If you’re recently started to see a gradual pattern of hair loss, you’ll be keen to find a hair loss solution. It’s thought that over 50 per cent of men over fifty suffer from hair loss due to androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness, which explains why the hair loss market is so huge and fast growing.
There are a myriad of products available that promise to reverse hair loss or thicken thinning hair, but do they actually work?
The organic hair loss option
Many men and women are keen to find a natural or organic hair growth product, but these products are not clinically proven and results are very mixed. Many contain aloe vera, such as Hydrohair, that claims to increase blood circulation in the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. These products also aim to tackle dandruff, which can cause damage to the hair follicles.
For those that have experimented with various hair regrowth shampoos and products without experiencing any benefits, the next step is often to try prescription medicines. There are only two products that are available in the UK for the treatment of hair loss that are backed up by evidence. Neither of these products are, unfortunately, available on the NHS.
Minoxidil; these is an over-the-counter product and is sold under the brand name of Regaine. It is a liquid solution that, when applied topically, is thought to stimulate hair growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles.
It can take three to four months, typically, for any results to become noticeable, but for some men it won’t work at all. About two-thirds of men see some improvement with minoxidil and benefits only continue as long as you continue to apply the product.
Finasteride; this comes in tablet form and is available on private prescription under the brand name of Propecia. It works by inhibiting a certain enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, often known as DHT. It is this hormone that causes male pattern baldness in men that are sensitive to it.
Finasteride has a higher success rate than minoxidil, benefiting approximately 80 per cent of men who use it. Again it can take a while before you see the results and they will only last as long as you continue to take it.
If you’re interested in discussing your hair loss options, including prescription medicine, make an appointment to talk to one of our hair loss experts.