hair loss cure
There has been a wave of YouTube videos recently, advocating the use of homemade ‘scalp rubs’ to cure hair loss. These home remedies include ingredients like onion, chilli and cayenne pepper, which it is claimed will reduce hair loss and stimulate new growth.

So do these home hair loss cures actually work?

Usually, we’d say there’s no harm in giving home cures a try – since the financial outlay involved is minimal they’re a fairly low-risk endeavour, even if they don’t have much effect.
However, in this case, some doctors are suggesting that rubbing chilli on your scalp could do more harm than good. When applied directly to the scalp, chilli will produce a tingling, burning sensation, which may give you cause to think it’s having an effect – but it might not be quite the effect you’re looking for.
Consultant dermatologist and spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation Sharon Moon told the Metro: “Rubbing chilli in any of its forms directly onto the scalp can cause burning sensations, hypersensitivity and contact dermatitis, which if severe enough can potentially cause hair loss as a secondary effect.” Not ideal!

What options are available to treat hair loss effectively?

The bottom line is that you’re not going to find an effective hair loss treatment that’s as cheap as chopping up a few chillies, but if you’re prepared to invest a bit of money there are plenty of options out there.
  • Hair transplant surgery – this is a highly effective option for more advanced cases of male pattern hair loss. It’s pricey, but it works, and these days the scarring is barely visible. If you’re a woman with hair loss though, or a man with just the beginnings of a receding hairline, hair transplant surgery might not be the right choice for you.
  • Low level laser therapy (LLLT) – this has been shown to be relatively effective, particularly on female pattern hair loss, which tends to be more diffuse. Cheaper than a hair transplant, the results are not guaranteed, but you’ve got a better chance than using a scalp rub!
  • Scalp MicroPigmentation (SMP) – this one is absolutely guaranteed to work, but it’s not about slowing hair loss, or stimulating new hair growth. This revolutionary, tattoo-like treatment simulates the look of close-shorn hair. Shave your head and go for the buzz cut look, or if diffuse thinning is your problem, use it to disguise the thinning areas.
For more information on ways you can treat hair loss without heading to the vegetable garden, why not book a consultation with one of our hair loss experts today.

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