The latest salon treatment currently trending with well-groomed New York women who are worried about hair loss, has to be seen to be believed. The treatment is called Hair Vacuuming and involves having your head hoovered.
Manhattan salon owner and hair stylist, Ricardo Rojas, whose clients include Hollywood actresses Eva Longoria and Natasha Bedingfield (pictured), first discovered the process in France and brought it to the US after many of his female clients asked what they could do to address their hair loss.
The Hair Vacuuming process
The two-step treatment comprises a massage phase before suctioning. Using haircare products from a luxury Parisian brand, the first phase consists of a vigorous scalp massage using a variety of oils, followed by hair masks designed to ‘clean out’ the hair follicles.
Next, the suction element is introduced. Described by a beauty reviewer from W magazine as being ‘conducted with a bell-shaped glass cup connected to a box only slightly quieter than my Dyson‘, this vacuuming is meant to boost circulation to the scalp. By doing so, it is hoped that more nutrients and oxygen will be delivered to the weaker hair follicles that have been damaged by DHT in those who are predisposed to genetic hair loss.
Could Hair Vacuuming combat hair loss?
Whilst the logic behind the vacuuming element of this treatment may seem sound, without the addition of minoxidil – the only medically-proven product known to effectively treat female pattern hair loss – any circulatory benefits the treatment may offer may not only be lost, but could in fact have a detrimental effect on those with hereditary hair loss by helping DHT to circulate more easily.
Funmi Lampejo, Pharmacy Manager at The Belgravia Centre’s City of London hair loss clinic, advises, “Whilst improving the circulation will benefit the patient and help hair growth in patients who have circulatory problems, this will have no effect on androgenetic alopecia. In relation to treating female hair loss, improving scalp circulation is beneficial only when you want to transport nutrients or a medicine such as minoxidil.”
The best advice for any women worried about hair loss or thinning hair, is to seek professional advice from a hair loss expert. They will be able to correctly diagnose your hair loss condition and provide bespoke information as to the most effective course of treatment for your specific case.
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.