Tuesday, February 5, 2013

So What's The Best Hair Growth Treatment For 2013?

The hair regrowth industry has been fairly static for the last few years with most men using a combination of both Minoxidil and Propecia (Finasteride) - especially if they'd been suffering from hairloss for a long time. So far this combination treatment has been working very well for most guys.  Right now there aren't any really big announcements in the world of topical or oral hair loss treatments and a lot of companies are looking for permanent surgical options instead - such as hair cloning for example. The problem with things like hair cloning is that they've been promised for years now and we're still no longer to a cure that's any better than hair transplants. 

So unless there's a sudden announcement from the hair loss industry the best topical treatment (lotion you rub on) is Minoxidil and now that it's available in a foam you have another way to treat your hair loss. You do also have the option of using additional treatments to boost your results and without having to spend a fortune either. 

If you look at most guys they're quite happily applying Minoxidil twice per day and hoping that will be enough, but it rarely is. You see your hair loss is caused by something called dihydrotestosterone and Minoxidil has zero effect on this hormone so you need to tackle it in another way. What many men use instead of Propecia (finasteride) is something called Saw Palmetto and to cut a long story short what this does is lower the levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in your scalp so you can encourage even more of your hair to grow back.

You can also look for Minoxidil combination treatments where the original Minoxidil is combined with something like Retin-A (Retinoic Acid) or Azelaic acid - both of these have been proven to be effective in improving how effective plain old Minoxidil is on its own. 

Something else a lot of guys have started using is dermal rollers which is basically a way of forcing the skin on your scalp to rejuvenate itself and hopefully make even more hair grow. I'm going to cover dermal rollers in more detail in a future post and I'll try to test one between now and then.

So basically guys the best hair loss treatments for 2013 and the years ahead (unless there's a major change) is exactly what's available today. Just make sure that you're using a combination of treatments or what's called a multi-modal approach to treating your hair loss problem - you'll get better results if you do.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rogaine Foam - Why Foam Instead of Liquid?

If you've been using minoxidil for a while now you've probably noticed that there's been a fairly recent change in the way people are creating minoxidil products, including using creams and lotions as the base for the treatment itself. What's even more recent is the introduction of minoxidil/Rogaine foam as the "vehicle" to transport this hair loss treatment directly to the areas which need it most. 

Now the big question is why are companies like Upjohn and Kirkland are now using foam in their minoxidil treatments - is there a genuine reason for them doing this or is this just more slick marketing from companies looking to make a buck out of you?

Using foam (or a cream/lotion) base for applying any form of minoxidil to your scalp does actually make a lot of sense. You see your scalp produces a kind of natural oil which prevents you scalp from drying out and also helps to keep your hair naturally "oiled" and basically protect your scalp from the elements. The problem with this is that if you're trying to combine an alcohol based treatment (minoxidil) with a layer of oil you'll know that it can't be very effective because oil and alcohol do not mix. In fact trying to apply alcohol to something covered in oil is almost a complete and total waste of time.

Sooooo even though you can rub a minoxidil liquid into your scalp it's definitely not the most effective way to apply this hair loss treatment, and you wind up with most of it on your fingers or stuck to your remaining hair instead.

This is why using a something like a foam "base" for a minoxidil treatment makes more sense because you're almost eliminating the use of alcohol in the treatment and you also get to measure your minoxidil out on your finger tips and apply it to where it counts most - far more accurate than using a dropper and trying to stop it from running down the sides, back or front of your head. 

So the reason why the different companies selling minoxidil based products using foam in their hair loss treatments is simply because it gets more of the minoxidil into your scalp and to the roots of your hair, which is where it needs to be in the first place.