In the quest to stave off hair loss, easy and affordable “natural solutions” can be very tempting… but they rarely live up to the hype. And such is the case with birch water.
Gained from tapping wild tree trunks (in as picturesque and marketable an environment as possible), bottled birch water is the latest in a long line of “miracle cures” that fail to hit the spot.
Already gathering steam across Europe thanks to its undeniably healthy characteristics, birch water is widely acclaimed for its cleansing and detoxifying properties. Global market research company Mintel reports that birch water is so on-trend that “as seen in the case of coconut, which has appeared everywhere from water to dairy, bakery and even beer, birch as a lead ingredient is also starting to spread to other food and drink sectors.”
While most of the birch water products available don’t make any bold claims about hair suddenly growing back after drinking, the internet contains numerous references to the liquid’s apparent hair restoring properties.
Sadly, these are somewhat wide of the mark.
At the time of of writing, there were no natural remedies or products that have been clinically proven to make hair grow back.
Birch tree sap
These mythical benefit claims are mostly based on the properties of birch tree sap, from which birch water is made. It is packed with vitamins and minerals such as manganese, calcium and magnesium, however unless your shedding is solely due to a specific dietary deficiency covered by this product, it will have no effect on a true hair loss condition.
Hairloss is complex, the root causes of which can only be tackled by either time (hair can sometimes grow back on its own in several conditions), change of hairstyle (removing stress to the scalp is important to recovery in cases of Traction Alopecia) or, most often, by using clinically-proven pharmaceutical formulas to address the reasons why hair is falling out.
This is especially true in cases of Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss, where steps are required to reverse a genetic tendency for hair to thin out when people reach a certain age (which could be as early as their late-teens).
Healthy hair not the same as new hair
What birch water probably does is encourage healthy hair, which is a different thing entirely from stopping hair loss and regrowing lost hair. Once a genetic hair loss condition has been diagnosed, treatment needs to continue in order for the testosterone by-product DHT – which attacks follicles around the top of the head, weakening them and leading to increasingly thinning hair and even eventual baldness – to be suppressed.
The proven, primary medications we recommend at Belgravia for dealing with pattern hair loss are finasteride 1mg (men only) and high strength minoxidil. These can help to inhibit DHT and accelerate regrowth by increasing nutrient delivery to the specific areas where thinning occurs.
For boosting the condition and health of the hair, specially formulated supplements can also be brought into play, and hair loss specialists take this into account when devising a bespoke treatment plan for each client.
While birch water might well prove useful at this stage, taking it on its own would be a little like putting an insulating cover on a hot water tank and hoping it fixed a broken boiler.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from 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 success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.