Barely a day goes by without another essential oil being touted as the latest and greatest thing in natural hair loss treatment. And health and wellness companies are quick to cash in on these trends, launching new products regularly to tie in with the hype.
But when it comes to hair loss supplements, are they really worth the reported $3.89 billion we spend on them globally, every year?
What are hair loss supplements?
Hair loss supplements are predominantly made from natural products, and are marketed as such. They aim to enhance hair growth and reduce hair loss, but they are not medications and do not need to be prescribed by a medical professional.
Do hair loss supplements work?
That all depends on the supplement. There is some element of truth to most of the claims, but the majority of essential oils that purport to be hair loss miracle cures are more likely to just improve the feel and appearance of the hair that you already have.
What are the exceptions?
Any supplement containing a product that inhibits the body’s production of the hormone dihydratestosterone (DHT) is likely to have an effect on hair loss. DHT is the hormone that causes your hair follicles to shrivel, so if you can block it from being produced then you should see an improvement in hair thinning.
What should I be looking for in a hair supplement?
If you are choosing a hair supplement, the best thing to do is to examine the ingredients list for nutrients that have been clinically proven to reduce or prevent hair loss. If you’re not sure, ask Google!
Some vitamins, minerals and natural oils that are known to be beneficial in the fight against hair loss are:
- Biotin: part of the vitamin B family, biotin helps improve your body’s keratin infrastructure, which in turn improves hair growth
- Vitamin D: naturally found in sunlight, it’s been found that a deficiency in vitamin D can lead to hair loss
- Iron: iron is an all round essential, so a lack of it can affect hair growth
- Larchwood extract: a clinical study on this natural product showed a 17% reduction in hair loss after three months
How do I know which supplement is best for me?
The best first step in any hair loss treatment journey is to seek expert advice. A trichologist or hair loss specialist can assess the extent of your hair loss, indicate its likely cause, and advise on the best course of action.
If you are interested to discuss hair loss supplements or other hair loss treatments, why not contact us today to book a consultation with one of our hair loss specialists.