DIY Treatments For Hair Loss

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DIY Treatments For Hair Loss

DIY home treatments can be highly effective in slowing down hair loss. Minoxidil topically can be purchased as a lotion or foam from pharmacies. Natural supplementation with vitamins & botanical extracts can, in theory, reduce hormone mediated hair loss. Simple & safe DIY microneedling procedures are described below.

FactsFacts On DIY treatments for Hair Loss

  • Identifying the cause of hair loss is the first step
  • Hair fall after pregnancy, trauma, & stress is self limiting
  • Hair loss due to hormones is progressive
  • Simple treatments include the use of minoxidil lotion or foam
  • Vitamins can help in some cases
  • DIY microneedling with a roller or stamper can be effective
  • Consult a dermatologist for persistent cases of hair loss
  • Early management preserves hair follicles

How much hair shedding is considered normal?

Normal hair shedding is between 80 to 140 strands of hair a day. This is because hairs undergo a cycle of growth and resting phases. Accelerated shedding such as telogen effluvium can occur with stressful events such as pregnancy, surgery, & emotional stress. This usually occurs 2-4 months later & is self-liming (unlike male & female pattern hair loss which is progressive).

What are common causes of hair loss?

The two most common causes of hair loss are androgenic alopecia & telogen effluvium.

Androgenic alopecia also known as male or female pattern hair loss affects 80% & 30% of males & females respectively. The onset of hair loss is insidious, and varies with genetics.

Telogen effluvium is a self-limiting condition that can occur 2-4 months after a traumatic event, most commonly after pregnancy, trauma, stress, cancer treatments & surgery. 

  • Frontal fibrosing alopecia
  • Lichen planopilaris
  • Folliculitis De Calvans
  • Lupus & autoimmune disorders
  • Drug induced hair loss including chemotherapy
  • Chronic telogen effluvium
  • Malnutrition

What is the best DIY treatment or home treatment for hair loss?

This advice is based upon the presumption that your hair loss is due to androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male/female pattern hair loss.

Topcials: Minoxidil 5% lotion, buy 3 to 6 months supply from any pharmacist. Use 1-2 times a day.

Shampoo: Nizoral 2% ketoconazole. In theory can reduce enzyme that accelerates hair loss, in clinical practice, little effects.

Supplements: Saw palmetto. In theory can reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT, some studies are promising.

Microneedling every 10-21 days using sensible length needles. Read below for instructions.

Will DIY or home treatments work?

For cases of androgenetic alopecia, DIY treatments buys you time. Hair loss is progressive (much like life actually!).

The natural timeline of male & female pattern hair loss is a progressive reduction in hair follicles often starting in your 20s. Over time, the growth or anagen phase of hair follicles shorten, & hairs get thinner & smaller. This is referred to as miniaturisation of the follicular unit. The aim of any treatment (including those prescribed by dermatologists), is to prolong the anagen or growth phase of the hair & to decrease the number of follicles regressing towards miniaturization. 

DIY treatments will show regression within 2-5 years, hence ideally you should see a dermatologist when you notice that your hair loss if progressive. Read below for how to monitor hair loss with photography. 

Davin’s Viewpoint on DIY Solutions for Hair Loss

Is hair loss a disease or part of natural evolution? The fact remains that the vast majority of the population will experience hair loss at some point in their lives. Females experience more transient causes of hair loss, males experience more persistent & progressive patterns of hair loss (androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness).

In females, the most common cause of hair loss is transient telogen effluvium, usually 2-4 months after pregnancy. This type of hair loss is transient & self- limiting. DIY treatments are not indicated. In fact, microneedling & minoxidil in this group may potentially worsen hair loss during the phase of shedding. Minoxidil in theory can shift more telogen hairs from the scalp

In males the usual diagnosis is androgenetic alopecia or male pattern hair loss. Other rare causes include folliculitis de calvans, folliculitis, & keloidalis nuchae. Rare causes are treated by medical dermatologists.

For both male & female pattern hair loss, simple DIY treatments can markedly slow down the progressive miniaturization of the follicle. Simple DIY microneedling is both effective and cost effective. What mainstream hair loss clinics do not tell you is that you don’t need to microneedle deeply to achieve the desired effects. A simple stamper that costs the same price as a cup of coffee will do the trick.

Will DIY or home treatments halt or treat every case of alopecia? No, they will however slow down the vast majority of cases. For progressive or resistant cases, see a medical dermatologist for a diagnosis & management.

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