7.12.17

My Top Hair Loss Treatments of the Year


The Most Effective Products for Hair Growth

 
With another year almost at its end, I can't quite believe how quickly the past 12 months has gone by.  Since I started losing my hair, I have always used this time of year to asses the state of my hairline and scalp. The good news is, I still have a relatively decent head of hair, which fills me with confidence for 2018. 

I feel like I have found a good set of products that have enabled me to maintain a good, healthy head of hair, and long may this trend continue.  As this will most likely be my final post of the year, I do feel it is necessary to let my readers know how I have been getting on with my hair loss journey. 

So, without further ado, here are the hair products that I rank the highest and that have worked best for me.  If you're an avid reader of my blog, then some of these products won't be of any surprise to you, but I hope these recommendations work for more men (and women) suffering from hair loss, just as well as they have for me... 

Top Shampoo for Hair Growth


I have used two shampoos over the years that have given me great hair growth results, one being Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men, and the other being OGX Biotin & Collagen. If I am to choose one, then OGX Biotin & Collagen would just about edge it for me.  This thick textured formula does a terrific job on my locks, increasing the thickness and volume instantly.  


This shampoo isn't a hair loss treatment, but it is certainly a must-use formula for better, stronger, healthier hair growth. 


Top Topical Solution for Hair & Scalp


I have tried a fair few topical serums over the years, and even though I don't think I have found the right solution just yet, I have settled on Minoxidil, for now at least.  I did try Regaine for nearly a year back in the early days of treating my baldness, and I wasn't particularly impressed with it, but after trying a hat full of topical liquids, I decided to go back on the Minoxidil, just as a backup to the products I am already using.  


When it comes to buying Minoxidil, it really doesn't matter what brand it is - Minoxidil is Minoxidil after all - so, just make sure it's the 5% solution if you are male, and 2% if you are female.  I am currently using the Kirkland 5% Foam, due to it being half the price of Regaine. 


Top Hair Growth Supplement


As many of you will already know, I am a big fan of HR23+ hair supplement, and I have not looked back since I started usin it a few years ago. This multi-vitamin hair supplement contains the right blend of ingredients that has helped me prevent the severe pattern of shedding, and promoted healthier, thicker hair growth.
Unless something spectacular comes along, I won't be changing my hair supplement any time soon. If you suffer from early stages of thinning hair, then seriously consider trying HR23+, and even though it's a little on the expensive side, it's totally worth it. 


Top Hair Growth Device


Now, not every hair treatment is a pill that you consume or a serum/shampoo that can be applied. There are numerous hair brushes, infrared combs and laser devices widely available on the market that claim they can reverse the effects of baldness.  However, I have opted for the dermaroller.  
It doesn't really matter what brand you use, dermarollers are pretty much all the same.  About every 10 days or so, I use a dermaroller along my hairline to help active hair follicles.  If you stick with it, you'll notice new hair sprouting up.  This isn't an overnight fix, but I'm sure anyone suffering from hair loss would more than welcome new hairs popping up.  Try it.

2.11.17

Chinese Hair Loss Scams


Don't get scammed by these bogus hair loss 'treatments' 


Facebook seems to be packed with scammy looking ads at the moment, all promoting scammy looking products. The claims seem to ridiculously bold, some even stating their product can reverse baldness and regrow lost hair. 

Before reporting these shams to trading standards, I then noticed all these ads are from sellers in China!  

As many of you will already know, I've had some bad experiences with hair loss 'treatments' from China - I purchased some a few years ago, and they turned out to be a waste of money.  I would NEVER recommend anyone buying any sort of beauty product from the Chinese market. 

A company called Dexe seems to be the biggest culprit of these online scams.  I just can't believe how many actually people believe this nonsense - and trust me, there are literally thousands of people wanting to try this rubbish.  It's amazing how desperate some people are, which leads them to have hope in any product. 



If you want my honest opinion, I'll tell you straight up what I think.  Anything from China that promises to be a cure for hair loss is definitely a scam.  There is no cure for hair loss, and a 'herbal shampoo' certainly won't be the answer to your baldness. 

I had a look on their website and it says the same old rubbish that you would usually associate with a snake-oil salesman.  Also, I could not find the ingredients to any of these shampoos.  Surely that's the best way to judge a product of this nature - by the friggin' ingredients!  They just make out the product is made from a special Chinese herbal formula. It's so shammy it's cringe-worthy! 

Also, if you fancy a giggle, check out the ridiculous packaging of one of their products (see image below) - does that remind you of anything?  Surely if someone wanted to try Alpecin shampoo, they would buy the genuine brand - not a cheap looking rip-off version from China, which isn't likely to contain any decent ingredients. 


I think the worst thing about all this is that these Chinese sellers are willing to take £30 per bottle off people for this sham of a shampoo.  I think if you're gullible to believe this rubbish, then you probably deserve to be ripped off. 

End of rant... now can we please get back to some proper hair loss treatments!

26.10.17

The Evolution of Hair Loss Treatments


How have treatments for baldness evolved over the years?


I am now in my early thirties, and like most men my age, I have suffered from male pattern baldness since I was in my mid twenties.  Luckily, with the help of some potent treatments, I have managed to slow down the pattern of hair fall, but I am still hoping there will be a cure one day in the not so distant future. 

Unfortunately for hair loss sufferers, there is no cure for baldness, and there doesn't seem to be anything in the pipeline in the near future.  So, what is the next best thing?  And without a cure, how has the hair loss treatment market developed and evolved over the years?  

So, in order to help you find a decent solution for your balding issues, I'll go through the step-by-step developments of the hair loss treatment industry, and how it has evolved to become what it is today... 

The discovery of Minoxidil


Minoxidil was developed in the late 1950s by the Upjohn Company to treat ulcers. In trials using dogs, the compound did not cure ulcers, but proved to be a powerful vasodilator. Upjohn synthesized over 200 variations of the compound, including the one it developed in 1963 and named minoxidil. These studies resulted in FDA approving minoxidil (with the trade name 'Loniten') in the form of oral tablets to treat high blood pressure in 1979.
 

Upjohn conducted two further studies, the second study showing unexpected side-effects of hair growth. The possibility of using minoxidil for treating hair loss was then considered. The effect of minoxidil on hair loss prevention was so clear that in the 1980s physicians were prescribing Loniten off-label to their balding patients.

In August, 1988, the FDA finally approved the drug for treating baldness in men under the trade name 'Rogaine'. 39% of the men studied had moderate to dense hair growth on the crown of the head.  In 1991, Upjohn made the product available for women. 




In 1998, a 5% formulation of minoxidil was approved for non-prescription sale by the FDA. This is still the only topical product that is FDA-approved for androgenic hair loss.  Although many men and women have experienced great results from using minoxidil as a treatment, it should be noted that the risk of side-effects is quite high, and common side-effects can include headaches, weight gain, acne, vomiting, and dizziness. 

Although it isn't for everyone, minoxidil is still regarded as the most revolutionary topical hair loss treatment. 

A pill to stop male pattern baldness 


Finasteride (labelled as Propecia) is a prescription-only oral pill that treats male pattern baldness. 

After studies from the 1940s and 1950s analysing the development of male pattern baldness, it was 1974 that saw birth defects as a potential clue to solving the problem of male hair loss. A research group on specific individuals found that genetic mutation at birth was causing deficiency of the 5α-reductase enzyme and male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which was found to have been the etiology behind abnormalities in male sexual development. Upon maturation, these individuals were observed to have smaller prostates which were underdeveloped, and were also observed to lack incidence of male pattern baldness.

It was found that decreased levels of DHT led to the development of smaller prostates. Dr. Vagelos then sought to create a drug which could mimic the condition found in these individuals to treat men who were suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Finasteride was developed under the code name MK-906. In 1992, finasteride (5 mg) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of BPH, which Merck marketed under the brand name Proscar. In 1997, Merck was successful in obtaining FDA approval for a second indication of finasteride (1 mg) for treatment of MPB, which was marketed under the brand name Propecia.

Propecia became one of the most popular treatments from 2000-2010, but has since seen a wane in popularity, due to the common side-effects associated with the pill.  These harsh side-effects can include a low libido, erectile dysfunction, severe skin rash, and even mental health problems. Most men, including myself, are now seeking safer alternatives. 

The potassium channel theory of hair loss


In 2009 Thomas Whitfield founded the company Oxford Biolabs. In 2011 its first product TRX2, a dietary supplement, became publicly available.  In January 2014 the UK Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against TRX2 and Oxford Biolabs, citing that advertisements that the company had run for TRX2 were misleading and in breach of EU advertising codes. The company agreed and changed their advertising in line with the code of conduct.
 

TRX2® hoped to revolutionise the industry with their theory of potassium channels. Potassium ion channels have been implicated in a vast array of diseases ranging from hepatitis C to diabetes. These small pore-forming protein structures control the transport of potassium ions across the hair follicle’s cell membrane and are essential for retaining the follicle’s full biological activity and function. The recent discovery that potassium ion channels exist within the dermal papilla cells of human hair follicles provided a novel therapeutic target for researchers. 

Scientists have demonstrated that as people experience hair loss the function of potassium channels within hair follicles diminishes. The effect is impaired membrane potential and interrupted ion transportation across the hair follicle's cellular membranes – resulting in shrinking follicles and thinning hair.

According to Oxford Biolabs, by restoring the functionality of potassium ion channels that have broken down over time, the proprietary TRX2® formula helps to maintain normal, healthy hair on a molecular level. Whether it works or not (in my case it didn't work, after using it for the most part of a year), based on its theory, this certainly is first supplement of its kind on the market.


Saw Palmetto


Serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto, is the sole species currently classified in the genus Serenoa. It is a small palm, growing to a maximum height around 7–10 ft. It is endemic to the subtropical South-eastern United States, most commonly along the south Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains and sand hills. It grows in clumps or dense thickets in sandy coastal areas, and as undergrowth in pine woods or hardwood hammocks. 


Saw Palmetto extract has been researched into treatment for people with prostate cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society, "available scientific studies do not support claims that saw palmetto can prevent or treat prostate cancer in humans". 


Although very promising so far, more tests are needed to confirm exactly how effective saw palmetto is for blocking DHT. An extract of saw palmetto berries may block 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is the molecule responsible for hair loss and also is involved in the enlargement of the prostate.

One study showed saw palmetto’s ability to treat an enlarged prostate. Researchers hope it can play a key role in slowing down and even preventing hair loss entirely. In fact, the components of saw palmetto that block the enzyme work in a similar way as synthetic ingredients in prescription medication for hair loss.

Research is still limited on saw palmetto’s efficacy in treating hair loss, but the vast majority of multi-vitamin hair supplements contain this potent extract. 
A viable treatment for hair loss can be formed when saw palmetto is mixed with other potent ingredients, such as Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Folic Acid.

There are some good multi-vitamin supplements on the market that contain saw palmetto, such as Viviscal and Nutrafol.  I used saw palmetto on its own for some time and noticed some promising results, but once I started using the multi-vitamin supplement, HR23+, my hair loss practically halted.  So, these types of products can work effectively.

Not only does this supplement work, but it also means I can avoid the harsher treatments like Propecia, thus helping me avoid all those nasty side-effects. 
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26.9.17

Why I am shedding so much hair?


Why do I shed more in autumn?


Over the past few weeks I have noticed my hair is shedding more than usual.  I can see around 25 to 30 hairs on my pillow every morning, and a whole load more in the bath tub after my showers. 

I won't lie, it is slightly concerning, but I am aware that autumn can be a brutal season for losing hair. In fact, after researching the subject of 'seasonal hair loss' it turns out this is very normal, and that is is perfectly natural to shed excessive amounts of hair at the end of summer season. 

Come to think of it, I do recall severe hair shedding during this time of the year in previous autumns gone by, so it doesn't worry me too much. I guess it all depends on how quickly my hair grows as we enter winter.  After all, winter is meant to be the best season for strong hair growth.

So what is seasonal shedding? 


Seasonal shedding is when we shed more hair in certain seasons than others.  According to my research, most of us tend to shed the most in the summer, but many of us, including me, shed more hair in autumn. It depends on each individual.

Humans operate much the same way as animals do - We shed during certain parts of the year in order to grow new 'fur' for other seasons.  Hence why winter is usually a good season for hair growth.  

Although quite severe, the shedding that I am currently experiencing isn't bad enough that it can be noticed, but if you suffer from pattern baldness, then any form of shedding isn't particularly good for your cause.  Seasonal shedding can play havoc with a balding man (or women), so it is crucial you take the right steps in order to avoid more shedding than necessary. 

How to prevent shedding


Unfortunately, stopping the pattern of seasonal shedding is near impossible, but there are ways in which you can minimise the amount of hair fall.  

It really is a case of tightening up your hair care routine, and making sure your strands are getting the right minerals, nutrients, vitamins and care.  A good, hair strengthening biotin or argan oil based shampoo is very effective solution for hair loss. I am always raving on about the OGX shampoo range - they're rich in ingredients and cheap in price - so be sure to check them out.

Also, make sure you are getting plenty of hair beneficiary vitamins into your diet on a daily basis.  Many of you will know that I take the hair supplement, HR23+, which provides me with all the vitamins and minerals I need for better hair growth. 

Finally, it should really go without saying, if you want healthy hair then you need to be living a healthy lifestyle.  Your hair is no different to any other part of your body - the better you treat it the better it will grow! Eat well, live well, and see your hair benefit.
 

18.9.17

Are we getting close to a cure for hair loss?


Where is the cure for male pattern baldness? 


I was doing some reading on the topic of hair loss the other day, and apparently over 60% of men suffer from some stage of baldness by the time they reach the age of 40.

Now, I knew male pattern baldness was a common thing, but even I was surprised how high that stat was. It puts further emphasis on finding a cure for baldness.

So, even though there isn't a cure for alopecia, are we any closer to finding one? In this multi-billion dollar industry, let's take a look through some of the most potent treatments available for balding and thinning hair.

The only two drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hair loss are minoxidil (Rogaine) and finasteride (Propecia).

Minoxidil


A medicine that was originally used to treat high blood pressure, Minoxidil is now a mainstream brand that is listed under the more familiar name, Regaine (or Rogaine in the US). This topical formula has showed real signs of generating new hair growth in men and women suffering from thinning hair across the scalp. And although this was not effective for me personally, Minoxidil is a popular drug that can work on a small scale. The risks side-effects are high, but luckily they aren't too severe.

Finasteride


Finasteride, better known as Propecia, is an prescription oral pill that blocks DHT in men. This drug can prevent baldness occurring in men, providing they take the treatment during early stages of baldness, but the risks or side-effects are high - and what's more, the potential side-effects are pretty nasty. Erectile dysfunction, sever skin rash, and mental complications are just a few of the issues that come with Finasteride.

Dutasteride


Dutasteride is used to treat prostatic enlargement. While the FDA has not approved the drug to treat hair loss, physicians sometimes prescribe Dutasteride (branded as Avodart) off-label for male pattern baldness. Dutasteride works similarly to finasteride, but it may be more effective. Like finasteride, dutasteride inhibits the activity of type II 5-alpha reductase. However, dutasteride additionally inhibits type I of the enzyme. Blocking both types of the enzyme lowers DHT even more and reduces the risk of damage to hair follicles.

HR23+


Natural vitamins are becoming the most popular choice of hair loss treatment. Why? Because they work!  HR23+ is the latest in a long line of hair health supplements that seem to be taking the market by storm.  Multi-vitamin supplements cater for many of who have vitamin/nutritional deficiencies.  Supplements like HR23+ contain key hair beneficiary ingredients that can prevent the pattern of hair fall and promote the rate of hair growth.

8.8.17

It's National Hair Loss Awareness Month 2017

It's August, so that means it's Hair Loss Awareness Month


I can't quite believe it's been a year since the last National Hair Loss Awareness Month.  Time really does fly when you're losing you hair!  

August always fills me with anticipation and optimism. It's the time of year when all the hair loss treatments, products and services come together to help hair loss sufferers all over the world.  This is the month when hair loss sufferers like me feel like we are really understood, and we do not feel alone.  

If you are experiencing baldness, particularly early stages, then you really should be getting as much as you can out of National Hair Loss Awareness Month.  You'll see plenty of offers, news, information sources and discounts on all the latest and very best treatments available.  

If you can't spot an offer or discount on your favourite brand, then it is likely just haven't seen it.  It's always worth contracting the company to see if they are doing any deals for Hair Loss Awareness Month.  It really doesn't hurt to ask. 

The next four weeks should fill you with positivity - after all, there are millions of people around the world who are in exactly the same position as you are in.  Hair loss is such a difficult topic to talk to people about, so having more information readily available for you over the coming weeks is a real bonus, and something you should seriously take advantage of. 


What offers and deals have I found? 

As many of you will already know, I take HR23+ hair supplement, and they currently have a 20% discount running on their products, which will expire at the end of the month. So hurry up and bag your discounted supply ASAP.

I've also taken advantage of a cheeky little offer of buy 2 get 1 free on the OGX shampoos at Boots. These shampoos, particularly the Biotin & Collagen addition, are just fantastic, and incredibly beneficial for hair growth.  And what's more, they're all priced well under £10.  I'm not sure this offer has anything to do with Hair Loss Awareness Month, but it's there anyhow, so take advantage of it if you can. 

I've not had much of a chance to find any other great deals, but I shall continue my search when I get a bit more time this week.  I understand SkalpUK has some sort of deal going for their services, which could well be worth checking out, and I imagine there will be other special offers going from leading hair transplantation surgeries. 

One thing's for sure, I'll keep you updated as and when I discover exciting discounts and bargains to be had. To keep up to date with Hair Loss Awareness Month, definitely follow the trends #NationalHairLossAwarenessMonth #HairLossAwarenessMonth.


19.7.17

The Best Hair Loss Information Websites

Where to get the best advice for hair loss?


With National Hair Loss Awareness Month just around the corner (the whole month of August), there will be a bunch of offers, news and events coming our way over the next month or two.  

So, with so much information about balding and thinning hair coming at us, what are the best sources to read?  Well, in my opinion, I have listed five key information hubs that strive to educate its readers on everything hair loss related.

If you're keen to know more about male (or female) baldness, then be sure to check out these five websites (in no particular order)... 

Belgravia Centre

The UK's leading hair loss clinic is a great information source for both men and women to check out.  There is a wide array of useful information on balding, including full diagnosis and treatment recommendations.  The Belgravia Centre is also a real clinic, so if you want to go a step further and speak to a professional about your concerns, all you need to do is book an appointment. 



HairLossFight

What I like about HairLossFight is the fact it contains a load of reader forums, based on so many different topics that are hair related. Sometimes it's nice to read about real people's experiences, rather than constant advice from the experts.  'Experts' are usually trying to sell you something.



Hair Loss Review Centre  

Hair Loss Review Centre (HLRC) is an excellent information hub for men and women seeking advice on the topic of baldness.  I do find the topics are broader on HLRC and they offer a very interesting read. With detailed product reviews and ratings, this website gives the readers a clear understanding of hair loss and what types of solutions there are on the market.  Give it a read -  I highly recommend it. 



Hair Compare

What better way to help someone pick the ideal treatment than to compare the best products to each other.  If you're looking for clean comparisons between two different treatments, then Hair Compare is the place to visit. Based on each individual, Hair Compare aims to find the most suitable hair loss treatment through trial and comparison. Brilliant! 



HairLossTalk

Interact with other hair loss sufferers and browse through some recommended treatments on the HairLossTalk website. This was actually the first baldness related website I visited on a regular bases. HairLossTalk allowed me to swap stories with other sufferers, as well as discover some really decent treatments.