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Rob English

Oral Minoxidil For Female Hair Loss: How To Avoid Hypertrichosis (Unwanted Body Hair Growth)

Oral Minoxidil For Women

Oral minoxidil for women with hair loss: an underutilized treatment? Although topical minoxidil seems to get most of the attention as a hair loss treatment, its oral counterpart is also effective at promoting hair regrowth in both males and females. Generally, higher dosing means better efficacy, but with a higher risk profile. As it relates …

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Microneedling For Hair Loss: Daily, Weekly, Or Bi-Weekly?

How often should we microneedle for hair regrowth. Once every two weeks? Once per week? Once per day? More? Hair loss forums continue to debate this very question. Yes, evidence confirms that microneedling once every 1-3 weeks helps to regrow hair. At the same time, these intervals are also the only microneedling frequencies tested (so …

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Scalp Micropigmentation: Mistakes To Avoid

Scalp Micropigmentation For Hair Loss

Scalp micropigmentation – or scalp tattooing – is a cosmetic procedure for hair loss. If you’ve ever heard of microblading (eyebrow tattooing), it’s a similar procedure, whereby a physician or tattoo artist uses a tattoo gun to fill in sparse areas of the hair with permanent or semi-permanent micropigments. As a result, there is less …

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Saw Palmetto: Is It As Effective As Finasteride?

Saw palmetto for hair growth: does it stack up to finasteride? Saw palmetto is often touted as nature’s finasteride. This herbal extract reduces levels of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). For this reason, it’s clinically demonstrated to improve hair growth in men with androgenic alopecia (AGA). But is saw palmetto as effective as finasteride? Not quite. …

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Microneedling For Hair Loss: What’s The Best Needle Size?

Microneedling: a powerful, under-researched hair loss therapy In the last five years, microneedling therapies have exploded in popularity – especially among hair loss sufferers. Research now shows that microneedling can increase hair counts by 15%. And as clinical evidence for microneedling continues to grow, so do the devices available to consumers: microneedle rollers, microneedle stamps, …

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1% Or 2% Ketoconazole Shampoo For Hair Loss: Does It Matter?

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Ketoconazole shampoo is an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory shampoo that is sometimes used to treat androgenic alopecia (AGA). There are two formulations of ketoconazole shampoo: 1% and 2%. While 1% ketoconazole is sold over-the-counter as an ingredient in many hair loss shampoos, only 2% ketoconazole is clinically shown to improve pattern hair loss. And unfortunately, 2% ketoconazole …

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Oral Minoxidil: What’s The Best Dose (mg) For Men With Pattern Hair Loss?

Oral minoxidil regrowth versus side effects

Research continues to show that oral minoxidil is an effective off-label treatment for men with pattern hair loss. The general rule-of-thumb: the bigger the dose, the better hair regrowth. But there’s a catch… Higher dosages of oral minoxidil come at a risk of higher risk of side effects: excessive body hair growth, limb swelling, low …

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Caffeine For Hair Loss (AGA): Evidence & Recommendations

Caffeine & Hair Growth: A Scientific Deep-Dive In recent years, there’s been an explosion of interest in caffeine shampoos / topicals and their potential to improve pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia). The hope: that applying caffeine to our scalps might stimulate growth factors, improve blood flow, and maybe even reverse hair follicle miniaturization. At first …

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Androgenic Alopecia (AGA): What Is It, What Causes It, And What Don’t We Know?

This article explores the characteristics, causes, and unknowns of pattern hair loss – also known as androgenic alopecia (AGA). If you’re new to hair loss research, this is a good starting point to learn the science behind AGA as well as the concepts that come up frequently in the literature. Hair follicle miniaturization Telogen:anagen ratios …

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Hormonal Birth Control & Hair Loss: A Review Of The Evidence

Can “the pill” cause hair loss in women? Hormonal birth control is incredibly effective at achieving its intended effect: to prevent pregnancy. However, many online anecdotes suggest that birth control might also harbor unintended consequences: namely, hair loss. So, do these anecdotes align with reality? Can hormonal contraceptives actually cause hair loss? Are there factors …

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