What is a triochologist?
A trichologist is someone who specialises in hair and scalp health. They are experts in trichology, which is the science and structure of all hair types, as well as hair and scalp conditions.
Trichologists can help clients with everything from female and male pattern hair loss to symptoms of alopecia areata. Although hair loss is very common in women, trichologists tend to recommended very few treatments. This is because only a select few treatments can actually work.
Trichologists are trained to diagnose conditions that affect our hair and scalp, like androgenic alopecia (female pattern baldness), for example. They are trained to carry out certain treatments and procedures, after getting to the root of the problem.
Over 20 million adults suffer from some stage of hair loss in the United Kingdom, with at least 20% of them under the age of 30. That means that over half of British adults will suffer from some form of hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40.
If left untreated, it will continue to progress until most, or all, of your hair is gone. That’s why men and women are eager to find the best hair growth products available, products that work instead of making big promises that don’t deliver legitimate results.
Here, we look at nine effective hair loss treatments that trichologists frequently recommend to women who are experiencing thinning hair.
Best treatments for hair loss in women
A. Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo
Ketoconazole is a topical anti-fungal treatment that can also be used to treat different types of hair loss. Most commonly branded as Nizoral shampoo, the 2% ketoconazole solution may be prescribed by a trichologist as a hair loss treatment for androgenetic alopecia.
Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo not only treats and prevents dandruff, but it can also help stump excessive hair shedding. Conditioning the scalp makes it less likely for hair to be damaged and prone to shedding, which is why Nizoral can be an effective solution for thinning hair.
B. Regaine (minoxidil)
Regaine® Foam (minoxidil) is the only medically approved topical treatment for hair loss in both men (5% solution) and women (2% solution). Regaine® (branded as Rogaine in the US) is usually one of the first treatments that trichologists would recommend to their patients who suffer from earlier stages of female pattern baldness.
When used twice daily, clinically visible results can be seen as early as 8 weeks, but results vary from person to person. As effective as minoxidil can be for treating hair loss, it does also come with the potential risk of negative side-effects, so caution is always advised before taking medical drugs.
C. Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) Scalp Therapy Serum
HR23+ Scalp Therapy Serum combines Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) with 42 key ingredients, including MSR, Saw Palmetto, and Biotin, to help stimulate hair follicles, for thicker, stronger, and healthier hair growth. This formula can also help stump excess shedding, and maintain the natural colour and texture of the hair.
This KGF serum is not a medical treatment, and therefore it is a safe alternative to medical drugs such as minoxidil. It is also seen as an effective treatment for hair loss, with over 8 out of 10 users seeing visible improvements in their hair within just a few weeks of use.
D. HR23+ Hair Restoration Supplement
Made from key 23 key ingredients, HR23+ is a multivitamin hair supplement that is designed to minimise excess hair shedding in men and women suffering from early stages of baldness and thinning hair. HR23+ is the #1 multivitamin hair supplement, and it is frequently recommended by hair clinics, trichologists, and industry professionals.
91% of female users have seen visible results in their hair within 12 weeks of using HR23+. With its combination of antiandrogens and hair cell promoters, HR23+ is widely seen as the most effective natural solution for hair loss in men and women, and is one of the very few multivitamin hair supplements that trichologists and dermatologists would recommend to heir patients.
E & I. Low light laser therapy
Low light laser therapy (LLLT) is a safe treatment for hair loss in both men and women, and is frequently recommended by hair clinics. LLLT can increase blood flow in the scalp and stimulate metabolism in catagen or telogen follicles, resulting in the production of anagen hair. However, more research and case studies are needed in order to medically approve the procedure as a treatment for hair loss.
LLLT can be effective for minimising hair loss, but it does come at a price. Expect to pay in the region of £500-£2000 for a LLLT procedure at a hair clinic. LLLT homes devices are also available, but vary in effectiveness. The LLLT helmet (E) can cost up to £1000, whereas an LLLT brush (I) can cost anywhere in the region of £150-£500.
F. Plantur 39 Shampoo
Plantur 39 Caffeine Shampoo (for women) is a formula for fine and brittle hair – with premature hair loss. This shampoo can be used as a treatment for thin hair, as it adds thickness, texture and volume to the strands. It has fast become the most popular caffeine based shampoo for women.
Although not a hair loss treatment, this shampoo can be quite effective in minimising hair fall, particularly when used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments as part of a hair care plan.
G. Hair transplant
Hair transplants are more common in men, however, an increasing amount of women are also benefiting from promising results from the procedure. Hair transplants should be a last resort, as they are expensive, and require more than one procedure.
If the stage of hair loss has exceeded Savin III, then trichologists will usually advise on hair surgery. Despite its success, it should be noted that hair transplants deliver varying results, so it is vitally important to find a hair surgeon that understands your unique hair pattern.
H. Derma roller (micro needling)
A derma roller is a small roller device that is covered in tiny needles that can range in length from 0.25mm to 1.5mm. When rolled over the scalp or hairline, it creates tiny punctures in the skin, forcing it to heal. As the wounds repair, they produce protein and collagen, which helps stimulate hair growth.
While used as an anti-aging skin treatment, micro needling may also be a method of treatment for hair loss. Derma rolling is an easy, affordable solution for hair loss. Results will likely be minimal, though.
There isn’t a cure for female pattern baldness, but there are some treatments on the market that can aid in slowing down hair fall, and promoting the function of healthy hair growth.
These sort of treatments vary in effectiveness, usually from person to person, but what is known is that most of them tend to work better when used in conjunction with other treatments, as part of a hair care plan. Using 3-4 of these treatments in one plan is not uncommon.
Tackling hair loss is much about trial and error, therefore you may have to try certain treatments in order to establish if they are effective, or not. Once you have identified what products, and product combinations work best for you, individually, you will then be perfectly placed to assemble a treatment plan that works best for your hair.