Question: Hello. I am 25 years old, with Afro Caribbean hair and I have noticed that my hair line is thinning very badly. I would like to know what is the best way to get it to grow back thick and remain that way without going through surgery. I’ve been thinking about getting a hair transplant but it’s too expensive and I didn’t want to have a visible scar at the back of head. I’ve tried castor oil and many other natural products to grow it back but I have not had any luck.
Answer: Hi, Shay. Hair loss around the hairline is a common sign of Male Pattern Baldness and is one of the most stubborn areas to treat. However, there are effective treatments available for a receding hairline that don’t require surgery, and these are suitable for all hair types, including afro hair.
As long as there are active follicles around your hairline and no truly bald areas – where the skin becomes shiny and the follicles have died and scarred over – then there are non-surgical options. At Belgravia we often recommend using topical applications of high strength minoxidil formulations from the range available at our in-clinic pharmacies, to treat a receding hairline. This vasodilator can help to promote hair growth, and can be used in conjunction with various additional hair growth boosters.
Our hair loss specialists often find that, although whether it influences thinning edges or not is unconfirmed, the once-a-day oral tablet – finasteride 1mg – that is often used as part of a male hair loss treatment course, can maximise results when used as part of a combination course along with the recommended minoxidil. This is because finasteride 1mg is something called a ‘DHT inhibitor’.
DHT or ‘dihydrotestosterone’ is an enzyme in the body that causes thinning hair – and can lead to eventual baldness – in men who have inherited a predisposition to androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness). By hindering the formation of DHT, finasteride can prevent it from attaching itself to the hair follicles around the top of the head (the area affected by MPB), thereby addressing the cause of genetic hair loss at its root.
Castor oil and similar natural remedies for hair loss will not address this underlying cause, which is why they haven’t been working for you. After being assessed during a consultation, your dedicated specialist will provide you with personalised recommendations for a bespoke hair loss treatment course tailored to your precise needs so that you are aware of all your non-surgical options.
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.