Now, everybody has this problem of not being happy with their hair. Is anybody truly happy with it?
No, there’s nobody who’s truly happy with their hair! They want it shorter, longer, thicker, a different color, more volume, less frizzy, curly, and straight. The list just goes on.
Now, I’m not going to touch on a solution to all of them. I’m only going to be talking about hair growth products and how to use them effectively.
So let’s get into it! What are hair growth products? Anything that helps increase the amount of hair on your scalp can be broadly classified under hair growth products.
This can be done by either reducing the hair fall or by increasing the amount of hair present on the scalp.
What causes hair loss?
There have been four main causes identified. One is genetics, and you pretty much can’t do anything about it.
Another is age, and unless you’ve invented a miracle machine like the healing bays in the movie Elysium, that’s another thing you can’t do anything about. A poor diet and smoking and drinking are two other causes, and these you can control.
Androgenetic alopecia is a condition that affects men after they reach middle age, i.e. around their 40s.
This condition affects them anywhere between 35 to 45 years, but now studies have shown that men as early as their 20s are also being affected. That’s where the phrase, “male pattern baldness” arises from.
Having a diet that is poor in proteins can also lead to hair loss, as hair strands are made up of proteins. For more information, read up our article on the 10 NUTRITIOUS FOODS TO EAT TO AVOID HAIR LOSS.
Smoking is also a big no-no. The carbon monoxide prevents uptake of oxygen and other nutrients, and the nicotine narrows your blood vessels, thereby preventing adequate blood flow to your scalp.
Drinking also causes loss of iron and zinc, two minerals essential for strong hair. Plus, it also causes dehydration, leaving your hair brittle.
Since most people cannot afford a hair transplant, they turn to hair growth products in the hope that it’ll help them regain their lost hair.
A staggering 5 crore people suffer from balding in India alone. And it’s something that’s progressive. It’s not like any infection that will go away and your body will come back to the original state. It’s more or less permanent.
That’s why you should catch it at the right time and do something about it. This will ensure that you save your hair, as well as your self-respect.
PS: girls are less likely to marry men with bald spots. So even if you think you don’t need it, you probably do.
So here are the top 10 hair growth products for men that help in hair growth and are effective!
1.Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
So this is one of those shampoos that can be used by both men and women if they are undergoing balding, thinning hair, or
androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness).
Revita has a unique delivery system of its nutrients. So what it does is ball up all the nutrients into one small fat globule, and then this bypasses the cell membranes in our skin to directly deliver the nutrients to our skin cells.
This ensures that we get the necessary nutrients right into the scalp.
Revita contains anti-testosterone products that block the action of testosterone on the hair follicles. This ensures rapid growth and repair of the hair follicles present in the scalp.
Plus, it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action which revitalizes (get it?) the hair.
This shampoo has a wide range of ingredients, like emu oil, biotin, ketoconazole, caffeine, and vitamin B2 (a powerful antioxidant), as well as amino acids (taurine, cysteine, and ornithine) that provide structural function and elasticity to hair follicles.
It doesn’t contain any sulfates like most shampoos do, so it avoids causing dryness, dandruff and further hair loss.
A commendable action by Revita is that it conducts studies to reaffirm what they’re selling, and their studies have proven that 90% of test subjects among 500 men and women have said that their hair is much better after using Revita. And their hair is much softer, fuller and they feel much more confident about themselves.
Basically, you can just blindly trust in the company and go ahead and buy that bottle of shampoo, or one of their hair loss kits, cause it is bound to help you. It’s a quality hair growth product.
2.Maple Holistics Unisex Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner
So this is another shampoo that is widely used for its regenerative properties. As we all know, biotin is a vitamin (vitamin B polymer to be more exact) which helps in the regrowth of hair. A study found that people who took biotin orally showed reduced hair fall and increased growth in areas where the scalp was balding.
The formula helps to increase volume, and it reduces itching, dryness, dandruff and oiliness. It helps to make the hair stronger and less prone to breakage.
The sulfate free formula is also excellent for people with a sensitive scalp and those with colored hair.
Biotin is a natural testosterone blocker, so it prevents balding brought on by the action of testosterone. It also helps keratin bind to the follicles, making it stronger.Read our article on 7 WAYS TO BOOST YOUR TESTOSTERONE LEVELS to increase your testosterone level.
It also contains ingredients like aloe vera (which repairs and conditions the scalp, reducing dandruff and itching), shea butter (to moisturize hair and scalp), hibiscus (to fight hair loss and help in hair regrowth), sea buckthorn, evening primrose (both of which have natural fatty acids which help in nourishing your hair and giving it a shine), coconut oil and jojoba oil (moisturizer the scalp and prevent excessive oiliness of the scalp), argan oil (which has antioxidants and can protect hair) and phytokeratins (which strengthen and shines the hair).
All this makes it one of the premium hair growth products available right now.
Honeydew, the parent company advertises it by saying that they have a money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the product.
So, I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the hair growth kits that will help you on your path to regrow your hair.
3.PURA D’OR Original Gold Label Shampoo & Conditioner
So this is somewhat expensive, but it is the shampoo with the highest rating on Amazon (the American site, not the Indian one). It has roughly ten thousand reviews, out of which eight thousand reviews are 5 stars. So, there might be some truth to their claims.
The shampoo contains argan oil (to moisturize your hair and keep it silky smooth and shiny), biotin (hair regrowth), aloe vera (moisturizing agent), nettle extract (which blocks the action of testosterone) and red Korean seaweed, which helps prevent hair thinning.
It’s completely organic, sulfates free (so it is very useful for those with a sensitive scalp or with colored hair), paraben-free, and even gluten free.
All the certified buyers have reported that their hair is fuller, shinier, silkier, smoother, and stronger and they experience lesser hair fall than before.
But one thing to keep in mind is that it’s not a hair growth shampoo, it’s advertised as an anti-thinning shampoo. Two very different things.
Anti-thinning just means that the shampoo will provide the best possible environment for the growth of your hair, but it won’t directly increase your hair count.
But even if the advertising seems to be somewhat on the cautious side, I would say take a leap of faith. Eight thousand reviewers who’ve said almost the same thing wouldn’t have given similar reviews unless it didn’t act that way. So trust in the eight thousand, and buy this hair growth products.
4.Art Naturals Argan Hair Growth Shampoo
This is another shampoo that can be used to treat hair thinning and hair loss. It is also one of the few premium hair growth products for men available in the market.
This shampoo doesn’t have any sulfates or parabens. And so it’s excellent for those with a sensitive scalp, as usual. It’s good for colored hair as well.
This hair growth product is organic, vegan and cruelty free, and the bottle is made from recycled products, so you are doing your small part for the environment as well.
Also, this shampoo contains biotin and argan oil. These are the main important ingredients that help fight hair loss and hair thinning.
The entire range of products from ArtNaturals contain argan oil as a staple ingredient.
Along with these, there are fifteen testosterone blocking agents! Yes, you read that right. Don’t worry, they only block the action of testosterone on the scalp, nowhere else. Some of them are caffeine, saw palmetto, fenugreek, rosemary, nettle head, birch, aloe vera, sage, marshmallow root extract (please don’t try to taste the shampoo), ivy burdock, acai fruit extract and neem are also present in the shampoo.
A popular YouTuber who reviewed the product said that the product is excellent and that the changes can be seen as soon as within two weeks of her applying the product to her hair.
She said that the shampoo strengthened her scalp, thereby making it ideal for new hair to grow.
Nioxin is one of those companies that makes a separate kit for every kind of hair type, and as such they have six “kits”.
They are numbered from System 1 to System 6. They cater to all your needs like hair which is dry, oily, thinning, has been exposed to chemicals like dyes, etc. So, you choose the type of System that you need according to the conditions and health of your hair and scalp.
But one of the deal breakers of this hair growth product is that it is filled with chemicals like sodium laureth sulphate and sodium lauryl sulphate, both of which cause the scalp to dry up and then it may worsen the problem of hair loss and also can cause itching.
While Nioxin does have chemicals, it is not all bad. It does have many testosterone blocking agents that can reduce the action of testosterone on the scalp, thereby causing a fall in the amount of hair lost.
It increases the circulation to the scalp, thereby providing more nutrition to the scalp, thereby increasing the hair nutrition and the overall health of the hair.
It reduces inflammation, reduces dandruff, has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can aid in the overall health of the scalp, and thereby the hair.
But beware that it might not actually increase the hair count, it just makes the scalp healthier to aid in the growth of the hair.
Bottom line is that this shampoo is not as good as the others on this list, and it requires a full commitment, and can prove to be quite an expensive commitment as well. Plus, it is one of the hair growth products that has too many chemicals, which might prove more harmful than good.
6.Propidren by HairGenics
This is also one of those premium hair growth products that is organic, natural, and the best part? It is a supplement. Which is taken orally. So, no change in your bathroom cupboard.
Now, what all does it contain? Iron, zinc, biotin and several herbs like saw palmetto, green tea, etc.
What does iron do? Iron is essential for the carrying of sufficient oxygen to the different parts of the body. If somebody is suffering from anemia, then this would help treat that. Plus, many of those suffering from iron deficiency anemia are probably sub-clinical, which means that it is not detectable on blood tests and etc.
Biotin is another type of the vitamin B complex group that is essential for the growth of hair. I have already enumerated those reason in the products above, and I do not want to seem like a parrot, so I am not going to repeat them.
Zinc is another essential mineral that is essential for the proper growth of hair. But many people don’t know that zinc deficiency can cause hair thinning and hair loss.
Saw palmetto, Fo Ti, pygeum and green tea is, as told before, a testosterone blocker. This causes an increase in the hair growth and reduces hair fall.
Beta sitosterol, horsetail extract, and green tea are all proven to increase the hair growth.
Now, this supplement rolls all these separate essential nutrients into one pill, which is so much more convenient than taking separate supplements for each of these.
Hence, this is one of those premium, but easy to use hair growth product that will improve your hair.
7.Kirkland Signature Minoxidil
Kirkland Signature Minoxidil is one of those premium hair growth products for men that were used before, but are not used so much now. This is mainly because the drug minoxidil is not used as frequently as before.
Why? The main reason is that once you stop using it, whatever hair you’ve gained throughout the regimen is lost. Yes, you read that right. You’ll be back to square one.
Kirkland Signature Minoxidil is available in two forms – topical solution and foam. The topical solution is just applied on the scalp. The foam is sprayed over the hair and is used for those who have sensitive skin or for whom need the solution to dry up faster.
The main drawback with this hair growth product is that it contains only minoxidil, and so you will have to continue using it for your newly grown hair to not fall out.
This can be a pain in the long run. Plus, Kirkland doesn’t give any guarantee of it working, so there is no refund if the product doesn’t work.
DSL laboratories manufactures the Spectral DNC-N. It contains two main ingredients – nanoxidil and minoxidil. Nanoxidil is supposed to be more effective than minoxidil.
Nanoxidil eliminates some of the side effects of minoxidil, so this combination is much more potent than just either of them taken separately.
The Spectral DNC-N is a water-based spray that is easy to apply and easy to use, and it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. This helps increase the strength of the hair, and makes it silkier, smoother, and overall increases the hair growth.
What is revolutionary about this is the delivery method. They use nanosomes, micro-particles of packed molecules which can deliver the nutrients directly into the cell membrane, and not cause any allergic reactions.
Phospholipids that are present help strengthen the hair strands. Menthol and caffeine help in rejuvenating the hair and making it stronger, linger, smoother and silkier. The copper that is present in trace quantities help in protecting the hair from damage.
But keep in mind that the effects might be reversed if you stop the application of the hair growth products. This is a possibility, not a surety, and I have to do my job in warning you.
9.American Crew Hair Recovery Shampoo
This shampoo hasn’t been widely used and it is not that widely reviewed either. So, I am going to tell you to the best of my knowledge how it is as one of the hair growth products for men in this article.
This shampoo contains hippocastenum seed extract, which is widely believed to be an anti-inflammatory and a promoter of circulation. So, this soothes your scalp and makes it viable for the growth of hair.
Rosemary is a testosterone blocking drug, and by blocking testosterone it helps in the growth of hair and decreasing hair loss, as I have already explained under other products.
The shampoo contains japonica and silica as well, and all these ingredients come together to nourish the scalp, make it healthy and help in increasing the thickness of the hair.
This shampoo is does not say that it will cause the growth of new hair, but it will help in making the scalp healthy so that hair can grow and whatever hair is remaining becomes stronger and thicker. It conditions the remaining hair to become stronger while providing essential nutrients to the scalp.
Again, this product hasn’t been widely tested, so nobody knows for sure if it is going to work.
10.HairMax Prima7 LaserComb
Yes, you read that right. A laser comb. You must be thinking what kind of futuristic comb is this and is it going to cost a bomb. And the most important question of all, WILL IT WORK? I am here to answer all those questions and more.
So what does a laser comb do, how does it work? To understand this, you should understand the cycle of the hair follicle.
There are three main steps in the
follicle growth cycle – anagen (growth), telogen (resting) and catagen (transition to anagen again).
At any given period, about 20% of your hair is either in catagen or telogen. But sometimes, the follicle stays in this stage, and it doesn’t go to the anagen phase. The laser comb just stimulates the follicles so that the follicles get a kick start to go into the anagen phase, and new hair starts to grow again,
But keep in mind that laser combs can only work when the follicle is not dead yet. Only a dormant follicle can be brought back into the anagen phase again.
The HairMax Prima 7 laser comb is the only one of two FDA approved methods to regrow hair, the other being a drug.
This should tell you how effective the laser comb is, because getting a FDA certification is quite difficult.
Using the laser comb is also quite easy, and it just requires about 20 minutes or so every day. But keep in mind that the effect will not be the same for everybody. And those whose hair follicles are dead, this is ineffective.
So there we have it. The top 10 hair growth products for men that can be used to give you back a good mane of hair. Now, keep in mind that it might not be effective for everybody, so there are a few other options that you can try.
- Toupees are basically wigs, and they are highly effective in hiding bald spots. There are some that can be glued to your head for a few days, and it looks just like a full head of hair, and it looks completely natural. So, that is one option that you can explore.
- Get a micro pigmentation done. This is basically tattooing your scalp in, and it can cost anywhere between 100000 rupees to 350000 rupees. If you are willing to spend that much, that is. It is permanent and it’ll look cool as well.
- Get a hair transplant done.
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