Are there any products that work for hair loss?

I feel like it's a long shot but still worth trying. Are there any professional-grade products that could help reduce hair loss or promote hair growth? I do know of Rogaine and I've heard of a few others but I'm wondering if there's something new and amazing out there that I've yet to hear about. I'm not interested in bull**** products but I wouldn't expect a doctor to recommend them anyway. As long as there's no risk of danger associated with a product (of any kind: pill, drink, shampoo, cream, et cetera), I'd be more than willing to try it to help me with my 'shedding!' BTW, I'm a female--not that it matters, I guess.

Maura02

F, 43, Texas

Tags:woman age 35-44 balding hair loss alopecia

 

Hi Maura02,

 

First, understanding the type of hair loss you are suffering from is paramount to determining the proper course of treatment. Simply defining hair loss as “alopecia” or increased loss of hair is inadequate and is a disservice to you in providing an explanation of your condition and ultimate prognosis. Hair loss can be an extremely upsetting condition for both men and women, and finding a provider you trust who recognizes your emotional and physical interests is important to your overall experience and, hopefully, success.

 

In general, there are various reasons for hair loss or increased loss of hair: Androgenetic Alopecia (male- or female-pattern, hereditary hair loss), Alopecia Areata (coin-like areas of hair loss), Alopecia Totalis and Universalis (total loss of hair of the scalp and total loss of hair of the entire body, respectively), Scarring Alopecia, Traction Alopecia, Anagen Effluvium (usually drug-induced, as in chemotherapy), Telogen Effluvium (excessive loss of hair that is typically temporary), and Autoimmune Disease-induced (Psoriasis of the scalp, Discoid Lupus Erythematosus, Sarcoidosis, Thyroiditis, etc.). Hair loss or thinning can also occur from infectious sources such as Tinea Capitis (ring worm of the scalp) and Seborrheic Dermatitis. As you can imagine, each type of hair loss or thinning is approached differently. Therefore, as previously stated, knowing why you have the issue is paramount.

 

Shedding, as you stated, is a very normal process each person goes through daily – 50-100 hairs are lost per day! But if you feel you’re far surpassing this, then bringing it to the attention of your medical provider, like a Board Certified Dermatologist, would be recommended. To provide some background information, hair growth and loss is an active process that has been well studied: Growth (or anagen) phase occurs over a course of years, transitioning (or catagen) phase is considered an inactive state that occurs over a few weeks, and lastly the resting (or telogen) phase relates to a period of inactivity that leads to shedding after a few months. This process repeats and repeats with age at each follicle, as long as it stays active.

 

Second, of the most common types of hair loss, Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), we typically have a multi-faceted approach to treatment and understanding the condition with each patient. Wisdom (AKA age), genetics, and hormonal changes all contribute to AGA. The follicles of a patient with AGA slowly decrease in circumference over time, which is why the scalp can be more easily seen through the hair and parts typically become more noticeable. The phases of growth/loss described above occur more quickly in AGA until the thinned hairs continue to a point in which no new hair can grow. Products containing minoxidil (like Rogaine) halts the thinning process and allows the hair to grow into its thicker, more desired state. In technical terms, minoxidil is a vasodilator (expander of blood vessels) and it is theorized that this action increases blood flow, nutrients, and oxygen to the hair follicles to which they are applied owing to thicker hair in the growth phase. If AGA is the culprit to your issue, then a combination of topical minoxidil, hair nutrients containing antioxidants and biotin (most often), and reducing the trauma and chemicals used to cosmetically alter hair, is one effective and well-rounded approach.

 

Lastly, the advent of PRP technology is certainly an exciting one, but the data is still indeterminate, weakly, if at all, statistically positive and scarcely sourced. I’d recommend reading this article written about PRP which supports the fact that the “studies supporting the value of platelet-rich plasma are insufficient…” and “the public should view these treatments with skepticism.” However, as more studies are published (mostly in the treatment of AGA) and the use of PRP continues to rise, I suspect our view of the treatment will continue to evolve and could lead to some exciting and life-changing results.


Good luck,

Dr. Jeanine Downie

Instead of using any product for your hair loss problem, I would suggest you try a better option named PRP Hair Restoration Treatment that is not only a safe procedure but gives you long-lasting results. PRP hair re-growth therapy is a non-invasive, safe, comfortable and effective method to restore the lost hair and reduces the hair shedding. PRP therapy uses your own blood for re-growing the hair and so there are no side effects of this treatment. You will get complete natural-looking results with thick and denser new hair.