Flowers have long been a part of homeopathic remedies: something many swear by, but that many more shun as hippy nonsense. Fans of floral remedies will be pleased to know, then, that since 2008, a third of new pharmaceuticals originated from or were inspired by natural products, and hair loss is amongst the things that some claim flower-based products can treat. Could we be looking at a new hair loss treatment with a floral edge?
The humble lavender plant, which has long been associated with relaxation and aromatherapy, is being touted as a solution to hair loss woes, but can this plant really help those beginning to go bald? Herewith, we take a look at lavender in more detail, and establish whether there is any science behind the claims.
The use of lavender for things other than flower arranging dates back to Roman times, when it was used for bathing to purify and relax the body. In oil form, it is used today to help with anxiety, insomnia and stress. For those unconvinced, a clinical trial has been carried out that appears to show that lavender can improve mood and is a possible anti-depressant, but its effect on hair is less clear.
Whilst there is anecdotal evidence that lavender oil can also treat alopecia, evidence is not easy to find. Whilst lavender oil will certainly not harm your hair or scalp if applied, anyone experiencing the signs of pattern hair loss should be looking into what clinically proven hair loss treatments, approved by both the MHRA and the FDA (the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and the US) are available.
Finding Lavender Lacking
At The Belgravia Centre, at the core of our bespoke treatment programmes for men are two clinically proven hair loss medications: minoxidil and Propecia. Minoxidil is applied to the affected areas, such as a receding hairline, and is thought to work by activating potassium channels in the scalp. What we do know is that it has a high success rate of not only slowing down the rate of hair loss, but also regrowing hair in thinning areas. For those men who have tried hair loss remedies before – perhaps you gave lavender a go, or tried an over-the-counter solution – our high strength minoxidil 10% and 12.5% creams have triumphed in cases of particularly stubborn hair loss.
As for Propecia, this oral medication works by blocking DHT, a powerful hormone that attacks scalp hair follicles on top of the head, causing them to shrink and produce weaker hair, and if left untreated, eventually no hair at all. These two hair loss medications are then used alongside a number of treatment boosters, which help maintain hair to optimum levels and can encourage it to grow back faster.
So, if leaving your hair to the mercy of lavender, a hair loss remedy that has to clinical proof of being effective, doesn’t seem very reassuring, there is another option. Our hair growth success stories speak volumes about how quickly our tailored treatment plans can be effective for a diverse range of hair types, hair loss diagnoses and degrees of hair loss. So, if you want more than anecdotal evidence, we have all the clinical and pictoral proof you need.
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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.