Hair loss – what to use?

Hair loss and what products to use – one of the most common questions I get asked. In my recent post, I discussed hair growth process and the key factors that lead to the hair loss.

There is one golden rule for the hair growth and it is healthy scalp and active hair follicle. It is essential to clean your scalp very well, maintain the right pH and avoid product buildup. For example usage of dry shampoo can leave a lot of product buildup, which can disbalance pH and suppress hair growth. In addition, healthy nutrition is essential for the hair activity as hair needs all the right micronutrients. It does sound simple, yet time to time we all look for the products that could help with hair loss.

Vitamins

In my previous post, I did say that deficiency of essential micronutrients can lead to the hair loss. There is evidence showing that woman who experiences low levels of iron, zinc and essential healthy fats experience significant hair loss. Therefore, use of omega, vitamin D, iron can really improve hair growth. However,  it only works well if you actually deficient. In case you experience strong hair loss, feeling stressed or tired, make sure you are not lacking essential vitamins.

However, you can also find a lot of hair products with various vitamins. Does it actually work? I do think so, yet it depends on the product composition and how well the product penetrates into the hair follicle. The mix of various vitamins is a good way to go if you purchasing hair product for hair loss.

Minodoxil 

This is a very common medication that is used to prevent significant hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. This is usually prescribed to male patients and is mostly sold over the counter in the pharmacy. In case you are suffering from strong hair loss or potential baldness Minoxidil might be the one you could try. However, I would only suggest trying this if you actually losing a lot of hair. Also, be aware that at the first few weeks you might experience even more hair loss, as the new hair cycling is starting. In addition, patients report that after stopping Minodoxil hair start falling out again. Therefore, before considering Minoxidil treatment, consider all pros and cons.

Hair products

Ingredients

In case you noticed slightly more hair loss then usual you might look for specific ingredients in the hair products.

  • For example, peppermint oil (menthol) has been shown to improve hair growth and also it is great for cleansing the scalp.
  • Another great oil is pumpkin oil, which has been shown to improve hair growth and maintain anagen phase too. You can buy pumpkin oil in some health shops and add a few drops into your shampoo when washing your hair.
  • Nettle extract has also been known for stimulating activity of the hair follicle, which means hair growth. Personally, my mother uses shampoo with nettle extract and swears by it.
  • Caffeine is well known for coffee, but it can also stimulate hair growth. It works by maintaining hair in the anagen phase, which means hair is growing and not shedding. Unfortunately, drinking coffee alone does not work, but you can look for hair products with caffeine.
  • Niacin, which is also known as vitamin B3, is very common in hair loss products. Niacin stimulates blood flow to the hair follicle, which means more nutrients get delivered to the scalp. As such, the metabolic activity of the hair follicle increases and anagen phase is prolonged.
  • In case your hair loss is induced by unhealthy scalp or severe dandruff you should consider specific anti-dandruff ingredients. Yes, dandruff does play a role in hair loss but don’t worry you can find all information about that in my dandruff post.
  • Melatonin is known for helping with sleeping, but it can also protect against oxidative stress, which is associated with hair greying and loss. It is a complicated process (my PhD was about that), but taking melatonin can help to restore hair growth and maintain hair follicle at anagen phase. In addition, melatonin can also stimulate hair colour production, therefore it helps to maintain hair colour and protect against greying.

I hope this post gives you more idea about hair loss products. All ingredients that I mentioned in this post are supported by scientific data, in case you want more information.

Did you find this post useful? Do you have your favourite hair product that protects against hair loss? Let me know!

 

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