Anagen effluvium is a hair loss condition in which losing the hair occurs during the anagen phase of hair growth.
The anagen phase is also known as the active growth phase because follicle roots divide rapidly, thus causing the most amount of growth. You can normally expect roughly one centimeter of growth every month during this phase of hair growth.
Since this phase lasts anywhere from two to seven years, anagen effluvium is a serious hair loss condition. You’re essentially losing your hair during the most important phase.
That’s also why it’s crucial you seek out treatment for anagen alopecia or you may continue to suffer from hair loss for a long period.
However, taking action sooner than later can help restore your scalp and confidence. Imagine how great you’d feel if you watched your hair grow back!
Here are some treatment options for anagen alopecia effluvium to consider.
1. Minoxidil containing products
Minoxidil is one of the most researched and studied drugs for hair loss. It was originally invented for other purposes such as high blood pressure but it was accidentally found to be incredible at regrowing hair. It was then approved by the FDA and is available for purchase without a prescription.
This drug works so effectively because it opens the potassium channels involved with funneling nutrients to the follicle. When it is applied topically, you’re allowing for much more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to enrich hair and bring them back to life.
A study done by the Journal of American Dermatology looked a Minoxidil’s ability to aid in hair regrowth. five patients were studied who suffered from androgenic alopecia and ten with alopecia areata for a period of 12 months.
Three of the five patients with androgenic alopecia were given 5% Minoxidil experienced hair regrowth including large restorations of terminal hair.
There are many other studies just like this one from academic journals that prove the drug’s efficacy, as well.
2. Dermaroll the scalp
Dermarolling is the practice of using a dermaroller on the skin or scalp to promote blood flow and collagen production.
Dermarollers are small handheld devices with a spinning wheel at the end of them. They have many small needles that gently prick the skin, signaling it to repair itself.
You can purchase them from websites like Amazon or health and beauty stores for approximately $20. It’s crucial that you clean them before and after use with an alcohol solution, though. This is because it’s puncturing the skin very slightly, so you don’t want more germs or dirt being pushed in.
After you’ve done that, it’s recommended that you dermaroll in one direction at a time and then reverse it. For example, you could dermaroll the hairline one way a few times and then the opposite after.
You would repeat this process on the templates, top of the head, crown, or anywhere else you’re experiencing hair loss.
3. Brushing and massaging the scalp
Similar to the dermaroll technique, brushing and massaging the scalp is another potential way to reverse androgen alopecia because it achieves the same outcome: more blood, nutrients, and oxygen to the scalp.
Brushing requires a special hairbrush like a boar bristle brush because it needs to stimulate the scalp which most soft ones won’t achieve.
You will want to brush one area of the scalp at a time for a total of five to twenty minutes. This will ensure that enough blood is signaled to go to that area.
Similarly, massaging the scalp can be achieved by stretching the scalp in different areas with circular motions with the fingers.
I recommend doing both of these in your downtime while reading, watching videos, or anything that doesn’t require 100% of your full attention.
4. Diet fixes most things
As per usual, what you eat will have a massive impact on the body, its processes, and how you feel. That’s why it’s also very important that you work on improving your diet to boost hair health.
There are specific vitamins and minerals you want to get more of every day to ensure that your scalp is strong, inflammation is kept at bay, and follicles are vitalized.
Some of the nutrients you will want to get more of include:
It’s also key to stay hydrated by drinking more water every day. This will ensure that all of the cells in your body have the hydration they need to remain lively.
While it’s good to add healthy foods to your lifestyle, it’s also crucial that you remove unhealthy ones. These include junk food, processed food, refined sugars, and simple carbohydrates.
5. Essential oils have potential
Essentials oils are fatty acids and other nutrients from plants, herbs, and other sources that are condensed into the oil.
There have been scientific studies showing that oils like peppermint oil can regrow hair which is why they have potential as an anagen hair loss treatment.
The general practice involves applying a small amount of essential oil to any area of the scalp affected by hair loss.
Final thoughts on anagen effluvium treatment
Treating anagen alopecia will help reduce and reverse the symptoms associated with this hair loss condition.
If you want to restore your scalp and how you feel about your self-image, then you definitely need to consider minoxidil, scalp brushing, scalp massages, essential oils, and modifying your diet.
All of these approaches have been shown in different ways to improve hair health thus having the potential for anagen alopecia.