At Belgravia, we often hear from patients interested to know our thoughts about hair loss products or practices that allegedly help either prevent or treat hair loss. Whilst hair loss cannot be preemptively treated, it’s true that lifestyle and medical factors can trigger certain types of shedding.
One potential trigger for hair loss that can be a result of our busy modern lifestyle is stress. Stress can result in short term hair loss in the form of telogen effluvium, where hairs rapidly and prematurely enter the resting stage of the cycle, where they remain for around six months before shedding.
Hair loss from telogen effluvium is usually short term, although it can be ongoing if the source of stress hasn’t been eradicated. Stress is also thought to be one possible trigger for the auto-immune disease alopecia areata, both in the form of a sudden stressful event, or long term chronic stress.
Alopecia areata results in sudden patchy hair loss, and occurs when the immune system rejects the hair follicles as foreign bodies. Like telogen effluvium, this type of patchy loss can often be treated very successfully with a medically approved hair loss treatment programme, but can yoga help these types of hair loss, too?
Can Yoga Really Help?
According to yoga expert Subodh Gupta: “Hair loss is linked with stress and yoga and meditation and….could slow or stop her hair loss.” He added: “If our mind is tense, the stomach will also be tense and consequently our whole circulatory system will be tense. The yoga and meditation can help relieve tension throughout the body and mind level and hence also controls hair loss.”
Whilst there is no doubt that yoga can benefit the mind and body, there seems to be little evidence for it controlling hair loss. For those unwilling to risk unproven methods, a treatment programme containing medications licensed by the MHRA and approved by the FDA, the UK and US medical regulatory bodies respectively, is the best possible way to address thinning hair.
The first of these medications, minoxidil, works by stimulating hair regrowth and can be used by both men and women. Available in a variety of options, the formulation most suited to your individual case of hair loss can be decided on by a hair loss specialist. A variety of added ingredients can also be included to help to halt the rate of loss.
A second medication, Propecia, is only available to men. This oral tablet works by blocking DHT, the androgen hormone that attacks the hair follicles in those with a genetic predisposition. These two medications are highly complementary, and can be used along with various treatment boosters, such as the FDA cleared LaserComb, to ensure all-round hair health. So, if you’re unwilling to hedge your bets with yoga, the clinically proven approach to hair loss is the best path.
The Belgravia Centre—————————————————————————————————–
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.