Medicinal and surgical approaches to hair loss aren't for everyone; for a start they don't work in every case, and it isn't everybody who wants to (or can afford to) go 'under the knife' or commit themselves to long term drug use. If you fall into this category - don't worry; today there are plenty of cosmetic treatments on the market.
Hairpieces have come such a long way over the past decade that the manufacturers' decided they deserved to be re-named; wigs and toupees have been consigned to the history books and superseded by 'replacement hair systems'. The results are much more convincing, and if fitted and looked after properly will be virtually undetectable.
A tailored hair system will undoubtedly be the most natural looking and is also likely to be more comfortable. Comfort is always a big issue, but finding the best way to wear your hair system is often a matter of trial and error. Popular methods of attachment include; micro-clips, tape, weaving and bonding (which involves using a medical adhesive that lasts for up to six week and has the advantage of staying on 24/7, even in the bath or shower). If your hair is thinning diffusely then 'hair integration' might be the answer - where remaining hair is drawn through holes in a cap to blend in with new hair.
Hair loss help also comes in the guise of 'cosmetic concealers', which is an umbrella term covering a number products designed to camouflage hair loss. They work in a variety of ways, from creams that colour the scalp (to reduce the contrast between the hair and scalp), to keratin based sprays designed to thicken thinning hair. At the risk of stating the obvious it's worth pointing out that 'concealers' simply mask hair loss, rather than addressing it directly.
Perhaps the first most common first line of defence is to get creative with you hairbrush. Anyone who remembers England 's World Cup victory in 1966 will know that there's a right and a wrong way to go about it. Captain Bobby Charlton's fancy footwork may have fooled the German defence, but his swept-over rug wasn't kidding anyone about the state of his hairline. Often it's much better, and less obvious, kept short.