A Solution for Hair Loss?

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How To Treat Hair Loss

How do men and women tackle hair loss and thinning hair?

Hair loss affects over half of men and just over a third of women, by the age of 40.  As from 2017, the hair treatment sector is worth an estimated £1.8 billion, and is set to rise to over £5 billion but 2022.  Yet with all the money involved, there is still no known cure for alopecia.

So, how do most people treat pattern baldness?  Can it be prevented, and how effective are the treatments on the market?  Here, we look at the options that men and women are taking in order to try and treat hair loss and thinning hair.

Hair Topical Liquids

Topical liquids such as serums, lotions, foams and shampoos have always been popular choices of treatment for men, and particularly for women.  Dating back to the 80s and 90s, the topical liquids came in the form of Chinese 'Herbal Medicines', which promised the world, but delivered very little in the way of results.  The most common choice of topical liquid is the FDA approved treatment, Minoxidil, which is famously branded as Regaine/Rogaine.

Hair Pills and Vitamins

The hair loss treatment pill is relatively new in the world of alopecia treatments. The FDA approved drug, Finasteride (branded as Propecia), has been a popular choice for men trying to halt male pattern baldness, but for most men who are looking to avoid the potential side-effects that come with this drug, they tend to opt for natural hair health supplements such as Nutrafol and HR23+.  Hair supplements have also become very popular with women who suffer from balding during and after pregnancy.  Results will vary with each individual, but hair supplements can be very beneficial for hair loss sufferers.

Hair Laser Comb/Brush

Zapping your hair with infrared rays won't magically regrow your hair, but they do claim they can stimulate weakened follicles.  There is not much hard evidence to back the claim of these types of devices, and their popularity has decreased over the past few years since the emergence of hair supplements and topical solutions.

Hair Surgery

If we all had the money, hair surgery would probably be first on the list of things to do to try and tackle hair loss, but even hair transplantation is not guaranteed to work.  Many men (and women) who go down the hair transplant route, need regular 'top-up' visits, and are also put on strong medication in order for the surgical procedure to be effective in the long run. You might think hair surgery is the simple solution to tackling hair loss, but in reality it i everything but simple.

How Effective is Folic Acid for Promoting Hair Growth?

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid or folate is a B vitamin. It is also referred to as vitamin M, vitamin B₉, vitamin Bc, pteroyl-L-glutamic acid, and pteroyl-L-glutamate.  Folate occurs naturally in foods, and folic acid is the synthetic form of this vitamin. Folic acid occurs naturally in the body as folate, a water-soluble vitamin also called Vitamin B9 or folacin.

Folic acid can be found in foods such as bread, cereal, rice, pastas, and leafy green vegetables such as spinach and rocket.  Avoiding carbohydrates is common in today's society, therefore many people lack folic acid in their daily diet.  Therefore, folic acid, which is most commonly taken in supplement form, is ideal to take in order to fill that particular void.

Folic acid can also be found in moderate amounts in these fruits: orange, grapefruit, banana, cantaloupe, pineapple and strawberry.

Can Folic Acid Treat Hair Loss?

It is a case of trial and error when it comes to treating hair loss with supplements, as each individual case varies, but folic acid has shown plenty of positive signs in its prevention of hair fall and thinning hair.  Folic acid is essential to the synthesis, repair and use of DNA. For this reason, it is crucial to rapid cell division which is an essential step in human growth.

Red blood cells can lose their form lack and oxygen without folic acid, which can lead to anemia. A lack of folic acid in the human body can lead to mild forms of diarrhea, irritability, headaches, irregular heartbeats and swollen tongue.

More serious signs of low folic acid levels can include complications during pregnancy, nerve damage, mental confusion and depression.

Folic acid is used in a number of multi-vitamin hair health supplements that are designed to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair growth.  The daily dosage recommendation for folic acid is around 250mg-450mg.  To be safe, you should not exceed this amount. During the development stages of a good hair health supplement, it is crucial to have the addition of folic acid in the formula, due to its hair loss prevention properties.

Will Folic Acid cure Baldness? 

Folic acid will not cure male or female pattern baldness.  No natural vitamin has the capacity to achieve this, however, it can, when used in conjunction with other potent hair beneficiaries, play its part in slowing down the rate of hair fall and promoting strong, healthy hair growth.

Can Grape Seed Prevent Hair Loss?

How does grape seed stimulate hair growth?

The potent blend of grape seed extract acts as an antiallergenic, antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant.  Grape Seed extract has been found to inhibit the DHT production, and thus prevent hair the pattern of baldness and thinning hair.

Grape seed extract can promote hair growth in multiple ways, but in particular, the action of proanthocyanidins found in the grape seed extract plays a key role. It inhibits the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). High levels of DHT are known to cause androgenic alopecia - grape seed extract can be used to reduce the rate of hair fall. Proanthocyanidins also act as growth stimulants for hair follicles.

An extensive hair study by Japanese researchers showed that proanthocyanidins extracted from grape seeds not only stopped hair loss but increased the growth of hair cells by over 200%. Proanthocyanidins generated two anagen, or hair growth phases. Instead of the telogen phase during which the hair growth cycle shows no activity, proanthocyanidins produced another anagen phase, a twin-peak that led to rapid hair regrowth. The effectiveness of proanthocyanidins in hair regrowth is said to be similar to the drug, Minoxidil. Other follow-up studies have confirmed this doubling of the anagen phase and rapid hair growth caused by proanthocyanidins. Grape seed extract also promotes skin health, which contributes to hair growth.

Where can I get grape seed? 

Grape seed extract can be purchased from most supermarkets and health stores.  The most popular type of grape seed extract is supplement form, and the daily dosage should not exceed  250mg.

Grape seed extract will not cure hair loss, but used in conjunction with other hair beneficiary vitamins, and it can help prevent the pattern of thinning strands and stimulate hair cells, thus paving the way for healthy hair growth.

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Can Melaniq® put an end to Greying Hair?

What is Melaniq® and How does it Work?

Melaniq® Food Supplement for Hair Pigmentation has been developed for men and women experiencing premature greying, and greying in general. The unique Melaniq® formula is designed to support normal pigment production in hair follicles by supplying vital nutrients that can reduce the impact of factors associated with greying.  Crucially, Melaniq® includes copper, a necessary component of the biosynthesis of melanin, the natural pigment that gives hair its colour.

Hair colour is the pigmentation of hair follicles due to two types of melanin: eumelanin and pheomelanin. Generally, if more eumelanin is present, the colour of the hair is darker; if less eumelanin is present, the hair is lighter. The darker a person's natural hair colour is, the more individual hair follicles they have on their scalp. Levels of melanin can vary over time causing a person's hair colour to change, and it is possible to have hair follicles of more than one colour on the same person.  Particular hair colours are associated with ethnic groups. Gray or white hair is associated with age.

Does Melaniq® Reverse Greying Hair

At this moment in time, it is difficult to asses exactly how effective this supplement is for reversing grey hair.  There has not been sufficient proof that this, or any other supplement can successfully reverse the pattern of greying hair in men and women.

Melaniq® is not FDA approved to treat grey hair, therefore is this product nothing more than just a copper supplement?  Its developers, Oxford BioLabs, has received much criticism from its other supplement, TRX2 - a pill designed to treat hair loss in men and women, but Melaniq® should not be judged on the failings of TRX2.

Melaniq® might not solve all your problems, but it could be worth a try.  It is expensive, but Oxford BioLabs are constantly doing special discounts and offers on their products, so you might be able to get a good deal if you catch them at a good time. 

A Day in the Life of Beating Hair Loss

My Daily Hair Loss Treatment Routine

Being a hair loss sufferer isn't easy - in fact, it's one of the most demorolising things a man can go through.  I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it must be for women to suffer from thinning hair. But that's another story entirely.

I started losing my hair at the tender age of 21.  I entered the whole balding process far earlier than most men, and it still haunts me to this day.  I am now just 24, and I do believe I have taken charge of my hair loss, to a certain extent at least.  I have a daily routine, and although it can be quite tedious at times, I do my best to stick to it, in the hope I'll get to enjoy my locks for a bit longer.  At this stage in my life, getting to my thirties with my hair in tact would be a great achievement for me.

Battling Hair Loss

So, the moment I realised I was set to become follically challenged, I decided to do something about it. I am a problem solver, and always have been, therefore somebody with a personality like mine was always going to try to fix the issue. 

I am also very realistic, and so I was under no illusions that my problem would be solved in an instant with a cure for male pattern baldness. So, I knew from the very start that my best shot at this was to try and find a routine that would help me slow down the pattern of hair fall and maintain as much of my hair as possible. 

So, after some heavy research and a little bit of trial and error with treatments and products, I have now got my hair loss treatment routine firmly in place.  I believe this routine has been working for me in the sense I shed less hair and seem to be maintaining what I have got.  But who knows how effective this routine really is - it could all be in my imagination, of course.

The Morning Rush

I work in a 9-5 office job, so my days are very consistent, which is great for any kind of routine.  I tend to wash my hair every other night, mainly to save some time in the mornings.  So, as I am getting ready, I apply a drop of Biotin & Collagen Amplifier to my hair right after I wake up. I let it soak in for about 15 minutes.  Biotin seems to work really well on my hair, in whatever format, so instead of using potentially harsh hair styling products, I opt for the Amplifier, which gives my hair volume and boost.

I then pop a 5,000mcg Biotin pill (you can purchase a pot of Biotin pills for well under £10), along with two pills of HR23+ Hair Health Supplement.  HR23+ gives me all the vital hair additives needed for me to sustain a good, healthy head of hair.  It really is a great supplement, and if you're wiling to spend a little more on your routine, I would recommend this product highly.

Lunch Break

I usually get around 30 minutes lunch break, so I take this chance to pop another pill - this time saw palmetto, but only 320mg.  HR23+ already contains Biotin and Saw Palmetto, but I elected to add a little extra of each into my diet, because I just feel I need it personally.  I would also advise you to be careful not to exceed 600mg of Saw Palmetto per day, as a precautionary matter. 

As far as food goes, well, I do tend to eat a lot of high-protein things such as eggs, nuts and a variety of meats. Tuna and salmon are excellent hair foods too, so I always try to implement these into my daily diet.  Avocados, beans and green apples are also meant to be very beneficial for hair growth.  I don't know how much of my results are from what I eat, but there is no harm in eating healthy foods.

Evening Chill

After a sneaky workout at the gym after work, I get home, take a shower - and every other day I use OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo.  It's the purple bottle, and you can buy it for under a tenner from lots of places including Tesco and Boots. One bottle of this usually lasts me a good six weeks, so it offers very good value for money. 

Again, I do find Biotin to be an excellent vitamin for my hair growth, so I try and pack as much of it into my daily routine as possible, be it from the amplifier, the pill or the shampoo.  It just works for me.  Straight after my shower and before dinner, I pop my final pill of the day - Omega Fish Oil.  I read somewhere that this is very good for combating hair loss, so I have been taking them ever since. Again I couldn't really tell you how effective it has been for me, but I shall continue to take them.  You can get a whole tub for £12 or so. 

I then pop two more pills of HR23+ about an hour before bed (the recommended daily dosage is 4 per day) and that is pretty much it.  I know it sounds like I take a lot of pills, but it really isn't that bad, even for someone like me who is constantly on the go.  I feel like I am getting all the right vitamins and additives in my daily diet, which I was perhaps lacking up to the point of suffering from hair loss.

Has this routine worked? I know, for sure, if I hadn't acted quickly, my hair would have been in a much more dire state right now.  I feel like the pattern of hair fall has been halted, and my hair seems to be growing at a relatively normal rate.  I'm not one of those guys who loves, or relies on it to portray some kind of image - the fact is, I would look kinda silly without my hair, which provided me with more than enough motivation to try and do something about it.

Can Saw Palmetto Prevent Hair Loss?

What is saw palmetto and can it really prevent hair loss in men and women?

If you're a avid researcher of hair loss products and treatments, then you'll have no doubt come across the North American plant extract, saw palmetto. It is believed, and claimed by many experts, that saw palmetto has the capacity to block the formation of DHT (the cause of hair loss), thus preventing hair fall and encouraging natural hair growth. So, how much of this is true? As part of our Hair Loss Awareness Month coverage, we look a little deeper into the functions of this fascinating plant.

What is saw palmetto?

Saw palmetto is a small palm with fan-shaped leaves that have sharply toothed stalks, native to the south-eastern US. Saw palmetto's ripe fruit is used to make medicine, but this plant is best known for its use in decreasing symptoms of an enlarged prostate. According to many research studies, it is effective for this use. Saw palmetto is used for treating certain types of prostate infections. It is also sometimes used, in combination with other herbs, to treat prostate cancer.

How is saw palmetto connected with hair loss?

Although initial research and testing was for the purpose of prostate health, various studies showed that men and women experienced less hair fall during their trial period of using saw palmetto. So, much like the development of minoxidil as a hair growth treatment, saw palmetto was in fact discovered to help block DHT by total accident.

Does saw palmetto prevent hair loss?

There have been no official studies that have factually concluded this statement, but saw palmetto is used widely in many hair growth supplements and serums for the sole purpose of preventing hair loss. Male and female hair loss sufferers have gained positive results from using saw palmetto in an attempt to battle hair loss and thinning hair.

Does saw palmetto have any side-effects?

For the most part, saw palmetto is safe to take by men and women, although it should be noted that women should not take saw palmetto if they are pregnant or breastfeeding, as this plant acts as a hormone. Very mild side-effects can include stomach discomfort and slight headaches. The side-effects are not long-lasting. Many users make the common mistake of taking too much per day. A safe and effective daily dosage of saw palmetto would be around 250mg-350mg.

How best to take saw palmetto?

The most popular and safest way to take saw palmetto is through supplement form, which could be either tablet or capsule. Expect to pay in the region of £15-£20 for a bottle of saw palmetto supplement, but be sure to purchase one with a daily dosage of lower than 500mg. Many users will find it even more beneficial to take saw palmetto with other vitamins such as biotin, in order to help promote hair growth. Multi-vitamin hair health supplements like HR23+ and NUTRAFOL are excellent options to consider, as they use a range of ingredients that work to prevent hair fall and promote hair growth.

8 Tips To Beat Hair Loss and Thinning Hair

How to Beat Hair Loss and Thinning Hair Safely and Effectively

Over 60% of men worry about losing their hair, with hair loss affecting over 7 million men in the UK alone. Google search terms indicate that January is also the most popular month when men research male pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss and thinning hair.

Although there isn't a cure for male pattern baldness, there are ways in which you can halt the hair loss process and give yourself the best possible chance of having healthier, fuller hair for longer. Here, Hair Loss Review Centre brings you some handy tips and advice on how you can get the best out of your hair and to even slow down or stop baldness.

1. Wash your hair every other day

Washing your hair every day isn't bad for you, but neither is it particularly good for your hair. To get the best out of your hair, you'll ideally want to be washing your hair every other day, as too much washing can leave your hair looking and feeling thinner. It's essential to give your hair 48 hour growing periods.

2. Eat plenty of green apples

This sounds like a joke, right? But seriously, integrating plenty of green apples into your diet really does benefit your hair more than you could ever imagine. Eating green apples can indeed help prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth. Green apples are rich in minerals such as iron, zinc, copper, manganese and potassium which play a great role in the development and formation of hair strands.

3. Take hair health supplements

Hair health supplements can play a major role in the development and growth phase of your hair. Hair vitamins such as biotin, zinc, copper and saw palmetto, are all excellent minerals that benefit hair growth and help block the pattern of hair loss. Be sure to take supplements packed with key hair beneficiary ingredients - you'll be surprised how effective they can be for your hair.

4. Live a healthier lifestyle

This may seem a little obvious, but eating well and exercising regularly does indeed have benefits for your hair. Living a healthy and active lifestyle can have huge benefits for your overall health, as well as the condition and growth of your hair. We know you're busy, but allocating 30 minutes a day three times a week for a little exercise is a small price to pay if you want to keep your locks for longer.

5. Try not to stress too much

Easier said than done, right? Well, it's true - stress can lead to ageing skin and hair loss, so if you want your hair thicker and better, just try not to stress too much about the little things. Major stress can be avoided by living healthier and eating healthier, doing regular exercise, drinking plenty of fresh water and eating the right nutrients throughout the day.

6. Know when your hair is at its weakest

Many men don’t realise that your hair is at its weakest point when it’s wet and that it breaks easier than at any other time. Instead of combing or brushing your wet hair, wait until your hair is at least 50% dry before brushing to prevent unnecessary breakage. If you’re in a hurry, use your fingers or a wide tooth comb until it’s mostly dry. If you don’t have that much time, use a hair dryer on a low-heat setting to speed up the drying process.

7. Try topical treatments

Sometimes something as simple as a topical hair treatment can be enough to help stimulate some life into those lazy hair follicles, so if you are experiencing thinning across the scalp, it could definitely be worth trying a good anti-hair loss shampoo and an additional daily formula. Topical treatments come in many forms such as serums, foams, sprays and liquids, so it's just a case of trying a few to see what works best for you.

8. Worry less about hair loss

It's true, the more you worry about hair loss the more chance you will probably go bald. So, just think about it less and get on with your life. Be happy, be content, live well, and it's more than likely you'll be happier in life regardless if you have hair or not.

If you're totally serious about holding onto your hair, then seek advice from your doctor, research the right foods to eat and what vitamins to take that will benefit your hair. Look into hair loss treatments such as supplements, shampoos or even hair transplant surgery - whatever fits in with your budget. The faster you act, the more chance you will have of having a healthy head of strong hair for longer.
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