There are medications or treatment to help bald heads grow hair even better. One of it is minoxidil. Minoxidil was originally developed for the treatment of hypertension. Minoxidil is supposedly capable of growing hair on bald heads. However, some patients who used it for hypertension began to detect the growth of new hair, not only on head, but on the body and face as well. Some men were delighted, of course; women patients, needless to say, did not always share their joy.
Clinical trials involving a lotion made from minoxidil such reduced strengths that blood pressure is not affected have been conducted. Some people participating in the studies did, in fact, grow new hair. The results seemed more promising in cases of alopecia areata or when the hair was only thinning, rather than in advanced baldness. No one really knows how minoxidil works – or indeed whether it does work. One theory is that is slows the aging of hair-growing cells.
Other solution, not indeed a treatment but to cover the baldness of the head, is hair transplant. In a hair transplant, small circular cylinders, or plugs, of about six to eight hairs, together with the underlying skin and hair roots, are taken from the fringe areas of the head where balding has occurred, and the grafts are inserted in their place. In a few months the implants should begin producing hair on their own, and once they do, they continue to grow in the normal way. The donor sites, which remain hairless, heal quickly and are hidden by surrounding hair. Several sessions are usually required to complete the transplants.
Hair transplants are not a successful solution for everyone. If you are considering the procedure, you should discuss the matter first with a dermatologist to decide whether you are a good candidate of hair transplant.
There are, however, other methods of implanting new hair but none that is a desirable, as effective or as safe as a hair transplant. Indeed, hair implantations, in which synthetic fibers are sewn directly into the scalp, have produced so many dangerous complications, that it has been banned in the United States.
From health standpoint, hair weaving is a good deal safer that the insertion of synthetic fibers into the scalp. This procedure, however, does require you to have a certain amount of your own hair remaining. It involves weaving a hair piece directly into your own hair, so that it can be worn at all times. The disadvantage is that, as your hair grows out, the hairpiece loosens, and hence it has to be tightened regularly. In addition, dirt and bacteria can collect beneath the added hair. And the process is an expensive one.
Wearing a conventional hairpiece or wig is more acceptable and even more popular than any of the above. Synthetic hairs are generally preferable to natural ones because they tend to last longer.