Bob Marley suggests “we…chase those crazy baldheads out of our town!”
It’s true…Bob may not have been talking about people with no hair or who are losing their hair, but non-Rastafarians who do not wear Rasta dreadlocks.
Either way, I don’t think there’s any need to chase “Baldheads” out of our towns or salons. In fact, we have more tools to help people who are struggling with hair loss.
While you’re enjoying the great Bob Marley video for Crazy Baldheads, you can enjoy learning about Saw Palmetto — the first ingredient in my series of posts about Ingredients To Battle Hair Loss.
Battling Hair Loss
Whether you’re a girl or a guy, losing hair—how do I put this politely—let’s just say “hair loss sucks!”
From a professional point of view, we can’t prescribe the best ingredients until we know what’s going on and why.
There is an unmistakable truth, and it is this: every day we are one day older! There are a lot of us reaching the years where hair loss becomes more prominent.
Why Does Hair Loss Happen?
There are many reasons why people experience hair loss at different points in their lives. This post will explore one key factor that may affect your clients — alopecia (aka hair loss and balding).
Science has revealed that the leading cause of alopecia in males is the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. Since most of us don’t like spouting 19 letter words, let’s just call it DHT.
DHT will circulate in the bloodstream and ultimately attach itself to hair follicles. This leads to the hair follicles shrinking to the point that it restricts the ability to produce new strands of hair.
If science can find a way to either reduce the amount of available DHT or block DHT receptors, then we should expect to be able to reduce or, maybe even, reverse hair loss.
Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) Extract appears to have the ability to decrease DHT levels. In addition, it seems that it is also effective at blocking the receptors that allow DHT to bind to hair follicles.
Saw palmetto is one of the most popular natural hair loss treatments around, mainly because it acts similar to finasteride (marketed under the brand names Proscar and Propecia), one of the two Food and Drug Administration hair loss treatments,
Saw Palmetto continues to increase in popularity as additive in hair loss products because it appears to be similar to finasteride. Finasteride is one of two classes of molecules that are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hair loss treatments. The other drug is minoxidil, which marketed under various trade names including, Loniten and Rogaine. The American Hair Loss Association indicates that finasteride is, “the only truly effective medically proven way to arrest the hair loss process is to lower DHT levels.1”
Fenasteride appears to work for both men and WOMEN. The FDA has not yet approved this drug to treat hair loss in women. It is important to note that the these products are being used to treat hair loss in women in an off-label manner. This means that the drugs have been approved by the FDA for use, but have not received explicit approval to treat female hair loss.
If you want to offer your clients another tool in their arsenal to combat hair loss, you would be wise to consider it as a foundation ingredient in some of your private label hair products.
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