The majority of men lose their hair not through stress, or bad diet, or lack of sleep, but through the genetic trait of male pattern baldness which is hard to treat through shampoos or supplements alone. Women lose their hair for very different reasons, but the argument still stands that a lot of the hair loss products on the market are just offering false hope. That said, there are a few that really work."
So, which ones really do promote hair growth, according to the clinical evidence, and which are simply snake oil?
What You Need To Know?
Despite some of the claims, a shampoo or conditioner won’t be able to stop or slow hair loss, nor help with a receding hairline or thicken hair that’s becoming thinner. At best, a thickening shampoo will make hair temporarily thicker for a short period of time, but they certainly won’t help with hair loss or thinning.
a. Minoxidil -
If you do decide to start treatment to save your hair, a good place to start is with minoxidil, more commonly known as Rogaine. Don’t expect this hair-loss treatment to create luscious looks; minoxidil is better at slowing down and grow miniaturized hairs. Simply massage the foam or solution into your scalp once or twice daily, and for best results, use a formula with 5 percent concentration.
Finasteride inhibits an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, the hormone that causes hair loss in men, and unlike minoxidil, this drug can actually help hair grow back, as well as prevent further loss.
c. LaserComb or Cap
First cleared by the FDA in 2009, the HairMax LaserComb is a handheld laser device that is designed to promote hair growth. As the manufacturer explains in a letter to the FDA, “The device provides distributed laser light to the scalp while the comb teeth simultaneously part the user’s hair to ensure the laser light reaches the user’s scalp,” which, in turn, stimulates the hair follicles.
The Derma Roller is a small plastic roller with numerous small needles, designed to improve skin and help treat hair loss by rolling it on the affected area.
Originally, the Derma Roller was just a tool for skin care, but a later study confirmed that if used on the scalp in conjunction with minoxidil, it can help regrow hair better compared to just using minoxidil alone.
Dermarolling will cause small incisions on your skin, which shouldn’t hurt or cause bleeding. It can leave your skin reddish after use.
The way it is supposed to work is by causing minor damage to your skin it will start to heal and regenerate. This will increase collagen production and better absorb nutrients.