I like using natural treatments wherever possible and have started looking into hair vitamins and supplements as a way to treat my hair loss. Please can you confirm if these products do actually work against hair loss?
Hi, Jamie. Food supplements that specifically target the hair do not treat hair loss
unless the shedding is caused by a specific dietary deficiency
. They do, however, have other welcome benefits.
Although they should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet, supplements such as Belgravia's Hair Vitalics,
which feature a specially-formulated mix of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts including biotin, selenium and zinc for the maintenance of normal healthy hair growth, can be useful for those concerned about their hair's health.
Good nutrition can, in turn, contribute indirectly to healthy hair. Many clients who take Hair Vitalics supplements have also reported that their nails appear healthier, stronger and seem to grow faster whilst taking them, though they are not designed for this purpose.
Whilst certain ingredients, such as Saw Palmetto
extract, are believed to naturally inhibit the DHT
which causes thinning hair in cases of genetic hair loss (Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss), these are not clinically-proven and still do not make supplements containing them - including Hair Vitalics for Men
- into 'treatments'.
As such, hair vitamins and targeted food supplements will not help to reverse shedding so, in order to combat most hair loss conditions, it is recommended that hair loss treatment
courses containing one or both of the only two MHRA licensed and FDA approved
medications are explored. A consultation with a hair specialist can be the quickest and easiest route to finding out more about the best treatment options for your specific situation following a professional consultation.