Millions of people lose their hair—a difficult situation for many. If the miracle treatment has not yet appeared, there are solutions to reduce the damage.
Loss is considered normal when it ranges from 25 to 100 hairs per day. But for some subjects, the fall is sometimes much more significant.
This is generally referred to as alopecia, although hair loss takes various forms: alopecia areata, seasonal loss, baldness, etc. Alopecia is the most common form of hair loss and can affect both men and women. Women, whatever their age.
The factors responsible for alopecia are numerous: hormones, drugs, chemical or physical aggression, psych affective shock (30 to 50% of women experience hair loss in the weeks following childbirth), stress, nutritional deficiencies, and more many others. But the most common form is androgenic alopecia, most often hereditary.
Depression, loss of self-esteem, hair loss can be exceptionally badly experienced by affected individuals—a quick overview of solutions to combat hair loss.
You should know that in the case of alopecia, the hair follicle that houses the hair root is not dead and that regrowth is possible. Among the existing drug treatments, only two are recognized today for their effectiveness.
These are Minoxidil and Finasteride. Two drugs initially marketed for other pathologies but which are involved in the hair cycle. First of all, Minoxidil, a drug created to fight against hypertension, is used in cutaneous application on bald areas. In 70% of cases, it would have a fall arrest action due to its vasodilating properties, which allow better irrigation of the scalp. However, there is no miracle cure.
Minoxidil is a continuous treatment whose effects cease as soon as the applications are stopped, and must, therefore, be applied for life. However, not only is this treatment particularly expensive (count up to around sixty euros for the 30ml bottle), but it stimulates the hair system as a whole, thus promoting the development of hair and down on the face, ears, or other unsightly areas. Regarding side effects, Finasteride is not to be outdone. Reserved for me, this treatment works for poorly developed alopecia and would slow down the fall in 80% of cases. However, many patients treated with Finasteride have experienced erectile dysfunction and decreased libido. For some, impotence has proven to be irreversible.
Beyond drug solutions and cosmetic medicine interventions such as transplants or corticosteroid injections, there are natural solutions to prevent massive hair loss and to curb it. Good hygiene helps prevent alopecia linked to nutritional deficiencies or intense stress. But this is not always enough.
In the case of androgenic alopecia, diet and stress have no impact. However, two Iraqi studies have shown the benefits of onion and garlic to combat hair loss. The first, on the onion and published in the Journal of Dermatology in 2002, had obtained 86.9% of hair regrowth thanks to the raw onion juice in the cutaneous application, and this after two weeks of treatment.
The ten patients having completed the experiment had a complete regrowth without any relapse. The results of the 2009 study on the effects of garlic were much the same, with more skin complications. All of the garlic-treated patients suffered from eczema and itching.