There are many types of hair loss – from male age-related pattern baldness to female menopausal thinning – requiring a range of different treatments and therapies. Luckily there are also many products and procedures available in the UK that are designed to slow hair loss, or even reverse it, and maintain healthy, bountiful locks.
In this article we will cover the best hair growth treatments available in the UK in 2022 – from over-the-counter medications to natural oil blends and the gold standard in clinical treatments. Some may be used in conjunction with each other – for example, PRP combined with minoxidil is known to be super-effective.
If one treatment doesn’t work for you, don’t give up hope! Everyone is different, and has their own unique needs. We have included a wide range of treatments in this list to ensure everyone gets a chance to find their ideal solution to hair loss. Good luck!
PRP – Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment
Top of the list, this highly effective treatment has been a game-changer in the hair loss universe since 2006. So what’s all the fuss about? Basically, PRP uses the patient’s own blood cells to fire up hair growth, which means it’s incredibly safe and causes no adverse side effects. During a PRP treatment, blood is taken from the patient’s arm, spun in a centrifuge, and separated into three substances – red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma, and platelet-rich plasma. This last substance, full of activated platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp. This releases growth factors that stimulate the follicles, promoting new hair growth. A course of around three sessions is normally needed before results are seen. After that, it is recommended that the patient ‘tops up’ with one maintenance session per year as an ongoing treatment.Book an initial consultation now.
Minoxidil is a medicine licensed in the UK as a hair loss treatment for men and women. You will probably have heard of it under its brand name Regaine. As Minoxidil does not require a prescription, it is available from many high street chemists, and some offer Minoxidil as an own-brand product, so shop around to find the best deals.
Minoxidil is commonly used in the treatment of male pattern baldness, but can also be used by women who are seeing age-related hair loss or thinning. In a recent study, 60% of men using Minoxidil experienced renewed hair growth, while only 23% of men using a placebo reported any improvements. Minoxidil is available as a lotion, liquid or foam in either 2% or 5% strength (the 5% is not suitable for women). It must be used at least once a day, every day, for it to have an effect, so it requires a level of commitment – but if it works, it’s easy to commit.
Finasteride is a tablet taken daily for male pattern hair loss, and it has impressive results. It works by halting hair loss and can stimulate hair growth on the head – although this is not guaranteed. It is 90% effective when taken continuously. You may know it as the branded version Propecia, although cheaper own-brand versions are available at high-street chemists such as Boots. A man using Finasteride should start seeing results after around three months, as long as he uses it daily. Finasteride is 90% effective on age-related male hair loss.
However, there are some drawbacks to this medication. Finasteride is dangerous for women and should be used with care around women of child-bearing age as it can damage the foetus (so men with female partners should use a condom during intimacy while on a course of Finasteride). And while side-effects are rare, they can be distressing, as they can include erectile dysfunction and suicidal thoughts. Keep this in mind when choosing your treatment!
Available in formulations suitable for both men and women, Nourkrin is a safe, drug-free, natural supplement in tablet form. Nourkrin helps to maintain the hair-growth cycle by ensuring the follicles get the nutrients they need. Best used during the very early days of hair thinning, Nourkrin aims to delay hair loss and protect the scalp from the symptoms of ageing. Nourkrin contains Marilex, a compound derived from fish, so it is not suitable for vegans. The recommended dose is twice a day (morning and evening) after food, and a result should be seen after about six months of regular use. One of the best advantages of the natural supplements for hair loss is that you will see an improvement in other areas, including skin and nails, and this is no exception!
NutraM Hair Regrowth Serum
Specifically designed to slow down and reverse both male and female pattern hair loss by blocking DHT at the base of the hair follicle, NutraM promises no side effects and is easy to use. Containing natural melatonin, DHT blockers, and a herbal blend, this revolutionary serum nourishes the scalp and encourages hair growth. It is recommended for use by women whose hair loss is caused by birth control pills, PCOS, menopause and age. In men, the best results are seen in those whose hair loss is exclusively on the top of the scalp and who have a family history of hair loss. It is recommended you apply 1-2 ml daily to areas of the scalp that show hair loss, and it can be used as little as three days per week. For best results, apply it twice daily.
Thick Tails Hair Growth Supplement for Women
Specifically formulated for women who are seeing hair loss due to menopause and PCOS, this revolutionary formula blocks the hormone DHT – the number one factor in hair loss. Thick Tails contains saw palmetto, a natural substance which blocks 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. It also includes biotin, a B vitamin that helps to strengthen weak and brittle hair. Vitamins C, E, and D help with the protection of cells from oxidative stress, while horsetail extract and marine collagen contribute to hair strength.
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
This is a concentrated serum that promises to deliver thicker, denser, fuller, and healthier hair. Including heavy-hitters such as REDENSYL™, Procapil™ peptide complex, and CAPIXYL™ peptide complex (among others), this serum also contains caffeine. The Ordinary is known for its low-cost, high-quality products sold in no-fuss packaging, and this is no exception. One of the most cost-effective hair loss serums available, this should be part of everyone’s routine. It should be applied once daily, preferable at bedtime, and left on overnight (it can make the hair a little greasy).
Scandinavian Biolabs Hair Growth Routine for Men and Women
A shampoo, conditioner, and serum in an easy-to-use routine, The Hair Growth Routine has been specifically designed to effectively prevent hair loss in men, and maintain healthy, strong hair. Using stem cell technology, each product contains plant growth factors to nourish the follicles and promote growth. All ingredients are 100% vegan, naturally derived, and non-toxic, and you should see a result after three months. The subscription offer makes it a hassle-free experience from the get-go. Check out the website for impressive before and after photos from some very satisfied customers!
Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum Intense
If you are a woman suffering from thinning, lacklustre hair, this is the serum for you. Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum Intense is an ultra-concentrated serum that increases thickness, fullness and overall density of each hair strand by up to 13%. Using a unique blend of ingredients, including peptides, Chinese skullcap, and red clover, along with caffeine to help with blood flow, this serum will get to work instantly. Apply a few drops to the scalp with a head massage and expect fuller, thicker and healthier locks in weeks.
Forest & Shore Hair Growth Oil
A unique, luxurious blend of oils to promote healthier, thicker hair, this product has been getting rave reviews since it was launched. It contains rosemary oil – a renowned DHT blocker that helps reduce hair loss, and castor oil, which is renowned for its hair-growing properties. Baobab and coconut oils strengthen the scalp and prevent follicle damage. Argan, avocado, almond and olive oil nourish the hair and lock in proteins, preventing breakage. In fact, this treatment is packed with all the natural oils that have been recommended for generations to promote healthy hair growth! Used as an overnight mask or leave-in treatment, this is likely to see good results from women or men who are experiencing thinning hair.
There are as many different hair loss treatments available as there are types of hair loss – so choose wisely. Remember each treatment requires at least three months use before you can safely judge results, so be patient.