If you had a condition that affected you physically and psychologically, how long would you wait to do something about it? You’d presumably take action immediately before things got any worse but if you didn’t think there was a cure you’d probably attempt to pretend it doesn’t affect you and just get on with life. It is true that there is currently no cure for baldness, but if you’re someone who is just starting to recede or whose hair is starting to thin out, you’d better do something quick while you still can.
There are presently two scientifically proven and medically approved treatments for hair loss but to understand how they work in preventing hair loss and promoting re-growth it’s important to understand why hair loss occurs in the first place.
The most common form of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. It’s a hereditary condition affecting 80% of men and roughly 40% of women and otherwise known as male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss. It’s a gradual process that can start as early as puberty but for women it mostly occurs post-menopause. The first signs are evident with receding hair at the temples or general thinning on top of the scalp.
Androgenetic alopecia is caused by the effect of male hormones on the hair follicle. Testosterone is converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and this is what inhibits the growth of new hair cells within genetically predisposed hair follicles. The growth period of the hair lifecycle, which is normally about six years, gradually shortens and hair becomes a little thinner and the follicle a little weaker until eventually, no hair is produced at all.
How Hair Loss Treatments Work
Hair loss treatment results vary from person to person but they should, in most cases, be able to stabilise shedding or thinning hair and stimulate renewed hair growth.
Through extensive clinical studies, Propecia has shown to stop the balding process in 83% of men, re-grow hair in 66% and improve the overall appearance of hair in 80% of men. It’s a daily pill that prevents the hair follicles from shrinking at the hands of DHT to allow for continued, normal hair growth. It’s only available to men but both men and women can take advantage of the benefits of minoxidil.
Minoxidil, a topical hair loss treatment, also proved to stabilise hair loss in 65% of people and generate moderate to dense re-growth in 2 out of 3. It’s a vasodilator and thought to stimulate hair growth by increasing the blood circulation to the areas of application. However, no one is sure exactly how it works because no other vasodilator can produce the same effects as minoxidil.
The Belgravia Centre also offers hair growth boosters to tailor their hair loss treatment programs for each individual, but bases all its courses around these two licensed products. While there is no scientific evidence to show that these additional products can alone stop or reverse hair loss, some clients have experienced improved results from using them in conjunction with minoxidil and/or Propecia.
Depending on the cause, hair loss may be reversible and treatment might not even be required. Other times it’s best to take action early. There aren’t a load of effective options for someone with thinning hair but there are even less options for someone with baldness.
If you’d like to find out more about hair loss prevention and treatment, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. If you can’t make it to the centre you can still take advantage of the mail-order hair loss treatment program by completing the online diagnostic form.