Dihydrotestosterone (DHT): it’s been blamed as the cause of hair loss ever since Dr. James Hamilton’s pioneering research in the 1940s. Yet despite Hamilton himself casting doubt on this theory, mainstream medicine has left this hypothesis mostly unchallenged. And while there is good evidence to support the link between DHT and hair loss, there are […]
Broadly, hair loss treatments come in two forms: oral and topical. Oral hair loss treatments include natural dietary supplements such as saw palmetto and biotin as well as prescription pills like finasteride. Topical treatments are applied to the scalp directly. In this article, we take a look at the best topical hair loss treatments.
Zinc: it’s an essential element that has many important roles in the body. It’s a popular dietary supplement and an ingredient in many shampoos. What’s more, zinc also shows promise in treating a number of hair loss conditions such as androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata. So how are zinc and hair loss linked? Let’s take […]
Found in wheat, rye, barley, and several types of grass, azelaic acid is also found in trace amounts in human skin. Although the word ‘acid’ may sound a bit off-putting, it’s actually pretty mild and is used to treat a variety of dermatological conditions. Now, evidence suggests azelaic acid may have another potential use: male […]
The vast majority of hair loss – both in men and women – is caused by hormones. Spironolactone (spiro) is a medication that is able to counteract the effects of these hormones, making it a potentially effective hair loss treatment. But does it actually work? In this article, we’ll take a look at the evidence […]
From top hats and bowlers to beanies and snapbacks, headgear fashion may change but hats are always popular. And with the weather getting colder, you may find yourself wearing a hat more frequently to keep your head warm. But wait – could this be bad for your hair? Can hats cause hair loss?
It seems gyms are popping up all over the country. Bodybuilding and lifting weights have never been more popular. And with this boom in popularity comes an increased demand for supplements such as protein powders and amino acids. But one such supplement – creatine – has been linked with increased hair loss. So is this […]
The first thing most people do when they notice hair loss or thinning hair is try and identify lifestyle factors that might be causing it. Of course, genetic factors play a significant role in most types of hair loss, but environmental factors can certainly exacerbate or reduce it. And if you smoke weed regularly, you […]
There are plenty of exciting hair loss treatments in the pipeline. One of the most promising of these is Setipiprant, a drug that should tackle alopecia from a completely new angle. Setipiprant is currently in clinical trials and the science behind this drug is pretty compelling – perhaps this is why biopharmaceutical company Kythera snapped […]
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, is a relatively new treatment – at least when it comes to hair loss. Despite being around since the 1980s, it’s only recently that doctors have began using it as a therapy for alopecia. However, its effectiveness is still disputed – with doctors and medical professionals on either side […]