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Interested in trying the latest hair growth treatments that the industry has to offer? Read more about six cutting-edge treatments you should consider adding to your hair growth plan this year:
A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been around for centuries; however, it’s currently experiencing a surge in popularity as a way to stimulate hair growth.
Acupuncture may help reduce micro-inflammation surrounding the follicle, creating a healthy environment for hair to grow. A 2011 study found that acupuncture treatments outperformed cysteine tablets, vitamin B1, and a pharmaceutical minoxidil solution in patients with a diagnosis of alopecia areata. Another study conducted in 2013 showed electro-acupuncture reduced inflammation of the mast cells of the skin, treating a possible cause of pathological changes causing alopecia areata. Acupuncture may also activate blood circulation, stimulating hair growth by increasing blood flow and nutrient delivery. It also inherently treats stress, anxiety, and insomnia — all of which can affect the hair growth cycle.
The future of medicine is natural. Just look at the success of Nutrafol, which is shaping the industry with its drug-free approach to hair wellness. Nutrafol is physician-formulated with natural ingredients to address the root cause of hair loss. The supplements have undergone a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The study shows that 80% of women saw improved hair growth and thickness after taking Nutrafol.
3. PRP therapy
Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, is hot in the wellness world right now. While more invasive (and expensive) than most supplements or acupuncture treatments, PRP is a three-step hair growth treatment option in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. These injections may trigger natural hair growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle, thereby increasing thickness of the hair shaft.
Collagen induction therapy, better known as microneedling, is a popular treatment for skin and hair regeneration. Microneedling is the use of a skin roller with small needles that cause minor skin injury. Stimulating the inflammatory response, this treatment provokes collagen production and may help induce stem cells in the scalp that lead to hair growth. Microneedling may also promote the absorption of topical products used on the hair, such as hair serums or topical medications. This technique can be done in the doctor’s office, or you can purchase your own roller to try it at home.
5. Laser cap therapy
Still relatively new, laser cap therapy is gaining momentum as a hair growth treatment. This FDA-approved method uses lasers to stimulate your follicles to help encourage hair growth. For several minutes a few times per week, a light therapy device is placed on your head to allow red lights of a specific frequency to make contact with your scalp. These lights penetrate your skin to help coax hair follicles out of the “rest” phase and into the growth phase.
6. Holistic approaches
Tolle totem + tolle causam — latin respectively for “treat the cause and treat the whole” — are two core tenets of naturopathic medicine. Because hair growth is affected by hormones, stress, nutrition, metabolism, environment, dysregulate immune signaling, and genetics, more people are seeking to support their overall health in an effort to help their hair. Addressing imbalances holistically is becoming an increasingly popular way to boost hair health, and this approach will only continue to grow in 2020.