Hair growth and hair replacement supplements do not work, Medical Daily reported Thursday. According to publication, at least one-third of women suffer with hair loss and/or thinning hair. Women often struggle with the condition — called androgenetic alopecia or female patterned baldness — in secret and in silence; most are ashamed and unwilling to openly discuss it. “It can often lead to lowered self-esteem and depression,” Medical Daily adds.
Many medical and pharmaceutical companies continue to respond by putting out supplements, vitamins, and natural products promising to regrow hair. The products, Medical Daily continues, are a sham. “There are no specific vitamins that grow hair,” Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, dermatology professor at Duke University, told The New York Times. That does not stop many women from fruitlessly trying anything and everything that allegedly restores thinning locks. According to The New York Times, Americans spend an average of $176 million per year on hair growth supplements.
“Dealing with hair loss can be a tough thing to deal with, but taking multivitamins won’t do much but burn a hole in your pocket. The best thing you can do is to get yourself checked out by your doctor. There might be some underlying issues that have caused your hair loss,” Medical Daily advises.
Health experts add that there are other options to consider. A growing number of men and women choose to mask hair loss with scalp pigmentation. Scalp pigmentation involves mimicking the appearance of hair follicles to hide hair loss. Typical procedures take anywhere from three to five hours. British women, on the other hand, swear by natural diet, regular exercise, and similarly natural techniques taught at a popular wellness retreat. “Our hair has responded brilliantly to what turned out to be simple adjustments, and it was well worth the effort. We no longer fret if the plughole occasionally looks like a scene from a horror film. We simply step up the scalp self-massage and neck exercises we were taught, keep the diet in check,” one woman told The Daily Mail.