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What is the best shampoo for hair loss?
If you are in the early stages of hair loss, trying out a shampoo and conditioner might be the best first option for you. Although there is no evidence that hair loss shampoo prevents or reverts baldness, there are products that can help strengthen your hair and nourish the scalp.
In the UK, brands such as Reseed and Natur Vital offer hair loss products such as vitamin enriched shampoos, conditioners, serums and botanical solutions. These products are non-medicinal, natural options which are unlikely to be as effective as seeking treatment from a healthcare professional. They may, however, improve the health of your scalp, as well as the condition and strength of your hair, more than non-specialist hair products.
While there is currently no cure for male pattern baldness, suitable prescription treatment can prevent further hair loss. The most effective treatment available in the UK is finasteride, known also as the brand Propecia. Generic finasteride and Propecia are very effective at preventing male hair loss, with 90% of men having positive results.*
What is the best product to use for thinning hair?
If you think your hair may be thinning and you’d like to make it appear fuller, products such as hair concealer and thickening hair fibres may be for you. Coming in a variety of shades and tones, you can help camouflage areas of thinner hair with coloured fibres to match your natural hair.
Minoxidil is also an effective pharmacy treatment for thinning hair in both men and women. It was first discovered during clinical trials for a high blood pressure treatment. In the results, minoxidil showed signs of being able to regrow hair. It is the active ingredient in Regaine. It works by reinvigorating and stimulating blood flow to hair follicles, helping them increase in size and gradually regrow thicker hair. It is an over-the-counter treatment that has different strengths for men and women, coming in a foam consistency which must be used once a day.
It promotes hair regrowth in the following ways:
1. Increases blood flow around follicles.
2. Increases size of hair follicles.
3.Boosts the follicles from the resting phase to their growth phase.
4.Extends growth cycle.
Some people also look to thickening shampoos and volumising products to help naturally thin or fine hair. If you have fine hair, you can help boost volume taking good care of your hair, avoiding heated appliances and trying anti-breakage products or conditioning masks. However if your hair has suddenly started thinning, you should make an appointment to see your GP and rule out any medical conditions or deficiencies.
What are the best vitamins and supplements for your hair?
There are many hair vitamins and supplements available, which can be found in a variety of UK pharmacies, health food shops and even supermarkets. Although they are not endorsed by the NHS as a treatment for hair loss, they may help your hair appear stronger and shinier alongside a healthy, balanced diet.
The most common vitamins contained in these supplements are:
- Vitamin C
LloydsPharmacy stock a few hair vitamins and supplements, such as the brand Hairburst. Hairburst capsules are an easy way to ensure you are taking the essential vitamins to maintain healthy, strong, faster growing hair. They include nutrients and vitamins such as Biotin, Selenium and Zinc which can help to maintain healthy strong hair. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription medication or under medical supervision we advise to consult a GP prior to taking any supplements.
Hair fibres can instantly make thin or thinning hair look thicker and fuller. The fibres contain microscopic, electrostatically charged fibres which stick to your hair creating a volumised look.
Available in a range of shades from blonde, red, brown, black and grey, they bind to your hair to create the appearance of natural thickness that lasts all day. You can also get waterproof fibre locking sprays, which help further keep the fibres in place, whatever the weather.
As everyone’s hair and scalp are so different, it can be hard to determine the best shampoo for you. There are many different causes of hair loss too, so if you are losing your hair it could be hereditary or a reaction to stress.
However, some people may be sensitive to certain ingredients in shampoo which may not help if you are already experiencing thinning hair, damaged hair or a sensitive scalp. For example, you may want to avoid particular sulfates, sodium chloride or formaldehyde in shampoo and conditioner.
There are many theories and opinions about whether you should wash your hair every day.* There is no harm in washing your hair every day, but you might find there is a routine which suits your personal hair type. Your hair produces a natural oil called sebum, which is a healthy part of your hair. You should not need to wash your hair every day unless you have fine hair that gets oily quickly, have excess dandruff or exercise frequently.