Hair loss is not something anyone wants to have to deal with but fortunately, there is a wide range of solutions available that can slow down hair loss or reverse it completely.
With this being said, there is a big difference between professional hair loss treatments and hair loss products that you will find at a pharmacy.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t look into this option but there are a few things you should know about these products before you spend money on them.
A Closer Look at Hair Loss Products
When people first start experiencing thinning hair, the first thing they tend to do is find a hair thickening shampoo. Unfortunately, most of these shampoos don’t do much to thicken your hair because they can’t stimulate the growth of new hair. Some shampoos can make existing hair thicker but won’t be able to produce the additional hair required to add more volume.
Caffeine shampoos are another popular choice amongst those experiencing hair loss. This product is designed to encourage hair growth, however, there isn’t enough evidence to prove that it actually works. The caffeine is meant to encourage hair growth by targeting the DHT hormone, which causes hair loss in the first place, but since hair loss is an internal process, there is very little chance that a topical treatment will help.
Before people start looking into the best hair transplant solution, they will turn to the option of medication first. Finasteride and minoxidil are two of the most popular medications used for hair loss.
Finasteride blocks the Type II 5 alpha-reductase enzyme that shortens the hair growth cycle. Even though finasteride can increase hair growth, it can also cause side effects such as erectile dysfunction, testicular pain, decreased libido and swelling of the lips and face.
Minoxidil, which was first used to treat high blood pressure, was also found to increase hair growth, which is why it’s become a popular hair loss solution. A well-known product that contains minoxidil is Rogaine. This medication can actually produce results but it needs to be used during the early stages of hair loss for it to be effective. Side effects of minoxidil include skin irritation, headaches, chest pain and blurred vision.
Laser treatments are another option that can potentially increase hair growth. In any laser treatment, the light and heat from the laser is absorbed by the cells of the body, which increases cellular activity. However, how this process works in relation to hair restoration is not 100% clear. Several studies have shown positive results if the treatment is administered for over 6 months but different areas of the scalp seem to react differently to the treatment, which results in uneven hair growth.
The best way to decide how you should approach hair thinning or hair loss concerns is to meet with a hair loss specialist who can analyse your scalp and your medical history.