There are hundreds of hair loss solutions on the market, but very few of them prove to be effective. Therefore, if you’re looking for a reliable, proven treatment, it’s best to seek advice from a hair loss specialist.
At the Hair Repair Clinic, we supply our patients with only the best, approved hair loss prevention treatments. Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know about the different treatments and how they can help to stop hair loss in its tracks.
Finasteride, or Propecia as it is otherwise referred to, is a drug which was originally developed to treat an enlarged prostate. When researchers were trialling how affective the drug was at treating prostate issues, they discovered it triggered an unusual side effect – hair growth.
After further research was carried out into the drug’s ability to combat hair loss, the FDA approved it as an effective treatment for androgenetic alopecia. It was approved in December 1997 and is the first drug of its kind to prove effective at treating male pattern baldness in the majority of patients. The results of the trials in 1998 were impressive, with 83% of men experiencing hair growth and a halt to the hair loss after two years.
While it can sometimes be prescribed for women, it’s largely used to treat male pattern baldness.
How to use it – Finasteride is typically supplied in 1% or 5% strength tablet form. You’ll take just one tablet, ideally at the same time each day. It can be taken with or without food, with a glass a water. If you forget to take a tablet on one of the days, do not take a double dose the day after, simply continue to take one tablet daily.
Results – It’s possible you may start to see significant results within a few months. However, full results can take up to a year to show. You’ll also need to take the drug continuously to maintain the results. This is because, although effective, Finasteride is a temporary treatment option and hair loss will continue if you stop taking it. It is often combined with another treatment we offer – Nizoral, for best results. You can find out more about that below.
Risks and side effects – It’s important to know that when you initially start taking the drug, you may experience some shedding. This is completely normal, and it should only last for a few months. So, don’t be distressed if you experience mild shedding to start with, it will resolve itself and results of the medication will then begin to show.
One of the reasons this medication has become so popular other than its effectiveness, is that the chances of developing any negative side effects are practically zero. However, there is still a risk of side effects such as cold sweats, dizziness, weight gain and redness of the skin. If you do experience any unwanted side effects, you may be better suited to a different type of treatment.
To learn more about Finasteride and request a prescription visit our Hair Loss Medication page
Like Finasteride, Minoxidil is another FDA approved hair loss treatment, but unlike Finasteride, it’s suitable for both men and women. It is a topical treatment, also known as Regaine, and it typically comes in 2% and 5% strengths. However, there are extra strength varieties available to treat patients with more severe hair loss.
Minoxidil is designed to both stop hair loss in its tracks and encourage regrowth. During initial trials, the treatment was found to improve hair loss in 60% of the men who used it.
How to use – Before using Minoxidil, it’s important to ensure your scalp and hair are completely dry. Simply apply the prescribed amount directly onto the area being treated with the applicator, working from the centre outwards. Your doctor should have told you how to apply it, so be sure to follow their instructions. Once it’s been applied, wash your hands immediately.
Once it’s been applied, avoid shampooing your hair for at least 4 hours. You should also avoid using a hairdryer to dry the treatment as this could make it much less effective.
Results – The results you can expect will depend upon numerous factors. Typically, Minoxidil is used alongside other treatment options to enhance the results. You can expect to start seeing significant improvement after around 4 months. Hair growth isn’t guaranteed, but it will stop hair loss in its tracks.
Minoxidil is another temporary treatment option, with results only lasting as long as you use the product for. If you haven’t noticed any improvement within 4 months, it’s worth chatting to your doctor to look at alternative treatment options.
Risks and side effects – Like Finasteride, it’s common to experience a little shedding in the initial first few weeks of use. It’s just a sign that the treatment is working so it’s nothing to be concerned about.
It is also worth noting that Minoxidil can stain your clothes, bedding and hats. Therefore, it’s recommended you leave at least 2-4 hours after applying the treatment, before you go to bed or get changed. There is also a risk that the treatment could transfer to other parts of the body if you do get changed or go to bed while it is still wet, or you don’t wash your hands after use.
In terms of side effects, there are very few associated with this treatment. There’s a small risk of skin irritation, redness and flaking. If you experience any side effects, report them to your doctor.
You can order Minoxidil from Hair Repair Clinic here
How to use – Your doctor will be able to advise how frequently you should use Nizoral shampoo. While most topical treatments should be used daily, Nizoral is recommended to be used approximately 3-4 times per week. Aim to use it every three day for best results. It should be used just like regular shampoo, though some patients do prefer to apply it when they first get into the shower, rinse it off and then reapply. You should also leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes before rinsing. This gives it time to absorb and work its magic.
Results – The results you’ll experience if you use Nizoral shampoo alone aren’t going to be substantial. However, if used alongside Minoxidil or Finasteride, you could experience fast regrowth, as well as slowing down and halting the hair loss completely. Like all treatments, it will take months before you start to see real results.Risks and side effects – The potential side effects of Nizoral are a little worrying, but it’s important to note they very rarely occur. Hair loss is one of the rarest potential side effects, but it would largely occur if you were to overuse the shampoo. If you use the shampoo daily, the hair will become severely dry. It could also cause irritation, so it’s advised you stick to the doctors recommendation and leave a couple of days between each use.
Nizoral shampoo can be purchased from various websites such as Hello Skin and local chemists.
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