcome the tension of the scalp created by cutting a strip and suturing the scalp together. It is well-accepted that FUE transplants can heal faster and more comfortably than linear-harvest techniques in which the physician uses a scalpel and removes a strip of scalp requiring stitches and a 6-week recovery time.”

Herbal treatments

Do herbal treatments really work to restore hair? The only way to know is to try and see for yourself. I recommend talking to your doctor before trying any new remedy. Remember, a treatment that will work for someone else may not work for you the same way.

Green tea

According to Livestrong, The Department of Otolaryngology at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science conducted a study to examine the effects of green tea on rodents in relation to hair loss. The researchers followed the mice for six months before drawing conclusions. The results showed that mice that had hair loss and were given green tea to drink showed regrowth of the hair while the ones given plain water did not.

Livestrong says, “green tea may not be a cure for baldness or a guarantee of hair growth, but the antioxidants in the beverage may be helpful. Consult with a health care professional about the possible benefits of consuming green tea or using it topically to grow hair. Be sure to mention any medications you are taking, as green tea could interfere with some prescription drugs, like blood thinners.”

Topical treatments

Topical treatments can also help restore your hair. They have to be used daily and depending on the type of hair loss you have, may have to be used forever. Minoxidil can be used to reverse hair thinning caused by androgenetic alopecia.  It is applied to the scalp once a day if you use 5% or twice a day when you use 2% minoxidil.

Redensyl can be used as an alternative to minoxidil. Some people who have used minoxidil have experienced headaches, dry scalp, flaky scalp, and itching. Redensyl is gentler on the scalp and is more appealing to people who want to use a “drug free” treatment to restore their hair. Redensyl, according to induchem, works by “targeting stem cells and human fibroblasts from the dermal papilla to improve hair growth while reducing hair loss.” Karrie Fonte, VP of Education for éprouvage told us why Redensyl is a key ingredient in their Restorative Scalp Serum, "originally used in eyelash and eyebrow growth serums, Redensyl is gentle enough for use around the eyes and it’s perfect for the scalp as it has no harsh side effects. It works by nourishing the scalp and creating the best environment to help keep the hair follicle in the anagen (growing)  phase longer, increasing the lifespan of hair follicles. More time growing equals less time resting (catagen) and less time falling (telegen) therefore reducing the appearance of up to 17% less hair fall and promote the appearance of up to 214% thicker, fuller and more hair."

Light therapy

Low level laser hair therapy can be used to restore thinning. This type of light therapy is cold and does not cut or bruise the skin. Light produces energy to the cells of the hair follicle, which activates sluggish hair follicles. This therapy can be used to help with androgenetic alopecia.