By the time a woman reaches the age of 35, she tends to know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to her hair and beauty regime. You’ve tried the bargain basement products and while they are kinder to your wallet, they don’t make your skin or hair feel the way you like. Not to say that expensive always equals the best, but very rarely will the cheapest product on the market do the best job.
So when it comes to thinning hair, why change the approach you take when it comes to choosing say your facial cleanser, foundation or shampoo? The quality of the ingredients in hair thinning treatments does vary and this will affect the results you see.
And this condition affects a large number – 40% of women over the age of 35 suffer from thinning which can often be the early sign of female hair loss conditions. There are many reasons that hair begins to thin and they can include:
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – genetic hair loss
- Telogen Effluvium – stress, medications, hormone changes (eg, menstruation, childbirth)
- Diffuse Hair Loss – iron deficiency, blood disorders, hormone problems, stress
A hair specialist will be able to diagnose the condition and explain what is causing it. It is usually possible to treat the hair with a product called Minoxidil, the only product that has successfully undergone clinical trials and been shown to be safe and effective for treating female hair loss. But just as there are numerous types of cleansers, foundations and shampoos, so too there are different Minoxidil formulas.
Minoxidil is a dose-dependant treatment which means that results vary according to the amount of Minoxidil a product contains. Many products contain Minoxidil in a 2% concentration however a double-blind study carried out in 2002 proved that Minoxidil in a 5% concentration was significantly more effective that Minoxidil 2% for women with Female Pattern Hair Loss. Details of the study can be found here: http://www.eblue.org/article/PIIS0190962203043172/abstract
The Best Treatment for Thinning Hair
Some forms of minoxidil can include added ingredients such as Medroxyprogesterone (MPG) or Azelaic Acid (AA).
MPG is an unproven product that may help to prevent dihydrotestosterone (or ‘DHT’ – which is the product in the body that causes genetic hair loss) from attacking the hair follicles. This complements Minoxidil’s effect on the follicles, and may improve the results. When MPG is added to Minoxidil it becomes a prescription-only treatment.
AA may help to reduce the amount of DHT reaching the hair follicles by inhibiting the formation of 5-alpha reductase, the enzyme that combines with testosterone to produce DHT. While it is an unproven product, when added to minoxidil, it creates a unique, prescription-only treatment that can treat stubborn patches of hair loss.
Belgravia’s clients have achieved great results using various minoxidil formulations alongside a range of Hair Growth Boosters. The regrowth they have experienced can be seen by visiting our Hair Loss Success Stories.
The Belgravia Centre
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.