Navigating the Hair Loss Industry

Hair loss, and its potential treatments are frequently a popular topic in some of Australia’s top publications, especially those that operate on the side of tabloid journalism. Stories published usually have a sensational element to them, and can at times feature new or emerging companies with significant claims to treating the condition.

This is interesting, because while there are proven hair regrowth treatments, there is certainly no “silver bullet” or “magical cure” for complete reversal of the condition. That’s one of the most important facts to note about hair loss in general.

Why are there so many options available?

Being that hair loss is so common, it’s only natural for people to seek solutions for it. But a common problem does not necessarily equate to abundant expertise on it; hair loss is primarily a medical condition, and as such requires medical advice.

Hair loss treatments come in three different categories: surgical, medical intervention, and non-surgical hair replacement.

In countries all around the world, there are robust structures in place to ensure that the only people practicing medicine are those who are entirely qualified. If a person were to become ill with a cold, or a sore throat, they’d know precisely where to go – the local medical centre. But hair loss is a different condition altogether, and people, in many cases, are not so well-informed on where to go.

In fact, many may not even realise the difference between medical and non-medical companies!

Dispensing treatments

The issue for those experiencing hair loss, whatever the cause, is how it can impact on their mental wellbeing. Self-esteem may drop and confidence can erode, which creates a certain vulnerability. That’s what non-medical companies are capitalising on, making bold, at times outrageous claims about their ‘treatments’ and often without the data to back it all up.

For example, minoxidil is common in hair loss treatments, and there is a lower-grade version of the drug available over the counter at a pharmacy. However, that does not remove the need for it to be sold by educated and experienced professionals. When non-medical companies dispense ‘treatments’ like this, they are not only breaking the law; they are endangering their clients.

What to Look For?

Ultimately, all one really needs to know is that hair loss is a medical condition, and it demands a medical solution. That means consulting a doctor for whom the area is a specialty. It also means being advised by pharmaceutical experts on treatments.

If a company cannot offer these things, or produce the appropriate credentials, then they’re simply not worth your time. Ashley & Martin, on the other hand, is a company with doctors and pharmacists at its core, which has allowed it to flourish and provide tailored hair loss solutions to patients.

29 Apr 2015 0