Hair loss and herbs for treatment

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2013 Sep;12(3):210-22. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12051.


or androgenetic alopecia directly distresses self-confidence affecting the individual's quality of life. Hair loss is therefore a significant psychosocial manifestation that worth much expense on treatment. Androgenetic alopecia is noticed as a slow transformation of large scalp terminal hair follicles to shorter, thinner, and less deep vellus hair with a much shorter anagen. Although minoxidil, finasteride, and dutasteride including other synthetic therapeutic agents are mostly used for alopecia treatment, their adverse effects encourage sorting of alternative efficient treatment agent with a limited side effect particularly herbs. Thus, this review briefly summarized causes of hair loss and emphasized on active ingredients for treatment in particular currently used herbs and the potential candidates. Treatment choices will be further wider and conclusively select herbs that fitting the consumers' preference.

Keywords: androgenetic alopecia; baldness; hair loss; herbal cosmetics.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alopecia / drug therapy*
  • Alopecia / etiology
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use*


  • Plant Preparations