Hair Loss Shampoos- Do They Work?
Imagine being able to spend very little money on a shampoo from your local Boots or pharmacist and this magical product fixing your most prominent insecurity- your hair loss. You could have hair thinning, a receding hairline or be balding in some areas and willing to try pretty much anything you see advertised. Who wouldn’t be if you could just rub some shampoo on your head and suddenly you have thick voluminous hair? That’s exactly what these shampoos claim to do, so here at Harley Treatment Clinic we decided to do some of our own research to relay to you.
When comparing these shampoos they all claim to do pretty much the same thing and pretty quickly too, in around just two weeks! However, when you look at a variety of them side by side they claim to do it in different ways; some by providing caffeine to the hair and others claiming to provide an essential hormone boost. Research readily available online clearly states that there are only two medications that have been found to stopper hair loss and to some extent, help to regrow hair. A 1mg tablet called Finasteride and a topical medication, 5mg Minoxidil. Both of these medications had to undergo extensive study and clinical trials before being marketed as something to help with hair loss. These shampoos and conditioners that are in our local stores have had no such testing, thus cannot really back up their claims scientifically.
In 2018, Alpecin received a lot of negative attention as Watchdog conducted it’s own investigation into the brand as it promised that it’s shampoo provided caffeine to the hair which would help to prevent hair loss. The claims were later found to be unsubstantiated , as in there was no actual proof that what Alpecin were marketing had any reason to claim that they could help with hair loss, as there was no scientific findings to back it up. Alpecin shot their shot, their defence being that their customer reviews speak for themselves. It has also been argued, that by the time you rub your shampoo in, the formula will be severely diluted from all the water from the shower so how can the product deliver what is promised?
An alternative to these shampoos is a hair transplant. However, with a hair transplant there is no 100% guarantee that the transplant will take and you will have a lifelong prescription of Minoxidil to take. Scalp micropigmentation has rather suddenly landed on our doorstep as an alternative to both skeptical shampoos and a hair transplant. More expensive than shampoo but cheaper than a hair transplant, scalp micropigmentation guarantees you that desired hairline and the thicker looking hair that you crave. It involves a qualified technician implanting pigment into your head, using their skill to replicate your natural hair follicles and hair strokes. It will take 3 appointments to achieve the desired natural look and a top up every 2-3 years to keep the colour looking fresh, but so many people are now opting for scalp micropigmentation instead of the hair transplant down to the certainty of it working. You could continue persevering with the shampoos and conditioners and wondering “will they work” or opt for a hair transplant that may or may not take and leave you with an unwanted scar, but why would you when there are so many preferred and positive outcomes compared to any other method?