Alternative Management of Hair Loss - Hair Loss & Hair Transplant Surgery Guide

There are a large number of other products on the market that are advertised as being effective treatments for hair loss. A few of the more common treatments are discussed below. If you do decide to pursue any kind of treatment for hair loss, it is important to research the evidence for the effectiveness of the treatment. If you do want to begin a new treatment, it is recommended that you discuss the treatment with your doctor first.

Hair thickeners

These products are also known as hair concealers, and come in a range of forms. They are thought to be safe and easy to use; however they do not lead to any hair growth. These products are used to improve the appearance of remaining hair and to cover up thinning hair.

Solid concealers usually come in hard powder form that is applied to the hair on a daily basis. They cling to hairs to make them appear thicker, and are coloured the same shade as the natural hair and do not prevent hair from growing naturally.

Spray concealers act in the same way as solid concealers and they are sprayed over the hairs leading to a thicker appearance.

Particles are a coloured loose powder that is shaken over the hair. The particles are statically charged which helps them cling to individual hairs, making them appear thicker.

None of these products make the hair grow faster or thicker. Neither do these products improve existing hair loss or prevent future hair loss. These products are used only to give the impression of thickness by clinging to hairs that are currently growing on the scalp.

Laser combs

Laser combs are a relatively new product designed for daily home use. They consist of a comb for the hair that also emits laser lights onto the scalp. The belief is that the laser, once absorbed into the skin, acts by increasing cell activity in the follicles and leads to hair growth. They can be expensive to purchase, however they are considered safe and easy to use at home. In recent years the laser comb has been accepted as a registered medical treatment for hair loss, and has been stated to improve hair strength, prevent hair loss, and lead to hair growth. However, the effects vary for each individual with many studies finding little or no improvement. Currently opinion is divided over the effectiveness of this treatment, but it has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Hair Weaves

Hair weaves consist of artificial or human hair that is non-surgically attached to existing hair. A mesh is used to weave the strands of hair in place, leading to a thicker appearance. The hair is chosen to be a similar colour and texture to the natural hair. The procedure can vary greatly depending on the requirements of the individual and the quality of the weave. Hair weaves do tend to be a temporary measure as once the hair grows they can loosen and stretch.


There are both real-hair and synthetic wigs available in a range of prices and styles. Real hair wigs last longer and can be more comfortable than synthetic wigs which are made of acrylic, however they are also more difficult to maintain. Certain people may be able to get wigs free on the NHS, depending on their condition; however wigs are also available to buy privately. Generally only acrylic wigs are available for free on the NHS, however if you are found to be allergic to the acrylic you may then be entitled to a real-hair wig, again depending on your condition.

Complementary Therapies

A range of different therapies including use of aromatherapy oils, scalp massage, herbal preparations and acupuncture have all been suggested to be helpful for hair loss. However, the clinical evidence for the effectiveness of these treatments is variable.