Hair loss – what treatment actually work

Every day clients ask us about hair loss. This article focusses on Male Pattern Baldness.  We will tackle the complex issues related to female hair loss in our next article.  Hairdressers are not trichologists.  We provide consensus opinion among professionals in the field. We do not give medical advice.

We see a rise in the number of products offered in the marketplace for male pattern baldness and other types of hair loss.  Forget ‘what’s written on the tin’ most lotions, potions and tablets are a complete waste of money.

Lots of lotions, potions and pills often talk big but are short on proven facts and cannot support their many false claims with clinical trials.

When suffering from rapid and significant hair loss, always consult a doctor, particularly younger men and women.

If hair follicles are uniform in size, or if the hair loss is sudden, the cause might be something other than heredity or hormonal factors, like a treatable medical condition.

There are only four sure ways to slow down or prevent Male Pattern Baldness. Notice we say slow down or prevent. There is no known cure.

Propecia or Finasteride

A prescription pill that can prevent hair loss by blocking the balding hormone. Can cause side effects like penile dysfunction.

 

Rogaine or Minoxidil:

A topical application that thickens hair by limiting the effectiveness of Dihydrotestosterone shrinking the hair follicle.  Often causes itchiness and painful spots on the head through overuse.

 

Laser light treatment:

A red light stimulates growth in the hair follicle, reducing inflammation and keeping it healthy.

 

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections:

Take a bit of your blood, that’s then spun at high speed to separate the white and red blood cells, the white platelets are injected into the scalp.  This process has shown exciting results in countering Male Pattern Baldness

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