3 things you should NOT do to Regrow your Hair
Yes, guys! This is Adam again. I hope you're all doing great today. I'd like to say to my American buddies out there, Happy Thanksgiving for last Thursday. I hope you had a really nice time with family or friends or however you celebrate.
Today, we're going to be talking about three things which I would not recommend using when trying to regrow your hair. And Lavivid is on their Cyber Monday Sale , please make sure you don’t miss that out.
Now, there are literally hundreds and hundreds of treatments out there for hair loss. 99.9% of them aren't medically or scientifically proven to be effective, and there's a lot of snake oil salesman out there. But I'm going to focus on three which get quite a lot of traction and do have some science to a greater or lesser degree behind them. In my opinion, I wouldn't use them for financial purposes. The costs would accumulate so much over time, and your end result, I just don't think would be as good as if you wore a hair system, which is what I wear, otherwise known as a toupee. Some people call them wigs
The first thing that I'm going to be focusing on is Propecia. Now, many of you watching this might have had an experience with Propecia or you're thinking about using Propecia. The first thing I'd say and the first thing I'd warn against is this treatment is licensed, but it's not licensed for hair regrowth. It's licensed for hair loss to basically massively slow down the shedding of hair on your head. It's not a regrowth product, and scientifically, it's not been proven, at least not conclusively, that it can regrow hair. I have seen a few case studies where it does regrow some hair, but in a massive majority of cases, it just slows the hair loss down. Another thing you really need to consider with Propecia is the side effect profile. It was designed as an enlarged prostate treatment. Why would you want to use an enlarged prostate medicine for your hair loss? Number one, you want to be asking yourself that. Number two, the side effect profile is really quite wide-ranging. I took Propecia about 14 years ago, and I found it lowered my sexual libido. I became hyper-anxious and really depressed. Before that period, I hadn't experienced any of those things. My libido was actually really high prior to that, but I felt like I was losing who I was as a person. This wasn't thoroughly explained to me when I started using Propecia, and I wish it was because I never would have used it. Guys, remember just because it's medically certified doesn't mean it's the best option for you. There are other options out there. Okay, now I'd also put Minoxidil into the same bracket as Propecia. Yes, the science has shown that it can regrow hair, but to be perfectly frank with you guys, it doesn't regrow hair that well. Do you want to have a full head of hair, or do you want something that's really quite wispy, very thin, and just looks downright bad? Because Minoxidil will do that for you. It won't, if your hair loss has advanced to a certain stage, it's basically redundant. It doesn't really do anything. If you're in the early stages, it might grow back some of the hair that you'd originally lost, but it doesn't tend to grow it all back. Also, it doesn't grow it back with the same strength. The hairs you might find that do grow back are quite small and quite fragile. You know, it already looks as if you're losing your hair. It already looks as if your hair is thinning. So, I tried Minoxidil as well when I was trying Propecia. One of the side effects I got, which is really worth considering when you use any medicine, is it gave me really bad scalp irritation because it dries out the scalp. Yes, it does increase the blood flow inside the scalp where your hair follicles are, and it does help stop them from shrinking. However, it can also cause a really dry scalp that can cause skin shedding, a lot of irritation, and itchiness. I'm speaking from experience because I tried Minoxidil for 3 years, and it didn't really stop my hair loss, and neither did Propecia. My hair loss kept progressing, and it was not great. I spent a lot of money on those two products. So personally, as a number one, I would not recommend those two products for regrowing your hair.
Number two is laser. Now, some of you might have heard of laser before. It's basically where they put this machine on top of your head, and these lasers basically go into your scalp. They don't go into your scalp, but they just rest above your scalp. There is some science behind it, but again, it's probably not going to get you the result you want, and it certainly won't long-term stop your hair from falling out or, as it actually does with male pattern baldness, it just shrinks to a sort of microscopic size because the blood flow is being reduced more and more and more to those particular hair follicles. So, when I was having laser, I had to go to this clinic for 1 hour, I think twice a week for 6 months, and I really didn't notice a difference. There were some people in the clinic who it had helped somewhat, but they all said to me, "It didn't actually offer me a sustainable long-term solution to my hair loss." It slowed it down much like Propecia does, but it doesn't solve the long-term issue.
Now, I'm going to be brutally honest with you guys right now. There's no treatment on the market right now that can definitively stop your hair loss for the rest of your life. There's nothing out there right now that can do that. They might be working on it in various research facilities. I don't know. There's probably a lot of interest in it. There's probably a lot of money to be made, but there's not one product that can stop your hair loss in its tracks and regrow what you had before. There are only two solutions: Hair Systems and hair transplants. Hair transplants, they're getting better, but they're still not quite as good as they perhaps should be. With a hair system, you get a guaranteed result. That's what I like so much about it. It also helps me with my trichotillomania, but it gives me that guaranteed result. I know what I'm going to be getting. It gives me a full head of hair, which is what I want. There are no needles, no cuts at the back of my head, no blood, no procedures, or operations. It's all in my control. It's non-surgical and comfortable, and it gives me the appearance that I want. Hair transplants may well get there in the future, but whenever I'm on TikTok or YouTube or whatever, and I see someone's had a hair transplant, it looks painful. It looks really painful. You see this blood on the top of their head, and you just, it looks pretty gross. On top of that, it can take up to a year to get a full result, and even at that point, the result may not be what you expected. So yes, they're getting better, but there's plenty of room for improvement.
Thing number three I would not do to regrow your hair is a procedure called micro-needling. I'm going to put PRP in this as well, so Platelet-Rich Plasma injections. I would not recommend these because, again, it's not a long-term sustainable answer, and financially, it doesn't make sense because it's really expensive, and you have to go back a lot to maintain your results. Even then, it's unlikely to give you a full head of hair unless you've started super early in your hair loss journey. Now, with micro-needling, basically, they go into your scalp with a needle, and it's basically the whole idea behind it is to stimulate blood flow in your scalp where the hair loss is happening. Now, great, it stimulates blood flow, so surely the hair should sort of grow back and grow back as it was? Well, not quite. It doesn't change the genetics of how you got here in the first place. So basically, with male pattern baldness, it's a genetic condition whereby a hormone named DHT binds to these genetically susceptible fibers on the top of your head, and it shrinks them over time. Now, micro-needling doesn't solve that problem, and if you did micro-needling, you'd have to do something else on top of it. So, you'd have to take Propecia, which stops DHT from basically binding to those genetically susceptible hair fibers, and you probably have to take Minoxidil to stimulate further growth on top. As you can see, the costs of this are rapidly increasing. PRP, Platelet-Rich Plasma injections—I just had a look at a clinic in London—they charge £500 per session, that's about $750 per session, and you have to go multiple times. That is so, so expensive, and surely, for a massive majority of us, it's not sustainable long-term, and you're probably not going to get the result you were hoping for.
Now, if you were to ask me for my opinion on what I would use to regrow my hair, I would say this to you: don't try and regrow your hair. Don't mess with nature. Hair Systems or Toupées, as some people call them, or wigs, as other people call them, are non-surgical. They're comfortable, easy to maintain, and over a lifetime, they're way cheaper than micro-needling, way cheaper than PRP, way cheaper than laser, probably not quite as cheap as Propecia and Minoxidil. However, you get a much better result. If you want a hair system like mine, LaVivid, I've negotiated a discount with them: 15% off any stock hair system. Go to lvidhair.com and make sure to use that discount code Adam15. Don't forget to check that out. Till next time, guys, bye for now.
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