Tag: Rogaine

Rogaine is the brand name for minoxidil, which is one of the most popular hair growth medications in the world. Here on Hair Growth Pills we have talked about Rogaine more than any other medication, and there is good reason for that. This is a product that has worked for many people, a product that has been the go-to cure for baldness for a number of years now and a product that can cure many of your hair loss woes.

Of course, minoxidil doesn’t work for everyone and there are reasons for that. If you take a look at the articles below, all of which relate to this product, then you can learn more about this and understand just why it has its limitations. There are many products that contain this drug in a generic form, and the articles that have been linked to here make mentioned of those products. However, the main focus is on the brand name.

Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments: The Best and the Worst Cures for Hair Loss

Hair Loss Treatments

The medical sector is always innovating, improving and advancing, and this is as true with hair loss as it is with anything else. Not so long ago hair loss treatments consisted of spraying black “hair” onto your scalp or wearing a wig. It was a joke. It left sufferers feeling hopeless and—if they chose the spray option—a little stupid.

Thankfully, times have changed and there are so many better and more effective hair loss treatments out there today. In this article we’ll take a broad look at all of the options available for someone suffering from alopecia, thinning hair, and other hair loss problems.

Hair Transplants

Hair Transplants

This option is quite expensive, but it is getting cheaper as it becomes more widely available and more widely accepted by both the healthcare community and the public. Hair transplants essentially take hair from one part of your body and then transport it to your scalp. The extraction part is known as “harvesting” and involves taking the whole hair follicle. To do this, they have to puncture the skin and make sure the hair follicle is 100% intact when it is removed.

They will then insert this into the scalp. This allows the hair to grow as it would and indeed as it should. As with all hair loss treatments and all treatments in general, this has as many pros as it does cons.

  • Pros: This is an effective treatment and one that, if done properly, works all of the time. There are also no medication side effects to worry about because there is no medication besides a local anesthetic.
  • Cons: The main con is that this is surgery. The anesthetic may be local and it may not be life threatening, but it’s still surgery and that will put people off. It can also be expensive, it can take a few weeks for the scalp to heal and it can lave a scar in the donor area.

This is not a perfect practice. However, you can’t argue with the results. When it comes to hair loss treatments that work quickly and are effective all of the time, nothing comes close. In fact, based on those parameters, hair transplants are the only thing available.


Minoxidil for Hair Loss

There are two main medications that can be used to treat baldness and to stop thinning hair and receding hair lines. These include Rogaine and Propecia. Both of these have been used for many years and have been advertised extensively throughout that time. As a result, they have cemented themselves into the public consciousness. So, there’s good chance you already know about them, but an equally good chance that you see them as useless, ineffective products.

That’s because these medications don’t work all of the time. And when you have something that isn’t always effective and is used by millions of people, you have something that is not short on bad reviews. Make no mistake about it, these products do work, but they don’t work for everyone and even when they are working, the positive effects may not be as pronounced in you as they were in your friend.

These medications are fairly cheap and they are FDA approved. These are all good points, but there are a few downsides that need to be considered. Firstly, while cheap, they have to be taken over the long term and that can make them very expensive. Also, both of these hair loss treatments come with a long list of side effects. As with their effectiveness, these effect aren’t felt by all, but if you’re one of the unlucky few then you’re in for an unpleasant time.

Side effects can range from diarrhea to heart palpitations. We always recommend that you get checked up and have a discussion with your doctor before taking the medications. But don’t dismiss them out of hand just because there are a few side effects, the same can be said for all medications.

Natural Treatments

Lasers Hair Growth

There are many new trends for hair loss treatments that are relying on desperation in order to succeed. Some of these show promise, but others are based on pseudoscience and should be ignored. Some of the more promising ones include the use of lasers. The idea behind this is that the lasers stimuli the follicles and help them to produce more hair, while making sure that the hair is thicker and stronger. This has shown some promise, but it’s still very early so it’s hard to say.

If you encounter a new hair loss treatment the first thing you should do is enquire about the science. If what you had sounds like it was dreamt up by a marketing agency, then you should be wary. Don’t dismiss it out of hand, but do your research and don’t take it on face value.

Vitamins and Supplements

There are hair loss treatments that are as effective as Rogaine and Propecia for some people, and also come with little to no side effects. Hair loss supplements and hair loss vitamin formulas promise the world, but not all of them deliver. As a consumer, it’s up to you to separate the truths from the advertising, to distance the genuine products from the snake oil.

The only way to do this is to educate yourself on what ingredients are effective and what ingredients are not. Once you do that you can begin to look at the ingredient potholes of these hair loss treatments to determine whether you’re getting a genuinely helpful product, or something designed purely to trigger big numbers on the late-night shopping channels.

Some of the vitamins and minerals to look out for include B Vitamins like Biotin and Niacin; Saw Palmetto, which works in a similar way to Propecia; Vitamin D, which is better absorbed when you get an adequate amount of sunlight; and Vitamin E. Products like olive oil, caster oil, coconut oil and even lemon peel have also been proven to be effective hair loss treatments. We have discussed these products in our guides on Eyelash Growth DIY and Eyelash Growth Serums, as well as a piece on How to Grow your Eyebrows.

Effective hair loss treatments are out there. The problem is, they are drowning in a see of ineffective treatments, marketing claims and cons. Here at Hair Growth Pills, we can help you to get some clarity.

Hair Growth Pills: Medications and Supplements that Actually Work

Hair Growth Pills: Medications and Supplements that Actually Work

Hair Growth Pills

Looking for some hair growth pills to help you restore your hair? There is a wealth of different ones to choose from. So much so that finding the right one can be a little complicated.

Here on Hair Growth Pills we have looked at all kinds of hair loss vitamins, beard growth products and more. We have pointed you towards the best baldness cures and have asked if the right foods can help you to grow your eyelashes. But there’s still so much more that needs to be covered, so much more that need to be said.

In this article we’ll focus on a couple medications that you may have already heard of; medications that are said to work better than anything else on the market. The question is, do they really do that and are these hair growth pills as effective as the manufacturers claim?


Minoxidil Hair Growth Pills

Perhaps the best known of the two medications on this list, Minoxidil also goes by the brand name “Rogaine”. It is available over-the-counter and has been approved by the FDA. For a medication that promises such a life changing alteration, it has very few side effects and there is very little risk. As a result, Rogaine has been taken extensively over the years. It has gained a reputation as one of the best hair growth pills on the market.

Rogaine is rubbed into your scalp twice a day and can help to grow hair and to prevent hair loss. It’s fairly cheap and its effects are realized quite quickly. Of course, nothing is ever that simple and Rogaine is far from a miracle cure. There are downsides, and its up to you to decide if these are worth it or not:

  • Side Effects: “Very few side effects” doesn’t mean “no side effects” unfortunately. Even OTC medications like this can cause problems. They are rare and for the most part they are minor, but if you’re one of the unlucky ones then you may suffer at the hands of this medication. It can cause everything from minor irritations to tachycardia, which is definitely not minor.
  • Not For Everyone: Rogaine is typically effective in men of a certain age. It seems to work best in men who are losing most of their hair or have already lost it. If your hair is thinning or breaking and if you are female, the effects may be considerably less noticeable.
  • Price: Rogaine is cheap in the short-term. But if you only use it over the short-term then you will only experience benefits over the short-term. To keep experiencing the positive effects of Rogaine you need to keep taking it. Not only can needing to rub this medication into your scalp twice a day get tiring after a while, but it can also get expensive as you go through bottle after bottle.


Finasteride Hair Growth Pills

This is another FDA approved medication, and one that works in a different way to Rogaine. Also known by the brand name Propecia, this medication is primarily used to shrink prostates. It does this by shrinking the tissue around the prostate, which it is able to do by reducing the amount of DHT in the body. And because DHT can trigger hair loss, someone medicating with Propecia should experience noticeably less hair loss.

It has been said that all men above a certain age will have some form of enlarged prostate and even prostate cancer. It doesn’t always develop into something serious, but the problem is there and it’s not comfortable. As a result, Propecia use is common in older men. The main goal is to limit prostate growth. The limited hair loss is a pleasant side effect that most patients are happy with.

As with Rogaine, Propecia also has side effects and it can also be expensive to use over the long-term. Propecia side effects include a decreased libido, which is something that older men definitely do not need. This side effect doesn’t occur in all uses of Propecia, but it is one of the more common ones. Ironically, despite helping to reduce the size of the prostate, one of the rare side effects of Propecia use is prostate cancer.

It’s quite astonishing when you think about it. Here’s a drug designed to make older men feel and look younger, but they may never have sex again when they take it. It’s a drug that can help them to reduce the size of their prostate, but may also give them prostate cancer.

Fortunately, this side effect is very rare and if you are experiencing problems in that area and you’re also worried about hair loss, Propecia use may be a no-brainer. Just make sure that you get yourself checked over by your doctor before beginning a course of treatment and that you drop by for regular check-ups after that.

Other Hair Growth Pills

As mentioned already, there are many different options available for hair growth. However, if you want hair growth pills that have countless studies to back them up, hair growth pills that have been shown to be considerably more effective than any vitamins and minerals, then the two listed above are really your only options. There are also vitamin profiles, supplements like saw palmetto and much more. But if you ask the experts and the people who have used these hair growth pills before, nothing comes close to Minoxidil or Finasteride.

That is, unless you are happy to consider surgery. If that’s the case then even those FDA approved hair growth pills don’t offer you results like the ones you can get with a hair implant. This is an instant way to get the hair you want. There are no side effects, no long waits, and little need to concern yourself about contraindications. However, hair transplants don’t come cheap and are not for everyone.

Hair Loss in Women (Causes, Conditions, Prevention, Treatment)

Hair Loss in Women (Causes, Conditions, Prevention, Treatment)

Hair Loss Women

The majority of hair growth formulas are targeted at men. There are some shocking stats that make for alarming reading for men, including the fact that nearly 1/4 of all men will experience some form of hair loss before they reach twenty-one. But contrary to what those stats would have you believe, this is not just a male problem. Hair loss in women may not be as common, but that only makes matters worse.

Society expects women to have long and luscious hair and if that can’t be achieved naturally then they’re expected to use wigs, extensions and other hair accessories. This can create all kinds of esteem and confidence issues in women who experience hair loss, and there are many of them out there.

Hair Loss in Women: The Facts

  • Over 30 million women in the US suffer from hair loss.
  • Women rarely have a receding hair-line.
  • Hair loss in women comes in many different forms.
  • Hair can thin on top or on the sides.
  • Stress and environmental factors can trigger hair loss.
  • Hair loss in women can also be caused by hormonal imbalances.
  • Hair loss can be measured using the Savin Scale.
  • It can also be triggered by a condition known as alopecia.

What Causes Hair Loss in Women?

There are a few things you can control, and a few things that you can’t. The first step to reducing hair loss is to determine the cause. There are many causes, some medical, some not. Your doctor can help you with this or you can root out the cause yourself. Once you have that figured out then you can look toward a solution.

Causes of Female Hair Loss

  • Hormones: If your condition is caused by a thyroid issue, your doctor can prescribe medication. Hair loss can also be triggered by the contraceptive pill. In this case, you will need to discuss the pros and cons of stopping the pill with your doctor. If you have POCS, which causes an imbalance in your hormones, this may also trigger hair loss.
  • Hairstyles: Your hairstyle may actually be causing hair loss. Tight hairstyles such as ponytails or cornrows can irritate the scalp. The constant stress and pressure applied to the hair weakens it and damages your scalp.
  • Alopecia: This is a medical condition that can cause big clumps of hair to fall out. The bad news is that there isn’t really anything you can do. The good news is that the clumps that fall out typically grow back within a few months.
  • Other Medical Conditions: As mentioned above, POCS can trigger hair loss, as can alopecia, but they are not the only conditions. Hair loss can also be caused by ringworm, in which case it will appear as bald rings on the scalp.
  • Childbirth: Your hair may look and feel thicker during pregnancy, before it begins to thin following childbirth. This is natural and your hair will begin to get back to normal within a couple years.
  • Lifestyle: If there is no medical issue, then your hair loss may be triggered by stress and other lifestyle factors. Everything from anxiety at work to crash diets and an excess of processed foods can be the cause.

How to Cure Female Hair Loss?

Female Hair Loss
Relax those ponytails, constant stress can be as much of a factor for hair loss as bad diet and hormonal imbalance.

The cure depends on the cause and all cures won’t work for all causes. If you have ringworm, for instance, then you will need anti-fungal medication, after which the problem will clear up and you hair will grow back. If it is hormonal then your doctor may look to prescribe you a specific medication or to rebalance the medications you are already on.

In most cases, however, there are things you can do and things you can take to improve the condition of you hair and to limit hair loss. These won’t always target the root cause of hair loss in women, but they will assist with the process somewhere along the line, from strengthening your roots and limiting loss, to hastening the regrowth.

These include:

Medications for Hair Loss

The hair growth industry doesn’t have the best reputation, we’ll be the first to admit that. It’s seen as quackery by many, no better than snake oil. That’s because so many fake products and sham products have wormed their way into the industry and have given everything else a bad name. But there are many genuinely useful and safe products out there. These include Minoxidil, which has been approved by the FDA to help with female hair loss.

This is not a magic wand. If you want to use Minoxidil to cure female hair loss then you need to take it regularly, and it may not be for everyone.

Lasers for Hair Loss

Lasers are used to eliminate hair, destroying follicles so that they don’t grow back. But they can also be used to stimulate hair growth in women. Treatment can last for many months and this is far from a quick process. But it has been proved to be effective in many cases and is perfectly safe.

Hair Transplants

Female hair loss can be cured simply by transplanting hair back onto the head. Again, this is something often seen as a solution for male hair loss, but something that works just as well in female hair loss. This doesn’t always work with all forms of hair loss in women, but it will assist with the most common ones.

Diet, Lifestyle Changes

Often, the best way to limit female hair loss is to simply take better care of yourself and your hair. If you reduce the stress in you life, if you stop stretching your hair, if you stop using incredibly hot straighteners, and if you limit the use of hair dyes and other toxic products, then you’re giving your hair everything it needs to grow and remain strong. Regular use of conditioners will also help, as will the consumption of a diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fluids.