If you were to ask which hair loss treatments are proven to work, it’s probably easier for you to be told instead which ones aren’t. Because of the hundreds of products, from shampoos to supplements and hair sprays to creams, that claim to play a role in preventing hair loss or re-growing hair, only three have been clinically and medically proven to do so.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m having a bad hair day”? So many companies have opportunistically latched on to this saying and made a lot of money from hair care products. And realising just how many people want a solution to hair loss, they’ve created lines of products backed up with ‘clinical’ or ‘scientific’ studies. The reality, however, is that sometimes these claims may be only at the margins of meaningfulness.
Cosmetic companies are largely self-governed and don’t have to verify their claims, unlike pharmaceutical companies which are closely monitored by regulatory agencies and have to prove that their treatments are safe as well as effective for their purpose.
The medical regulatory body in the UK is the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), and it decides which product shows enough evidence to be licensed for a specific use. There are only two products licensed for use as hair loss treatments and they have also been clinically proven and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). While there is no approval process for cosmetics, the MHRA and FDA have a rigorous approval processes for drugs and medical devices.
Supplements such as Nourkrin, Procerin, Provillus and Viviscal and natural products like Revivogen and Belgravia’s own Hair Vitalics are not licensed for the prevention of hair loss. Unfortunately, there are no strict regulations for supplements and natural products so it’s difficult to know for certain how effective they really are. Technically though, they not authorised to claim (as some do) to prevent or reverse hair loss but people keen for an easy hair loss solution are often willing to give these products a try. Still, they’re likely to wonder whether there is any research to support the claims.
Then there are products like hair-thickening shampoos and hair sprays that are marketed to improve the appearance of thinning hair but they can’t fix the sole problem. Toppik, for example, uses microfibers to cling to your natural hair and states that you will “instantly see a fuller, more natural looking head of hair than you could ever imagine”. Equally, there are hundreds of hair-thickening shampoos that temporarily increase the size of the hair shaft by using ingredients such as collagen which adhere to the shaft. However, neither of these types of products will prevent hair loss nor stop the balding process.
The claims associated with hair loss products sometimes go too far. Some may make your hair look better, but they may not have any effect on retaining hair or producing renewed hair growth. To find out which hair loss treatment will work for you, you need to consult a specialist. Not all hair loss is the result of the same cause and everyone will respond differently to treatment. When searching for a hair loss treatment that works, be sure to do your research on the clinically proven hair loss treatments and avoid products that use phrases like “a quick and easy cure”.
For more information about the clinically proven hair loss treatments, contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 or send an email. For access to personalised advice and treatment, fill in the online diagnostic form from anywhere in the world and a treatment advisor will contact you shortly with the results.