Many people want to find natural ways of treating hair loss and can be surprised when the advice from specialists is almost always negative.
That’s not to say that natural remedies can’t help nourish the hair and scalp, helping to improve the condition of the hair you have – it’s just that there are no scientific studies that prove that they can actually stop hair falling out and make it grow again. After all, the condition of your hair and a hair loss condition are two separate issues.
A report this month from India, however, claims that guava leaves may just be the magic ingredient that natural remedy lovers have been looking for.
Winter leads to hair fall
Writing on Indian website NDTV.com, journalist Eba Khan notes the issue of seasonal hair loss and says that she dreads winter because it leads to hair fall. “It’s hard to put into words my struggles with hair fall over the years,” she writes, before going on to explain that all the paid-for remedies she has tried have failed to work for her.
Just as she was about to abandon all hope, she writes, she discovered “a miraculous natural ingredient that seemed promising to bring back my crowning glory.”
Khan writes that the leaves of the guava fruit contain vitamin B and C, which “help boost collagen activity required for hair growth.” Once brewed into a kind of “tea” they can be massaged into the scalp to promote hair growth. She quotes a Cosmetic Surgeon/Hair Specialist in her article who asserts that “Guava leaves are a natural remedy for hair growth” and then goes on to extoll the virtues of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
So what’s going on? Are guava leaves the miracle natural hair loss cure the world has been waiting for? Despite diet and nutrition playing an important part of the health of both the body and, therefore, the hair, the answer is almost certainly… no.
What seems to be happening – as is often the case when it comes to natural hair loss remedies – is that notions about healthy scalps and thinning hair have become a little muddled. While it is true that a scalp that is in tip-top condition will give follicles the best chance of being nourished and put them a prime state for growing hair, certain types of hair loss need a little more TLC (and science) to undo what’s going on.
Strain on the body leads to hair loss
In cases of Telogen Effluvium, for example – a far-from-uncommon generalised full-scalp shedding condition that mostly affects women – the body is reacting to something biological or lifestyle related that is causing it some form of strain. A well-nourished scalp is not what is required to grow the hair back (though it may help); far more beneficial are time, a resolution of the problem that was causing the body to react so badly in the first place, and also telogen effluvium treatment that can “kick-start” the regrowth of lost hair.
In cases of genetic hair loss – Male Pattern Baldness or, for women, Female Pattern Hair Loss as it rarely leads to true baldness – profound changes at a biological level cannot be undone by any kind of natural remedy either. What is needed to address this shedding, which affects the top of the scalp only, is a personalised hair loss treatment course featuring clinically-proven components such as finasteride 1mg and minoxidil for men and, at Belgravia we recommend high strength minoxidil plans for women.
These approaches work by hindering the production of DHT – the testosterone by-product that causes hair to gradually weaken and thin before falling out in those with an active genetic sensitivity to it – and encouraging accelerated hair growth. Again, a healthy scalp can play a part in the regrowth of lost hair but it is only part of a much more complex picture.
Staff at Belgravia are adept at assessing and explaining to new clients exactly what is going on with their hair as well as advising on the best course of action. Clients frequently leave us reviews and comments explaining how pleased they are with the whole process, and how having friendly, trained staff on hand to share their journey is infinitely more preferable than having to go it alone.
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.