Hair loss is an extremely common issue for both men and women. While in many cases it is a natural sign of ageing, it doesn’t stop it from affecting confidence and self-esteem.
Losing your hair can be devastating, with many stating it has had a significant negative impact on their quality of life. Hair loss treatments, particularly hair transplant surgery, can prove expensive, so it’s not uncommon for sufferers to turn to natural methods to treat it.
The trouble is these natural treatments are very rarely successful. Here, we’ll look at why natural isn’t always best when it comes to hair loss treatment.
Majority of natural treatments don’t work
A new study carried out in the US has revealed the majority of natural hair loss treatments don’t work. The University of California looked into the effectiveness of 20 different alternative treatments. These included garlic, rosemary oil, caffeine, vitamin D, massage and turmeric.
While most were found to have no scientific evidence to back up their claims, some did show a little more promise. Rosemary oil, for example, showed initial promise in the study but researchers say further investigation is required. Onion juice was one of the more promising natural treatments and it is thought that sulfur and phenolic compounds cause an irritant contact dermatitis, stimulating hair regrowth through antigenic competition.
Some of the natural treatments that didn’t work include garlic oil, Vitamin D, massage and turmeric. Vitamin D did initially show promise, but further research debunked its claims.
The problem with leaving hair loss untreated
While some natural treatments did show some signs of improvement, larger studies need to be undertaken. The trouble is, if those suffering from hair loss avoid traditional treatments, the problem could simply worsen over time. You could spend a lot of time trying out different natural alternatives only to experience zero results. In the meantime, you continue to experience hair loss.
You’ll also find that many treatments advertised as a natural remedy for hair loss aren’t all that they seem. The products are largely unregulated, which means they may contain ingredients that exacerbate the condition. You simply don’t know what you are applying to the hair.
What effective treatments are available?
Although it may be tempted to try natural treatments, it’s much better to seek proven treatment. If you are suffering from hair loss, there are a lot of different treatment options you can undergo.
For mild to moderate hair loss, medications such as Minoxidil can prove highly effective. The topical treatment slows down hair loss and, in many cases, can encourage new hair growth. However, it is largely designed to be used to slow down the progression of androgenetic hair loss, or to treat temporary forms of hair loss.
Hair transplants are another option for those experiencing more severe hair loss. However, treatment will ultimately be decided based on each patient’s individual needs. You will find out which treatment would be most effective for you during your consultation.
While there are no cures for hair loss, there are effective treatments and it’s essential to seek advice from a hair loss specialist.