Do a quick show of hands around your immediate circle, and you’ll likely find every woman between the ages of sixteen and sixty battling hair fall on the daily. As our lifestyles grow increasingly complicated, the erratic sleep patterns, lack of consistent nutrition and mounting levels of stress combine together to take a toll on the health of your hair shaft.
While it may be easy for your brain to spiral into a doomsday scenario, (give us an aye if you’ve ever received an SOS message from your bestie who’s convinced that she’s got a prematurely receding hairline) help is at hand. We brought in the experts from the biz to aid you in understanding which products actually work on reducing hair loss. Here’s what we found.
What to keep in mind when shopping for anti-hair loss products
Dr Madhuri Aggarwal, Mumbai-based dermatologist, believes that consistency is key for a healthy haircare regimen. She advises, “Avoid changing your hair products too frequently, and try to stick to a stable haircare routine. When picking products, allow the condition of your scalp to be the deciding factor, and accordingly select products for an oily, dry or dandruff-prone scalp to avoid further worsening hair loss. While shopping, read the labels and pick products that are sulphate-free, and it also advisable to maintain a safe distance from volumising shampoos and conditioners for hair fall.”
Dr Viral Desai, Mumbai-based trichologist, agrees, adding, “Keep a vigilant eye out for advertising gimmicks and tall claims; read the labels closely when shopping, and only allow products that are devoid of parabens and sulphates into your haircare regimen. Do not be worried if it doesn’t smell as good or lather as well as the other mainstream choices.”
And above all, when in doubt, do not make the cardinal error of self-diagnosis. “It is imperative to consult an expert before opting for an intensive treatment or harsh products, as these are often accompanied by specific instructions which can be explained better by an expert. A thorough consultation is necessary to determine which products are best suited for your specific condition,” advises Preeti Singh, director of Rock Paper Scissor Salon in Bengaluru.
Coconut oil, and other expert-approved products that help reduce hair loss
Dr Agarwal recommends, “Coconut oil is the best and most easily available product for respite from hair loss. This over-the-counter oil is lightweight and contains essential good fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft easily. This helps inject nourishment and moisture directly to the hair and reducing dryness. The Sebamed Anti-Hairloss Shampoo is another popular choice that has worked for a majority of my patients, as it gives density to the hair and supports treatments that reduce hair loss. It contains caffeine and gingko biloba that improve the circulation of blood in the scalp and strengthens the hair from inside out. You can also choose to beef up your regimen with the Hair Fact Cyclical Therapy For Women, a power-packed oral supplement that works on hair loss and regrowth. It contains multiple micronutrients and antioxidantsthat are missing in daily diet, and helps rebuild the strength of hair strands. Kera-XL Hair Growth Serumis another effective product for combating hair loss. It contains Biochanin-A and Acetyltetrapeptide-3, which are peptides that give strength to the hair follicles and help in reducing hair loss. It is advisable to apply it overnight daily for at least two to three months for noticeable results.”
“Look to medicated shampoos to restore the pH balance of the scalp and provide relief from consistent hair loss,” Dr Desai adds. “The easiest solution would be the Johnsons’ Baby Shampoo, as it has been specially formulated sans harmful chemicals to provide gentle care to the hair strands. The Anaphase + Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo is another clinically proven option, which works by readying the scalp for optimum absorption of hair loss products while also promoting hair growth. Renocia Hair Revitalising Shampoo and Ducray Nutricerat Intentse Nutrition Shampoo are other worthy contenders for your anti-hair loss regimen, as they work on boosting the health of the scalp and fortify hair strands from the roots.”
Singh, meanwhile, prescribes from personal experience. “Having used the L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl Fuller Hair Kit myself, I can vouch for the fact that it makes hair feel more denser and fuller. The kit includes a shampoo, conditioner and a styling product, which is perfect for curly hair. The L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Salicylic Acid Anti-Gravity Effect Volume Shampoo is another option that works as a clarifying shampoo, and hence cleanses the scalp to allow natural volume. The anti-gravity effect leaves the hair looking voluminous, without weighing down the hair.”