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If homemade hair care remedies and visits to hair spas haven't restored your mane to its voluminous glory perhaps you should consider a visit to the trichologist. Excessive hair fall can be due to several reasons like hormonal or nutrition deficiency or illness. Here's a lowdown on hair treatments recommended by trichologists to curb relentless hair fall.

"The methods of treating hair loss depend on the reason for the loss of hair. Hair loss due to vitamin or hormonal deficiency can be cured by treating them with the essentials they lack. For others there are various surgical and non surgical treatments," says Dr Rekha Yadav, trichologist and director of Revital Trichology Centre.

Laser treatment

For whom: Those with mild to severe hair loss

What is it:
"Laser treatments are used to stimulate hair follicles by boosting blood circulation and thereby reducing hairfall," adds Dr Yadav. Laser treatment is used when hair follicles need to be stimulated for healthy hair. In less severe cases, hand-held laser combs can be used. These are like your regular brush for your hair and scalp to improve circulation and stimulate the follicles.

Price: The three-month treatment is available for approximately Rs. 15,000

Hair transplant

For whom: Recommended for severe hair loss

What is it:
There are two types of hair transplant treatments. Depending on your condition the trichologist will recommend - Follicular Unit Transplant or Follicular Unit Extract.

Follicular Unit Transplant
"Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) involves removal of hair follicles from one patch and implanting it into the required patch," says Mumbai based trichologist, Dr Romil Metha. It is a surgical method which involves transplanting hair in naturally occurring groups of one to four hair strands. This method is usually used when large amount of hair needs to be transplanted due to uneven hair loss.

Follicular Unit Extraction
The Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) involves removal of individual follicular unit grafts directly from the back and sides of the scalp and then inserted in those patches of the scalp that have less hair. In other words, if the scalp has bald patches then hair from the back and sides of your scalp are transplanted to these patches. The FUE scores over the FUT in the fact that the former is believed to leave no scars while the latter leaves a strip like scar.

Price: The treatment is available for approximately Rs. 35,000

Sensi Graft

For whom: For those with scanty hair

What is it:
Hair strands of a donor are shaded to that of the recipient and are attached to the latter's hair. Sometimes these implanted hair grafts may be created. Basically, this procedure involves a donor and a recipient wherein the donor's hair strands are attached to the recipient's scanty hair strands. "It is a great cosmetic procedure but there is no growth of hair," adds Dr Yadav.

This method is used in grave cases where follicular stimulation is less effective. (Afterthought: Perhaps most starlets with lovely long hair retain their shiny mane because of sensi graft. Whoa!)

Price: The treatment is available for approximately Rs. 20,000