There are a number of proven, clinically approved, hair loss treatments on the market now which, can not only reduce hair loss, but can even encourage re-growth. These treatments work in two ways, either blocking the formation of the follicle-damaging hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), or by increasing the blood flow and nutrient channels that run to the follicles.
Male hair loss is best combated with a combination of two products. The first is Propecia, which is medically licensed by the MHRA in the UK, and FDA approved in the USA. This hormone is a derivative of testosterone and attaches itself to hair follicles, causing them to shrink until they can no longer support hair growth. As DHT has no main function in the human body blocking it is not harmful. Consequently, Propecia is one of the few hair loss treatments on the market which has been clinically proven to prevent hair loss and encourage substantial re-growth.
The second product is Minoxidil, the original treatment proven to reverse genetic hair loss. Like Propecia it is licensed in both the UK and USA and usually comes in either solution or cream form.
In men, Minoxidil and Propecia work together to improve the quality of blood, and increase the amount of ‘hair friendly’ blood supplied to the hair follicles. This in turn increases the amount of nutrients the follicles receive. In particular, Minoxidil opens up potassium channels to the follicles. This not only promotes re-growth, but helps protect the inner and outer cells of hair, resulting in stronger individual strands.
Minoxidil can also be used to treat female hair loss; there is currently no licensed DHT inhibitor available that is suitable for women but Belgravia’s minoxidil formulations contain added hair growth boosters that are aimed at doing just that. There are also several other non-chemical hair growth boosters that can help to reduce hair loss in both men and women.
Herbal remedies can help ensure the hair receives key nutrients for re-growth. A particularly popular choice is Hair Vitalics, with active ingredients including Saw Palmetto. This naturally occurring ingredient has been popular in many forms of traditional medicine for centuries and can help to boost the effects of the medically proven treatments.
The FDA has also cleared the LaserComb as a non-chemical treatment for hair loss. This hand-held device is designed to move snugly across the scalp, delivering a low-level laser treatment which can help stimulate re-growth. The LaserComb can be included free with most treatment programmes offered by The Belgravia Centre.
Regular clinical treatment therapy can also help resolve scalp problems and hair loss issues when administered on a regular basis. These stimulate scalp activity and can involve steam, ultra-violet and infra-red therapy, alongside massage and scalp treatments.
Every individual’s experience of hair loss is different and will require a tailored treatment to achieve best results; however, with the current range of hair loss products available there’s bound to be a programme to suit you.