If you suffer from the most common form of hair loss, which is connected to excess DHT in your scalp and causes the common baldness in man and hair thinning in women, you will have probably tried countless over the counter treatments as well as natural alternatives. You may have even visited private hair clinics which, I think, are often providing disappointing hair loss treatments: you may feel disheartened and may have spent a fortune on trying to slow down or stop your hair loss.
There are going to be real cures in the near future, since there is increasing evidence of radical, new cures which will not only stop hair loss but stimulate total hair re-growth. Clinical trials have to go through the long and winding road of FDA approvals, so we won’t be able to buy these new cures for a while.
Meantime, there are real treatments which will at the very least significantly slow down your hair loss.
1 – If you suffer from advanced hair loss (if you are already going bald) you will need a combination of treatments in order to quickly stop hair thinning but also stimulate hair re-growth. Anti-DHT topical solutions, combined with a good DHT-blocking shampoo, will be essential. You can also combine the DHT blocking topical solutions with a hair growth stimulant. When you do your research, make sure that the hair loss products you are considering clearly state that their action is one of the above stated and, most importantly, that these products are recommended by viable sources or independent sources. Only the very best of medical products contain the appropriate active ingredients in the right compound. Some of the best products are available over the counter; if you are unsure, consult a good dermatologist and ask him/her which brands he/she recommends. Then, when you have a list of potential products from a variety of sources, decide what’s best for you (and your pocket).
Alternative, natural treatments. There are some natural hair loss treatments which contain natural active ingredients with the properties indicated above (DHT-blocking topical lotions and shampoos and hair growth stimulators). Only a minority of these products, especially the ones you find advertised everywhere, are actually effective. I would stay away from ‘combinations’ because they seem to be less effective than 3 separate active ingredients. All in all, if you are considering topical, natural lotions to apply to your scalp, my experience tells me it is not going to be as effective as the ‘chemical’ ones. You can, of course, take natural hair health supplements as an overall skin and hair booster. However, by themselves they will not be enough.
If you suffer from mild hair thinning (still DHT-related), using a DHT-blocking and inflammation-reducing shampoo may well be enough. There are only 2 or 3 shampoos with these properties that you can either buy over the counter or order from a country where these shampoos are available. All of those shampoos with DHT-reducing properties also fight a scalp fungal infection and eliminate scalp inflammation. These shampoos do not have, at present, a viable natural alternative: you will need to buy the ‘chemical-based’ ones. However, they are very effective.
Hair Loss: What Really Works Against DHT-Related Hair Loss in Men and Women by E. Jules Gibsons