Tue 29 Oct 2013
I recently started noticing signs of androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss), and I’ve heard I can cure the condition with special shampoo. Is this true? Is there a shampoo that can cure my hair loss?
Unfortunately, a shampoo with the capability to cure hair loss is not available at this point in time. While some shampoo products may claim to cure hair loss, these statements are not likely backed by objective research and safety/efficacy trials.
However, there are some shampoos – available today – that may help maintain hair and prevent progressive shedding when used in conjunction with other hair loss medications. Many patients and hair restoration experts alike believe that ketoconazole-based shampoos are one of these products.
Ketoconazole is traditionally used as an anti-fungal medication, but it also possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-androgen properties. Because it can potentially decrease scalp inflammation and block androgen hormones like dihydrotestosterone or DHT (the hormone responsible for hair loss in androgenic alopecia), ketoconazole shampoos may be helpful for balding patients. However, most report the greatest response when using ketoconazole-based shampoos with other preventive hair loss medications like minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia). In fact, many hair loss sufferers refer to the regimen of ketoconazole-based shampoos, minoxidil, and finasteride as the “big three” of hair restoration treatment.