With social media being a part of most people’s lives these days, maintaining a youthful appearance has become even more important. This includes having a full and luscious head of hair – a feature that society deems essential to look young and beautiful.
But people are bound to lose hair as they age – thinner hair for women and receding hairline or balding for men. There are also certain conditions which can lead to hair loss such as nutritional deficiencies and autoimmune diseases.
Due to the growing pressure to have a full head of hair, the market is currently inundated with hair loss products. Many of them promise to cure hair loss, with some even making bold claims that they can do it overnight. But before you try them, you have to know which one truly works.
Before we talk about what products you should try, you have to know that hair loss has different causes. To successfully treat the problem, the kind of alopecia you have needs to be identified first.
This is one of the reasons why it is best to consult a trichologist or dermatologist before using a product. The hair and scalp specialist can diagnose the cause and recommend the best treatment option.
Using any hair loss product without consulting an expert can be a waste of money as the problem won’t get resolved. Worse, it can exacerbate your condition and lead to permanent hair loss.
Also, hair loss treatments vary per person. The type of hair loss you have is not the only factor taken into consideration when the specialist determines the best way to address your condition. Your age, the severity of the alopecia and other factors also affect the type of treatment that’s going to be recommended.
So, you cannot simply imitate your friend’s successful alopecia treatment and expect the same results. What worked for someone else won’t necessarily work for you.
Lastly, not all hair loss conditions are curable. What we mean by this is that there is no medication or product that can eliminate certain types of alopecia. These include hair loss conditions associated with ageing like male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss as well as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease. Hence, be wary of products that claim to cure these hair loss conditions.
Below are some of the products that your trichologist or dermatologist may recommend to ease your symptoms or cure your alopecia:
Currently, there are two types of clinically-proven hair loss medications. These are usually recommended for patients with pattern hair loss.
As mentioned earlier, male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss are not curable. So, these medications are mainly used to prevent the condition from progressing rapidly.
While these products are effective, they do not produce immediate results. Typically, it takes at least 6 months before patients notice any significant change. Furthermore, you need to use these medications continuously as symptoms will come back when you stop.
Aside from those mentioned above, there are also other medications that experts prescribe for hair loss. But more studies are needed to determine their true efficacy.
Supplements like zinc and iron are also used to treat hair loss, particularly those which are due to nutritional deficiency. In these cases, the hair loss stops when the patient meets the recommended levels. Supplements that help boost hair health like biotin are also usually prescribed to hair loss patients.
Hair loss shampoos and conditioners may also be used in conjunction with the medicines. These products are specially formulated for alopecia, and they contain vitamins, amino acids and other ingredients that promote healthy hair or scalp.
Also called red-light therapy, laser therapy is proven to be effective in patients with androgenetic alopecia – the collective term for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. The therapy is meant to stimulate the epidermal stem cells and eventually, encourage hair growth.
Nowadays, devices for laser therapy are everywhere from combs to helmets. But it is still best to let a specialist administer the therapy, so you can be certain that you’d get the results you want.
It can be unsettling to have excessive hair fall, but do not let your worry push you to use products without consulting a specialist. Most hair loss problems are treatable for as long as the right products are used and intervention is done early.
Want to know what hair loss cure or treatment is right for you? Let our trusted trichologist help you! Call us now on +353 (0)1 6793618 to schedule an appointment.