You’ve started the journey. You’ve decided you’re not going down without a fight, and you’re going to invest in hair loss treatments from an online clinic. However, which option is the best for you? It might take a while so you don’t want to choose the wrong one. Read below for the different stages of hair loss to understand what stage of hair loss you’re in and which hair loss treatment is right for you.
Your Hair Is Happily There
If you have a full head of hair and you want to keep it that way, minoxidil is your best bet. Minoxidil was actually first developed in the 1950s as a drug to treat high blood pressure, however, a strong side effect of increased body hair was soon discovered. In the 80s, the drug was remarketed as a hair growth lotion and it’s been popular ever since.
Minoxidil works because it widens the blood vessels, allowing more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the hair follicle. Minoxidil won’t, however, stop the onset of male pattern baldness. For information about how to prevent male pattern baldness see immediately below.
You’re Starting To Bald
At the first sign of ‘androgenic alopecia’ you should begin using anti-androgens e.g. finasteride. Using anti-androgens early will prevent the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. (Check out our post Understanding Hair Loss Means Understanding DHT to find out how balding occurs.)
When minoxidil and finasteride are used together, this is usually the best chance you have of hair regrowth and preventing the march of the hair line. The finasteride will act to halt DHT from shrinking your hair follicles, while the minoxidil works towards maximising your hair’s regrowth.
You’re Halfway There, You’re Living On a Hair
If you are committed to regrowing in the face of a widening bald spot it’s time to take massive action. There have been studies that show taking high amounts of anti-androgens on a regular basis, such as finasteride and saw palmetto, can stop the tide of hair loss. This combined with minoxidil means you may have a chance of preventing further hair shedding while regrowing the hair that has been lost. However, results will vary from person to person. The best secret for hair loss is to begin hair loss treatments early.
Anecdotally, a tool such as the derma roller used in combination with these hair loss treatments may work to help stimulate the follicles. The dermaroller is a handheld device with a rolling wheel attached. The rolling wheel has micro-sized needles that temporarily open up the pores of the scalp, so that topically applied hair growth serums can be absorbed, and blood flow / oxygen to the scalp is stimulated.
The Take Away
So, the right hair loss treatment depends on what stage of hair loss you’re in. However, one thing is for sure, umming and ahhing about hair loss treatments will only make it harder to regain your hair. Take action today. Mosh has a range of hair regrowth packages that can help no matter what stage of your hair loss journey you are on. Click on our 1 minute online hair loss consultation to discover what hair loss product is best for you.
The Mosh Team