There are only two licensed treatments for hair loss that have been proven to work. These are Minoxidil (for men and women) and Propecia – one of the brand names of the hair loss drug finasteride 1mg (men only). But there are countless others that claim to work.
Advertising companies have teams of people whose sole job is to tap into people’s buying habits and emotions to get them to purchase their product. But so far, only two products (Minoxidil and Propecia) have proven to be effective in restoring hair and successfully undergone clinical testing by the MHRA and the FDA, the medical regulatory bodies in the UK and the USA respectively.
While most consumers are aware of the extravagant claims made by companies in their attempts to market their products, what about home hair loss treatments? Below are some less well known methods for treating hair loss that are all natural and safe. But do they work?
It is believed that hair loss can be treated by soaking the plant, fenugreek, in a deep pot of water over night and then, the next morning, massaging the liquid into the scalp and wrapping the head in a cloth for three hours. This is to be repeated everyday for one month. In cookery, Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed) and is often an ingredient in curry. Fenugreek is not advisable to be used without medical supervision, however as it is known to cause stomach upsets and bloating if taken in too large a quantity. Pregnant and nursing women are also advised to avoid fenugreek altogether as it can cause the uterus to contract. Anyone with liver problems, kidney disease or diabetes are also told to avoid fenugreek as it may interact with some prescription medications.
Another scalp lotion, this one is to be made with uncooked egg yolks, applied for one hour and then washed off. It is advised to use 2 eggs for short hair and 4 for longer hair. There is no advice for how often this lotion is to be applied, except for ‘repeat as necessary’.
This treatment is a drink made by boiling a cup of water, adding one teaspoon of mustard seeds, cooking for 5 minutes, cooling and drinking. It is said that this tonic needs to be taken for “a few months” to take effect. Instead of drinking, some advise applying to scalp. Care should be taken as mustard seeds in plain water can induce vomiting.
These are to be used in a home-made shampoo which is made by boiling rosemary leaves in water, straining, and keeping the liquid in a glass bottle. This is to be used to wash your hair daily and can also be put in a sprayer and sprayed into the hair each morning. It will add shine to the hair.
It is thought that massaging the scalp with coconut milk will nourish the hair and promote hair growth. The coconut milk is prepared by grinding the coconut shavings and squeezing them well. Some advise leaving it on overnight for the best results.
While there is nothing wrong with scanning your kitchen cupboards for some DIY hair care, there is no scientific evidence to show any of the above will make hair grow. Aside from this, there are practicalities to consider; for instance, most people do not have jobs that allow them to sit for 3 hours a day to sit in a head wrap (think of the cost of those working hours added up over a month – that’s 90 hours!).
The Belgravia Centre works only with proven, licensed hair loss treatments. The clinic’s senior hairloss specialist, Leonora Doclis, says that none of the remedies above will make hair grow back on their own and describes them as “old wives’ tales”. Doclis explains that certain herbal products can work as nutritional supplements to make hair healthier which, in turn, boosts the efficacy of proven medications. For example, Hair Vitalics, when used as part of an individualised treatment programme, can help restore the hair’s vitality and strength but are not advertised as an individual solution to hair loss.
We have a large collection of Success Stories from clients who have undergone treatment with Belgravia. Additionally, the Belgravia Centre YouTube channel features client testimonials and a hair loss video diary that monitors one male pattern baldness client’s progress from the start of his treatment.
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.