Hair Loss Products – A Guide

There are endless advertised hair loss products out there, but how do you know which ones work and which might not be so effective? Unfortunately, information provided on websites and the literature of products isn’t always accurate but if you know what to look out for it will ensure you waste as little money and time as possible, and keep your hair. Read this information and we’ll explain how you can know for sure if a product works, if it’s safe and the likelihood of hair regrowth.

Where’s the evidence?

In the UK and US there are regulatory bodies that govern the medical world. In the UK it’s the Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and in the US it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They approve the licensing of medications going by clinical trials – so if a product is proven to be effective and safe to use, they’ll give it a medical license or as the Americans call it, ‘FDA Approval’. An official clinical trial involves hundreds or sometimes thousands of participants and a number of parameters to ensure the results are completely accurate. The MHRA and FDA are very strict so if they’ve licensed a product you can be 100% sure that it is effective to its stated cause.

What to look out for

Without a medical license there’s no sufficient evidence that a product works. There are many hair loss products that claim to have carried out clinical trials but most show no details of the trials on their literature, or show details of vague and inconclusive trials. Many make claims that they are not allowed to make. For instance – in the UK if a hair loss product does not have a medical license issued by the MHRA its manufacturers have no authorisation to make claims of hair loss prevention or hair regrowth – there are however many that do. All of these tell-tale signs are things you need to look out for when searching for the ultimate hair loss solution. Here are details of most of the well-known products aimed at treating hair loss inclusive of their ingredients (where available) and details of whether they are medicinal (licensed) or supplemental products. Going by the information provided above we’ll let you judge for yourself which ones you think are most likely to help you. We advise you to carry out comprehensive research before deciding on any hair loss product so you know exactly what you are getting and how likely it is to clear up your hair loss. If you would like more information you can call us on 020 7730 6666, message the centre for a free consultation or complete our online diagnostic form for a call-back from a specialist.

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Aindeem Finasteride 1mg

LaserComb

Minoxidil

Finasteride 1mg

Laser Comb

A medically proven hair loss solution for men and women A medically proven prescription hair loss pill for men only The first LLLT device for hair loss to have been ‘FDA Cleared’
MHRA Licensed – YES
FDA Approved – YES
MHRA Licensed – YES
FDA Approved – YES
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Cleared – YES
Hair Vitalics

Propecia Side Effects

Dutasteride/Avodart

 Hair Vitalics

Propecia

Dutasteride

Belgravia’s natural hair growth booster supplement for health and vitality A well-known finasteride 1mg pill brand Prescription drug for enlarged prostate. Unlicensed for hair loss
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – YES
FDA Approved – YES
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Cleared – NO
Nourkrin supplements

Procerin

Provillus

Nourkrin

Procerin

Provillus

Natural hair supplement containing ‘marine extracts’ Hair supplement containing natural ingredients such as Saw Palmetto Hair supplement with Saw Palmetto as well as other natural ingredients
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
Regaine

Regaine Foam

Revivogen

Regaine

Regaine Foam

Revivogen

The most well-known minoxidil brand available for both men and women Mousse-like formulation of Regaine available for both men and women Supplement with a number of natural ingredients including Azelaic Acid
 MHRA Licensed – YES
FDA Approved – YES
MHRA Licensed – YES
FDA Approved – YES
 MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
Spectral DNC

Toppik / Couvre

Tricomin

Spectral DNC

Toppik / Couvre

Tricomin

Hair loss product containing minoxidil and other ingredients Effective for concealing thin hair but will not reduce hair loss Contains copper peptides which may help to increase hairs in the growth phase
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
Viviscal Supplements

Wellman Tricologic

Alpecin

Viviscal

Wellman Tricologic

Alpecin

Hair supplement containing marine extracts from fish Supplement to help maintain healthy hair growth and hair follicles Caffeine shampoo
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO
MHRA Licensed – NO
FDA Approved – NO