Review of Alpecin double effect shampoo

Alpecin Dou­ble Effect Sham­poo by Dr. Wolf is pre­dom­i­nantly aimed at men, Alpecin Shampoo for hair lossalthough women can use it, too. It’s called “dou­ble effect” because it tar­gets not only hair loss, but also dan­druff – said to make hair loss worse. As an anti-dandruff prod­uct, the Alpecin sham­poo uses sev­eral active ingre­di­ents to gen­tly remove dan­druff and has an antimi­cro­bial and anti­fun­gal effect.

The man­u­fac­turer claims that this com­bi­na­tion of active ingre­di­ents has tra­di­tion­ally only been used in phar­ma­co­log­i­cal prod­ucts and this is the first prod­uct to utilise it for an over-the-counter shampoo.

As a hair loss prod­uct, Alpecin utilises caf­feine, which is a pop­u­lar active ingre­di­ent in a num­ber treat­ment prod­ucts that tar­get thin­ning hair. It works by stim­u­lat­ing the hair roots / fol­li­cles to pro­duce new hair shafts. Caf­feine is said to “wake up” slug­gish fol­li­cles and kick them out of the dor­mant phase and into the active growth phase of the hair growth cycle.

Active ingre­di­ents and what they do

Sal­i­cylic acid and octopirox are used to treat dan­druff and have an active antimi­cro­bial and anti­fun­gal effect on the scalp, remov­ing exist­ing dan­druff and pre­vent­ing the for­ma­tion of new dan­druff. Caf­feine com­plex works to pro­duce the hair growth effect by increas­ing the length of the growth phase in the hair growth cycle.

How to use Alpecin Dou­ble Effect Shampoo

Mas­sage into hair and scalp, leave for two min­utes and rinse off. For best results, use every day. Alpecin Dou­ble Effect Sham­poo is a long-term hair loss and dan­druff solu­tion that requires repeated use over a long period of time to main­tain results. Dan­druff will return when treat­ment is stopped and hair loss may also return unless the under­ly­ing causes are treated.

Will Alpecin Dou­ble Effect work for me?

Alpecin tar­gets the hair fol­li­cles with­out tar­get­ing the hor­mones that may be respon­si­ble for hair loss. Caf­feine is a pop­u­lar ingre­di­ent in many hair loss prod­ucts because of its stim­u­lat­ing effect. How­ever, those who are suf­fer­ing from hair loss that is the result of hor­monal imbal­ances may wish to use this prod­uct in con­junc­tion with one that treats that aspect of hair loss as well, such as saw pal­metto. Although tests have appar­ently shown that caf­feine can negate the results of testos­terone, it is nor­mally used for its stim­u­lat­ing, rather than bal­anc­ing effects. Although this prod­uct is designed to treat male pat­tern bald­ness, the stim­u­lat­ing effect can be help­ful in treat­ing other types of hair loss includ­ing female pat­tern bald­ness, thin­ning hair and trac­tion alope­cia in both men and women.

Are there any more prod­ucts avail­able in the range?

A caf­feine liq­uid is avail­able for use on a daily basis, and there is also an Alpecin caf­feine sham­poo with­out the dou­ble effect to bat­tle dan­druff. There is no con­di­tioner avail­able in the range but a dif­fer­ent hair loss con­di­tioner can safely be used with this prod­uct and there are sev­eral oth­ers on the mar­ket that also con­tain caffeine.


The Pure Guild Hair Re-Growth Shampoo Review

Pure Guild is a com­pany that makes organic, nat­ural prod­ucts to treat var­i­ous so-called “embar­rass­ing” con­di­tions such as acne, dry hair, cel­lulite and hair loss.

The Pure Guild Hair Re-growth sham­poo is made with only nat­ural, organic active ingre­di­ents and the com­pany prides itself on extract­ing these ingre­di­ents using mechan­i­cal meth­ods only, with­out using any heat in the process.

Accord­ing to Pure Guild, this ensures the qual­i­ties of the ingre­di­ents are pre­served to the max, mak­ing their prod­ucts more effective.

Nat­ural ingre­di­ents dom­i­nate the Re-growth sham­poo and it con­tains no sodium lau­rel sul­phate, a com­mon ingre­di­ent in most com­mer­cial sham­poos, which is believed by some to be too strong a deter­gent, even­tu­ally caus­ing dam­age to the hair.

The Pure Guild hair re-growth sham­poo works on three lev­els. It bal­ances the hor­mones respon­si­ble for hair loss, reduc­ing their effects on the hair fol­li­cles, while simul­ta­ne­ously stim­u­lat­ing blood flow to the scalp and fol­li­cles and stim­u­lat­ing cell metab­o­lism – both needed for the hair fol­li­cles to pro­duce new hair shafts. The over­all effect is of thicker, denser hair, reduced hair loss and healthy, lus­trous hair.

The active ingre­di­ent in the Pure Guild sham­poo, Lupi­nus albus, is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to help stim­u­late the fol­li­cles, bal­ance the hor­mones and pro­duce stronger, thicker hair.

A 12 week long study showed vis­i­ble results with a mea­sur­able and sig­nif­i­cant increase in the num­ber of hairs that were in the active grow­ing (ana­gen) phase. Hair was said to be nearly 12% denser after 86 days of use.

This sham­poo is suit­able for both men and women and can be used by peo­ple of any age to treat many kinds of hair loss includ­ing trac­tion alope­cia.

The fact that it stim­u­lates the cells as well as bal­ances hor­mones makes it a good all-round nat­ural hair loss solu­tion for peo­ple who want to avoid putting chem­i­cals on their hair and scalp.

How to use Pure Guild Hair Re-growth Shampoo

Mas­sage into hair and leave on for one minute before rins­ing. Repeat if desired (if the hair needs extra cleaning).

Will Pure Guild Hair Re-growth sham­poo work for me?

Pure Guild sham­poo has been shown effec­tive in clin­i­cal tri­als and can be used by both men and women. It is rec­om­mended for use along­side other hair prod­ucts from the same range, espe­cially if the hair thin­ning is severe.

In con­di­tions such as trac­tion alope­cia (hair loss caused by pulling and weight put on the hair over time, usu­ally as a result of cer­tain hair­styles), using the sham­poo on its own may be enough to give the hair a boost, assum­ing the under­ly­ing causes are removed.

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Korres Magnesium Wheat Protein shampoo review

This is a sham­poo pri­mar­ily designed for men, but it is also suit­able for use by women, as it does not con­tain minox­i­dil. Instead, it con­tains a blend of min­er­als – mag­ne­sium, man­ganese and zinc that pen­e­trate the scalp to stim­u­late renewed hair growth.

Pro vit­a­min B5, a pop­u­lar ingre­di­ent of many reg­u­lar sham­poos, is also present and helps to increase the vol­ume of the hair, mak­ing it appear thicker and fuller and reduc­ing split ends. Nat­ural extracts of wheat and rice help pro­tect the hair from breaking.

The Mag­ne­sium Wheat Pro­tein sham­poo works to pre­vent hair loss, improve hair strength and pre­vent split ends, so is suit­able for men and women with fine, brit­tle, dam­aged or thin­ning hair caused by trac­tion alope­cia. It has been clin­i­cally proven to help pre­vent and slow down hair loss and like all Kor­res prod­ucts is based on nat­ural ingre­di­ents, rather than harsh chemicals.

Because it’s based on nat­ural ingre­di­ents, this prod­uct is suit­able for use with other hair loss pre­ven­tion and treat­ment prod­ucts avail­able on the mar­ket. The min­er­als and amino acids are not known to inhibit or inter­fere with any of the chem­i­cals com­monly used for treat­ing hair thin­ning and bald­ness, but it is always best to check the label of any prod­uct you’re think­ing of using along­side the Kor­res sham­poo to ensure there are no contraindications.

Women, take note: this sham­poo is designed for men in mind and there­fore has a more mas­cu­line aroma than some women may prefer.

Because it’s pre­dom­i­nantly a nat­ural prod­uct, though, it has a pleas­ant smell, rather than a chem­i­cal, med­i­c­i­nal one. The sci­ence of pre­vent­ing bald­ness in men is quite advanced, so you may well be will­ing to ignore the scent for the ben­e­fit of a sham­poo that’s been proven to work.

How to use Kor­res Mag­ne­sium wheat pro­tein shampoo

Mas­sage gen­tly into wet hair, rinse, apply again and leave on for a few min­utes. Rinse thor­oughly. The man­u­fac­turer does not spec­ify how often to use the sham­poo, although it is cer­tainly suit­able for daily use.

Will Kor­res Mag­ne­sium wheat pro­tein sham­poo work for me?

This prod­uct has been clin­i­cally proven to pre­vent hair loss in men and is known to make hair stronger and give it a thick, healthy appear­ance. Severe cases of hair loss may require stronger treat­ment and no prod­uct on the mar­ket has been proven to be 100% effec­tive for every­one. Note that like most hair loss sham­poos, the Kor­res Mag­ne­sium wheat pro­tein sham­poo is rec­om­mended for use as part of a larger treat­ment sys­tem for the best results.

What other prod­ucts are avail­able in the range?

A mag­ne­sium and amino acids anti hair loss tonic lotion is avail­able and is rec­om­mended for use with the sham­poo for best results.

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Rene Furterer Forticea Stimulating shampoo Review

Rene Furterer is a lux­u­ri­ous French hair care range for­mu­lated with essen­tial oils and plant extracts. Designed to com­ple­ment the com­plete Rene Furterer hair loss treat­ment sys­tem, this sham­poo con­tains nat­ural active ingre­di­ents, includ­ing essen­tial oils and invig­o­rat­ing pep­tides, to stim­u­late hair growth.

Micro-beads of rose­mary, laven­der and orange are used for cleans­ing, and to increase cir­cu­la­tion in the scalp, while amino acids help stim­u­late the fol­li­cles to pro­duce hair. The deter­gent used in the For­ticea Stim­u­lat­ing Sham­poo is gen­tle to main­tain the nat­ural PH bal­ance of the scalp and pre­vent fur­ther dam­age to the hair.

This sham­poo is specif­i­cally aimed at women, and although men may ben­e­fit from using the sham­poo, it is really designed to be used as part of the over­all hair loss treat­ment sys­tem designed to work with the female body. Because the main active ingre­di­ents used are nat­ural, the sham­poo can be used along­side other com­mon prod­ucts and assist with regen­er­a­tion of hair in both men and women.

Note that the aroma of this hair prod­uct is also designed to appeal to women – the flow­ery scent of ver­bena and laven­der, cou­pled with rose­mary and orange, may put off some men from using it. On the other hand, it lacks the strong, med­i­c­i­nal smell many hair loss prod­ucts have and feels more like a nor­mal, up-market shampoo.

How to use Rene Furterer For­ticea Stim­u­lat­ing Shampoo

Mas­sage the sham­poo into wet hair, start­ing at the back of the hair and work­ing your way to the front of the head. Do this for one to three min­utes. For best results, use the sham­poo daily. The man­u­fac­turer rec­om­mends use of this prod­uct as part of a four-part sys­tem which includes a hair tonic, a serum and dietary supplements.

Will Rene Furterer For­ticea Stim­u­lat­ing Sham­poo work for me?

Rene Furterer Stim­u­lat­ing Sham­poo is rec­om­mended by the man­u­fac­turer to be used in con­junc­tion with the main hair loss pre­ven­tion prod­ucts in the range. Good results have been reported when the com­plete treat­ment sys­tem was used, but results can dif­fer from one per­son to another.

In mild cases of hair thin­ning, or cases of trac­tion alope­cia, where the hair loss is nei­ther genetic nor hor­monal, but is the result of the hair being pulled tightly over time, this sham­poo can be used as an effec­tive way of speed­ing up the recov­ery process, as long as the cause of alope­cia (i.e. the tension-causing hair­style) is removed. The fact that the sham­poo is designed to be gen­tle on the scalp makes it a good choice for reduc­ing any fur­ther damage.


Nizoral Shampoo Review for the Treatment of Traction Alopecia

Nizo­ral is an anti-dandruff sham­poo that con­tains a sub­stance known as Nizoral shampoo for hair lossketo­cona­zole. This is a syn­thetic anti­fun­gal agent, which stops dan­druff by killing off the fun­gal infec­tion that causes it.

Nizo­ral sham­poo can be effec­tively used twice a week, between reg­u­lar sham­poos with any other brand of hair prod­uct. This makes it an eco­nom­i­cal and easy solu­tion for dan­druff con­trol and it is indeed a very pop­u­lar prod­uct, used by both men and women.

Nizo­ral sham­poo for hair loss

Keto­cona­zole has been sug­gested as a pos­si­ble hair loss cure, mainly in the treat­ment of andro­genic alope­cia in both men and women. A small-scale test was con­ducted in 1998 that showed some promis­ing results when keto­cona­zole was taken orally. How­ever, the FDA con­cluded that fur­ther tests need to be per­formed before Nizo­ral can be deemed an effec­tive hair loss cure.

Keto­cona­zole / Nizo­ral is seen to be poten­tially use­ful as a hair loss treat­ment because it acts as an andro­gen inhibitor, reduc­ing the lev­els of testos­terone in the blood. As exces­sive testos­terone is seen as the cause of this form of alope­cia, it could indeed have a ben­e­fi­cial effect, although in the case of Nizo­ral, the effect has been shown to be quite weak. Used as a sham­poo, keto­cona­zole could per­haps inhibit testos­terone top­i­cally, reduc­ing its effect on the follicles.

Nizo­ral sham­poo for treat­ment of trac­tion alope­cia and thin­ning hair

Nizo­ral is pre­dom­i­nantly an anti-dandruff sham­poo and its direct effects as a hair loss sham­poo are, at least for the moment, unsub­stan­ti­ated. Since trac­tion alope­cia is not caused by an excess of testos­terone, it’s ques­tion­able whether there would be any direct ben­e­fit from the use of Nizo­ral for treat­ment of this par­tic­u­lar form of hair loss. How­ever, there is some evi­dence that dan­druff can con­tribute to hair loss, as the inflam­ma­tion can have a dam­ag­ing effect on the fol­li­cles, which, in the case of trac­tion alope­cia, are already trau­ma­tised. Since Nizo­ral sham­poo is con­sid­ered one of the most effec­tive dan­druff treat­ment sham­poos that can be used in con­junc­tion with other sham­poos, it can be a use­ful addi­tion to a hair loss treat­ment reg­i­men in between washes with a daily or weekly use hair loss shampoo.

Nizo­ral sham­poo is also deemed par­tic­u­larly suit­able for the needs of black women, as it is suit­able for use with chem­i­cally relaxed hair, is gen­tle and only requires two washes a week to be effective.

How to use Nizo­ral shampoo

For dan­druff con­trol, Nizo­ral should be used every 3–4 days for up to 4 weeks. It can be used in between washes with your nor­mal hair loss sham­poo or dur­ing the same wash, after sham­poo­ing with your other cho­sen hair prod­uct. As a hair loss sham­poo for treat­ing andro­genic alope­cia, con­tin­ued weekly use may be effec­tive. The man­u­fac­turer of Nizo­ral rec­om­mends con­sult­ing a health pro­fes­sional if use of the prod­uct for 4 weeks does not result in the clear­ing of dandruff.

The ver­dict

Although Nizo­ral may have some ben­e­fi­cial effect in assist­ing with the pre­ven­tion of hair loss, direct results are not yet sub­stan­ti­ated. How­ever, as an indi­rect treat­ment for hair loss, it can be an effec­tive addi­tion to the treat­ment reg­i­men in order to cover all angles and keep the scalp infec­tion free.


Rogaine for treatment of traction alopecia

Rogaine, referred to as Regaine in the U.K., is a hair loss treat­ment prod­uct Topical treatment for traction alopecia - Rogaineavail­able in liq­uids or foams. It con­tains minox­i­dil, a proven treat­ment for hair loss.

The prod­uct is rec­om­mended by the FDA as a hair loss treat­ment, and is given to hair trans­plant patients as a post-surgical treat­ment by hair trans­plant clin­ics. Hair trans­plant clin­ics often have access to 10% con­cen­tra­tion solu­tions, not avail­able over the counter. You can buy 5% con­cen­tra­tion Rogaine over the counter eas­ily with­out prescription.

Although avail­able for women, the weaker 2% solu­tions have been found to be inef­fec­tive in the treat­ment of hair loss. The 2% con­cen­tra­tion prod­ucts for men have been dis­con­tin­ued. Nat­ural solu­tions like Eclipta alba (Bhringaraj) have been more effec­tive than the 2% solu­tion of minoxidil.

Rogaine has been found effec­tive in the treat­ment of trac­tion alope­cia – a con­di­tion where the hair loss is caused by con­stant pulling on the hair, usu­ally as a result of cer­tain hair­styles (weav­ing, corn­rows, tight pony­tails, etc.)

For the treat­ment to be effec­tive, the pulling must be stopped, so hair must be worn in non-harmful styles for the dura­tion of the treat­ment. It can often take a min­i­mum of four months for the treat­ment to show results, and it should be con­tin­ued for at least six months.

Minox­i­dil will stim­u­late the fol­li­cles to pro­duce new hairs, and the result will often be a rever­sal of the con­di­tion. Although trac­tion alope­cia can often heal itself nat­u­rally, using Rogaine can speed up the process and pro­duce more notice­able results, or help in more seri­ous cases.

How does Rogaine work?

Minox­i­dil works by increas­ing the sup­ply of blood to the hair fol­li­cles, stim­u­lat­ing them to grow the hair. It also strength­ens exist­ing hairs, although it won’t pro­tect them from the results of pulling too much on hair and tight hair­styles. There­fore, it’s impor­tant to stick with softer styles even if you’re using Rogaine.

Rogaine side effects

Like all med­i­cines, Rogaine is not free of side effects. The most wor­ry­ing one for women is often the fact that after two to three weeks of treat­ment, hair seems to actu­ally fall out at a faster pace. This is the result of the hair fol­li­cles enter­ing the growth cycle, which can speed up the shed­ding of old hairs. This side effect is tem­po­rary and should not be a cause for worry. It means that the treat­ment is working.

Peach fuzz” is another side effect, and the newly grown hair can often appear soft, fine and downy, rather than thick and pro­nounced. This is lso tem­po­rary, and the hair should soon become the same as your nor­mal hair. The peach fuzz effect itself will dis­ap­pear com­pletely when treat­ment is stopped.

Other side effects of Rogaine include scalp irri­ta­tion and red­ness, although these are greatly reduced when using the foam version.

Other infor­ma­tion

It’s impor­tant to thor­oughly clean your hands before and after each appli­ca­tion of Rogaine. The prod­uct pro­duces top­i­cal results – only in the area of application.

Using Rogaine will not pro­tect the hairs from future abuse. The prob­lem may still return if you con­tinue to wear your hairs in styles that cause pulling or tug­ging or return to such hair­styles after the treat­ment has finished.