Attempts to reverse hair loss are often thwarted by a combination of genetic and lifestyle forces. Male pattern baldness – a common type of hair loss that runs in the family – hints at this complexity. It is driven in part by DHT – a potent form of testosterone. However, a number of natural products have been shown to yield encouraging results.
Both were used on human subjects with androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness).
Results showed that rosemary essential oil was just as effective a minoxidil.
During the process, it helped the side effect of itchy scalp more successfully than minoxidil.
There are other things you can try if your hair loss is causing you distress.
Losing hair can be incredibly distressing because it plays a key role in self-identity.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.
You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.
Try these online support groups:
- Alopecia UK
- Alopecia Awareness.