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When we get older, our hair starts to fall out. It’s a shame, but it’s true. And sometimes it isn’t just old age that’s a culprit, because some people are just genetically predisposed to early balding and hair loss.

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There are plenty of treatments you could try to counteract losing it all, but they’re expensive. For starters, the most effective treatment is hair follicle transplanting, which can cost between $4,000 and $15,000. And no, it’s most likely not covered by your health insurance.

But neither is the latest in anti-hair loss miracles: platelet rich plasma, or P.R.P.

What P.R.P is is simple in its definition, but it’s not for the squeamish. Essentially, blood is drawn from the patient, and it’s spun around in a centrifuge until the plasma separates. That plasma is then formed into a specialty cocktail of sorts, with proteins being added to help enable follicle growth before it is injected into the scalp. The science behind this latest trend in hair loss prevention is in the blood mixture, which is said to nourish small hair follicles so they can become bigger and healthier. The treatment could cost you around $1,500 a session, but there have been plenty of cases that show successful regrowth.

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As for how long it takes, reports suggest that patients can see some sort of change within two months, but it requires multiple sessions and about a year of waiting before you achieve the results you’re after. If you hate getting your blood taken, this is probably not the procedure for you. But it’s certainly cheaper than any procedure on the market.

And if you’re not looking to have a doctor shove needles in your head full of your own life nectar, you can always try Rogaine for Women ($130) or a shampoo with thickening properties ($15).

No matter what you try, just remember that it all takes time. Don’t be discouraged if you only see a few sprouts here and there, because no treatment is going to give you a full, thick hairdo overnight.  In the meantime, practice your hair flip. Like this:

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Or this:

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And if you’re really gifted, this:

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But don’t let age make you feel like you don’t deserve a good ol’ hair toss, ladies:

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Just have fun:

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