Everyone loses some amount of hair every day. The person on an average might lose as maximum as 100 hairs per day depending upon the hair density which is normal. There are certain disorders, diseases and genetic conditions that cause excessive and premature hair loss.

Do hair fall/loss treatments really work?

November 16, 2019 by Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Answer to the question, “Do hair Fall/Loss Treatments Really Work?”

Everyone loses some amount of hair every day. The person on average might lose as maximum as 100 hairs per day depending upon the hair density which is normal. There are certain disorders, diseases, and genetic conditions that cause excessive and premature hair loss.

So, apart from normal hair fall that occurs on daily basis, if you start to notice significant hair loss, balding, hair thinning, or receding hair line then immediately consult a dermatologist without being a Doc yourself. A proper diagnosis is MUST to first identify the cause of hair loss and its available treatments. So, in biological terms, it is crucial to find out what exactly is the root of the problem and then only the success of the treatment could be determined.

Among females, well, ironically, the testosterone level in females is the real culprit. You see, as a human being age, the testosterone hormone morphs into an androgen –called Dihydrotestosterone (a female sex hormone). DHT attacks the hair follicles like poison and makes its way to slowly n steadily destroy the roots, causing hairs to weaken until they die. Adding humiliation to the process, it occurs randomly, there is hardly any cure for it and it just tends to offer little sympathy. This is even unfortunate determining many men find the process ‘devastating’.

So, the hair loss treatment for hair fall caused by DHT or hormonal imbalance may be cured, but the medicines alone are not going to play wonders, especially if you seek an early remedial solution. People, you really need to focus on your diet, workout regime, and mental health to suppress any further development of DHT in your body that may worsen your hair fall.

Having food consisting of high nutritional value, yoga/meditation, your medical supplements, avoiding heat-concentrated styling products, frequent chemical exposure, and monitoring your overall health can help to arrest excessive hair fall and even reverse hair loss in most cases. Follow these golden rules rigorously; you will see yourself a cut above.

How Many Types of Hair Fall Treatments?

Hair loss treatment should start with obtaining proper medications for any disorder causing your hair loss. The most effective clinical treatment options include:

  • Topical treatments: Rogaine is a Topical minoxidil lotion effective on both men and women with mild to moderate hair loss. This is the only powerful FDA-approved medication to treat female and male pattern baldness in adults. Its regular usage may add some new tiny hairs to your scalp in a few months which grow fully with time. Appropriate usage of minoxidil with a medicated and cleared shampoo helps to reduce excessive hair fall and eventually stop it. Note that if you have sensitive skin or your scalp has lost its laxity due to enormous hair shedding, there are chances that you get irritation, inflammation, or itching on the applied areas. So, in that case, make sure to visit a dermatologist for quick assistance.
  • Oral medications: Propecia an Oral finasteride medication is meant for only males with mild to moderate hair loss. The oral pills are FDA cleared to treat male pattern baldness in adults. The pill works by converting testosterone into 5 alpha- Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that plays a key role in hair loss. Propecia is a prescription medicine and is only approved for use in men for androgenetic alopecia. Another prominent oral medication for hair fall treatment is Aldactone an Oral spironolactone tablet used as a label to treat pattern baldness in young adults, more for female patterns. Spironolactone can cause impotence, development of the male breasts, and decreased libido and is therefore used mainly in women. Spironolactone medication is approved as a diuretic but has no clearance as a treatment for alopecia, by the FDA.
  • LED Laser Therapy: Laser light treatment or using laser combs can be helpful to minimize hair loss. The radiation being sent out by the laser directly penetrates the roots, thus activating and rejuvenating the hair follicles. If you perform laser combing for 15 minutes every day, the potential results can be possibly seen.

Our Guide to What Doesn’t Work in Hair Fall

  • Herbal Supplements: Most of the ayurveda hair packs and herbal supplements can help improve general hair health, but fail to do anything in terms of pattern baldness, genetic hair loss, or controlling the process of hair miniaturization.
  • Caffeine shampoos: Although there is a current vogue going on about the popular caffeine hair packs and shampoos, there are just NO studies or evidence if these are the potential to fight pattern baldness. These products only keep the scalp cleansed and that is all about it.
  • Laser Caps: These laser beam caps are somewhat different from laser comb brushes and therapies. The laser caps throw a beam of light onto your scalp and do nothing fruitful to sort out the actual purpose. In our opinion, it is a waste of money and time with probably too delayed results.

Speaking with a heavy heart, there is unfortunately NOT much that can be done to prevent hair loss in those who are genetically predisposed to conditions like diffuse hair loss, pattern baldness, or people who develop disorders like trichotillomania.

A bitter truth is that Hair loss is often out of your control. “Baldness usually comes down to your genes, as deduced by many dermatologists and Hair specialists. So, if you are subjected to the baldness gene, there are some natural remedies that may make your hair healthier and stronger for time being to slow down your hair loss marginally but they won’t prevent you from going bald.

Still, eating well for sustenance hair health and applying the right hair care products, combined with medical-grade treatments—can really work well altogether to help you have a fuller, thicker, and healthier head of hair.

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Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is a highly skilled cosmetic surgeon and the owner of Care Well Medical Centre in Delhi. With extensive expertise in cosmetic and plastic surgery, he is dedicated to providing exceptional care and transformative results to his patients. Dr. Sandeep Bhasin obtained his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and served as a consultant at Bhaktshreshtha Kamalakarpant Laxman Walawalkar Hospital, Diagnostic & Research Centre. Specializing in various procedures such as face-lifts, rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, hair transplant and many others, Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is committed to enhancing his patients' natural beauty and self-confidence.

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