With so many hair care products can even a single product save your hair from you from becoming bald? Out there malls and marts have hundreds of shelves holding thousands of hair care products claiming to re grow your hair back and to stop your hair from falling ever again! But are these claims true?
“The truth of the matter is that baldness comes down to your genes,” says Frederick Joyce, M.D., founder of Rejuvenate (Med Spa) and a member of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. “If you have the baldness gene, there are some natural remedies that may make your hair stronger and healthier to slow your hair loss slightly —but they won’t prevent you from going bald. Still, maintaining hair health by eating well and using the right products—combined with medical-grade treatments—can really work all together to help you have a fuller, thicker head of hair.”
“You’re not going to have the healthiest hair if you’re living off doughnuts, because being nutrient-deficient weakens strands and makes them more prone to breakage,” says Denise Kernan, owner of DK Hair Techs, Inc. “While nutritious eating isn’t going to bring your hair back by any means, eating plenty of protein-rich foods and healthy fats can make the hair that you still have look thicker and shinier.”
Having B vitamins in your diet can help with the formation of hair cells and, therefore, hair growth. The best sources of Bs are protein-packed foods like chicken, fish, eggs, and pork, as well as leafy greens such as spinach.
A bunch of hair care products aimed at fighting thinning hair have nioxin as their key ingredient. “Nioxin is negligible in terms of helping with hair loss,” says Dr. Joyce. “There’s no shampoo out there that will actually stop hair loss.”
Nioxin and some other products can help keep your scalp in good shape to improve the look of any hairs you do have left on your head. Feeding your hair with the proper nutrients both inside and out can make it appear healthier, use products with natural herbs, such as rosemary and mint.
Bonus: The formula of the products you use on your hair should have no harsh chemicals, such as sulfates or parabens.
Propecia also known as Finasteride, it’s the only other FDA-approved medicine to treat hair loss. The drug was originally created to help prevent prostate cancer, and works by blocking production of a male hormone in the scalp known as androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT as it shuts down the hair follicles to cause male pattern baldness.
“Propecia acts as a sort of fertilizer for the monixidal, helping it to re grow hair more effectively,” says Kernan. “You have to know it’s a lifetime commitment. Once you stop using Propecia, any hair loss that you would have had if you weren’t taking the medication will happen within three to eight months.”
“Minoxidil will help slow the hair loss process and is the best solution for now to help you hang on to your hair,” says Kernan. “It may even help you grow a little bit of peach fuzz, and the biggest area you’ll see regrowth is on the crown rather than the front of your hairline.”
Side Effects: if you ever stop using the Minoxidil, you’ll pretty much lose the hair you were trying to save. Though uncommon, some side effects may include itchiness and chest pain.