Having a thick head of hair is romanticised in popular culture – it is a symbol of virility and femininity. A receding hairline can therefore have a huge impact on a person’s self-confidence. Research suggests you do not have to be envious of those with a luscious mop.
It is worth noting that the research is limited to animal studies so the effect of human application is unknown, although false daisy has shown promise.
If you’re seeking more tried-and-tested interventions, the main drug treatments for male pattern baldness are finasteride and minoxidil.
According to the NHS, minoxidil can also be used to treat female pattern baldness but women shouldn’t use finasteride.
As the health body explains, there are several drawbacks to consider before taking these treatments.
Losing hair can be upsetting. For many people, hair is an important part of who they are.
“If your hair loss is causing you distress, your GP may be able to help you get some counselling,” advises the NHS.
You may also benefit from joining a support group, or speaking to other people in the same situation on online forums.
Try these online support groups:
- Alopecia UK
- Alopecia Awareness.