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Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments: #48 HairXcel

#48 HairXcel

HairXcel was formulated to work as a complete ‘inside-out’ nourishment to support proper follicular function.  This supplement can be effective in preventing the pattern of shedding, particularly during seasonal shedding phases.

HairXcel bases its formula on the common theory of DHT blocking.  DHT is a hormone known to be responsible for male pattern baldness and causes 95% of the hair loss in men and women. This formula includes Saw Palmetto, and Pygeum Africanum as a blocker of DHT.  Safe and effective for both men and women.  More tests are needed to prove the exact effectiveness of saw palmetto and its DHT blocking properties, but evidence suggests it can be an excellent additive to help slow down and stop hair loss.

HairXcel is not a revolutionary supplement for hair growth, but it does contain a good blend of natural ingredients that can benefit the health of hair strands, and encourage stronger growth from the root. If you suffer from early stages of baldness, or a history of thin hair, then this potent supplement could help in maintaining healthy hair.

HairXcel is made and distributed by Nutracraft.  It is formulated to bring your natural healthful appearance from the inside out. This product is priced at around $35 for one bottle.

Nutracraft have also released another potent supplement, Hair, Skin & Nails (below), which may be of interest to women in particular who are suffering from ageing hair.

Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments: #49 TRX2 Lotion

#49  TRX2 Hair Revitalising Lotion

TRX2® Hair Revitalising Lotion is based on the same formula as the TRX2® capsules. It contains Potassium chloride, Carnipure™ tartrate (L-carnitine – L-tartrate), BCAA and niacin delivered via a proprietary potassium channel — stimulating complex. TRX2® Lotion also contains Biotin, which contributes to the maintenance of normal hair. TRX2® Hair Revitalising Lotion is a topical solution produced using naturally-based ingredients. It is developed for use on the scalp to nourish hair follicles.

Potassium channels are small pore-forming protein structures that control the transport of nutrients across the hair follicle's cell membrane. As people experience hair loss, the function of potassium channels diminishes. The effect is an impaired membrane potential and interrupted transport of nutrients into the hair, resulting in shrinking follicles and thinning hair. TRX2® synthesizes the latest scientific knowledge on the molecular mechanisms with an aim to positively influence the functioning of hair follicles.

The daily intake of TRX2® can provide a combination of nutritional stimulants (potassium, BCAA, nicotinamide) with a pure form of a naturally-generated substance (L-Carnitine-L-Tartrate) that stimulates the potassium ion channels within hair follicles. This technique helps to facilitate the entry of regulatory compounds and essential nutrients into the hair follicle membrane.

This topical solution is new to the market, and has yet to gain the sufficient reviews and feedback for it to be judged accordingly. TRX2 Lotion makes it onto our Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments list, in at number 49. We feel this is a fair ranking for a product that was only released in 2016.

This product is not a cure for hair loss, and it should only be used by men and women who suffer from very early stages of baldness and thinning hair.  This product is designed to slow down the thinning process, NOT regrow lost hair.  TRX2 Lotion is on the expensive side, priced at around £50 per bottle. 

Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments: #50 Alpecin Liquid

#50  Alpecin Liquid

Alpecin is one of the fastest growing hair care ranges in Europe.  When it comes to popularity, the C1 shampoo leads the way, but let's take nothing away from Alpecin's Liquid formula.  This product is not a shampoo, but rather a topical serum that is designed to stimulate hair follicles, thus aiding the growth of weakened hair.

When applied, it causes a fresh tingling on the scalp, its active ingredients travel along the hair shaft and form a depot sufficient for up to 24 hours. Alpecin caffeine liquid hair energizer's caffeine based active ingredient formula can help maintain hair production. Engineered by German scientists, Alpecin caffeine liquid hair energizer keeps hair roots active and maintains healthy hair growth. The caffeine-containing active ingredient combination keeps hair roots awake and contributes to extending their growth phases for longer than provided for by hereditary predisposition.


Apply in the morning and after each hair wash to your towel-dried scalp and massage in. Do not rinse out. Allow to dry briefly, then comb your hair and style as usual.

Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Menthol, Caffeine, Zinc PCA, Niacinamide, Citric Acid, Limonene, Linalool, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Retinyl Acetate.

Alpecin Liquid is not a cure for hair loss, and more studies are needed to confirm this product's exact effectiveness.  However, there are strong links to caffeine and its association with hair growth, so Alpecin Liquid makes it onto the Top 50 Hair Loss Treatments list, in at 50.

If you suffer from thinning hair along the scalp, then this topical solution is worth a try.    Available for under £10.

Alpecin: Shampoos & Liquids for Hair and Scalp

New energy for hair and scalp: With effective products and targeted solutions

From shampoos with targeted action for different scalp types to the Caffeine Liquid, which provides the hair with sufficient energy every day: Alpecin have created solutions that can match your exact hair type and its needs.  The Alpecin hair energising range is one of the fastest growing of its kind in Europe.


Caffeine Shampoo C1 - Shampoo with Caffeine Complex

Now you can transport the unique active ingredient of Caffeine to the hair roots during washing. Alpecin Caffeine penetrates the scalp even when the shampoo has been rinsed out. In just 120 seconds the active ingredient travels along the hair shaft directly to your hair follicles.

Based on the intentional omission of softeners (e.g. silicone), the hair structure improves after just a few hair washes with enhanced hair grip. Fine and weakened hair becomes stronger and can be styled better.


Sport Caffeine Shampoo CTX

Alpecin Sport Caffeine Shampoo is suitable for men who are physically active. Thanks to its special active ingredient combination – Alpecin Caffeine, taurine and the micronutrients biotin, zinc, magnesium and calcium – it recharges the hair roots.

This promotes strong hair growth, hair loss can be prevented. Leave Alpecin Sport Caffeine Shampoo on for 2 minutes to allow the active ingredient combination to penetrate from the scalp into the hair roots.


Alpecin Tuning Shampoo

With age, hair roots increasingly lose their ability to form the colouring melanin pigments, causing the shafts of your hair to become white. As more hair becomes white, your hair will increasingly appear grey in colour. Alpecin Tuning Shampoo fortifies your natural hair colour and tints early grey hairs.

The intensive pigments in the shampoo make your hair look darker and fuller again. At the same time, the Caffeine Complex introduces an activating ingredient to the hair roots. Alpecin Caffeine is detectable in the hair roots after just 120 seconds. Alpecin Tuning Shampoo is suitable for daily use. Leave the shampoo on the scalp for about 2–5 minutes, and then rinse out. Only apply to dark to black hair.




Alpecin Liquid

When applied, it causes a fresh tingling on the scalp, its active ingredients travel along the hair shaft and form a depot sufficient for up to 24 hours.Apply in the morning and after each hair wash to your towel-dried scalp and massage in. Do not rinse out. Allow to dry briefly, then comb your hair and style as usual.


Alpecin Double Effect Caffeine Shampoo

The Double-Effect Caffeine Shampoo loosens scaly, keratinous cells and thoroughly removes dandruff from the scalp. The combination of two effective anti-dandruff substances, salicylic acid and piroctone olamine, has the following benefits: Gentle dandruff removal; Anti-inflammatory action; Antioxidant effect, i. e. improved resistance; Antimicrobial properties. Also, the removal of dandruff from the scalp prepares the way for the Caffeine Complex. Alpecin Double-Effect Caffeine Shampoo contains highly dosed caffeine that penetrates into the hair roots during washing. It can be detected just 120 seconds after applying.


Dandruff Killer

The first Alpecin shampoo with 4 active ingredients. Together they remove dandruff, relieve scalp irritation and form a powerful anti-dandruff defence system. Panthenol, allantoin and a sophisticated galenic formula prevent irritation and stabilize the scalp’s resistance.

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Retailers Charge Women More for Hair Loss Treatment

Women pay an average of 40 percent more than men for minoxidil foams

A hair loss remedy most commonly known as Rogaine -- according to a new analysis from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The price difference appears despite the fact that the men's and women's version of the products -- which are branded and marketed differently -- contain the same drug strength and inactive ingredients. JAMA Dermatology published the findings online.

"Gender-based consumer price differences are well-documented, but we believe this is the first analysis comparing the pricing of medication along gender lines," said Jules Lipoff, MD, an assistant professor of Dermatology and the study's lead author.

An estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in America have androgentic alopecia -- otherwise known as male-pattern or female-pattern baldness. With men, it usually presents as a receding hairline, while in women, it usually causes thinning of the hair. A recent study found the global market for treatments of this condition will reach $11.8 billion by the year 2024.

Minoxidil is one of the most common products currently on the market. Originally, the product contained a five percent solution for men and a two percent solution for women, and those products are still available in pharmacies. In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the five percent solution for women. There is now a version of the product sold to both men and women as a foam. Women apply it once daily, while men are directed to use it twice per day. All of the products involved in this research are sold over-the-counter.

Lipoff and his team looked at data from 24 different pharmacies across four states and compared them by retail price. In each case, they used the price of the largest container available by volume. When prices varied between different locations within the same chain, they used the average cost.

For the foam products containing five percent minoxidil, researchers found the cost was 40 percent higher per ounce (30 mL) for women than men.

"These are products with the exact same ingredients," Lipoff said. "They come in different amounts and packaging based on gender, so for the most part, women probably do not even realize they are paying more."

Lipoff says the justification could be that women will get more out of the product since they require fewer daily doses, or that there could be differences in the cost of product testing, approval, and marketing, but that still leaves women paying more per ounce.

"We recommend that our female patients buy the male version of the product, because it doesn't seem right to ask a woman to pay more when the products are, for all intents and purposes, identical."

Lipoff's team also compared the cost of women's two percent solution to men's five percent solution and found them to be virtually identical.

There is existing research to document gender-based consumer price differences. A 2015 report found women pay an average of 13 percent more than men on equivalent personal care products. But Lipoff said since most medications are not gender-specific, it's rare to have the opportunity to compare costs this way.

"We're just taking an objective look at the current costs," Lipoff said. "Still, we don't think it's right to charge different people different prices for the exact same drug."

Article by ScienceDaily, 7 June 2017.

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Materials provided by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

Journal Reference:
  1. Mackenzie R. Wehner, Kevin T. Nead, Jules B. Lipoff. Association Between Gender and Drug Cost for Over-the-Counter Minoxidil. JAMA Dermatology, 2017; DOI: 10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.1394

No World Cup, But Italian Men Still Love Their Hair

Would Italian men trade a world cup for a full head of hair?

After failing to beat Sweden in the playoffs, the Italian football team failed to qualify for a world cup since 1958.  Italians are not just known for their footballing skills on the pitch - they are also known for their style and grooming. So, we ask, what nations take the most pride in their hair, and would they consider trading a world cup for their locks?

So, going through the traditional powerhouse footballing countries, in no particular order, we establish which of these nations would happily trade their hair for a world cup...


History clearly shows that Italian men absolutely love their locks. Going through the years with players like Del Piero, Totti, Inzaghi, and Baggio, it is clear that Italian men love to groom and style their hair more than any other nation.  This fits in with their culture - Italians have always prided themselves in being a country of fashion, style and charm, so a man's hair is of utmost importance.
Would Italian men trade their hair for world cup glory?  Not a chance!


Much like the Italians, the Spanish seem to take quite a lot of pride in their hair, but unfortunately for Spanish men, many of them tend to go bald. Cesc Fabregas (below) is one of many Spanish men heading for hair transplant surgery in order to fix their fast disappearing hairline, which leads us to believe that Spanish men do actually value their strands more than we might think.

Would Spanish men trade their hair for world cup glory?  With recent success in the world cup, Spanish men would probably choose to hold onto their locks over another world cup win.


German men are far more into themselves than many of us might think. Health vitamins and supplements are more popular in Germany than any other European country, which tells us this country values its health (and hair) a great deal. 

Would German men trade their hair for world cup glory? Even though Germany have been an incredibly successful world cup nation, you would still think further glory would be their priority over anything else.


Brazilians treat their football players like gods - that's how much they love their football.  And for all the fancy hairstyles their players have worn over the years, you would still expect world cup glory to come first.

Would Brazilian men trade their hair for world cup glory?  No. Brazilian men love their hair, and they love their style, but they love football a great deal more.


Much like Italy, Argentinian men do love to groom and pamper their hair, and they certainly wouldn't be short of a hairband or two in the dressing room. For all their style and trendiness, Argentinian men are never short on passion, and when it comes to anything in life, pride and passion usually wins.

Would Argentinian men trade their hair for world cup glory? It's a tricky one, but we think world cup success would come before anything in Argentina - even hair.


Long hair, clean shaven and tanned skin - that has been the look of the Portuguese team over recent years, and any side with Cristiano Ronaldo in it obviously knows where the skin cream is. Portugal have been accused of being soft in world cups, which leads us to believe they may just not want to ruin their hair.

Would Portuguese men trade their hair for world cup glory? They would probably tell you so, but deep down they know they'd be lost without their luscious locks.


On the evidence of their fans, you would think English men don't really have much regard for their hair, but the UK is one of the largest spenders on hair loss treatments in the world, so that gives us an idea of how much they do actually care about their strands. Let's also not forget that when it comes to hair, in David Beckham, England have the most famous hairstyle icon of them all.

Would English men trade their hair for world cup glory?  It has been so painfully long since England won a world cup that English men would probably trade most things for a world cup win. 


They're tough, they're big, they're manly, and they care little for pretty boy looks and stylishly groomed hair. The Dutch have never come across as a vain nation, and they certainly love to win more than anything else. When you think of Dutch men you think of the complete opposite to Italian men - which kinda says it all really.

Would Dutch men trade their hair for world cup glory? Yes, in a heartbeat. Add to the fact Holland have never won a world cup, it is pretty clear the Dutch would dearly love world cup glory over anything else.

Stop Baldness with 5 Key Products

How to stop baldness and thinning hair

Going bald isn't an easy thing to go through, and neither is stopping it.  There are currently hundreds of products on the market that claim to be the closest thing to a cure for hair loss, but in reality only a handful of these products will provide you with a realistic solution for baldness.  One thing is for certain, none of them are even close to a cure.

Fear not though, because although there isn't a cure for any type of alopecia, there are still plenty of safe and affordable products out there that can provide a viable treatment for baldness and thinning hair.  Here we go through five key products that, when used in conjunction with each other, can defeat the pattern of balding and help maintain healthy hair growth.


1. Piping Rock Max Biotin 10,000mcg

If you're looking to get that extra boost out of your hair then you should definitely be taking a Biotin pill every day.  Biotin (vitamin B7) is also known as the 'growth agent', and you'll find it is added to just about every orally consumed hair loss treatment on that market.  For faster growing hair, take Biotin.

2. Swanson Saw Palmetto 540mg

Saw Palmetto has been known the inhibit the formation of DHT (the cause of hair loss), and much like Biotin, this potent North American plant extract is commonly used in various treatments for baldness and thinning hair.  Women should not take Saw Palmetto if they are already taking it in multi-vitamin form, and should not exceed 250mg per day.  Around 400mg - 500mg per day is a safe and effective dosage for men.

3. Omega Fish Oils

Omega 3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to open the hair follicles, promoting healthy hair growth. When the body is not getting the proper nutrients, the hairs that are lost regularly each day are not replaced easily, and hair loss may become a problem.

4. Multi Vitamin Hair Supplement

When picking a multi-vitamin hair supplement, it really does depend on what works for you.  We have reviewed many of them on here and some are better than others.  Multi-vitamin hair supplements are rapidly growing in popularity because of their effectiveness in preventing hair fall and promoting hair growth in men and women.

5. OGX Keratin Oil Shampoo

One of the main causes of breakage and split ends is a lack of protein in the hair, and that's where Keratin comes into play - Fortunately, you can restore these proteins by using keratin products, such as a keratin smoothing shampoo. Each time you use it, more protein will be deposited into your hair.

So, although these products will not provide you with a cure for hair loss, they will each do their bit to help slow down the process of shedding, and promote the rate and speed of hair growth.  
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