While male pattern baldness occurs less frequently in African-American men, hair loss can still be an uncomfortable and embarrassing condition. African-American men have the same choices as Anglo-American men when it comes to hair loss treatment. It's good to take into consideration a few factors when considering which treatment method is right for your condition.
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African-American men suffering from hair loss can choose between over-the-counter or prescription drugs to treat their baldness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, has approved a number of prescription medications for use in combating hair loss. These medications come in the form of pills that you take daily to prevent hair loss and help regrow lost hair. You also can purchase over-the-counter hair-loss treatments at any drugstore.
Hair Loss Causes
Determining the cause of your hair loss can help you decide which treatment is best for you. African-American men often experience hair loss as a result of genetics, hormonal imbalances or medication. You also can experience hair loss as a result of an illness or surgery. Wearing tight hairstyles, such as cornrows, also can lead to hair loss.
If you are concerned with hair loss, see a dermatologist to discuss your treatment options. Try to find a doctor who specializes in, or has experience with, African-American hair in particular.
According to "Black Health Magazine," African-American hair can benefit from good nutrition. Try to increase your dietary intake of vitamins that will promote healthy hair. Look for supplements or foods that are high in biotin as well as vitamins B5, B6 and B12. Talk to your doctor before starting any supplements; you can expect to see results in two or three months after changing your diet.
Taking more than 25,000 IU of vitamin A per day can result in hair loss. If think large quantities of vitamin A might be contributing to your hair loss, discontinue taking the vitamin and contact your doctor.