Pick up a magazine today and look through the advertisement sections and you will probably see at least one advertisement for hair growth products. But do these products, natural or otherwise actually work? Can you promote hair growth?
As far as I am aware there is no medical evidence available that proves or disproves the success of hair growth products. What these products probably do is to stimulate the hair follicles in your scalp so that when your hair does grow, it is healthier and stronger.
Most popular hair growth products are taken externally in the form of a scalp application. What they do is thoroughly cleanse your scalp thereby removing any build up of proteins. This combined with the act of massaging your scalp when applying the product stimulates the hair follicles and blood circulation, so encouraging hair growth.
Then there are the hair growth products that are taken orally. Most of these products will contain vitamins such as vitamin B6 or B12, zinc or copper. All of these vitamins are needed by your body for healthy, strong hair.
If you are thinking about trying one of the many hair growth products available, check on the packaging that the product has been approved by the FDA before you purchase. You then know that it has been fully tested in proper, objective clinical trials and any side effects that have occurred have been documented. In addition, reading the package clearly will tell you if it is indeed a hair growth product or a hair thickening product, as the two can be easily confused.
Back in 2001, two hair restoration treatments were approved by the FDA. If one of these is listed on the packet as an ingredient, then you stand a better chance of it working. The two ingredients are finasteride and minoxidil.
Typically, Finasteride (or Propecia) is only available on prescription to men. Minoxidil (or Rogaine) is available mostly over the counter, but tends to be more effective for women than men. Whilst Minoxidil tends to be used in external applications, applied to the scalp, Finasteride is usually taken orally.
Whether or not you decide to choose one of the many hair growth products on the market is, of course, a personal decision. All I will recommend is that you read the packaging carefully both before you buy as well as before you start the treatment. And if you are in any doubt about the product, consult a trained medical professional before you begin.