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5 Most Common Side Effects of Hair Loss Treatments in Singapore

TL:DR Summary

  • Itching and irritation may occur from using minoxidil, a topical solution that can cause dryness and flaking of the scalp.
  • Sexual dysfunction may occur from taking finasteride, an oral medication that can lower the levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone that causes hair loss.
  • Infection and bleeding may occur from undergoing microneedling, a procedure that involves creating tiny punctures in the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
  • Headache and eye strain may occur from using low-level laser therapy, a treatment that uses light energy to activate hair follicles and improve hair density.
  • Scarring and graft failure may occur from having hair transplant surgery, a permanent solution that involves moving healthy hair follicles from one part of the scalp to another.
a concise table summarizing the most common side effects of hair loss treatments in Singapore:
Common Side Effects of Hair Loss Treatments


As an experienced leader in the aesthetics industry, I’ve witnessed firsthand the complexities and nuances of various treatments, including those aimed at combating hair loss. My journey, bolstered by a CIDESCO certification and extensive studies in beauty therapy and salon management, has led me to closely observe and understand the challenges faced by individuals seeking hair loss solutions in Singapore.

Top 5 Side Effects of Hair Loss Treatments in SG ⚠️

In this article, I aim to shed light on the five most common side effects of hair loss treatments that are prevalent in Singapore. My insights are drawn from a rich tapestry of interactions with customers who have undergone these treatments, along with in-depth discussions with industry experts and rigorous research.

Through these experiences, I’ve seen how hair loss can be a sensitive issue, affecting not just one’s appearance but also their self-esteem and emotional well-being. Therefore, it’s crucial to approach this topic with both professionalism and empathy.

For many people, hair loss is a normal part of the aging process. As we age, our hair follicles begin to shrink, causing our hair to thin and fall out more easily.

The prevalence of hair loss in Singapore

In recent years, I’ve noticed an increasing concern among Singaporeans regarding hair loss, a topic that resonates deeply with many of our customers. It’s not just an issue affecting the older demographic; younger adults are also facing this challenge:

Addressing hair loss effectively requires a holistic approach, considering lifestyle, genetic factors, and environmental conditions. While specific treatments can help, understanding these underlying factors is crucial for sustainable hair health management.

some of the most common reasons for hair loss can be due to things like hair growth abnormalities, hormone imbalances, and scalp inflammation

Side Effect #1: Scalp Irritation

The first and most common side effect that arises from hair loss treatment is scalp irritation. This side effect, I’ve noticed, is particularly common among those using minoxidil or similar products. Here’s what I’ve gleaned from these interactions and my professional knowledge:

It’s important to remember that everyone’s skin reacts differently. While these side effects can be uncomfortable, they are usually a sign that your skin is adjusting to the treatment.

Medications for hair loss include minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia)

Side Effect #2: Abnormal Hair Growth

Another common side effect that often catches customers off-guard is abnormal hair growth. This can manifest in unexpected areas and differ in texture or color from the individual’s natural hair. Here are some key points to consider:

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Side Effect #3: Changes in Hair Texture

In my role as an Aesthetic Director, I’ve had numerous conversations with our customers who have experienced a variety of changes in their hair texture during hair loss treatments. It’s important to understand that while treatments like minoxidil are effective for hair regrowth, they can also lead to some unexpected changes. From what I’ve observed and learned through research and client feedback, here are some key points:

It’s essential to remember that these changes are usually temporary and often revert back once the treatment is paused or stopped.

Side Effect #4: Scalp Infections

One of the less common but significant ones is scalp infections. These infections can stem from the use of treatments like minoxidil or similar products. It’s crucial to recognize the symptoms and act promptly. Here are some key points to remember:

Red Alert! Spot These Signs After Hair Loss Treatment

One particular case that stands out is of a customer, let’s call him Mark. Mark had been using a minoxidil-based product for his hair loss. After a few weeks, he started experiencing discomfort on his scalp.

During his visit, I noticed inflammation and blisters on his scalp – tell-tale signs of an infection. Mark also mentioned that he had been feeling feverish, which was another red flag. I immediately advised him to stop using the hair loss treatment.

Upon further examination, it was clear that Mark had developed a bacterial infection on his scalp, likely due to the use of the hair loss treatment. We promptly referred him to a medical professional for appropriate treatment.

Mark’s case is a stark reminder of the potential side effects of hair loss treatments. It’s crucial to recognize the symptoms and act promptly. If you observe inflammation, pain, pus, or blisters on the scalp, or experience fever, swelling, or a foul odor emanating from the scalp area, it’s imperative to stop using the hair loss treatment immediately and seek medical attention. Early intervention can prevent the infection from worsening and compromising your scalp health.

Hair loss can affect your self-esteem, confidence, and social life. It can also cause stress, anxiety, depression, or low mood. Some people may also develop a negative body image or an obsession with their hair.

Side Effect #5: Emotional and Psychological Impact

While they offer hope and improvement in appearance, hair loss treatments can also bring a range of emotional and psychological impacts that are often overlooked. Here are some key points I’ve observed:

These emotional and psychological aspects are as important to address as the physical symptoms of hair loss. It’s vital for individuals to have a comprehensive support system and access to professional advice to navigate these challenges effectively.

Here is the conclusion and key takeaways from this article by Wellaholic

Key Takeaway

In wrapping up, it’s important to remember that the journey through hair loss treatments can seem overwhelming. However, being well-informed about potential side effects and setting realistic expectations are key to making the right decision. Always remember to seek advice from a hair loss specialist who can evaluate your unique needs and devise a personalized treatment plan for you.

Tiny Needles, Big Results: Microneedling for Hair Growth

Before we conclude, let’s highlight Wellaholic’s Microneedling for Scalp treatment. This trailblazing procedure is rapidly gaining traction as an effective solution to hair loss. It works by using tiny needles to stimulate the scalp, promoting hair growth while keeping side effects to a minimum. I

f you’re on the hunt for a dependable and advanced answer to your hair loss woes, Wellaholic’s Microneedling for Scalp treatment is certainly worth considering.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What are the most common side effects of hair loss treatments in Singapore?

The five most common side effects include scalp irritation, abnormal hair growth, changes in hair texture, scalp infections, and emotional and psychological impacts​​.

2. Is it normal to experience hair loss in Singapore?

Yes, losing hair is a natural process. On average, it is normal to lose 50 to 150 strands per day. However, excessive hair loss can be a sign of underlying issues​​​​.

3. Do hair loss patterns differ between men and women?

Yes, men and women experience hair loss differently. Men often have receding hairlines and balding scalps forming an ‘M’ shape, while women usually experience overall thinning of hair on the top of the head​​.

4. Can hair regrow after experiencing hair loss?

Yes, hair regrowth is possible with appropriate treatments. Medications like minoxidil and finasteride, along with advanced treatments like light therapy and hair transplants, can stimulate hair regrowth​​​​.

5. What are the primary causes of hair loss in Singapore?

Common causes include genetic factors, scalp disorders, and stress. Other factors like hormonal imbalances, certain medical conditions, and environmental factors also play a role​​​​.

6. How can I test for hair loss at home?

The “pull test” is a simple method. Gently tug on a small section of hair (about 50 strands) and count the number of strands that fall out. Losing more than 15 strands may indicate abnormal hair loss​​​​.

Founder and Managing Director for Wellaholic, an aesthetic chain with 8 outlets island-wide in Singapore.

Willie Chan, Founder

Willie Chan, a visionary leader and relentless pursuer of excellence, is the Founder and Managing Director of Wellaholic, a renowned aesthetic chain with 8 outlets across Singapore. With a strong belief in evidence-based, effective, and affordable aesthetic treatments, Willie ensures that customers receive the best care possible. His ENTJ Myer-Briggs personality drives him to set clear visions and pursue them without excuses. Willie holds a CIDESCO as well as Beauty Therapy & Salon Management from Brentwood College UK and has studied Operations Management at The Wharton School and Management at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, equipping him with a solid foundation in the business of aesthetics. 

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