The Big 3 of Hair Loss Prevention
written by Matt Dominance
3 Simple Steps to Prevent Early Balding
In this short post you will find out what are the 3 best anti hair loss treatments you can start using once you notice the first signs of male pattern baldness!
These treatments have been selected based on:
- Their proven effectiveness in multiple clinical studies
- Friendly cost of a monthly supply
- Treatments are easy to stick to
1. Ketoconazole Shampoo
Ketoconazole shampoo is known for providing extra protection against dandruff, which could be responsible for scalp inflammation and additional hair loss. Ketoconazole could benefit not only to kill dandruff but potentially block DHT topically and thus slow down the hair miniaturization.
The shampoo with Ketoconazole I use is the Hair Restore Shampoo with 1% Ketoconazole in it. I’ve been using it successfully for more than 2 years by now.
I have been noticing reduced hair loss several days after shampooing. My daily shedding tends to increase a little, if I don´t apply Ketoconazole shampoo for more than 5 days.
2. Minoxidil 5% and Derma Roller
Minoxidil is a hair stimulant which supposedly works by opening potassium channels via topical application on the scalp. This treatment is FDA approved and for it to be successful, patients have to apply it consistently at least once a day on a dry scalp.
This medication also prolongs the anagen (growing) phase of the hair follicle and delays the hair shedding. It also comes with initial shedding stage (first 1-3 month of using Minoxidil).
Minoxidil – induced shedding is completely normal and it is a sign that this medication is working.
In case you want to try another hair stimulant which comes without the initial hair shedding, you can check out my article about Stemoxydine and how it compares to Minoxidil.
Derma-rolling is another great tool to have in your hair loss prevention toolkit. Regular use of the derma roller or derma pen has been shown to boost the absorption of Minoxidil 5% and thus increase the hair regrowth potential of Minoxidil treatment.
If you decide to combine these two together, make sure you don’t apply Minoxidil product on the scalp earlier than 24 hours after your derma rolling session.
Why you need a highly absorbing Minoxidil instead of usual Rogaine/Minoxidil 5%?
Dualgen 5R is one of the few unique 5% Minoxidil solutions available on the market, which also contains Tretinoin 0.025%.
Topical tretinoin application influences the expression of follicular sulfotransferase. It has been shown in this cohort study. Another study compared Minoxidil 5% vs Minoxidil 5% + 0.01% Tretinoin and also confirmed potential benefits of including tretinoin in the topical Minoxidil formulations.
Among very few available Minoxidil solutions with Tretinoin I can highly recommend you Dualgen – 5R (Minoxidil 5%, Tretinoin 0.025%, Azelaic Acid 5%, Adenosine, Biotin and Caffeine).
Although topical application of Biotin hasn’t shown any significant stimulatory benefits on hair growth, Adenosine and Caffeine have been also shown to positively affect the anagen (growing) phase of the hair follicle.
Please consult your doctor before taking Finasteride/Propecia as it requires prescription!
Finasteride is the 2nd FDA approved medication next to Minoxidil with only one difference – it requires a prescription from a doctor (dermatologist, or a hair transplant doctor). Side effects from Finasteride incl. decreased libido, erectile dysfunction or depression are linked to inhibition of 5 – alpha – reductase.
Inhibition of 5AR enzyme is the main mechanism of action by Finasteride. It’s the reason why this drug can successfully prevent hair loss. 5 AR converts Testosterone into more potent Dihydrotestosterone DHT and thus acts as a precursor of male pattern hair loss by genetically predisposed individuals.
This drug has to be taken orally once per day. Usually 1mg is the standardized dose prescribed by doctors.
However you can also take anywhere from 0.25mg to 1mg to successfully block the DHT on the scalp.
Taking 1mg is recommended to achieve a faster Finasteride accumulation in the scalp tissue and thus faster hair loss prevention.
Here you can check out my experience with Finasteride and results after 1 year of use!