Finding a blanket treatment for hair loss is unrealistic because hair loss has numerous causes. Treating it therefore requires a finer-grained approach. Take alopecia areata – an autoimmune disease that develops when the body attacks its own hair follicles (where hair grows from). Alopecia areata has been shown to respond well to specific natural substances, such as garlic.
All patients responded well (to varying degrees) to the treatment.
Hair growth started by the end of the second week in eight patches, within four weeks in seven patches, and within six weeks in three patches.
It is worth noting that erythema (a type of skin rash) was observed in all patients, in addition to itching in eight patches and burning sensation in five patches.
Nonetheless, the researchers concluded that “garlic is an efficient and rapid topical treatment” for alopecia areata.
Male pattern baldness is a permanent type of hair loss that usually runs in the family.
“Minoxidil can also be used to treat female pattern baldness. Women should not use finasteride,” warns the NHS.
Some wigs are available on the NHS, but you may have to pay unless you qualify for financial help.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” adds the NHS.