Hair treatments can take place in a salon or at home. Hair transplants are considered minor surgery, and generally performed in specialist hair clinics. Laser hair removal is commonly offered by cosmetic surgeons.
The majority of hair treatments, however, are products that can be purchased and used at home. They can be something as simple as a shampoo and conditioner for dry hair, or a conditioner with keratin and vitamins. Women in particular spend a lot of money on home hair treatments, including temporary and permanent dyes. Many of these treatments are cosmetic, intended to straighten or curl hair, change its color, fix a style or cover gray. Others are intended to improve hair and scalp health. Natural and organic products are popular.
In most cases these treatments are sold through drug stores, specialist beauty stores or salons. Salons also commonly perform all of these treatments on-site. Some cater only to men or to women; others to both sexes.
Hair loss treatments for home use are also sold through drug stores and salons. However, many of the ointments and shampoos sold to encourage regrowth are of limited uses. Very few work on all individuals. Thinning hair often has to be accepted as a sign of aging, but hair growth and replacement formulas continue to be developed and designed.
Providers of hair treatments, sell related products to stores and salons. Salon workers need to be trained in how to apply them, especially heat treatment and permanent curl and wave services. These treatments need to be done carefully to prevent damage to the hair, head and scalp. Providers therefore need to provide well written instructions on both home treatments and those intended to be used only in salons.