Hair loss is a devastating condition that effects more than 35 million men and 21 million women across the U.S. Men typically have noticeable hair loss by age 35. In fact, 40 percent of men have noticeable hair loss by age 35 and 65 percent have noticeable hair loss by age 60. In men, hair loss happens gradually and can be begin as early as a man’s early 20s!
In men, hair loss is a result of an increased sensitivity to androgens (male sex hormones) in certain parts of the scalp. According to NetDoctor.co.uk, this sensitivity is passed down from generation to generation. In women, hair loss is less common and it is typically the result of stress, poor nutrition or illness.
Hair loss is usually treated in one of several ways. Men may take Propecia (oral treatment) to regrow hair, they may use Rogaine (a topical solution) or they may have surgery to implant real live hairs directly onto the scalp. Women cannot take Propecia, but they can use Rogaine. It is not uncommon for women with hair loss to undergo hair transplantation as well. Outside of these treatments, most other treatments that claim to work actually do not.
There are several ways to maintain or thicken the hair that does not seem to be falling out. Hair loss shampoos such as Rogaine and Progaine Volumizing Shampoo, Nioxin, Folicure and Folica are some of the most effective hair loss shampoos on the market. These shampoos are typically cruelty-free and they contain ingredients that are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. Customers can expect to find natural vegan ingredients such as biotin, essential oils, coconut, soy, saw palmetto, fennel seed, green tea, wasabi extract and grape seed.
These shampoos typically cost more and they can be found in top beauty supply houses, some drugstores and at salons. While these shampoos are effective, they are not the only hair loss shampoos on the market today. A number of hair and skin care companies sell vegan and vegetarian friendly “scalp stimulating” or thickening shampoos. These products are also cruelty free, of course. The Morocco Method Raw and Vegan Hair Care products are popular, as well as Avalon Organics Biotin Thickening Shampoo, Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Stimulating Shampoo, CV Natural Soap Bars and Abba Hair Care Products. These shampoos can be found at quality beauty supply stores, Whole Foods stores and other health food stores.
If you are on a budget, there are a number of hair loss shampoo options for you. You can find more accessible hair loss products at CVA, Walgreen’s, Vons, Duane Reade and at many grocery stores. The Good Housekeeping Institute conducted a study of nearly a dozen shampoo and conditioner combos. The study used live subjects. The study ranked the best hair loss/hair thickening shampoos, beginning with Pantene Hair Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner at number 1.
Coming in at number 2 was Nexxus Supreme Volume, followed by Bumble & Bumble Thickening, Fat Hair, Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage, Dessert Essence Organics Green Apple & Ginger, Kiehl’s Rice & Wheat Volumizing, Charles Worthington’s Big Hair, Joico Body Luxe Line, Marc Anthony Instantly Thick and Kerastase Specifique.
Hair Loss and Diet
In addition to using the right products and using the right oral or topical treatments, diet is extremely important to hair health. Most healthy hair foods are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. According to WebMD, the top 10 healthy foods for hair include salmon (some vegetarians actually do eat fish – they are called “pescetarians” or “pescatarians”), dark green vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, oysters, eggs, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and carrots.