With so many different types of hair treatments on the market today, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at 5 of the most popular hair treatment styles on the market today, so you can find out what treatment is right for your hair.
Vitamins and supplements
Vitamins and other oral supplements promise results by making more vitamins, minerals, and important nutrients “bioavailable” within you, by packing large doses of healthful vitamin such as biotin and other vitamin B forms, calcium, potassium, and others. They’re a great way to improve your hair health quickly and naturally, as you can get the same vitamins and nutrients from these treatments as you would by eating a very specific diet tailored for healthy hair – it’s just easier and simpler.
Topical treatments are generally applied to your hair and scalp and left in for a period of time ranging from 5 minutes to an hour, and can range from over-the-counter remedies that simply feature hair-growth-stimulating vitamins, to prescription offerings like Rogaine that contains minoxidil, or Propecia, which uses Finasteride. Topical treatments that don’t include powerful chemicals can be effective for lower-grade hair loss cases, while heavy-duty, hormone-containing hair growth treatments are generally used in more extreme cases, or in cases where there has been no treatment for a significant amount of time, and the hair loss is quite advanced.
Shampoos and conditioners
Shampoos and conditioners for hair restoration are gentle, lightweight, and usually feature some vitamin-restoring complexes and hair growth formulas to help stimulate your hair follicles. They’re mostly used because normal shampoos and conditioners can be too much for thinning hair, as they’re not designed for it – standard shampoos and conditioners can contain harsh chemicals that can damage or even break fine, thinning hair. Because of this, a good shampoo and conditioner for treating hair loss is recommended, especially if you’re undergoing treatments.
Laser stimulation is a much more modern technology, first developed for use in clinical settings in the 1980s. Nowadays, most laser hair growth devices and laser hair restoration devices can be purchased for at home use, allowing the convenience and strength of a clinical laser light device in a comfortable, familiar setting.
Laser stimulation works by beaming red-light-lasers directly at hair follicles, which absorb the radiative heat and photoelectric energy of the 650nm wavelength lasers, stimulating rapid and healthy hair growth.
These hair regrowth devices are typically quite expensive when purchased, but can be used almost an unlimited amount of times. Reviews note that this makes them a great bargain in the long run if you’re looking for a laser hair regrowth device that can be used long-term with no negative side-effects.
These treatment devices are especially popular because of their ability to pair with almost any other restoration product – since they interact directly with the hair follicle, they can pair with just about any other chemical, mechanical, nutritive-based hair treatment, and that makes them very versatile and convenient, as laser hair therapy gets even more efficient when paired with other restoration products.
Massage stimulation typically is found in handheld electronic devices, and occasionally paired with laser hair stimulation. It works by using circular, stimulating motions to massage your scalp and hair follicles, which helps increase blood flow to your hair follicles and give you healthier, stronger hair.
While massage stimulation is effective, we would caution you on using it if your hair has a tendency toward breakage – some catching and snapping is basically inevitable given the construction of these devices, and if your hair is too weak to handle that tension, these devices will not work out well for you.
The great thing about hair restoration treatments is that most of them can be used safely with each other, as they all stimulate different aspects of your hair and hair follicles. Laser light stimulates follicles directly, nutrition helps feed your hair, topical treatments allow you to bring nutrition and chemical treatments directly into your hair follicles from outside, and shampoos and conditioners feed your hair while keeping it clean to allow your other treatments clean, easy access to the hair follicle.
Because of this, we highly recommend checking out some products in all of these categories, and creating a custom hair growth restoration plan that’s right for you. Naturally, we do recommend consulting a hair growth physician before beginning any intensive regimen to make sure it’s right for you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t conduct your own research to find products you’ll like.