If you have signs of hair loss then you may be wondering what can be done about it. With so much information out there on hair loss treatments, it can be hard to know what’s right for you and whether a medicated, surgical or a natural solution is best.
Here at Biconi, we believe that nature gives us what we need to combat most human ailments. We know that speeding up hair growth can be frustrating and while there are a handful of medicated products that can stimulate growth, natural hair growth treatments work with your hair’s own defense systems and with only the purest ingredients that come from mother nature, natural treatments are not only effective—they are also safe for your health.
That being said, we understand that to make an informed decision it’s good to have all the facts at your fingertips and that’s why we’ve put together a list of medicated, surgical and natural hair loss treatments for you to evaluate.
We’ve tried to provide as much detail as possible on each treatment type, including a handy comparison chart, to help you quickly assess the key differences and work out the right option for you. But, before we get into the comparison of each hair growth solution, let’s look at the most popular medicated and natural hair loss treatments currently in use today.
Popular natural hair loss treatments
1. Rinsing hair with onion juice
Onion is rich in sulfur, one of the building blocks of hair. When applied on to the scalp, it improves blood circulation to the hair follicles, which carry vital nutrients needed for natural hair growth. Additionally, sulfur also stimulates production of collagen, a long-chain amino acid that strengthens the hair.
Onions as a hair loss treatment was studied in 2002. Onion juice was applied daily on the scalp for two months and the results were compared with those who only used tap water. The results showed that those using onion juice saw greater improvements in hair growth than those using tap water only.
To use onion juice as a hair treatment, use a juice extractor or food processor to get the juice out of one medium onion. Mix the juice with 2 tablespoons of honey and apply the mixture into your scalp. Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes to 1 hour before shampooing.
2. Deep conditioning with virgin coconut oil
Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is a “superfood” and contains essential properties that support the healthy development of the skin, hair, and teeth.
As well as boasting numerous evidence-based health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease and boosting brain function in Alzheimer's patients. Virgin coconut oil contains natural properties similar to sebum found in the body.
Sebum is a natural oil produced by healthy skin, including on the scalp. Sebum coats and protects the scalp to prevent flaking, dryness, and infections. Where sebum production in the body is low, VCO is essential to restoring skin hydration to protect against hair loss and damage.
3. Scalp massage combined with natural and essential oils
Massaging the scalp increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, resulting in the hair follicles being activated and nutrients and oxygen reaching the hair, which encourages hair growth.
Combine with essential oils and/ or natural fruit and vegetable juice to nourish the scalp, enhance the strength of the roots, and help to reduce conditions that compromise hair growth like dandruff and dry skin.
Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to coconut oil and massage on to the scalp in a circular motion concentrating on the areas where hair loss is most noticeable. Do this for at least ten minutes and then wash off the oil with a natural shampoo.
You may need to wash your scalp twice until the oily feeling is fully removed. You can also use onion juice as an alternative to oil if you wish.
Medicated hair loss treatments
Finasteride is the generic name for Propecia and Proscar. It is a drug used to treat the prostate glands until it was discovered that one of its side effects is hair growth.
Propecia is the first drug approved by the FDA to treat male pattern baldness. 90% of men use it and it works by inhibiting the body from producing an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts testosterone into androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which shrinks hair follicles leading to balding.
Because these drugs have been known to cause birth defects, they are not prescribed to women in childbearing age as a precaution.
Finasteride is available as a pill taken once a day.
Minoxidil is a drug originally developed for the treatment of hypertension. It was then realised that it could also stimulate hair regrowth. However, this medication works only for as long as you use it. Once you stop, hair loss will continue.
Doctors recommend that minoxidil should only be applied on the scalp after they found out that people who were taking it as a pill grew hair in unusual places like on their cheeks and forehead.
Minoxidil is available under the brand name Rogaine and Theroxidil as foam and liquid in 2% and 5% strength formulas. It is applied on dry scalp areas where hair is thinning out.
Ketoconazole is an antifungal medication for dandruff.
A study in 2005 showed that treating dandruff accompanied by male pattern baldness using ketoconazole is an effective solution. It’s used as a treatment for male pattern baldness because it reduces the production of testosterone and DHT in the hair follicles, which is known to prevent hair growth.
Nizoral is the only non-prescription shampoo brand that contains ketoconazole. Use only a small amount at least twice a week and do not use more than what is prescribed as it makes the hair dry and coarse.
Men who are on finasteride or minoxidil are also advised to use ketoconazole because if you have dandruff, the effects of the said drugs will not penetrate deeply into the scalp.
Surgical hair loss treatments
1. Hair Transplant
For men and women with significant hair loss, hair transplant surgery is sometimes the only way to see significant improvement and get hair growing again.
There are two major surgical techniques that can be used:
- Strip method
- Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE).
The strip method involves removing a strip of hair (typically from the back of the head) and extracting individual follicles for transplant. FUE involves removing each follicle unit individually to reduce overall scarring.
While having a hair transplant can produce the most significant result, it’s very expensive and requires significant healing time. No matter which technique is used, the biggest factor in a successful hair transplant is the skill of the surgeon performing the surgery and several sessions may be needed to see results.
2. Laser therapy
It’s believed that low-level laser therapy increases blood flow to the scalp (the same as onion juice and scalp massage), which helps with hair growth. It also prevents excessive production of DHT, which is the leading cause of male pattern baldness.
Low-level laser therapy uses devices with diodes that release red light. These are available in salon hoods and overhead panels or as a bonnet or a head cap.
3. Platelet-rich plasma
One of the latest innovations in natural hair restoration, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments is a medical procedure that uses the patient’s own blood to encourage hair growth.
Once the blood is drawn, it is processed to increase the density of platelets and growth factors that help stimulate hair growth. The plasma is injected into the scalp to stimulate the follicles and prevent further hair loss.
Most patients experience some hair regrowth, and many have had tremendous success with this treatment alone. But, doctors who perform this procedure often combine PRP therapy with traditional hair transplant procedures for enhanced results.
So, how do hair loss treatments compare?
The natural way to stronger, fuller hair
The best way to prevent hair loss is by recognizing the signs and getting help right away. For the most part, hair loss is usually a result of aging but it can also function as a barometer for our health. It could be that there’s an underlying medical condition requiring your attention or that you need to be gentler in styling your hair.
While medical hair treatments like the ones mentioned above can boost the volume of your hair, they can also be costly. There are less expensive ways to keep your hair strong, and more often than not, the ingredients can be found in your kitchen.
Keep in mind that diet plays an important role in keeping hair protected. Poor nutrition zaps the hair of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy hair growth. Some foods encourage hair regrowth, and it’s best to include them in meals to restore the vitality of your hair. Foods rich in protein are your best bet as hair relies on keratin (a type of protein) to grow healthy and strong.
It’s also a good idea to switch to natural hair care products, which are gentler on the scalp and hair. Some shampoos and conditioners contain harmful ingredients, such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), Phthalates, mineral oils and alcohol that can irritate your scalp and make your hair lose vitality.
The same goes for hair dyes and other chemical hair treatments. Harsh chemicals in most hair care products can worsen hair loss as they clog the pores on the scalp, and this weakens hair follicles, which prevents natural hair growth.
The Biconi Hair Repair Shampoo and Conditioner has been specially formulated to fight hair loss and encourage new hair growth. Made with virgin coconut oil and noni enzymes, this powerful hair care combo targets hair loss brought on by hormonal imbalances. Plus, it cleans the hair effectively without stripping away all the oils from the scalp that keep hair healthy and strong.