HAIR LOSS: RESTORE AND KEEP YOUR HAIR

HAIR LOSS: THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENCE

In the section HAIR FOOD AND NATURAL AGENTS  we discussed the role of vitamins, minerals and other natural substances in feeding your hair. Apart from food taken orally, a number of other topical solutions to rub into the hair to stimulate the follicles were also discussed.

In this section we are looking at topical solutions and/or drugs that offer the best chances of regrowing your hair and fighting hair loss; in other words, maintain the hair you have. We are talking about the topical solutions tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the US. But keep in mind that the FDA only ascertains that food and drugs are safe to be sold by thoroughly testing them for a lengthy period of time.  There is no guarantee that these products will necessarily work for you. Being safe does not mean that they are effective. The FDA’s British counterpart, the Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) basically has the same objective to safeguard public health, to ensure that products meet required standards, that they are safe  and that they “work” (which does not mean that they will be successful). Another body that tests and evaluates hair restorer products is the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA). Although the AHLA is authoritative and uses scientific to evaluate hair regrowth agents, it is not prepared to recommend a product if it has not passed the FDA test. Thus, a newly developed product that shows promising results when used by a sizeable number of people with hair loss, will not be recommended by the AHLA if the FDA has not declared it safe – a process which may take some time.

Let us have a look at the two products that have the FDA’s and/or MHRA’s approval.

1. Minoxidil (marketed originally as Rogaine, but a few other products also contain Minoxidil).

Minoxidil was the first product that was declared safe and effective in treating hair loss in men and  women. It was accidentally discovered when researchers were testing substances for the treatment of high blood pressure. Rogaine (Minoxidil) is readily available over the counter and online, and no prescription is necessary.  Minoxidil facilitates the flow of blood to those parts where it has been applied. The result is that the hair follicles obtain sufficient nutrients, preventing them from shrinking which in turn results in hair loss.  Tests over a fairly long period of time have shown that Minoxidil (Rogaine) works in some cases, but is not in others. In order for minoxidil to keep working, you have to keep using it! When discontinued, hair loss will start again. Why? Because while it stimulates new hair growth, it does NOT stop the cause of hair loss, namely the hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Rogaine does not block DHT. Also, users under forty and/or those whose hair loss started less than five years ago have a better chance of obtaining a good result.  It will take four to six months to determine whether there is an improvement.  Rogaine has to be applied twice daily for 3 to 4 months to get any positive results.

2. Finasteride (marketed as Propecia). Finasteride works in a completely different way than Minoxidil. It addresses the hereditary cause of hair loss by blocking the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Whereas Minoxidil acts as a growth stimulant, Finasteride does not. Finasteride enables hair follicles that can still grow hair, to grow that hair. Because Minoxidil cannot affect the formation of DHT, and therefore not treat hereditary hair loss, the general opinion of hair loss experts is that Finasteride (sold as Propecia) is superior to Minoxidil. Others believe the two substances should be used together to optimize results. Women should not use Propecia and you need a doctor’s prescription for obtaining the product. Although studies have indicated that Finasteride has diminished DHT levels with as much as 60 per cent, and stopped the progression of hair loss in 86 per cent of men, studies sponsored by the National Institute of Health have cast a shadow over the success of Propecia by showing an increasing risk of prostate cancer in people who took 5 milligrams daily of finasteride. Manufacturers are recently looking for alternatives for Propecia as a DHT blocker. Azelaic acid and caffeine are among potential replacements. DualGen-15 is one of the products that combines minoxidil with one substantial DHT blocker (azelaic acid) and another that is still in an experimental phase (caffeine).

LIPOGAINE:  THE REAL SOLUTION TO THE HAIR LOSS PROBLEM?

1. Lipogaine for men:

Lipogaine for men is an intensive and complete solution for hair loss/thinning. Its superior effectiveness lies in the unique combination of hair growth stimulants, DHT blockers, and hair essential nutrients. It meets the needs from many users who prefer not to use finasteride (Propecia) and seek for a product that has stronger DHT blocking ability than azelaic acid alone. Lipogaine contains the most potent DHT blocking ability of all products on the market.  To realize increased DHT blocking capability, saw palmetto extract, beta-sitosterol, gamma linolenic acid, alpha linolenic acids, oleic acidare added to this product in addition to 5% azelaic acid that is used in DualGen-15. Each of these components was proven to be an effective DHT blocker.  The combined DHT blocking effectiveness offered by this group of ingredients was proven to be more effective than finasteride.

As growth stimulant Lipogaine contains minoxidil (Rogaine), which is approved by the FDA and the number one hair growth product in the United States. Comprehensive and essential nutrients biotin, niacin, retinol, vitamin B6 and B12 form an essential segment of Lipogaine. And peered reviewed articles in scientific journals, conclude that retinol improves the efficacy of Minoxidil.

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2. Lipogaine for women:

Like Lipogaine for men, this women’s version also has a hair growth stimulant (minoxidil), DHT blockers, and hair essential minerals. The main difference between the two versions is that the men’s substance contains a stronger concentrate of the major ingredients. For example, the men’s version contains 5 per cent minoxidil per bottle, the women’s 2 per cent; the men’s version has 5 per cent azelaic acid (a powerful DHT blocker) and the women’s 1.5%.

 

There are a number of factors regarding the ingredients of Lipogaine that immediately catch the eye:

  • Research studies suggest azelaic acid, saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, fatty acids are powerful DHT blockers
  • Hair care experts everywhere in the world regard Biotin as the most important vitamin for healthier and stronger hair
  • No smell, dry fast, clean

 

So what you have here is a product that

  • Has had outstanding success in curing hair loss, containing a substance approved by the FDA and MHRA
  • Contains natural products and can be bought without a doctor’s prescription
  • Is completely safe, whereas Propecia (finasteride)  is currently under scrutiny for a possible connection to prostate cancer
  • Is much cheaper than Rogaine and Propecia and DualGen-15
  • Is sold with a 30 days money back guarantee, which Rogaine and Propecia don’t offer.
  • Is easy to use and very economical

OTHER PRODUCTS

Apart from Propecia (finasteride), Rogaine (minoxidil) and Lipogaine,  DualGen-15 has been touched upon in our discussion of hair loss products. This substance contains some of the basic contents that are to be found in Lipogaine. although Lipogaine is a more comprehensive treatment than DualGen-15. DualGen also comes in different forms of concentration of the ingredients.  

A number of other treatments also performs the basic functions that the above-mentioned products – a remedy containing  minoxidil and/or DHT blockers  - but with less evidence of success. They include Spectral, Provillus and Dutasteride. In fact there are a plethora of hair grow remedies, all claiming success with regrowing hair on bald or semi-bald heads, but with no proven record.

PRODUCTS RECOMMENDED BY THE BELGRAVIA CENTRE

This institution in London specializes in hairloss problems and have a variety of products available for self-treatment. These include DHT blockers such as Propecia and some other products that are combined with minoxidil, as well as Hair Vitalics, a general tonic for hair care. For more information, consult its website: http://www.belgraviacentre.com.

SHAMPOOS

Drugstore and supermarkets are packed with hair care products. Despite the claims by manufacturers about the nutritional ingredients for your hair, some of the products could actually do more harm than good. Unlike the small number of hair grow remedies that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this body hardly acts to determine what kinds of chemicals are going into the beauty industry’s massively advertised hair products. Some of them can actually strip away the hair’s natural moisture balance and damage hair follicles, resulting in hair loss. Almost every shampoo on the market has a conditioner as well, merely to perpetuate the damage done by the shampoo.

A company, Blinc Inc., investigates some of the misleading claims by manufacturers concerning their products. Their findings are published on their websight to educate the public. Some articles on hairloss advise people to  change their shampoo periodically, without providing the reason why.  According to Blinc, this is because most shampoos are made with harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which can weaken hair to environmental pollution and dry it out over time. Therefore, you are asked to change your brand or use conditioners loaded with more questionable ingredients that can prevent your hair and scalp from breathing.  Similarly styling waxes or silicone-based glossing serums may add a temporary sheen to lackluster hair, but soon begin to build up on your strands, causing them to lose their volume and bounce. Hair care products should lather and cleanse effectively without creating buildup or causing harm to the skin, eyes or hair. Blinc maintains that very few shampoos are all-natural, and the ones that truly are, have very little shelf life and produce poor cleansing results.

There are so many good shampoos for treating hair loss, that only a few can be discussed on this site. Those shampoos on the market that are manufactured as supplement to the hair regrowth product contain the same ingredients although not necessarily in the same proportions. Lipogaine has a shampoo available that contains ketoconazole, biotin and saw palmetto ($19.95), Perfect Hair offers a solution containing a DHT inhibitor and exfoliators designed to facilitate the absorption of topical minoxidil products ($19.95). Another good product is Hair Genesis Revitalizing Shampoo which contains DHT blockers and sold at $29.70. A few other shampoos that are rated highly include Revivogen Bio Cleansing Shampoo ($24.00), Nizoral Shampoo ($9.50), Alpecin Shampoo, which contains caffeine as a DHT blocker ($14.54) Viviscal Shampoo ($9.99). Nioxin Cleansing Shampoo does not contain minoxidil or finasteride, but cleanses the scalp to remove excessive sebum clogging DHT. Besides, it has been a quality product since the late 1980s. These are shampoos that are mostly directed to halting hair loss. Most of them also have conditioners as part of the product package. You should make sure that you use conditioners correctly, especially avoiding the forming of a sediment on your scalp.

Laser Comb Technology

Laser treatment for hair loss has been used for quite a long time, but until recent years people had to visit hair clinics for treatment. The low intensity laser beams were applied to the hair and scalp by an apparatus similar to a hair dryer in hair salons. Then Lexington International designed and patented the HairMax Laser Comb in the form of a comb with teeth set wide apart through which the laser beams are emited.  In this way laser hair care technology was made available to people in the comfort and privacy of their home and at affordable prices.

As explained in other sections of this site, you don’t go bald or get thinning hair because your hair falls out. You go bald or thin out if the lost hair doesn’t grow back! This is where laser laser can help if used regularly. The manufacturer claims that laser beams can strengthen and regenerate the hair roots. Microscopic studies have shown laser increases circulation and oxygenation of the blood to the scalp and hair bulb. Blood supply to the hair bulb and scalp is stimulated, increasing the number of red blood cells that deliver vital oxygen and nutrients. The result is a restorative and reparative chain reaction that clears debris from the hair shafts, swells the cortex and closes the cuticle leading to a healthier scalp and hair that looks and feels softer, thicker and shinier, and is more easily managed.

According to Lexington laser light uses the scientific principle of photobiotherapy. This process occurs when cells absorb light and repair themselves. In  the case of scalp and hair, laser light penetrates the tissues of the scalp, stimulating micro-circulation of blood supply, cell metabolism and protein synthesizes. Clinical studies suggest that this cellular and sub-cellular activity breaks down the collection of DHT helping to stop hair loss. Laser also prevents calcium formation and blockages around the hair bulb. It also increases cell replacement or regenerative activity.

The HairMax Laser Comb adheres to international standards of safety. The manufacturing company undergoes regular audits to maintain certification and commitment to quality. It is the only apparatus in this category of hair loss treatment that is approved by the FDA. There are five models available and prices (by 2013) vary from $229.00 to $399.00.