Question: Hi. I’m not really suffering from hair loss. being 20, i think i may have lost very very minimal amounts of hair from the corners of my hairline. like i said, very minimal. i have naturally thick hair, which is good. I honestly just want to maintain my current hair, and do whatever to prevent hair loss as much as I can. I am looking to apply jamaican black castor oil to my scalp 2 times a week, take biotin pills daily, regenpure dr shampoo twice a week (after sleeping on castor oil and washing in the morning), is there anything else you recommend? is my routine good?
Answer: Hi Hamza. Your hair care routine is a way of caring for the condition of your hair and keeping it clean, healthy and shiny. What you cannot do, however, is prevent male pattern baldness – which appears to be the type of hair loss you are describing – by using hair care products, no matter how much or how little hair you have lost.
This kind of genetic shedding which can cause a receding hairline – as you describe – is inherited from your parents and, although for many men who have this predisposition it may become more noticeable from their mid-to-late twenties, it can start any time following puberty.
Male hair loss is a permanent and progressive condition although the rate of shedding can vary from person to person, and many lifestyle factors including stress, smoking and dietary deficiencies can trigger its onset or accelerate its effects in those who are affected.
The thinning hair caused by male pattern baldness is due to a process called ‘hair miniaturisation’. This happens when the testosterone in men prone to genetic hair loss is converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which then attacks the hair follicles, slowly crushing them. This causes them to produce increasingly thinner hair around the top of the head, and can lead to the hair falling out completely, forming bald patches.
Using shampoos, vitamins and hair oil have no effect on this type of hairloss condition; they can only benefit the health of the hair, they cannot stop it from thinning or falling out. There are two clinically-proven hair loss treatments for men which have been MHRA and FDA approved for this specific purpose as they inhibit the DHT from forming and help to accelerate regrowth.
Belgravia clients often follow combination courses personalised to their specific needs but based around the primary treatments finasteride 1mg and minoxidil. These are the only proven treatments for male pattern baldness and they can be used in conjunction with boosters or your own vitamins such as biotin – although you should be careful as to your intake as biotin can actually cause hair loss if regularly taken in too large a dose.
This approach has produced many significant results, including allowing men who seek help at the first signs of hair loss and start their treatment early on to effectively stabilise their shedding and maintain their hair in a convenient and discreet manner. You will find many examples of clients with minimal thinning who use bespoke treatment plans to prevent hair loss as well as those who have decided to try and regrow their hair later on into the balding process, in our Male Hair Loss Treatment Success Stories.
If your thinning is currently minimal we recommend you visit a hair loss specialist who can assess you, talk you through your options and provide you with any information you require to make an informed decision as to how you wish to proceed in your own time.
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.