What Hair Loss Treatment Worked: 2016 Update
For those not interested in the background story of what hair loss treatment worked (aka my waffle), you can skip straight to the ‘Current Treatment Plan: July 2016 and Beyond’ section at the bottom of this article.
Readers of this site may have already read the ‘What Worked for Me: 2012’ section of the site where I claimed, with some enthusiasm, that I was to experiment with a transition from my treatment plan to an all-natural solution.
In fact, under the ‘Future Treatment Plans?’ heading of the section I stated: “The next step will be a complete switch to the ‘All Natural Hair Loss Treatment Program’ … I’ll also provide an update on the all-natural approach once I get to a point where I can compare notes.”
Why did I say this? Excellent question!
Whatever the reason, I wrote those words sometime in 2013. Finally, in July of 2016, I’m ready to provide that update. It’s taken a long time. Time in which I’ve been able to conduct some unintended experimentation.
The bad news? The all-natural approach didn’t work. The good news? Despite some unintended twists and turns, I kept my hair on.
My key learning from the saga I am about to share is to not play with something that’s working. The maxim ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ is a maxim for a reason.
With the decision to finally try something (radically) new at the beginning of 2015, I also unwittingly climbed on the roller coaster that is The Hair Loss Experience. One I thought, and sincerely hoped, I would never ride again.
You know the one. Nail-biting terror, false dawns and the struggle to find patience and objectivity in a sea of uncertainty and (sometimes) hope.
It Should have Been So Simple
Once I’d finally admitted that the ‘all natural’ experiment hadn’t worked – courtesy of one of those moments of grim realisation in the mirror – you’d think the next step would be simple, right? Go back to what you were doing before!
Nope. Apparently fear breeds irrationality.
I decided I needed to do more to get back to where I was before. I began to add new products to the old regime in about June of last year. A little Revivogen here, a little Tricomin there, for starters. Oh, and some 2% Nizoral for good measure.
It didn’t work.
Why? My best guess is that although neither Revivogen nor Tricomin is supposed to interfere with Minoxidil – provided you respect a certain amount of time between applications – my routine became crowded. Although the intent was to remain true to the core of my previous regimen (per ‘What Worked for Me’), it was unlikely I had.
I wasn’t gaining more hair by adding more products, I was getting less. After a c. 4 month detour I decided to go back to my roots (pun intended). Back to nothing but the 5% Minoxidil (0.5 ml in the morning and evening), scalp cleanser and Laser Comb.
Another 3 months passed. The old regimen wasn’t working either! At least not as well as I had expected (see the note at the end of the article for an explanation of why this may have been the case ***).
Doubt crept in … then determination took over.
Which brings me to another maxim: ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.
The Road to Recovery
I’ve always felt that Ketaconazole was a key ingredient in controlling hair loss, despite less than spectacular results using Nizoral. Not exactly sure why but probably has something to do with the fact that Ketaconazole products are routinely reported as being mildly to extremely effective in the majority of the various hair loss forums.
Whatever the case, I selected the Regenepure DR product. This one simple act gave me the first signs of hope after a c. 7 month journey. The hair loss slowed and my hair began to ‘feel’ better, even thicker.
Which brings me to my final maxim for the article: ‘if you’re on to a good thing, load up!’
The Crowning Glory – Regenepure
So I made one final change. Based on the above success with Regenepure DR, I also switched to the Regenepure Minoxidil product.
I haven’t looked back.
With another 5 months gone my crowning glory is back to what it was before the ‘unfortunate experiment’.
Current Treatment Plan: July 2016 and Beyond
So, what hair loss treatment worked? See table below. Best wishes to all who try and let me know if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Application / Dosage
|Apply Regenepure DR Hair Loss & Scalp Treatment Shampoo||Medicated shampoo containing 1% Ketaconazole as well as several other naturally occurring DHT blockers and stimulants (such as Saw Palmetto, Emu Oil and Caffeine). See review here.||Massage into the scalp every day, leaving on for the duration of shower (but no longer than 5 minutes). I understand that a lot of people also use Regenepure NT following application of Regenepure DR. I don’t.
Apply generously, although one bottle should last around 6 weeks.
|Apply Regenepure Precision 5% Minoxidil Spray for Men||Growth stimulant with a 5% Minoxidil base.||Topical spray applied directly to affected areas of the scalp. 1ml in the morning only.|
|Use HairMax Professional 12 Laser Comb||Low Level Laser Therapy apparatus approved by the FDA. See review here.||5 – 10 minutes for between 3 – 5 nights per week (depending on how busy my nights are)|
I also massage my scalp for 30 – 40 minutes daily. 20 minutes throughout the day (if I can) and another 20 minutes in the evening, before bed. I always use the laser comb after the evening massage. This aspect of my treatment plan will be the subject of a future article.
What worked for me, may not necessarily work for you. Before simply following my treatment plan I recommend that you a) educate yourself on the cause of your hair loss and b) read the product reviews and treatment plans assessed on this, and other trusted, websites. Ultimately you owe it to yourself to do your own due diligence in order to give yourself the best chance of keeping what hair you have and, hopefully, growing back any you’ve lost.
I haven’t tried the other components of the Regenepure range, such as the Regenepure NT shampoo, Biotin Conditioner or Biotin supplement.
*** Measurement of progress (decline) noted above may have been impacted by poor timing. I was on a three month trip to Europe during this period. In my experience, different water tends to give the impression of thicker (or thinner) hair. Also, different mirrors, different lighting (and light positions) in hotel bathrooms don’t provide a stable base for comparison. Not to mention that, at the time, I was very sensitive to any changes. One thought that did come through clearly in that confusion, however, was that there was no way I was going to let my hair go!