With so many hair treatment options available for the home market, catering to all potential price ranges and levels of quality, it can be hard to know which is most suitable for you and which are backed up with real scientific principles and therefore more likely to work. Below are some of the treatments backed up with hard science that are guaranteed to leave you with fabulous looking hair.
Tretinoin is an endocrine and metabolic treatment used in the treatment of several skin conditions. It is one of the most effective treatments available for acne, but during clinical trials, hair growth was noted as a side effect. Tretinoin works by ensuring proper functioning of the sebaceous glands. The sebaceous glands produce a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which plays a vital part in, among other things, male pattern baldness. By inhibiting these glands and their production of Sebum, Tretinoin can prevent hair loss and promote cell growth.
ScalpMed Amino Acid Intense Conditioning Treatment
The Intense Conditioning Treatment from ScalpMed is an amino acid treatment for hair that is fortified with multivitamins, minerals, and essential complex amino acids. It is sulfate and paraben-free, which ensures your scalp and hair remains healthy. The addition of amino acids, which are your bodies natural building blocks, improves your hair’s luster and resiliency.
Finasteride, also known as proscar, is mainly prescribed for the treatment of an enlarged prostate, but as a dihydrotestosterone inhibitor, it also functions as a hair loss treatment, much like Tretinoin. However, its exact mechanism of action is different, with Finasteride acting as an inhibitor of 5-AR, a compound which converts testosterone to dimethyl testosterone. The benefits gained from this therapy can be as mild as stopping further hair loss or as dramatic as a dense regrowth of hair.
Imidazole is an antifungal shampoo that is more commonly used in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis but has been observed to cause hair regrowth through mechanisms that are as yet not fully understood. It is also a very good shampoo for making hair appear thicker.
Dutastaride is another inhibitor of 5-AR, but it also inhibits another enzyme responsible for producing DHT from testosterone. Dutastaride is currently undergoing stage III clinical trials and is almost ready for market.
Avodart is a dual 5-AR inhibitor like Dutastaride, but its duration of action is much longer. It is also currently in phase III trials, but it too is rapidly approaching market readiness. Whether it is more effective than Dutastaride remains to be seen.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLT)
Low-level laser therapy uses a low energy light and utilizes a purported effect called the photo biotherapy principle, which states that cells can absorb light and heal themselves. In LLT the laser penetrates the tissues of the scalps, which in turn stimulates the microcirculation of the blood supply that supports cell metabolism and assists in the synthesizing of proteins. This process is believed to speed up the metabolism (breaking down) of DHT, which leads to hair regrowth.
With more treatment options available now there is no reason anyone should have to suffer from male pattern baldness.