Melatonin. The sleep hormone. So good to help you get your full eight hours every night, but did you know it could also be useful to treat hair loss?
Several studies have shown that topical application of melatonin could cause increased hair growth in men and women experiencing hair loss.
The first study, published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2004, was an observational investigation. It showed a significant reduction in hair loss after both a 30-day and a 90-day period. This was based on questionnaires filled out by both researchers and participants.
Another, which was published in the International Journal of Trichology in 2012, reviewed a total of five separate clinical studies of melatonin in the treatment of hair loss. It concluded that all five studies showed a positive outcome. Therefore, melatonin solution could be considered as a treatment option for all forms of alopecia.
How exactly does it work?
No one seems to know for sure what the exact mechanisms are that cause the topical application of melatonin to improve hair growth. But experts have theorised that it could be to do with regulating the hair’s life cycle.
Melatonin is useful to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm when it comes to sleep. The hair follicles also follow a circadian cycle, which tends to get disrupted with age. So the theory is that rubbing melatonin into the scalp helps the hair follicles to regain their youthful vigour.
If it’s so great, why isn’t everyone using it?
Strangely, given the size of the hair loss treatment market, topical melatonin does not seem to have taken off as you would expect.
There are so many options available to treat hair loss these days, that perhaps melatonin has just been lost in the mix. After all, other natural products such as biotin and larch wood extract also give great results. So, maybe the market doesn’t need another natural remedy.
What other options are there for treating hair loss?
There is a whole range of different options when it comes to hair loss treatment, and picking the right one for you will depend on a number of different factors.
If you are experiencing hair loss and would like to embark on a course of treatment to help your hair grow, your best first step is to speak to a hair loss expert or trichologist.
Here at The Hair Ambulance we are specialists in treating hair loss, so if you would like to find out more about what would be the best treatment for you, why not contact us today to arrange a consultation.