Hair loss remedies: How to prevent hair loss
Home remedies, supplements, medication or caffeine shampoos – all of these remedies are designed to tackle hair loss and stimulate hair growth. But what really helps? Read which remedies you can use to prevent hair loss.
There are various home remedies that can help prevent hair loss. For example, massaging the scalp with essential oils, such as thyme or rosemary oil can improve the circulation in the scalp, thereby activating the growth of the hair follicle. A nettle tincture, a mixture of rubbing alcohol and onion water or diluted lemon juice improve blood circulation if they are regularly massaged into the scalp. Another home remedy is coconut milk – it is very rich in nutrients and vital substances; either drunk or used as a conditioner, it can help prevent hair loss.
However, the effect of such home remedies is not scientifically proven.
In order for the hair to grow healthily, your body needs various vitamins, minerals and trace elements, for example zinc, biotin, selenium, calcium and magnesium. If these are missing, for example due to a poor diet or illness, this can result in hair loss. By taking nutritional supplements, you can provide your body with any missing vitamins, minerals and trace elements, which will support the hair roots and your scalp.
However, please note that nutritional supplements are not a substitute for a balanced and varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.
In some cases, certain medications can be used to prevent hair loss caused by illness. The active ingredient minoxidil, for example, improves circulation in the hair roots, thereby promoting hair growth. Clinical studies show that even low doses of minoxidil can minimise hair loss and even promote hair growth.
For hereditary hair loss, the active ingredient finasteride helps to stop hair loss and promote hair growth. Finasteride inhibits the production of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which can also be a trigger for hair loss.
However, both active ingredients can cause significant side effects. Symptoms such as itching, dizziness or feeling faint were observed when using minoxidil. Finasteride, on the other hand, can cause possible side effects such as depressive moods.
Another active ingredient to prevent menopausal hair loss is caffeine. It not only helps to kick-start us in the morning, but also activates the hair roots. It prevents the exhaustion of hair production, extends the growth phases of the hair and can improve hair growth when used regularly. However, the caffeine must reach the hair shaft - since shampoos are applied to the scalp, the caffeine reaches the hair root after the exposure time.
For menopausal or hereditary hair loss, caffeine shampoos can be a good alternative to medication such as minoxidil or finasteride: studies prove not only their efficacy, but also show that caffeine shampoos do not cause any side effects.
Hair that falls out does not grow back.
The hair's growth cycle is divided into three phases. The active growth phase, the transition phase and the resting phase. Hair production takes place in the growth phase. This is followed by a transition phase, lasting a few weeks, during which the hair gradually separates from the hair root. In the third phase, the hair separates fully from the hair root and falls out. The hair root regenerates.
The complete cycle can take place over several years and the timing differs for each hair. However, the individual hair roots cannot produce an unlimited amount of new hairs – once the depot has been depleted, no more hair can grow. This may result in bald patches. If bald patches have already formed, then no caffeine shampoos or other remedies will bring the hairs back.
The best solution is to act early.
You do not have to let it get that far – you can prevent hair loss as long as the depot is not depleted. In conjunction with the dermatological departments of university hospitals, Dr. Wolff Research has developed an effective active agent complex: The phyto-caffeine complex. Various studies confirm the efficacy and tolerability of Plantur 39.
The phyto-caffeine complex in Plantur 39 penetrates the hair follicle while you wash your hair. In addition to caffeine, phytoflavones from white tea also strengthen resistance in the scalp and hair follicles. This improves the regeneration of the hair root and helps to prevent menopausal hair loss.