Hair Growth Products for Men
We understand maintaining good hair and scalp health can be a struggle. You’ve taken the bold step to look into your haircare. That’s huge. So whether your hair is only just beginning to thin or you're looking to improve your hair, we’re with you every step of the way.
How does hair-growing product work?
Some of the best hair growth products work in so many different ways, so there's a lot of answers to this.
But here are the main ways how they promote hair growth and combat hair fall:
Rebalance the hair growth cycle
This type of products work by targeting the hair follicle, which is the root of new hair growth. These products contain powerful active ingredients that can help to stimulate hair growth and to combat thinning hair effectively.
This helps to reduce hair thinning and to promote strong, thick hair follicles over time. Additionally, these products can be used to help improve the overall condition of your natural hair and scalp, which makes it easier to fight thinning hair and promote growth.
What to consider?
For these types of product, it's important to look at the active ingredients.
- Are they clinically tested to combat hair thinning or support hair growth?
- Do they cause any side effects? Are they detrimental?
- How are the reviews? Are they loving the product?
These questions will help you in deciding what is the best hair growth product for you.
DHT blocking products aim to target the enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT - a hormone that when, in large quantities, can actually harm your hair growth, leading to a shorter growth phase. That means you start losing hair earlier.
What to consider?
These often contain natural ingredients such as saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pumpkin seed oil, etc. that you can get yourself at a local health shop at a higher concentration.
Consult with a health professional before you start using DHT blocking products regularly. They do come with certain side effects since they can upset your hormonal imbalance.
Increase blood flow
There are many ways hair growth products can improve blood flow to your scalp but what we believe in the most here at Scandinavian Biolabs is a scalp scrub and a derma roller. They might not seem like much, but it could potentially be the difference between results in 3 months or results in 6 months.
Let's start with the scalp scrub a.k.a. scalp massager.
The name is pretty self-explanatory - you use it in the shower when applying shampoo to your hair. It assists in increasing blood flow which promote hair growth. Additionally, it helps to remove dead skin cells, excess sebum and product buildup from the scalp thus creating more surfaces area for your scalp to absorb whatever hair growth product you're using.
So, if you have a oily scalp, this is exactly what you need.
The derma roller is simple. It creates microscopic holes on your scalp to encourage blood flow and help the absorption of hair growth products.
What to consider?
The most important thing about this tool is it creates exposed wound on your scalp - so it should be used with a lot of care and discipline. It's recommend to carefully disinfect the tool before or after usage to ensure it's free from any bacteria.
However, with consistent usage, you can expect a healthy scalp with a lot of new growth.
This is highly relevant for hair supplements where the ingredient could include anything from green tea extract, amino acids, folic acid, essential vitamins (i.e. vitamin C and vitamin B12) and essential nutrients. The best oral supplement for you is subjective but we recommend taking only what's necessary.
This serves as the building blocks to allow your hair enough nutrient for healthy hair growth. Most of the time, it'll also improve your nail health.
What to consider?
While it's uncommon to lack these nutrients, it's important to consult with a doctor to understand what nutrients your diet is lacking to know which hair growth supplement to choose. We also love natural ingredients in oral supplements!
With regular use, these products can help to give you the hair density and the luscious locks you’ve been dreaming of!
How to pick the best hair growth products for healthy hair?
Choosing the best hair growth products for you is a daunting task. Especially when it seems like it's going to be a waste of time and money if you picked wrong.
So, how do you choose the best hair growth products? What factors to consider?
For both oral and topical treatments, look for 3 things: science, review, and trust.
The best hair growth products should have a clinical test to back up their claims. You can't just claim to support hair health, encourage hair growth or stop hair disorders arbitrarily. There needs to be proof that it actually works in a controlled test done by a third party. Therefore, we urge you to always look for clinically tested products.
Review is something we all look towards before deciding to buy. Did other users love it? Did they see no results? How was the customer service? I have to also be fair in that some users leave a review a week after use.
No safe or stable hair growth products can happen in mere days. Even for a FDA-approved treatment, it takes minimum 3 months and up to 6 months to see an improvement in hair thickness and hair health.
That leads us onto trust, our final factor. You should be able to pinpoint their main office, who are the people behind the product, do they have a functioning customer service team to help, are their claims unrealistic (Get long hair in only 2 weeks!), and if they are registered with a governmental body.
Passing these tests mean they're confident about their products and it being a legitimate one. Rarely anyone would put their identity behind a product that doesn't work.
What ingredients to look for when choosing hair growing products?
As hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors, it is important to consider the active ingredients in a hair growth product before purchasing.
Additionally, several other ingredients have been scientifically proven to promote healthy hair growth, including:
- Biotin - helps to reduce hair loss, especially in those with alopecia.
- Zinc - a micronutrient that can help with alopecia.
- Iron - deficiency is often associated with hair loss, so iron supplements could be helpful.
- Collagen - a protein that helps to improve hair health.
- Niacin - can help with hair density.
- Caffeine - improves follicle stimulation when applied topically.
- Horsetail - contains silicon and antioxidants, which can help with hair growth.
- Saw palmetto - extract may block 5 alpha-reductase (5AR), an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT.
- Ginseng - thatins saponins which can inhibit 5AR and gintonin, suitable for alopecia.
- MSM - a sulfur compound derived from plants, which can thicken hair and improve hair quality.
By taking the time to research the active ingredients of a hair growth product, you can make an educated decision about which one is best suited for your individual needs.
Plus, it will ensure that you get the most out of your product and achieve the best possible results.
Are there any risks in using hair growth products?
These products are designed to promote hair growth, reduce thinning hair and generally improve the condition of your scalp. However, it is important to note that there are potential risks associated with using hair growth products, particularly those that contain drugs, DHT-blockers and prescription medications.
These products may interfere with hormone production and can cause side effects such denser hair growth in other parts of the body. Additionally, supplements such as iron, vitamin D, and vitamin A should not be taken in excess as the body can become overloaded with these nutrients.
Therefore, it is important to consult with your doctor before using any product that may interfere with hormone production and to make sure it is appropriate for you.
Additionally, be sure to stick to the recommended dose of any supplements you may use. By following the recommended guidelines, you can reduce the risk of any potential side effects associated with hair growth products.
How long does it take for hair growth products to start working?
Hair growth products are designed to help promote healthy hair growth and combat thinning hair. It can take several months for the product to begin promoting healthier hair growth, as the ingredients must penetrate deep into the scalp and follicles to support healthy hair growth.
During this period, the product may also help to promote thicker hair and to improve its overall texture. With continued use, you can expect to see healthier hair and new growth within several months.
It is important to remember that results vary from person to person, so patience and consistency are key to achieving the desired results.
What are the benefits of using a hair growth product?
The best hair growth products have a huge list of potential benefits, but here are some common ones:
- Improved hair density
- Combat hair thinning
- Promote a healthy scalp
- Improve hair growth
- Create strong hair follicles
- Moisturise dry hair
What are the common causes of hair loss?
The common causes of hair loss include:
- Hereditary hair loss – also called male pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia; this type of hair loss typically occurs or worsens as you age
- Alopecia areata – an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its hair follicles
- Telogen effluvium – a temporary condition caused by stress, severe illness or another traumatic event
- Trichotillomania – a condition characterized by compulsive hair-pulling; this condition lasts until sufficient mental health treatment is received
- Certain medications and treatments – such as chemotherapy
- Tight hairstyles like braids or ponytails – can lead to scalp hair shedding
- Brushing wet hair - your hair is vulnerable when it's wet, doing this will cause hair to fall
- Iron deficiency – this type of hair loss is often associated with anaemia
- Certain thyroid issues – can cause hair loss
- Rapid weight loss – rapid weight loss can lead to nutritional deficiencies and cause hair to thin.
If you are experiencing hair loss, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the cause of your hair loss and the best treatment options.
How do I know what type of hair loss I have?
Figuring out what type of hair loss you have can be an important first step in finding the right solution. In general, there are two main types of hair loss: permanent and temporary.
Permanent hair loss typically occurs due to age, genetics, or medical conditions such as androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Temporary hair loss may be the result of medical conditions such as alopecia areata, vitamin deficiencies, or the side effects of certain medications.
For men who are experiencing a receding hairline, patchy hair loss, or hair loss that worsens gradually with age, the condition may be due to male pattern baldness.
Male pattern baldness is a permanent hair loss type with no cure, but there are several treatments available to help slow hair loss and even regrow hair. It is important to consult with your doctor before beginning any treatment.
If you are noticing sudden bald patches with no apparent cause, it is best to seek medical attention right away. These cases of sudden hair loss can be caused by medical conditions such as alopecia areata, vitamin deficiencies, or the side effect of a medication.
The good news is that these types of hair loss are typically temporary and can be reversed when the underlying cause is treated.
It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of hair loss, and a doctor may need to run tests to get an accurate diagnosis. Knowing what type of hair loss you have can help you pick the right treatment and get back your confidence.
It is important to remember that no matter what type of hair loss you have, there are solutions available that can help you manage and even reverse the effects.