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Rob English

Selenium & Hair Loss: How This Mineral Hurts (And Helps) Our Hair

Selenium is a trace mineral included in many hair health supplements. Why? According to supplement makers, selenium helps support the thyroid. And since poor thyroid health is linked to hair loss, selenium may help you “cover your bases” – all to keep your thyroid humming and your hair growing. But is this really true? Does …

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Vitamin E For Hair Loss: Fact Versus Fiction (Tocopherols & Tocotrienols)

Vitamin E is a cornerstone ingredient in many cosmetic products – especially those marketed to people with hair loss. The rationale from marketers of supplements and topicals? That vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protects our hair from free radicals, and is clinically studied to improve hair loss outcomes. So, is there any truth to …

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Alopecia Areata: Causes, Treatments, & Why It’s Reversible | 2020 Review

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune form of hair loss that affects 2% of people worldwide. If you’re dealing with alopecia areata, the burden of hair loss often feels overwhelming – as the condition can progress rapidly, inexplicably, and without regard. Fortunately, alopecia areata is treatable. In many cases, it’s also reversible. The first step toward …

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Iodine For Hair Loss? Think Twice About Supplementing

An Investigation: Iodine & Hair Health Iodine is a mineral featured in many top-selling hair loss supplements. The rationale for its inclusion? That iodine is an essential nutrient for thyroid function. And, since thyroid disorders are linked to hair loss, iodine must also be critical for hair growth. There is some truth to this claim. …

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Vitamin A (Beta Carotene, Retinol) For Hair Health: Why I Avoid This Ingredient

Vitamin A is considered essential for eye, skin, bone, dental, and intestinal health. It’s also one of the most commonly found vitamins inside hair loss supplements. But is there any evidence that vitamin A supplementation can help improve hair health… or even reverse hair loss? The answers might surprise you. Here’s where the research currently …

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Scarring Alopecias: What Makes Them Unique (And Reversible)

Scarring alopecias make up about 7% of patients seen in hair loss clinics. This means almost 1 in 10 hair loss cases are attributed to scarring alopecia. In this article, we’ll outline what scarring alopecias are, what makes them unique, and why they might develop. Then we’ll uncover why this classification of hair loss – …

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Biotin For Hair Loss: Why This Supplement Is Overhyped & Oversold

Biotin Supplements For Hair Loss: Helpful, Harmful, Or Neither? Biotin is one of the most popular supplements in the hair loss community. If you’ve invested any time into researching hair loss, chances are you’ve stumbled upon information about biotin, biotin deficiencies, and claims about how this vitamin is critical to hair growth. Back in 2007, …

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Nutrafol Review: Half-Truths, Cherrypicked Data, & Misleading Study Results

A Real Look Inside Nutrafol® In the last two years, Nutrafol® has become one of the world’s most popular hair loss supplements. With an all-natural product line and a supplement that’s endorsed by doctors, praised by media, and supported by one clinical study… many consumers are turning to Nutrafol as a natural alternative to finasteride. …

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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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