The Definitive Guide to Treating Hair Loss
Selecting a Hair Loss Treatment
This is the second part of our definitive guide to treating hair loss. On the first part, we listed and thoroughly studied available remedies to hair loss and the pros and cons of each one. The Global Hair Loss Association is recommending the use of oral supplements as the safest, most effective, and cost-efficient way of treating hair loss. Here, we will be examining the vital elements of selecting the right oral supplement based on its ingredients.
There are several ways in which we can treat hair loss. In most of these treatments, there are more disadvantages than advantages and some are even really high-risk. Oral supplements stand as the safest, fastest, and most practical cure to hair loss.
When choosing for the best oral supplements to use in treating hair loss, you can either find a product yourself or choose a product recommended by the Global Hair Loss Association.
Option 1: Find a product yourself
There are a lot of oral supplements targeted to treating hair loss out in the market today, but not all products have the essential ingredients. Here are the things you should look for when scouting for the most effective hair loss oral supplement:
A product that helps in blocking the production of DHT.
DHT or Dihydrotestosterone is a byproduct of the male hormone testosterone when it comes in contact with the enzyme called the Type II 5-alpha-reductase (which is found in the scalp). People who have inherited a sensitivity to DHT will have their hair follicles shrinking in size. Hair follicles which have shrunk will produce thinner, shorter, and weaker hairs. This shrinking happens gradually, which is one reason why as people age, their hair loss worsens. Eventually though, some of these follicles would have shrunk so much that they become totally unable to produce hair.
A good oral supplement should be able to block the production of DHT. The product that we recommend actually has Saw Palmetto Berry powder (Serenoa repens) and Nettle Leaf powder (Urtica dioica) which help block the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Make sure to research if the product you are considering has ingredients that does the same.
A product that has vitamins and minerals to address hair loss and hair regrowth
There are several kinds of vitamins and minerals that can help treat underlying deficiencies that cause hair loss. These include Vitamin A, several kinds of Vitamin B (like B3, B5, B6, and Biotin), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Vitamin A helps the sebaceous glands found all over the scalp to produce sebum which keeps every hair moisturized, keeping them from becoming dry and brittle. The B-vitamins and vitamin E, on the other hand, are essential for maintaining the body’s blood circulation. As long as there’s healthy circulation of blood including in the scalp, hairs receive their regular nourishment and they remain/become healthy. Zinc keeps the hormone levels in the body balanced which ensures that the hair growth cycle is not disrupted. Biotin is another B-Vitamin that is a crucial component to skin cells and fuels cell growth. It is good for anything hair-related, including, but not limited to, hair thinning, hair strengthening, and hair regrowth. It aids better absorption of protein and produces healthier hair follicles which will stimulate hair regrowth. Ingesting biotin will help the body boost cellular energy good for the hair and nails, especially if taken with other B vitamins.
These vitamins are a crucial part of your oral supplement. Not having these ingredients would render the product incapable of giving satisfying results in relation to hair loss.
While these can be found in food, most times they occur in insufficient amounts. Taking oral supplements can help make up for the losses because of their concentration in the formulation. Some oral supplements though do not contain all of those mentioned. Always look for choices that have all of them to ensure that all possible causes for your hair loss are addressed which will lead to higher success in hair regrowth.
A product that does not only address hair fall, but also stimulates hair follicles for hair growth
Preventing hair from falling off and thinning is one thing; encouraging better hair production by stimulating the follicles is another. There are instances when the problem is not only confined to a person losing huge amounts of hairs, but also to the follicles completely unable to produce new hairs.
It is important that the product you are going to use will not only help prevent hair fall, but will also help you regrow hair to make up for the lost ones.
A product with herbal extracts proven as nature’s best solution for maintaining strong, healthy hair
Herbal extracts are good options for remedies because they are natural. In treating hair loss, look for products that have the following herbs in their solution for optimum results:
Horsetail Herb : This herb is widely-used as a natural remedy for strengthening dry, damaged, and weak hair. Because of its high silica and mineral content, it helps in producing collagen — an important protein needed by the hair.
Green Tea Leaf : A popular antioxidant, green tea helps stimulate hair follicle; therefore encouraging hair growth.
Pumpkin Seed : Pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrients, improving the body’s overall health, including the healthy development of scalp and hair.
Inositol : Also known as vitamin B8, inositol is used for a variety of illnesses, including high cholesterol, insomnia, and diabetic nerve pain. It also promotes hair growth.
Nettle Leaf : Nettle leaves are popular for their healing properties and contain vitamins and minerals. They help block the conversion of testosterone into DHT, a male hormone that leads to hair loss.
Saw Palmetto Berry : This herbal remedy slows down hair loss, helps hair regrowth, and blocks DHT production.
A product that was developed with years of extensive research and clinical studies
When choosing for which hair loss oral supplement to take, it is essential to identify which ones are tested and safe. Make sure that you are considering only those backed with years of research and clinical studies. Do your due diligence by conducting your own research, checking for studies with details on the effects the supplements on different types of people.
A product that has positive feedback from people who are using it
Nothing is the same for everybody, but feedbacks help people understand what may have worked for most people and what didn’t. When scouting for what oral supplement product to buy, take into consideration the feedback of those who previously used it – had it been successful or not. Although feedbacks will be subjective, they will, at least, help you get a better assessment of the effectiveness of the product.
Option 2: Choose a Global Hair Loss Association Recommended Product
NEXT UP: Recommendations for Preventing and Treating Hair Loss
From our discussion on this page, we can see how the most effective oral supplements can prevent and treat hair loss because:
- the active ingredients found in oral supplements help treat underlying nutrient deficiencies that are causing hair loss,
- they block the production of DHT,
- they aid in stimulating the follicles to facilitate hair regrowth,
- the nutrients they provide also makes hair healthier and stronger.
We, at the Global Hair Loss Association cannot stress it enough how important it is to select an oral supplement product that has all of the vital factors discussed in this page to achieve higher chances of treatment success. For your convenience, we have made a compilation of the oral supplements that we recommend in our Medication Comparison page.
On the next and final part of this guide, we will give you recommendations on habits and practices that you can do to help you in prevent or treat hair loss.