If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’re not alone.
It’s estimated that approximately 30% of women under 50 and up to 70% of women over 50 experience some degree of hair loss and it can have profound effects on general wellbeing.
Fortunately, the last 10 years have seen an explosion in effective treatments to help reduce shedding and regrow new hair.
Hair growth involves a multifactorial process which is why one approach may not be sufficient to adequately stimulate the hair follicle to lengthen and thicken the hair shaft. Here is a summary of what is widely accepted to be effective in reducing hair loss and/or stimulating hair growth. Each step in the plan is important as these modalities work synergistically to target different pathways in the hair regrowth process.
A 5-Step Plan for Hair Growth
Protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals are essential for the optimal function of hair follicle cells.
- Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense foods such as vegetables, fish, healthy fats, legumes, nuts and fruit.
- Eat a small serving of clean protein with each meal, choose wild-caught, organic and grass-fed protein sources.
- Reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory, nutrient-poor foods such as grains, gluten, sugar, dairy and processed foods.
Supplements that have been shown to reduce hair loss or increase hair thickness include (1-3):
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Biome Nutrient Formula - a combination of compounded vitamins and minerals at therapeutic doses 1 teaspoon a day in a smoothie or juice
30-day supply $119
Zinzino - omega-3 fatty acid -
Balance Oil+ $62.50
Balance Oil+ Vegan - $115
Topical minoxidil (from the pharmacy) has been shown to increase circulation to the hair follicle and slow or reverse hair loss. Topical rosemary oil (from health food stores or iherb.com) produces similar results as topical minoxidil with fewer side effects. (4)
The AnteAge Home Hair System incorporates recent advances in her follicle science. Specialized techniques influence bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell cultures to produce conditioned media focused on hair growth (Wnt-1 a pathway) while twelve bio-identical growth factors and cytokines, each with with proven efficacy in hair follicle stimulation, are added to make this the most scientifically advanced product of its type.
The LaserCap is the original LLLT cap for hair regrowth. A light and flexible device that can be worn under the patient’s favourite hat, the LaserCap contains true laser diodes, which illuminate the scalp with 650 nm red light. The LaserCap is FDA-cleared to promote hair regrowth in both men and women with androgenetic alopecia.
Indications for use
LaserCap is a 510k FDA-cleared, home-use therapeutic device indicated to promote hair growth in men and women with Androgenetic Alopecia, Fitzpatrick Skin Phototypes I to IV, Ludwig-Savin classifications of I-II in women, and Hamilton-Norwood classifications of IIa-V in men.
The Original LaserCap deliveries a stronger dose of light energy per treatment than most other devices on the market.
Why is this important? Research has demonstrated LLLT has a dose-response effect(5). In fact, one recent systematic review found that an increase in per-session energy fluence of 1 j/cm2 resulted in statistically significant increases in hair density (6)
5. Lifestyle Modifications
Hair loss worsens during times of stress and illness, so it is important to modify your lifestyle to ensure 7-8 hours of restorative sleep, regular exercise and daily relaxation techniques.
For sleep tools and tips visit https://hubermanlab.com/toolkit-for-sleep/
For relaxation and meditation, we recommend the Headspace App or reveri.com
Up to 80% of people can expect to see significant results within 3 to 6 months however results will vary depending on the cause of your hair loss. It is always best to obtain a diagnosis and discuss treatment options with your doctor.
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What is LaserCap?
The LaserCap is the original LLLT (Low-Level-Laser Therapy) cap for hair regrowth. A light and flexible device that can be worn under a hat, the LaserCap contains true laser diodes, which illuminate the scalp with 650 nm red light. The LaserCap is FDA-cleared to promote hair regrowth in both men and women with androgenetic alopecia.
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2. Kil MS, Kim CW, Kim SS. Analysis of serum zinc and copper concentrations in hair loss. Ann Dermatol. 2013 Nov;25(4):405-9. doi: 10.5021/ad.2013.25.4.405. Epub 2013 Nov 30. PMID: 24371385; PMCID: PMC3870206.
3. Ablon, G. Et al. A 3-Month, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Ability of an Extra-Strength Marine Protein Supplement to Promote Hair Growth and Decrease Shedding in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair. Dermatology Research and Practice. 2015. Article ID 841570
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