Anti-hair Loss Shampoos: How They Work

Hair loss is something that we would all prefer to avoid. But if it does strike, it is better to understand why it happens and how to stop it or slow it down. Anti-hair-loss shampoo in Singapore are one option you can consider adding to your hair care regimen.

To understand how such shampoos work, let’s first take a look at what causes hair loss. We’ll then see how these shampoos can complement hair loss treatment in Singapore.

What Causes Hair Loss?

In men and women, the term of reference for hair loss is androgenetic alopecia. In men, hair is lost in a well-defined pattern, starting above both temples before progressing to a receding hairline and a thinning of hair on the top of the head. Depending on the severity, the condition can range from partial baldness to complete baldness.

In women, hair gets thinner across the entire head, exposing the scalp to cause an appearance of baldness.

Androgenetic Alopecia In Men

According to the American Hair Loss Association, androgenetic alopecia affects 95 per cent of men who experience hair loss. They are genetically predisposed to this condition, experience symptoms like hair thinning and a receding hairline. Men with this condition have a genetically-inherited sensitivity to a testosterone byproduct called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

This sensitivity to DHT causes hair follicles to shrink over time. As they shrink, each hair strand’s lifespan gets shorter. Towards the end of this process, the follicle stops producing hair altogether.

Androgenetic Alopecia In Women

In women, this condition stems from various causes, but it is commonly caused by genetics. In this case, shorter hair growth periods meet with longer shedding phases to produce an unwanted result of higher hair fall rates. Other hereditary traits, like smaller follicles and thinner hair strands, can also cause female pattern baldness.

When women go through menopause their estrogen and progesterone levels decline and this can also cause hair loss.  During menopause, androgen levels increase in women. This can also cause hair loss because the androgens cause hair follicles to shrink.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata occurs when the body recognises its own cells as foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria. In this case, the immune system identifies the hair follicles as foreign and attacks them, reducing their size over time and eventually forcing them to stop producing hair.

Due to the fact that the immune system is not limited to the head, hair loss from this condition can occur all over the body, above the eyes and on the chin, for instance.

Alopecia areata comes in 2 extreme forms: alopecia totalis and alopecia universalis.  The first version causes complete hair loss on the scalp. In the latter, hair loss affects the entire body.

How Do Anti-hair Loss Shampoos Work?

Anti-hair loss shampoo in Singapore contain ingredients that disrupt or slow the processes that cause hair loss. Here are some to consider in your search for the right anti-hair loss shampoo.

Ginkgo Leaf Extract

Ginkgo leaf has antioxidant properties that can alleviate inflammation and improve blood circulation. In the process, it strengthens hair roots and promotes hair growth. Ginkgo leaf has been shown in studies on mice to aid with hair loss.

Peppermint Extract

Peppermint extract or peppermint oil has menthol, a vasodilator that can improve blood circulation. This helps with hair loss because it can be caused by limited blood flow to hair follicles.

Peppermint extract also has microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help with dryness and itchiness of the scalp.

Biomimetic Peptides

There has been plenty of research on biomimetic peptides as treatment for different forms of alopecia. These biomimetic peptides consist of amino acid residues and are able to selectively interact with cell receptors to disrupt or slow processes like rapid telogen effluvium.

In a 2018 study, 30 female patients with telogen effluvium, between 20 and 56 years of age were treated with biomimetic peptides. Researchers found that these peptides were related to a positive change in certain growth factors contributing to hair loss.

Treatments To Complement Hair Loss Shampoos

  Anti-hair loss shampoos may not always work on their own and their efficacy can be increased through complementary treatments.

Oily Scalp Treatments

Sometimes, an oily scalp can be a culprit for hair loss, as too much oil affects hair follicles. In this case, sebum control scalp treatments that use natural products like green tea extracts can help to reduce the scalp’s oiliness and regulate oil production.

Dry Scalp Treatments

Some patients with dry and itchy scalps may experience hair loss when they scratch themselves too much. These patients may also develop an excessive buildup of scalp cells, which can affect hair follicles as well.

Besides using hair loss shampoos, treatments that gently hydrate and exfoliate the scalp can help alleviate hair loss problems.

Microneedling Treatments

To boost blood circulation and lengthen the hair growth phase, patients can also consider going for a microneedling treatment. This minimally-invasive procedure can not only deliver hair boosting serums directly to the hair follicles but also increase blood flow to the scalp.

The TrichoLab Solution

If you’re looking for an anti-hair loss shampoo in Singapore, you can consider TrichoLab’s range of hair restoration products. Our anti-hair loss shampoo and ampoule contain Ginkgo leaf and peppermint extracts.

We know, though, that hair loss is complex with different underlying conditions for various people. If you need help in figuring out if an anti-hair loss shampoo is right for you and what hair loss treatment can complement your hair care regimen, book a consultation with us.

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