Top Hair Loss Treatment Reviews and Suggestions

Top Hair Loss Treatment Reviews and Suggestions

Every one of us has been confronted with the unpleasant effects of hair loss, especially during the transition seasons of autumn and spring. But what can really upset us and can become a problem is the incidence of those situations when the hair fall doesn’t stop at those normal limits and continues at a more or less accelerated rate. When this phenomenon is strong enough to become noticeable, it bears the medical name of alopecia and it can have more than one possible cause. We will detail the mechanics of this process further, and present you a list of what was considered to be the top hair loss treatment list recently (in 2012, 2013 and 2014), along with consumer reviews for each one. If you were considering any of these products but weren’t too sure if the product is the right one for you, you can find out more about it now.

How does hair loss occur and what causes it?

The official name for hair loss is alopecia aerate, and it’s usually localized in the scalp area. While the condition is sometimes associated with other health problems like thyroid dysfunction or lupus (or postpartum depression in female patients), it is often caused by invisible factors like age, hormones, genetic predispositions (for example, African-American men and women are way less affected by this, since the melanin present in black skin seems to protect against hair loss) and especially stress. Once the hair completely falls out from an area, there are few things which can be done to restore it, as the receding hairline of many men proves. In male patients, frontal hair loss is very often caused by an androgen hormone called DHT, while in female patients the matter of hair loss is more complex in the absence of this hormone’s influence. However, it can be hormonal in the case of women as well if they are suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

To keep the theory short, if your hair loss is related to a condition with which you’ve been diagnosed (such as depression or skin disease or a thyroid dysfunction), then let the doctors treat your main condition and afterwards the hair loss should stop by itself. If in the future the problem doesn’t cease, then you can move on to a targeted hair loss treatment. If you have no other condition besides the unexplainable hair loss, then look to your genes: if many members of your family also share this problem, there is probably not a lot you can do to prevent it, unless you’re considering laser treatment in a clinic. If you can rule out the genetic factors, then it’s probably just stress or the abuse of aggressive hair products, and you can proceed to using one of the newest hair loss treatments with full confidence that it will work.

How does a hair loss treatment work?

A topical hair loss treatment can work in two basic ways: it either strengthens the root of each hair strand, making it harder to pull out; or it relieves some of the factors which contribute to hair loss (like poor scalp oxygenation, hair malnutrition and so on). Some of the best treatments of the recent years take the fight to both fronts and try to accomplish both types of work in order to be more effective.

All in all, some doctors indicate that topical hair loss treatments aren’t as efficient as internal ones which can target the problem better, nor are they by far as efficient as laser treatment, considered the single most effective and permanent way to deal with the problem. There is also some evidence that laser therapy can stimulate hair regeneration up to some point, but all it can promise is stopping the problem in its current stages. But if your problem isn’t really severe yet and you just notice more hair than usual falling out, then trying some new cosmetic hair loss treatments is definitely worth a try, as they can be quite effective.

Top 5 hair loss treatment products and therapies

This list is comprised of what consumer reports have rated highly in the past three years (2012-2014) and also on what the FDA has approved. As a positive note, the field seems to develop rapidly and the latest hair loss treatments are much more effective than the ones released four or five years ago, so you can have full confidence that they can help.

  1. Stem cell therapy – still a dream to some, considering that it’s still in testing, but this promises to become the best hair loss treatment in the very near future. In America, this research is handled by ARI (the Aderans Research Institute), and they announced a market launch of products to take place soon.
  2. Keratin hair loss treatments have proven to be some of the most effective, both in men’s product lines and women’s lines, but you should be very careful what brand you choose. Kerastase of L’Oreal, for example, has received positive customer reviews (especially for their Aminexil line), while the Coppola keratin treatment is associated with horrible stories of increased hair loss and other unpleasant side effects.
  3. Ayurvedic hair loss treatments have also been known to work; they usually consist of an integrated treatment with ramifications to more than one area of your daily life (dieting, yoga, exercise and so on), but the Ayurveda plan also includes a few topically-applied products as well. They are usually based on herbs and natural cosmetic products, and they enjoy quite favorable reviews so they’re probably worth a try.
  4. PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy is a highly acclaimed new hair loss treatment that is only performed in medical clinics and uses the patient’s own blood to promote new hair growth. It received positive reviews, though there were rumors about unwanted side effects that come with this therapy as well.
  5. Homeopathic treatments didn’t show any convincing results, scientifically-speaking, but somehow scored pretty highly in customer reviews. Therefore, feel free to use them if you believe in their properties; at least you’ll enjoy the potential Placebo effect this way.

Home suggestions to aid with hair loss

Besides buying commercial products to aid with your hair loss problem, there are a number of natural remedies you can try at home, even though they may be a little less concentrated than their professional counterparts. One popular such remedy is the scalp massage, done every evening for at least 10 minutes, and with a diluted herb oil for its anti-bacterial properties. A good oil you can use for this scalp massage is the oregano oil, for example, which we previously talked about. Removing the bacterial influences from your scalp can contribute significantly not only to reducing any potential dandruff problems you may experience, but it can also reduce the local stress that weakens the hair roots. Only use this as a topical treatment though, since herb oils can be toxic if ingested in high doses. A milder alternative to herb oils is organic olive oil or coconut oil, both of which can work as a good base for the scalp massage and relieve stress, but lack the antibacterial properties of herbal oils.

Another way to combat hair loss naturally is by applying a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to your scalp right after using and rinsing the shampoo out of it. The right proportion should be one part vinegar to three parts water, freshly mixed, if possible. The advantage of this treatment is that it’s quite cheap (almost cost-free, frankly) and easy to use at home since cider vinegar is something you probably already have lying around for salads anyway. (As a side note for pet owners who are struggling with dog hair loss, this cider vinegar and water concoction is efficient for dogs as well, not just for humans. Just remember to ask permission from you vet before trying any homemade remedy on your pet.)

Last, but not least, supplementing your diet with foods rich in zinc or even zinc supplements sometimes helps a great deal as well, since missing this mineral can also cause significant hair loss.

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    Oh Wow! Nice suggestions. But which treatment would be the best.

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