There are many myths about how to treat hair loss
, a number of which involve applying various foods to the head.
Three of the most commonly repeated include rubbing onions
into bald spots, having scalp massages using ginger
, and using garlic-based solutions and rubs
. Now, taking these mythical natural hair loss remedies to the next level is garlic shampoo which is being marketed to men as a hair loss solution.
Garlic shampoo claims
There is truth to the notion that onions, ginger and garlic are good for your hair's health. Onions and garlic are packed with sulphur
, which is good for hair health, whilst ginger has renowned anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with antioxidants - great for scalp care from the inside, out.
When it comes to how to use them, it is far easier, arguably more beneficial and definitely less smelly, to eat these foods than to apply them topically. When included as part of a balanced diet
, they can have a positive influence on the condition of your hair. What none of these vegetables and spices can do, however, is stop genetic hair loss, including male pattern baldness
Despite this, garlic as a proposed treatment for hair loss is back in the news courtesy of an article on the advice website howtogetrid.org which suggested it could work wonders when used in shampoo.
“Tackling hair loss is an experimental process as what works for you need not necessarily work for your friend,” states the author, which has a ring of truth to it but perhaps overlooks the verifiable results of certain clinically-proven hair loss treatments
. The comment is further undermined with the next sentence which states that “there exists one herb that works for everyone. And that herb is garlic!”
The writer goes on to explain the nutritional benefits of garlic, but perhaps oversteps what can be scientifically proven by suggesting that garlic’s “minerals gift you with long, strong, deep and thick hair.” Certainly no clinical trials or study findings are mentioned to back up the shampoo's claims.
And yet a clinical trial could prove this very easily were it the case as it would likely face far fewer hurdles than when researchers are testing new, potentially dangerous drugs. What we do know is that researchers in Canada
were hoping to conduct such a trial on children with the autoimmune disorder Alopecia Areata
, which leads to sudden patchy hair loss, at the start of the year. Unfortunately, there have been no recent updates on this.
Hair loss shampoos
There are currently no shampoos - garlic or otherwise - that can cure hair loss. Many men, and women, ask us if thickening shampoos
will help to treat thinning hair and the answer is: no. Whilst they may give the hair a temporary cosmetic boost, they cannot treat the underlying cause of androgenetic alopecia as they do not influence the DHT
which causes pattern hairloss.
Although there is no magic ‘elixir’ or shampoo that cures hair loss, there are
effective male hair loss treatments
that are both MHRA licensed and FDA approved for androgenetic alopecia. These comprise an oral DHT-blocker and topical vasodilating hair loss solutions which are applied directly to the scalp to encourage hair growth. Additional products known as hair growth supporting products
can also be used alongside either or both of these established options to supplement this approach.
If you are noticing an excess of hair fall and are concerned about it, a free consultation at Belgravia
is probably a more fruitful option than cooking up a batch of garlic shampoo.