1. Minoxidil (Rogaine®)
Minoxidil is a topical solution you put on your scalp for hair loss. It comes in the brand name Rogaine® and can be effective in stopping hair loss if used as directed. Minoxidil is a vasodilator hypertension drug that is also used to help you regrow hair on your scalp. It’s mechanism of action is unknown but it is possible that it dilates blood vessels in the scalp, which may improve hair follicle function and stimulate hair growth. It doesn’t work for everyone. About 50 percent of patients who try it see hair growth, and that group is usually under 40 and in the beginning stages of hair loss. Minoxidil should be used twice a day, every day. Once you stop using it, the hair will stop growing and new growth will fall out. If you have an area that’s completely bald, minoxidil might not help restore lost hair in that area at all.
The 2 percent solution of minoxidil is approved by the FDA for use by women who are experiencing hair loss. The 5 percent solution isn’t FDA approved for women, for a few reasons. The 5 percent solution contains more ingredients that can trigger skin irritation or an allergic reaction. The stronger concentration also puts women at an increased risk for hypotension, or low blood pressure, which can cause dizziness and fainting. Minoxidil can also cause unwanted hair growth in women.
Because Minoxidil is a drug, there are side effects that should be known if you decide to use it:
- Scalp irritation, likely because of the product’s alcohol content
- Itchy scalp and dandruff
- Dizziness or rapid heartbeat (rare)
- Not recommended when the scalp is already irritated, injured or sunburned, which would allow the medication to be absorbed by the body at a higher and potentially dangerous level
- Formulated for scalp application and not recommended for use elsewhere on the body
- Effects on a fetus in women who are pregnant are unknown; however, women who are nursing are warned to not use it
- Minoxidil users with severe, refractory high blood pressure might experience hypertrichosis, which is hair growth on the face or other bodily areas. The incidence of this occurs in about 3-5 percent of women who use the 2 percent solution and higher among women using the 5 percent solution.
Although Nioxin shampoos do not promote themselves as hair loss products, it is possible they can help in the regrowth of hair by removing sebum from the scalp when used. Sebum contains testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, often called DHT. DHT is believed to be the leading cause of male pattern hair loss. The company has added many different items to its line of hair care products, which Nioxin states are made to help fine and thinning hair look better. Nioxin, purchased by Procter & Gamble in 2008 for more than $300 million, has avoided making outright claims of being a hair loss product. The Nioxin website states “Nioxin is not a hair loss product, but a scalp and hair care regimen designed to improve the scalp health environment and improve the appearance of fine and thin-looking hair.”
Finasteride is a pharmaceutical drug that prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. It comes in the brand name Propecia®. It is used to treat BPH and male pattern hair loss.
Finasteride should not be used by woman and can cause birth defects if handled by a woman during pregnancy. Caution should be used in older men who have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), PSA levels are decreased by approximately 50%. Men aged 55 and over have increased risk of high grade prostate cancer with 5a-reductase inhibitors. Caution should be exercised in administration of Propecia in those patients with liver function abnormalities. Propecia is not indicated for use in pediatric patients.
Finasteride side effect include:
- loss of interest in sex
- trouble having an orgasm
- abnormal ejaculation
- swelling in your hands or feet
- swelling or tenderness in your breasts
- feeling like you might pass out
- runny nose
- skin rash
4. MONAT® POWER BOOST SYSTEM
Monat (stands for Modern Nature) is a frontrunner in today’s hair care. Monat offers salon quality hair care products that have been clinically proven to regrow hair.
Monat is an antiaging scalp and hair treatment, based on a patent pending, clinically proven, proprietary blend of 11 exotic essential oils and active botanicals to help stimulate the scalp and boost the natural growth of thicker and fuller-looking hair while improving follicle strength. Monat delivers essential moisture and balance, penetrates and nurtures the scalp, and improves follicle strength, reduces thinning and helps prevent hair loss while stimulating growth.
Every drug has risk of multiple side effects and drug interactions. MONAT is not a drug, it is a natural based hair treatment, the active botanical capixl comes from red clover, unlike Minoxidil and Finasteride, it has no known side effects or complications with very minimal report of allergic reactions.
The most common cause of male pattern hair loss is an increase in DHT. MONAT and Finasteride both blocks the 5alpha reductase, an enzyme necessary for the conversion from testosterone to DHT. Finasteride is a drug that is taken systemically with multiple unwanted sides effects, including increase cancer risk and impotence. MONAT is topically applied, not a drug, and naturally based, therefore you get the results of blocking DHT without the unwanted side effects of a drug
Like Minoxidil, you will lose the benefit of Monat if you stop using it. With Monat the change is gradual and not sudden. When you stop using Monat, your hair/scalp will return to its pre-Monat condition. However, Monat is a shampoo and conditioner treatment system. Everyone washes their hair. Also, if you have to use something lifelong, wouldn’t you rather use a natural based treatment and not a drug with severe side effects that could lead to cancer, impotence, and birth defects.
For cancer survivors and chemotherapy patients, MONAT is a great choice for hair restoration and growth. It is important to look at product ingredients. Product risk, side efforts and drug-drug interactions are extremely important and need to be evaluated when starting any new treatment regimen. MONAT is naturally based with the least amount of risk potential between MONAT, Finasteride and Minoxidil. Cancer survivals just battled cancer, why would a physician recommend a treatment that has the risk of cancer or heart disease.
MONAT S3 SUPPLEMENTS
Monat S3 is a Supplement Support System (S3). It is a precisely formulated nutrition for your hair, which is safe to be taken on a daily basis. It is packed with natural, yet effective ingredients that will give your hair the needed daily nutrition from the inside out. The makers stayed away from harmful chemicals such as DEA/MEA, PEG, and others, making it one of the safest products for your hair. S3 helps replenish your system of possible nutrient deficiencies which could lead to the hair loss. Natural formula makes S3 Supplement safe for use even by children and seniors. There are no chemicals involved with S3 Supplement, so there are no side effects at all. Combined with Monat Intense Repair Treatment, this Power Boost System will take your hair to the next level.
A rich source of sulfur and a key component of collagen and keratin that supports the structural integrity of the hair and skin.
Improves the elasticity of both the hair and skin. Helps to improve the appearance of aging skin and hair.
- VITAMIN A
(as beta-carotene) – counteracts Vitamin A deficiency which is common in people who are experiencing hair loss.
provides structural support to the hair shaft and follicle.
Contains anti-aging properties which are beneficial to hair health.
VERDICT: MONAT WORKS. Every physician owes it to their patients to try MONAT before pushing more harmful treatments and medications for hair restoration. Physicians, when recommending any treatment, need to evaluate the benefits and risk of treatment. We recommend the treatment that works the best without the severe side effect risk. MONAT works by nourishing and treating the scalp and the hair. It WORKS!!! The results will speak for itself.