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Do Hair Loss Shampoos Really Work?
Those suffering from genetic hair loss have more products than ever to choose from. A selection so large is sure to cause some confusion. Are hair loss shampoos a more effective Rogaine? Are they effective at all? Learning more about hair loss shampoo can curb your expectations and prevent sore disappointment.
Like most health-related topics, the answer to this question is much more complex than a simple yes or no. Overall, it depends on what your expectations are vs. what the product claims to do.
Regrowing a Totally Bald Area
If you’ve got a bald spot that’s so barren not even a single hair sprouts, then unfortunately no amount of shampooing, or even topical creams like rogaine, can help. (Those people should seek a more extensive procedure such as hair transplants.) Therefore, one should be wary of products that offer to grow hair where it doesn’t grow, as it is likely a load of marketing tripe.
While it’s currently not possible for a shampoo to sprout hair where there was none before, it is possible to adjust the characteristics of hair that is already growing, thin as it may be. It’s a scientific fact that human hair has varying rates of growth and thickness, so hair loss products that promise a boost in thickness and fullness are good places to start.
Even though your bald spot may never be completely filled in with shampoo use, using the right shampoo may help the spot appear smaller by helping the bordering thinning hairs to grow thicker and more lustrous. Always keep in mind that the effectiveness of each shampoo varies from person to person.
How Do Hair Loss Shampoos Work?
Hair loss shampoos work in a variety of ways. Some work by blocking DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, which is the hormone that causes hair loss. Shampoos with DHT blockers likely have the best chance of thickening your hair and forestalling further hair loss. Saw Palmetto is another is an extract of a plant that has been known to moderate levels of DHT in the body.
In addition, since hair is essentially protein, it makes sense that shampoos that tout ingredients including amino acids and proteins, like Keratin, can help grow hair. Vitamins such as B6 and Panthenol have been known to strengthen hair.
There are hundreds of brands and products in the shampoo industry that claim to thicken hair. In order to find out what works for you, it’s essential to do some of your own consumer research. The downside to this of course is that you may end up wasting money on shampoos that don’t work for you.
Overall, yes, hair loss shampoos do work, but their scope is limited to thinning hair. Many men have found that using a hair loss shampoo in conjunction with hair transplant surgery to be the most effective weapons against hair loss.
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