How Long Does It Really Take For Hair Loss Treatments To Work?
We live in a world of instant gratification. From takeaways to TV shows, we’re not used to waiting for what we want. It’s understandable then, that you might expect the same from hair loss treatments. At the first sign of a thinning scalp many of us are drawn to treatments that promise a quick fix.
Trouble is, just as baldness doesn’t happen overnight, the most effective hair loss treatments don’t work that way either.
That’s not to say they’ll take a lifetime. With the right advice and application, our clinically-proven hair loss treatments can produce results in a matter of months. The important thing is to be realistic about what to expect.
Which treatments work?
This bit is simple.
The most common cause of hair loss in men is male pattern baldness (MPB). It’s responsible for thinning scalps in 95% of cases.
Our treatment plans are built around the two medications best at treating it: Finasteride (taken in pill form) and Minoxidil (part of a formula sprayed onto the scalp). Finasteride and Minoxidil are the only FDA-approved treatments for hair loss available. Thanks to extensive medical testing, we know that Finasteride halts hair loss or regrows hair in 9 out of 10 men. Minoxidil on the other hand, has proven to be effective in two thirds.
How long will they take to work?
The big question.
To understand how Finasteride works, it’s helpful to know a little bit about hair growth, mainly that it falls into roughly three phases: resting, visible growth and shedding. The amount of hair on your head depends on the balance of these phases. Finasteride tackles hair loss by extending the growth phase and shortening the shedding phase.
This cycle, on average, takes at least 3 months, meaning Finasteride takes about the same time to produce visible results – although it may take more like 6 for you to spot them in the mirror.
Minoxidil does things slightly differently. It works by regenerating existing hair follicles, rather than regrowing them. This means if there are areas of your scalp where there is no hair at all, Minoxidil might not be much help. That’s why it’s best to start treatment as early as possible, to give yourself as much time as possible to counter the effects of MPB. Studies of Minoxidil have generally found it also takes 3-6 months to have a positive effect on hair loss.
Keep it up!
Like any good gravy or Premier League goalkeeper, consistency is key.
Finasteride and Minoxidil have been successful in numerous medical trials, but only when patients took the treatments regularly. If you want to enjoy the maximum benefits, your hair loss plan needs to become part of your daily routine. The more consistently you stick to it, the better protected your follicles will be from the effects of MPB, giving you the best chance possible of a full hair renaissance in twelve months.
It’s also useful to see this as a long-term investment. The benefits of Finasteride can start to reverse 6 months after you stop taking it, with the effects disappearing completely after a year. With Minoxidil this happens within 4 to 6 months. If you’re serious about reversing hair loss, it’s important to play the long game.
They say Rome wasn’t built in a day. And while it won’t take your scalp the thousand-odd years (give or take) it took to produce an entire ancient civilisation, it can’t hurt to be realistic about how long you might have to wait to see results from clinically proven treatments like Finasteride and Minoxidil.
That said, don’t let it put you off. Our team of experts stand by these treatments for a reason. Sure, they’re an investment, but beyond surgery – which comes with its own complications and caveats – no other medications promise faster results backed by better evidence.
For more information about our hair-saving products, have a look at our personalised plans starting at just £18 per month.