Question: I like using natural treatments wherever possible and have started looking into hair vitamins and supplements as a way to treat my hair loss. Please can you confirm if these products do actually work against hair loss?
Answer: Hi, Jamie. Food supplements that specifically target the hair do not treat hair loss unless the shedding is caused by a specific dietary deficiency. They do, however, have other welcome benefits.
Although they should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet, supplements such as Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics – which feature a specially-formulated mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts – can help to ensure your body gets the nourishment needed to feed the hair follicles properly.
This, in turn, promotes healthy hair and can encourage optimal hair growth, allowing the hair to reach its maximum natural potential. Many clients also report that their nails appear healthier, stronger and seem to grow faster whilst taking these nutritional supplements.
Whilst certain ingredients, such as Saw Palmetto extract, are believed to naturally inhibit the DHT which causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hair loss (Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss), these are not clinically-proven treatments.
As such, these supplements will not help to reverse shedding on their own and in order to combat most hair loss conditions it is necessary to use MHRA and FDA approved medications alongside these natural food supplements. There are only two hair loss treatments that meet this criteria and these are finasteride 1mg and minoxidil.
Finasteride 1mg is a daily oral tablet, suitable for men only, which helps to inhibit the formation of DHT, whilst high strength minoxidil is a solution that is applied directly to the thinning areas to accelerate regrowth. These can be combined with a range of boosters including Hair Vitalics or the HairMax LaserComb which uses low level laser technology to stimulate the follicles.
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.