Hair Loss Fact and Fiction

Toppik on 14 May 2015

Have you been looking for a natural way to stop hair loss?

You’ve probably come across some interesting claims and suggestions for stopping hair loss. Some of these hair loss home remedies sounds plausible. Others sound outright ridiculous!

So how can you know what works, and what doesn’t? What will help, and what is an outright lie?

As it turns out, there are very few hair loss treatments which have been independently proven to show effective results in actively stopping hair loss or regrowing new hair.

We put some truth to some of the most wacky home remedies and hair loss myths going around.

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Home Remedy #1: Castor Oil

castor oilCastor oil is a type of vegetable oil derived from seeds of the castor oil plant. This is a common home remedy touted as a ‘natural cure’ for many aliments, from cancer to stopping hair loss.

Some blogs and websites claim that castor oil is rich in protein and fatty acids, which help promote hair growth. These acids are also present in coconut oil and olive oil -- other common home remedies for stopping hair loss.

Sounds scientific, right? Well, there is no evidence to support the claims that this method will actively stop hair loss or regrow your hair!

At best, castor oil will act as a conditioner. An oily, sticky conditioner.


Home Remedy #2: Vinegar

vinegarA ‘vinegar wash’ is another common natural home remedy for stopping hair loss or promoting hair growth.

The idea is that the acidity of the vinegar will ‘restore’ the optimal pH level for hair. Other claims include ‘sealing cuticles’ and ‘strengthening hair’.

Whether it does all those claims is hard to say, but there is certainly no evidence that it will actively stop hair loss or promote new hair growth.


Home Remedy #3: Egg Mask

egg maskSure, you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. But an omelette on your head won’t stop hair loss!

The claim is that a few eggs mixed with olive oil will make a paste rich in protein and vitamins. That part might be true, but once again, there is no evidence that this will actively promote hair growth or stop hair loss by itself.

Any benefits of this method can be easily achieved will a good quality shampoo or conditioner.

This treatment is not all it's cracked up to be. The only thing this remedy will do is leave egg on your face!


Home Remedy #4: Vitamin Supplements

vitaminsEvery day we are told we are not getting enough of the right vitamins. Vitamin supplements are often used as a catch-all cure for everything from weight loss to hair loss.

Certainly, vitamins are important but the benefits of supplements outside of a healthy diet are inflated.

Indeed, there are even claims that not only are vitamin supplements a waste of time and money, but excessive use might be a cause hair loss!



Well… What does work?

According to Rodney Sinclair, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Melbourne, the data suggests that most alternative remedies are “unproven, expensive and poor value”.

“The cause of male pattern baldness is well established as an act of nature not nurture. Identical twins go bald at the same age, rate and pattern irrespective of diet, lifestyle or stress levels.” Professor Sinclair explains.

In most cases, hair loss is caused by the interplay of certain genes. So if you are experiencing hair loss, what are your options?

The two Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved treatments which are proven to be effective in stopping hair loss and hair regrowth are Finasteride and Minoxidil.

Finasteride, however, has been shown to have adverse and persistent sexual side affects, including low libido and erectile dysfunction in up to 90% of male users.

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Alternatively, persistent use of a Nizoral based Shampoo (active ingredient Ketoconazole) has been shown to improve hair growth and reduce surface DHT, a compound linked with androgenic alopecia.

No oils, eggs, or pills!

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