Hair Growth Products: The Best and the Worst Products for Hair Growth

Hair Growth Products: The Best and the Worst Products for Hair Growth

Products for Hair Growth

There are a number of effective hair growth products on the market, products that work for all forms of hair loss and products that are effective for both men and women. Some of these hair growth products are safer than others, some come loaded with side effects and some are more hyperbole than hair growth.

In this hair growth products guide we will help you to separate the effective products from the useless ones, focusing on the very best hair growth pills, hair loss treatments and more on the market.

The Best Hair Growth Products

Rather than pointing out the best products on the market, we’re going to focus on a few key ingredients. These are all supposed to be applied topically (although some will also be beneficial if consumed orally) and you can find them either in pure formulations or mixed in with other ingredients.

Your goal as a consumer is to find products that use these ingredients and don’t use too many other harmful chemical alongside them. These are effective and well known, for the most part. But there is tendency to water them down, to mix them with hair growth products that are mostly useless or even harmful. So, pay attention, focus on pure products or even ones that contain all or most of the ingredients listed below.

Oils

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Argan oil is one of the best oils on the market right now and one that is finding its way into countless beauty and health products. It can also be eaten. Speaking of which, olive oil is just as beneficial. It may not be as trendy as argan oil, but it serves many of similar benefits. It’s loaded with nourishing, healthy fats that can strengthen your hair from the root to he tip. It also contains vitamins like Vitamin E which is good for both the skin and the hair.

Other oils to look out for include omega 3 and omega 6. Castor oil is also a very potent oil for hair loss and one that we have discussed many times already on this website. Fish oil, flax oil and other nourishing oils should also be considered, although it takes a brave person to smother their scalp in fish oil.

Topical Vitamins

Many vitamins just won’t work when applied directly to your head, no matter what the shampoo labels and commercials want you to believe. There are ones that have been proven to be effective when applied direct though. These include Vitamin E, as mentioned above. It also includes B Vitamins like Biotin and Niacin.

Biotin in particular is essential in the formulation of new and strong hair follicles. It is used by the body when producing hair and without it very little keratin would be produced and very little hair would grow. It’s very difficult to get too much Biotin, so you can consume it through your food, through a supplement and through a topical solution. It’s still important not to overdo it though, but for the most part it is safe in high doses, which is why Biotin supplements contain such a high concentration.

FDA Approved Medication

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If you’re a man then you can use Finasteride, which also goes by the brand name Propecia. This works by stopping the production of DHT. This chemical is known to enlarge the prostate and it can also trigger hair loss. In those sensitive to DHT the hair loss can be particularly bad, which is why this is one of the main causes of hair loss in men.

This medication works for the majority of men that use it. It has side effects, but these are mostly harmless. However, it has not been approved for use in women because some of the more serious side effect include the potential to cause birth defects in pregnant women.

If you are a woman then Minoxidil is a good alternative, and one that has been approved by the FDA for both sexes. There are specific formulations of Woman’s Minoxidil and Men’s Minoxidil, and you can also find this substance used in formulations like Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment.

Extracts

Saw Palmetto works in much the same way as Finasteride and, like Finasteride, it is also a very effective hair loss treatment for men. It reduces DHT, it stops hair loss at the source and it can also help to make the hair stronger. What’s more, this is a natural extract taken from the berries of a plant that grows in the wild. It has been used for its curative properties for many years and is seen as an essential medication in older men who are suffering from prostate problems and do not want to use, or can not use, Finasteride. Aloe vera is also an effective extract, one that is soothing and moisturizing and one that may be ale to work wonders on your hair as well.

There are other extracts as well, although few of them have been proven to be as effective. For instance, the product Viviscal uses something known as Nettle Extract. This is an effective product, so it could be an effective extract, but even if that was the case then it is likely only effective when consumed. The same may apply to things like Blueberry Extract, which are also used in similar formulations.

Balms and More

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Coconut oil is another top product that is safe, natural, easy to acquire and may be able to help. This is actually the meat of the coconut as opposed to an oil, but it can be made into an oily, waxy substance that is easy to massage into the scalp and the hair. You can also make your own balms, either by combining ingredients mentioned above or by using things like lemon peel. If you leave this to sit in an oily substance then the Vitamin C and the starchy goodness of the peel will leech into the oil and create an effective hair growth balm.

The Worst Hair Growth Products

There are hair growth products that just don’t work, at least in our opinion. There are many reasons for this and as a consumer it’s up to you to determine if any of them apply to the product in question.

One of the first things you should focus on is the marketing claims made on the label. Many poorer quality products will make big claims about certain ingredients, even though they only contain them in very small quantities. One of the biggest claims being made right now is for “argan oil shampoo”. There are many top products out there that contain this oil in abundance, and some of there are 100% pure argan oil. But there are also many that contain an infinitesimal amount and yet make bold claims on the label and in the promotional materials. They know as well as you do that a product containing such a small amount of argan oil is not effective, so if they are claiming otherwise then they’re just after your money and should be avoided.

We would also advise caution against products that contain caffeine. This seems to be one of the “in” things right now and there are many bold claims being made about it. But the truth is, there is no proof regarding the effectiveness (or otherwise) of caffeine when used in a shampoo. In our experience, products like Alpecin can help to condition your hair, but we have yet to receive any proof that it actually helps to grow your hair or to limit hair loss.

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