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Can Hair Loss be Stopped?

Does Body Building Cause Hair Loss?

Can weight-lifting increase the rate of baldness?

A more likely cause of hair loss with weight loss is "telogen effluvium." The stress to one's system from sudden or excessive weight loss can throw hair follicles into their resting phase. This is when many hairs are shed. Other stressors like high fevers, childbirth, and even surgery, can lead to telogen effluvium. 

Body building usually causes an increase in testosterone levels. Most body builders know that increasing testosterone levels helps improve power, strength and endurance. Increasing testosterone has a positive effect on the performance in the gym, but it can have a negative effect on hair growth.  Testosterone is a male hormone but it is also present (in lesser amounts) in women. Generally speaking the more testosterone in the body, the more extreme the male characteristics will be.

DHT: a by-product of testosterone

Hair loss occurs far more frequently in men than it does in women.. That is because men tend to have much higher levels of testosterone. DHT is a by-product of testosterone. In general, as we age, more DHT is produced from testosterone. DHT causes hair fall and thinning..

Some people are more susceptible to DHT than others. Some people produce more testosterone than others, and some people will experience more of an increase in testosterone as a result of starting a weight lifting/body building routine.

Weight lifting or body building may cause an increased rate in hair loss, IF you are susceptible to the negative effects of DHT and your weight lifting/body building routine results in an increase in testosterone levels. So, only in some cases will people experience thinning hair as a result of body building.  It depends on the individual and their genetics.

Should you worry about the effects of body building?

You don’t need to worry about the effects of body building on your hair, unless you are taking supplements that are designed to increase your testosterone levels. Some testosterone boosting supplements (below) can have a very negative effect on your hair, therefore these types of products should really be avoided if you treasure your locks.

Also, if you’re taking steroids and you are one of the millions of people whose scalp is sensitive to DHT you will probably notice an increase in hair loss. Just don't take them!

Why I Would Never Recommend TRX2 for Hair Growth

TRX2 and its effects for hair growth

I am in my thirties, battling with male pattern baldness. After two years of searching for a solution for my hair loss I stumbled upon TRX2 in an in-flight magazine, during my holiday. I ordered this 'revolutionary treatment' as soon as I got home and took it for the most part of a whole year!  Here is how I got on with TRX2 and why I certainly would not recommend it to you...

What results did I notice from taking TRX2? 

I didn't grow a single new hair during my time using TRX2, and my hair was continuing to fall out at the very same pace. I was excited about using this supplement, based on the 'science' behind the formula. But this pill turned out to be the very opposite of what I was hoping for. 

Now, I don't want to come across like I'm discrediting TRX2, because although I have no association with Thomas Whitfield or Oxford BioLabs (the creators of the brand), it is not my intention to harm the company in any way, shape or form. It is purely my intention to give you an honest insight into what I personally experienced during the time I took TRX2.

With all the talk of potassium channels and stimulation of hair follicles, I honestly thought this might be the breakthrough that we hair loss sufferers had finally been waiting for. Upon much closer inspection, TRX2 is nothing but a vitamin pill with potassium in it. It's amazing how much one will believe when in a situation of desperation. I believed, and I was left disappointed! 

The truth is, this formula could easily be replicated by purchasing the same ingredients separately from your local supermarket or health store. And what's more, you would save yourself a hefty sum too!  It makes little sense that a supplement could be so effective for beating baldness, and it only consists of a handful of basic ingredients.

With such little results using TRX2 in the 12 month treatment period, it allowed me to see the real benefits of using a different balding solution.  I have been through a fair amount of treatments and products over the past six years, and I have finally got to a stage where I am relatively happy with my treatment plan - and as you've probably guessed, that treatment plan does not include TRX2.

Here is my full breakdown of TRX2, based over a 12 month treatment period.

  • Prevention of hair loss: No visible signs of stopping hair fall.
  • Promotion of hair growth: No visible new hair growth.
  • Hair thickness & density: Hair remains the same in appearance. 

What Would I Recommend for combating hair loss?

I use a broad range of products that each help prevent the rate of hair fall and encourage hair growth. OGX Biotin & Collagen shampoo has worked wonders in adding thickness and strength to my locks.  I also use Argan Oil on my scalp, as it is a proven benefiter for cell stimulation.

With regards to hair supplements, well, HR23+ is the best I have tried for slowing down the rate of hair loss and stimulating stronger, thicker, healthier hair growth.  What I like about this supplement is its ingredients - Containing a key blend of hair growth promoters and DHT blocking properties, HR23+ works at the root of the cause.  HR23+ does not base its image on 'science' but more on facts.
The best ever hair supplement?

Since using HR23+ a couple of years ago, my hair looks and feels fuller, and the rate of hair fall has stopped completely.  I never thought I would ever find a product that could be so effective for me, and although HR23+ is not a cure for balding, it has certainly helped me maintain a good head of healthy hair growth.

Gues post by K Ashton: My Battle With Hair Loss

First Gene for Grey Hair Found

The first gene identified for greying hair has been discovered by an international UCL-led study, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental.

Published in Nature Communications, the study analysed a population of over 6,000 people with varied ancestry across Latin America to identify new genes associated with hair color, greying, density and shape, i.e. straight or curly.

"We already know several genes involved in balding and hair color but this is the first time a gene for greying has been identified in humans, as well as other genes influencing hair shape and density," said lead author, Dr Kaustubh Adhikari, UCL Cell & Developmental Biology.

"It was only possible because we analysed a diverse melting pot of people, which hasn't been done before on this scale. These findings have potential forensic and cosmetic applications as we increase our knowledge on how genes influence the way we look."

The findings could help develop forensic DNA technologies that build visual profiles based on an individual's genetic makeup. Research in this field has previously used samples from people of European descent, but these new results could help forensic reconstructions in Latin America and East Asia.

The gene identified for grey hair -- IRF4 -- is known to play a role in hair color but this is the first time it has been associated with the greying of hair. This gene is involved in regulating production and storage of melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color. Hair greying is caused by an absence of melanin in hair so the scientists want to find out IRF4's role in this process. Understanding how IRF4 influences hair greying could help the development of new cosmetic applications that change the appearance of hair as it grows in the follicle by slowing or blocking the greying of hair.

Professor Andres Ruiz-Linares, UCL Biosciences, who led the study, said: "We have found the first genetic association to hair greying, which could provide a good model to understand aspects of the biology of human aging. Understanding the mechanism of the IRF4 greying association could also be relevant for developing ways to delay hair greying."

Another gene, PRSS53, which was found to influence hair curliness, was investigated by the University of Bradford's Centre for Skin Sciences as part of the study.

"An enduring fascination of human evolution has been our peculiarly luxuriant scalp hair, and finding a new variation in the Protease Serine S1 family member 53 (PRSS53) gene provides an important insight into the genetic controls underpinning scalp hair shape and texture," explained Professor Desmond Tobin, University of Bradford.

"The PRSS53 enzyme functions in the part of the hair follicle that shapes the growing hair fiber, and this new genetic variation, associated with straight hair in East Asians and Native Americans, supports the view that hair shape is a recent selection in the human family."

The scientists found additional genes associated with hair including EDAR for beard thickness and hair shape; FOXL2 for eyebrow thickness and PAX3 for monobrow prevalence.

"It has long been speculated that hair features could have been influenced by some form of selection, such as natural or sexual selection, and we found statistical evidence in the genome supporting that view," added Dr Adhikari. "The genes we have identified are unlikely to work in isolation to cause greying or straight hair, or thick eyebrows, but have a role to play along with many other factors yet to be identified."

The team collected and analysed DNA samples from 6,630 volunteers from the CANDELA cohort recruited in Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru. After an initial screen, a sample size of 6,357 was used, at 45% male and 55% female. This group included individuals of mixed European (48%), Native American (46%) and African (6%) ancestry, giving a large variation in head hair appearance.

Both men and women were assessed for hair shape, color, balding and greying, but only men were tested for beard, monobrow and eyebrow thickness. Visual traits for each individual were compared to whole genome analysis results to identify the genes driving differences in appearance.

These were then checked against existing databases of different populations to see if the differences made sense based on previous knowledge and were under selection.

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Kaustubh Adhikari, Tania Fontanil, Santiago Cal, Javier Mendoza-Revilla, Macarena Fuentes-Guajardo, Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque, Farah Al-Saadi, Jeanette A. Johansson, Mirsha Quinto-Sanchez, Victor Acuña-Alonzo, Claudia Jaramillo, William Arias, Rodrigo Barquera Lozano, Gastón Macín Pérez, Jorge Gómez-Valdés, Hugo Villamil-Ramírez, Tábita Hunemeier, Virginia Ramallo, Caio C. Silva de Cerqueira, Malena Hurtado, Valeria Villegas, Vanessa Granja, Carla Gallo, Giovanni Poletti, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini, Francisco M. Salzano, Maria-Cátira Bortolini, Samuel Canizales-Quinteros, Francisco Rothhammer, Gabriel Bedoya, Rolando Gonzalez-José, Denis Headon, Carlos López-Otín, Desmond J. Tobin, David Balding, Andrés Ruiz-Linares. A genome-wide association scan in admixed Latin Americans identifies loci influencing facial and scalp hair features. Nature Communications, 2016; 7: 10815 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms10815

Celebrity Wigs and Transplants

Which celebrities have had hair transplants or wear wigs?

There is a very long line of celebrities who are undergoing hair transplants, after a combination of alopecia, male pattern baldness and genetics.

Famous names like Wayne Rooney and Calum Best have admitted to having the procedure in order to boost their locks. A multitude of other men - including Gordon Ramsay and Rafa Nadal - are rumoured to have undergone hair transplants as well, although never publicly confirmed it.

It's not just transplants that seem to be causing a stir, because wigs and hair pieces are also popular solutions for many celebs who don't fancy heading down the surgical route.  Famous names like Enrique Iglesias and Axl Rose are rumoured to wear wigs to conceal their thinning hair.

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant is a procedure that moves hair from one part of the head to another; the idea is to take hairs from an area with good hair growth and transplant them to an area with thinner hair or balding. Depending on the individual, a hair transplant typically costs between £15,000 - £30,000.

Here are some famous faces who have undergone hair transplant surgery... 

From Top to bottom: Mel Gibson, James Nesbitt, Nick Cage, Mathew McConaughey, Enrique Iglesias.

How To Stop Hair Loss

How to stop hair loss and thinning hair

Hair loss and thinning hair occurs in many of us, and statistics show that baldness is on the up.  If you are one of 60% of men or 40% of women who suffers from hair fall, then you are probably looking for valid solutions to prevent balding.  The question is: Is there anything out there that can stop hair loss?

Firstly, we know that there is no cure for male or female pattern baldness.  This is a fact, and it doesn't matter what claims a brand or company makes about its product or treatment - the hard truth is that nothing in today's market will cure the pattern of hair fall.  However, many sufferers have discovered solutions that have helped them at least prevent hair loss.

There are many myths regarding this subject.  Here, we look at three myths about practices/treatments that claim to be good for stopping hair loss.  We'll also go through three genuine practices/treatments that can help prevent the pattern of shedding.

Hair loss treatment myths

1. A Transplant Will Solve All Your Problems

Yes, hair transplants are indeed regarded by many as the most effective solution for hair loss, but the reality is, they aren't as great as many of you might think.  While hair surgery can offer a good solution for patients who are completely bald, and who can afford it, many of us are unaware that even a transplant isn't guaranteed to work in the long run.  Many patients are required to have surgery at least twice a year, and also have to take drugs in order to help maintain the hair.  

2. Minoxidil Regrows Lost Hair

While it is true that minoxidil can generate hair growth, it should be noted that it generally works on a very small scale. Too many men (and women) start using minoxidil when it's far too late. Minoxidil, like most treatments for hair, should be used during early stages of baldness. This potent liquid will not prevent balding on the kind of scale you would hope for.

3. Potassium Can Prevent Balding

You may have come across supplements that claim they can block DHT through the theory of potassium channels. There has been no conclusive research to suggest that this theory is valid in any way, shape or form. If you are looking to beat the pattern of hair fall, then we would always recommend that you stick to ingredients with more scientific backing behind them.

Genuine practices to stop hair loss

1. A Healthy Lifestyle Promotes Heathy Hair

It's true, the healthier you live, the healthier your hair will be.  Getting plenty of exercise and eating high-protein foods and nutrients will only benefit your hair. Studies show that a far higher percentage of people who live healthy lifestyles actually have healthier hair strands.

2. Vitamins Can Stop The Rate of Balding

Not all supplements can have a positive effect on your hair, but certain multi-vitamin supplements can benefit the growth of your hair immensely.  Products like HR23+ have shown excellent results in preventing the rate of hair fall and promoting healthy hair growth in men and women. Key additives like Biotin, Saw Palmetto, Zinc, Ginkgo Biloba and Grape Seed extract can work potently together to help stop hair loss and prevent thinning hair.

3. Penetrating the Scalp Can Stop Shedding

Whether you are using your fingers or something like a derma roller, it is indeed true that regular scalp stimulation can help prevent shedding and encourage new hair growth by reactivating hair cells.

Does Hair Loss Occur More in Summer?

Should you worry more about hair loss in summer season?

For may hair loss sufferers, summer season can often be quite daunting for a number of reasons. As many of us spend much of our time in gardens, parks and beaches to soak up the sun's rays, those worried about their hair are always faced with some difficult decisions: wear a cap and sweat it out, or risk sun lotions that could accentuate thinning hair problems by revealing parts of the scalp?  Not to mention the problems presented by frequent wetting of the hair at pool parties, during water sports activities, and regular dips in the sea.

What is Seasonal Hair Loss? 

A very common concern with sufferers of thinning hair is the theory of 'seasonal hair loss'. Whilst this theory has not been proved, there certainly seems to be a common trend whereby shedding is triggered in the summer months, resulting in increased balding.

The theory is based on our similarities with animals - for instance, the dog sheds hair in the summer to create a thinner coat for the hotter climate, enabling its body to cool down more efficiently. Another angle to look at this theory is that the stress to our bodies from the sun and warm weather causes hair loss from telogen effluvium.

Telogen effluvium is only short term, and only lasts throughout the hotter climate, but for those of us who suffer from common hair loss conditions such as male pattern baldness and alopecia, this temporary phase may not be quite so forgiving once the summer season passes by.

How to stop shedding this summer

Summer season makes us sweat more, which means we naturally opt to wash our hair more often. Many guys are concerned that over-washing their hair can lead to the formation of hair fall and thinning. This point has not been proved, but could still be valid. That is why it is essential to wash your hair with naturally formulated shampoos, every other day, as you normally would throughout the rest of the year, but consider adding a dry shampoos to your hair care routine. 

On the days you are not using regular shampoo, simply wash your hair with water and then when it's dry just apply some dry shampoo, which comes in powder or spray form, to help cleanse your hair and keep it smelling fresh. This is an excellent alternative that also enhances the volume of your hair.

If you suffer from developing stages of male/female pattern baldness, then we would always advise you to speak to your doctor about your condition before trying to tackle it yourself.  Beware though, some doctors can make commission from certain treatments and products, so make sure your choice of treatment is one that is safe and effective for you.

Hair health supplements like HR23+ (below) are excellent hair food products that feed your follicles with hair beneficiary ingredients that can prevent hair loss and even promote thicker, stronger and healthier hair growth. What's more, many of these ingredients work pretty quickly, so you shouldn't be waiting months on end to see noticeable results.
In order to keep your strands healthy and protected, be sure to use SPF30+ sunscreen on your locks. Try and use a formula that is less greasy with quick absorption. The sun's rays present the most damage to your hair, therefore it is essential that you keep your barnet protected, and less prone to damage.

Enjoy the sun!

It's true what they say, the less you worry about shedding, the better summer you will have. Be sure to have a decent hair care routine in place that will take you through the summer months, helping you shed as little as possible.

Also, remember summer isn't actually the season when we shed the most. On average, we tend to suffer from the most severe cases of shedding during spring season, so be confident that the worst stages of shedding are firmly behind you.

June Hair Loss Picks

What are the best hair loss treatments for June?

Each month we aim to bring you our top hair loss products and treatment recommendations. This month, we look at some treatments that are ideal to take during the early part of summer season. Many hair loss sufferers underestimate the importance of taking extra care of their hair during summer. So, we've come up with a list of hair products that can benefit your locks as the climate continues to get warmer. Remember, humans tend to shed more in summer, so protecting your hair when it's at its weakest is essential.

In no particular order, here are the eight recommendations for the month of June...

1. Omega Fish Oils

Nutritional and dietary factors, including the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, can influence your overall health and the health of your skin, scalp and follicles, which can, in turn, improve the health of your hair. Be sure to take your fish oils, particularly during the hotter months of the year.

2. Biotin & Collagen Amplifier

We advise washing your hair with shampoo a lot less during summer, therefore you'll want a good amplifier that helps beef up and condition the hair, leaving it smelling nice too.  Biotin & Collagen Amplifier by OGX is a perfect formula containing ingredients that benefit your hair.

3. Sunscreen Hair Cream

Protect your hair from harmful sun rays with a non-greasy sunscreen. Hair damage is most commonly caused by the sun, therefore protecting your hair throughout the day is an absolute must.

4. HR23+ Hair Supplement

HR23+ is a potent supplement that can help the rate of healthy hair growth. This safe and effective pill is ideal for men and women suffering from early stages of male/female pattern baldness. This should be taken all-year-round, but particularly during the summer when hair is at its weakest.

5. Sunscreen Hair spray

A good sunscreen spray (it doesn't matter which brand) is a handy product that you can take with you and use while you are on the go. For extra hot days spent at the beach or down the park, be sure to keep topping up your protection with a few squirts of sunscreen on your hair.

6. Biotin Supplement

Biotin is an excellent human growth agent, therefore taking it during the season when your hair tends to shed the most, is absolutely essential. Biotin can help hair grow faster, stronger, and thicker. 
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