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‘Does Menthol Shampoo Treat Hair Loss?’

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Name: Pietr

Question: Does menthol shampoo treat hair loss? It feels like it’s doing good things! I think menthol cures thinning hairs too?

Man Washing HairAnswer: Hi, Pietr. No, menthol shampoo does not treat hair loss.

It has beneficial circulation-boosting properties which can help to maintain healthy hair, but its action is not good enough to treat hair loss conditions. The lively, tingling sensation you get when you use a menthol shampoo or haircare product is due to this energising effect on the scalp.

Specially prepared menthol treatments – not menthol shampoos – are used during part of Belgravia’s clinical therapy sessions alongside many other treatments including massage, steam, LLLT and infra-red. This is for the circulatory benefits and to encourage the optimal efficacy of clients’ hair loss treatments

Menthol cannot treat genetic hair loss – male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss – as it does not address the DHT which causes the hair to thin and eventually fall out in these cases. It is best thought of as a booster‘ that can be used alongside clinically-established treatments to help maintain hair and scalp health.

There are only two proven medications designed to combat male pattern hair loss and these are finasteride 1mg which actively inhibits DHT formation and minoxidil which helps to accelerate the regrowth process.

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23rd October, 2016 at 12:34 am


Peppermint oil is much better for hair loss than minoxidil, google "pubmed peppermint hair loss" 5 drops per 30 ml in your conditioner - shake well everytime you use it, make sure it gets on to your scalp, then rinse as usual..the oil will stay on your scalp. It takes about a month to see results.

24th October, 2016 at 10:19 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Terry, although not yet an approved treatment, there has been a study which suggests peppermint oil can have a positive effect on non-genetic hair loss. This means temporary hair loss conditions whereby the hair regrows naturally anyway such as Telogen Effluvium. The only clinically-proven genetic hair loss treatments - those for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss - currently available are finasteride 1mg (men only) and minoxidil.

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