What do you do if you’re losing your hair and don’t want to put yourself through the extreme, costly and invasive procedure of follicular transplants, favoured by such unlikely pinups as Wayne Rooney, Gordon Ramsay and James Nesbitt? The good news is that there are other treatments out there. True, they are not as guaranteed to work as the afore-mentioned plastic surgery, but they do have excellent and persuasive success rates, which makes them worth a go.
If you’ve had a recent gay massage in London, you may well have seen therapists with luxuriant heads of hair that verily glisten in the sun. This is one of the blessings of being young, but many of us, whether by genetics or chance, begin to part ways with our hair as the first flush of youth comes to an end. For some, this unfortunate loss can occur during the twenties. For others, it’s the forties. And for some, it’s in between. Some men look fantastic without hair, but a lot of us are very attached to it and see it as the crowning glory that makes us who we are. To see it vanish can be profoundly distressing, leading to depression and neuroses. So what is to be done?
First up is Finasteride, available in the UK under the brand name of Propecia. It’s a pill which inhibits 5a-reductase, thereby inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone which causes baldness. You simply pop one pill a day, preferably at the same time of day each time, and hair loss is arrested (90 per cent of men will keep their hair with this treatment). A significant proportion of users (two out of every three men) also experience regrowth. Side effects are by no means apparent in everyone, although some people experience diminished libido and sexual performance. Fortunately, for many users, these symptoms go once the first year of treatment has passed. And, of course, gay massage in London could well help revive your libido if it has been flagging for any reason at all. It’s important to realise, going in to Finasteride treatment, which if you stop taking it, the natural balding process will resume itself and any hair regrowth will be lost.
Now let’s look at Minoxidil, available by the brand name Regaine. This solution (in a spray or foam formulation) is applied topically to the areas of the scalp most affected. Depleted, shrunken hair follicles are reinvigorated, growing in size and allowing thicker hair to emerge. The blood flow to the follicles is increased. Minoxidil is applied twice daily and works best if the scalp is clean and dry. Results can begin to appear between eight and sixteen weeks after you’ve started using the product, and results include both arrested hair loss and regrowth. Side effects can include initial hair loss, changes in hair texture/colour, headaches and shortness of breath, but these only affect a tiny proportion of users. Finasteride and minoxidil can be used together, for even greater results.