Hair Loss Product Reviews

How Effective is Theradome Laser Helmet for Hair Loss?

Posted on June 24th, 2014 by Sarah, under Hair Loss, Hair Loss News, Hair Loss Product Reviews | No Comments | Ask A Question

An American company claims its new Theradome laser helmet is the first wearable laser scalp treatment to “stop hair loss, thicken existing hair and grow new hair”, but can this helmet really cure baldness?

Designed by a former NASA scientist, to be worn twice per week for 20 minutes at a time, the headgear is marketed more towards women with hair loss issues as, currently, the Theradome has only been FDA-cleared for use by women with their FDA clearance for men still pending

The cordless hair restoration device uses 80 cooling lasers that provide over 560 mW of low level laser therapy. This is meant to grow new, healthy hair whilst doubling the hair follicle size of existing hair, in addition to slowing down or stopping hair loss, with no side effects. Can this helmet cure baldness?

Theradome claims to show results over a period of over 100 weeks. After 18-24 weeks Theradome advises your hair will be ‘cleaner, more manageable…with improved lustre and fuller body’, with thicker, longer hair and a healthier scalp occurring after 26-50 weeks of continued use of the helmet. From 52 weeks they say you will start to see ‘the hairs on the top of the head and the vertex will start filling in’, then from the 100 week treatment mark onwards, Theradome claims users will experience ‘fuller and thicker hair will result with continued use’.

Two clinical trials were conducted by Theradome and their results state that the hair loss helmet was proven to regrow hair in 98% of users. Additionally, the studies found that hair thickness, volume and density increased by 200% within six weeks.

Our highly respected hair transplant partner, Dr Bessam Farjo, told the Daily Mail: ’I do believe that laser technology has validity, but I’m sceptical of the specific claims made by Theradome GB that this particular headgear has the ability to increase the hair shaft diameter by 200 per cent. I have not seen any scientific evidence to support this.

‘It’s great to see businesses putting resources to the development of this technology, but more scientific results are needed to back-up the huge claims that Theradome is making.’

From the information available, this helmet appears to be potentially more of a hair growth booster rather than a hair loss treatment. Whilst hair growth boosters are an integral part of any full hair loss treatment programme, for optimum results they should be used alongside specialist medications developed to stop hair loss and start the regrowth process.

Theradome advises its helmet can be used alongside other hair loss treatments, stating that by doing so ‘your hair recovery will be even more rapid than just taking the pills alone.’

The laser therapy operates  in a similar way to the convenient HairMax LaserComb which, unlike the Theradome, is FDA-cleared for use by both men and women. A complimentary HairMax LaserComb can be included within most of Belgravia’s treatment courses.

These types of Hair Growth Boosters work primarily by stimulating the scalp to increase blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation of the scalp which can also help with scalp conditions such as dermatitis. This stimulus encourages hair growth, allowing the regrowth medication (usually Minoxidil) to work more effectively, whilst maintaining the condition of the hair and scalp.

If you would like our hair loss specialists to provide personal advice on the best course of treatment for your condition, call us on 020 7730 6666 or send us a message to book your free consultation. If you are unable to get to either of our Central London hair loss clinics, just complete our Online Diagnostic Form.

MediGro – Does MediGro Prevent or Reverse Hair Loss?

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by Jonny Harris, under Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

MediGro is a product that is advertised as a treatment for hair loss. The product is a supplement, similar to a number of other hair supplements such as Procerin, Provillus and Hair Vitalics. None of these supplements are medications, and none have ingredients that are proven to assist in the prevention of hair loss.

MediGro contains a blend of ingredients (listed below) that has been titled the ‘GroMax’ blend by its manufacturers. Each of the ingredients contained are natural, supplemental products.

MediGroClinical efficacy (the effectiveness and safety of a product) is decided following large-scale clinical trials for medications. Medications that are clinically proven to carry out any medical purpose will be licensed by a medical regulatory body (if they are safe to use) such as the MHRA in the UK and the FDA in the USA. The only two medications that have been clinically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair, and are licensed by both the MHRA and FDA are minoxidil and Propecia. These two products were part of large-scale clinical trails on thousands of participants, and it was found that they did improve hair growth for men and women (Propecia men only) with genetic hair loss.

For more information on the medically proven treatments for hair loss and how to achieve the very best levels of hair regrowth please visit our Hair Loss Treatment page.

MediGro Ingredients

  • OptiMSM™
  • Horsetail
  • Kelp
  • L-arginine
  • Zinc
  • L-lysine
  • Biotin
  • Spirulina

Hår Vokse Hair Loss Product – Does Har Vokse Prevent Hair Loss?

Posted on November 27th, 2012 by Jonny Harris, under Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

MHRA Medical License X | FDA Approval X | Food Supplement Tick

Hår Vokse is a supplement marketed for the prevention of hair loss. Like similar products Nourkrin and Viviscal, Har Vokse contains minerals and vitamins in addition to a marine protein extract from a ‘deep sea fish living along the Norwegian costline’.

Hår Vokse is an unlicensed product that claims on its website to have carried out a clinic study in 2001 that was published in the Journal of International Medical Research. Like any other unlicensed product, marketing for Har Vokse is not entitled to make claims of hair loss prevention or hair regrowth.

Har VokseThe Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for approving medicinal products in the UK and US respectively, and licensing them for a specific purpose once they have unequivocally demonstrated safety and efficacy in treating that condition. You can therefore only be
sure that a product is effective to its stated cause if it has been licensed by these bodies.

There are two products that have been licensed by both the UK and US medical regulatory bodies, these are Propecia and minoxidil. Both of these products are medically proven to prevent hair loss and regrow hair. Find out more about clinically proven hair loss treatments.

For more information on the most well known products that are marketed for hair loss, please visit our hair loss products page.

Har Vokse Ingredients

Natural Marine Protein Comlex™ – marine polysaccharides.
Amino acids
Zinc gluconate
Extracts of grape skin and grape seeds (antioxidants)
Vitamin B-complex
Vitamin E
Vitamin C
Chlorophyll

High Strength 8%, 10% and 12.5% Minoxidil Liquid or Cream

Posted on February 7th, 2012 by Jonny Harris, under Alopecia, Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss News, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

High Strength MinoxidilThe Belgravia Centre’s 10 % or 12.5% minoxidil high strength creams are the only two products of their kind in the world. As is the clinic’s minoxidil 8% + Caffeine + MPG solution. These products have been specially designed by the Belgravia pharmacy to target stubborn or extensive cases of hair loss and complement other hair growth treatments such as Propecia, the HairMax LaserComb and hair growth supplements such as Hair Vitalics.

Minoxidil is a medication that is licensed by the MHRA (the UK’s medical regulatory body) to treat genetic forms of hair loss (Male Pattern Hair Loss and Female Pattern Hair Loss). Following a large-scale clinical study, a 5% dose of the product was found to prevent hair loss in most cases and regrow hair for many of those people. After treating patients with our preparations of high-strength minoxidil for a number of years, many have reported increased results.

Minoxidil is also known to help other hair loss conditions such as Alopecia Areata, Traction Alopecia and Diffuse Thinningwith great success. However, although minoxidil is a medically proven treatment for preventing and reversing genetic hair loss, there has not been an official clinical study carried out for any other hair loss condition. Our hair loss specialists have found Belgravia’s minoxidil cream to be especially beneficial for patchy hair loss conditions such as mild to moderate Alopecia Areata or Traction Alopecia. This is because the cream can be applied directly to the areas of hair loss without wastage or dripping, which can be a problem with a liquid minoxidil.

Hair Loss Treatment Results

One of the many thousands of patients who have achieved exceptional results from the use of a Belgravia treatment course inclusive of minoxidil. Click for more success stories.

Our website holds the world’s largest collection of hair loss success stories, featuring ‘before and during treatment’ photos and comments written by just some of Belgravia’s happy hair loss treatment users. They are first-hand proof of the exceptional levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s treatment users experience.

If you would like to enquire about the treatments on offer from The Belgravia Centre or arrange a free consultation at our London clinic, please contact us on 0800 077 6666 or message the centre if you are from the UK. For all of those outside of London or the UK, please feel free to complete our online diagnostic form for a home-use treatment programme that can be sent anywhere in the world.

The Belgravia Centre – The UK’s Leading Hair Loss Clinic

“…if you want a major difference in your hair loss – use these guys!”

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by Olivia, under General Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

Male Pattern Hair Loss Photoscans The Belgravia Centre“I thought doing one of these things would never work but to my surprise after 3 months it began to work!  I saw a big improvement in the crown area and it just kept improving after that, I really would recommend this to anyone who is a bit sceptical about these things, it doesn’t promise to make miracles but if you want a major difference in your hair loss – use these guys!”

Cass

Diagnosis:  Male Pattern Hair Loss 

Male Pattern Hair Loss Comment The Belgravia Centre

“Impressive results, excellent service at a fraction of a price…”

Posted on May 17th, 2011 by Olivia, under Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

Male Pattern Hair Loss Photoscans“Impressive results, excellent service at a fraction of a price.  Product has improved growth of hair significantly.  Recommend The Belgravia Centre, nothing to lose but lots to gain.”

Krishan

Diagnosis:  Male Pattern Hair Loss

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Regaine Foam – How Effective is Regaine Foam for Hair Loss?

Posted on March 10th, 2011 by Christina, under Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, hairlossANSWERS, Male Hair Loss | 2 Comments | Ask A Question

Regaine Foam

The active ingredient found in Regaine foam is minoxidil (5%), which is the same active ingredient and dose, as Regaine’s classic Regaine 5% minoxidil liquid. The only difference between the two, which is also the selling point, is that the form of the new product is a foam or ‘mousse’ as opposed to a liquid. The TV advert features a man spraying some foam on his hand and applying it to an area of thin hair on his crown.

Our initial thoughts about the product are that it won’t in fact be as effective as a liquid minoxidil formulation. If applied correctly, a liquid can be placed directly on the scalp and optimally absorbed. Even if some of the liquid lands on the hair, the laws of gravity will ensure most will drip onto the scalp as required. With a foam, however, it will be very difficult (almost impossible, in fact) for all of the product to be applied to the scalp and we would imagine the majority would be absorbed by the hair, depending of course on the thickness of the user’s hair. If you observe the TV advert for Regaine Foam, you will notice that when the user applies the foam, none actually seems to reach his scalp, but instead gets absorbed by his hair. Absorbtion into the hair would be of no use to somebody wishing to prevent hair thinning, as it is required that the product penetrates the scalp in order to reach hair follicles.

Minoxidil 12.5% Cream – a specially enhanced formulation of minoxidil


Although Belgravia’s minoxidil 12.5% + Azelaic Acid cream takes a similar form to Regaine foam, the method of application is different. An applicator is required so that the product can reach the scalp through the hair in order to ensure as little minoxidil
Minoxidil 12.5 + Azelaic Acid Cream
gets caught in the hair as possible and optimum absorbtion is achieved. Another point is that if some cream is blocked from reaching the scalp by the hair, the dose is high enough to ensure enough minoxidil is absorbed into the scalp. Because of the higher dose of minoxidil (12.5%), it makes our product a prescription medication, but users have reported significantly increased results compared to a 5% solution, especially for stubborn areas of hair loss such as a receding hairline or a balding crown as you can see on our receding hairline page.

At Belgravia each person is treated on an individual basis and depending on the pattern of a person’s hair loss, some people will be better suited to liquid minoxidil. This is because those with relatively thick hair may not suit a cream or foam.

Only time will tell exactly how effective Regaine foam is. Results from any hair loss treatment take at least 3 months to begin to take effect and as we receive reports by users, we will keep our blog updated.

Alpecin Shampoo – Does it Prevent Hair Loss?

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Jonny Harris, under Female Hair Loss, General Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | No Comments | Ask A Question

Alpecin ShampooName: Mark

Question: Do you offer Alpecin shampoo in your treatment regimes? If not, why?

Answer: Alpecin is a shampoo, which would be heavily diluted with water when applied to the scalp (in the shower or bath). It is unlikely that any of the product would be absorbed into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles.

Aside from this fact, there is currently no significant evidence that caffeine has prevention properties for hair loss in humans. In previous lab tests, caffiene was seen to block DHT (the hormone that causes genetic hair loss) when applied directly to individual hair follicles, but these conditions are very different to those when washing your hair with a shampoo.

There are however treatments that are proven to prevent and reverse hair loss. Find out about them here.

More information can be found on an earlier Alpecin story.

Accidental Cure for Baldness? Astressin B Indicates Hair Growth Properties

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Tom, under Alopecia, Female Hair Loss, Hair Loss, Hair Loss News, Hair Loss Product Reviews, Male Hair Loss | 1 Comment | Ask A Question

Rats Regrowing Hair (astressin-B)Laboratory tests on a chemical compound called astressin-B has shown ‘astounding’ results for hair regrowth, with the effects lasting up to four months after just one jab a day for five days.

The research, published in the web-based publication PloS One, revealed that the discovery was unearthed “entirely by accident.”

Researchers from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) were studying mice with gut problems that were genetically altered to overproduce the stress hormone corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF). The chemical compound astressin-B – thought to obstruct CRF – was then injected into the balding mice.

“Our findings show that a short-duration treatment with this compound causes an astounding long-term hair regrowth in chronically stressed mutant mice,” said Dr Million Mulugeta of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

“This molecule also keeps the hair colour (and) prevents the hair from turning grey,” he told the AFP news agency.

”This could open new avenues to treat hair loss in humans,” Dr Mulugeta added.

Afterwards, the researchers treated the mice with minoxidil alone. The study reported that this procedure “resulted in mild hair growth, as it does in humans. This suggests that astressin-B could also translate for use in human hair growth.”

Minoxidil – one of only two current treatments medically proven for hair loss prevention, was similarly discovered by accident. It was observed that people using minoxidil as a treatment for high blood pressure were growing unusual amounts of excess hair.

“it is difficult to tell whether this treatment would work for humans”, said Leonora Doclis of The Belgravia Centre, “but if it had a similar effect on genetic hair loss then the future could be very promising for hair loss sufferers. The current treatments are very effective but to be able to completely reverse total baldness would be revolutionary”.

The potential use of astressin-B in human hair loss cases was boosted by the research team’s assertion that no sign of toxicity appeared after extensive tests on the mice. However, human hair loss treatments with astressin-B – if they even come about– may take around five to 10 years to transpire and whether the treatment will be equally as effective for humans, whilst ensuring safety, is still unknown.

The next 10 years could prove to be revolutionary for hair loss sufferers, with the possibility of a number of new treatments on the horizon, including treatment related to stem cells and the new discovery of astressin-B. In the mean-time, there are two clinically proven treatments that are highly effective in preventing hair loss and regrowing hair for those with moderate to severe thinning hair. View before/after hair growth photos and feedback from people using specially tailored combinations of these treatments, with added hair growth boosters.

Can Microscopic Fibres Conceal Hair Loss?

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by Chriss, under General Hair Loss, Hair Loss Product Reviews | No Comments | Ask A Question

NanogenNew products for treating or concealing hair loss are always coming on the market, and are eagerly purchased by millions of people suffering from hairloss conditions such as male pattern baldness. One of the latest to receive attention in the national press comes in a can, and is known as Nanofibres.

Made by hair loss company Nanogen, the product works by coating existing hairs with thousands of microscopic keratin fibres. These fibres cling to the users hair via static electricity, with the intention being that they will hide any hair loss and artificially give the hair extra volume and thickness.

The pepper pot style container of fibres is shaken above the hair to which it is to be applied, whereupon the fibres fall out onto the affected area. The manufacturers claim that the resulting effect is natural looking and designed to stay in place throughout the day, due to the electrostatic attraction that takes place between the artificial fibres and the individual’s real hair.

According to media reports, this method of concealing hairloss seems to be effective.

Hiding hair loss

But like many hair loss products, this new creation focuses on masking the symptoms of hair loss, rather than treating the cause. The product only works when there is some hair remaining that it can cling to, meaning that those suffering from full baldness will not benefit from using Nanofibres.

Furthermore, using such products to hide hair loss may work in the short term, but if the cause of the condition is left untreated then it will continue to be a problem, resulting in further bald patches and thinning hair.

Effective pharmaceutical treatments for hair loss

Thankfully there are a number of affordable and scientifically proven pharmaceutical treatments for hair loss available today.

Belgravia Products Male New LaserCombPropecia and Minoxidil are both licensed by the UK’s MHRA and approved by America’s FDA for the treatment of genetic hair loss, and, when used as part of a treatment programme, special forms of minoxidil can also be effective in treating other hair loss conditions such as Alopecia Areata.

At the Belgravia centre we utilise these proven hair loss treatments in combination with a tailored program of trichological monitoring and an array of ‘boosters’ designed to stabilise hair loss and enhance hair growth. These are all aimed at identifying the cause of the hair loss, treating it and then preventing it from reoccurring.

To find out more about hair loss treatments at the Belgravia Centre, contact us for a no-obligation consultation or fill out our online diagnostic form. Please browse our success stories to find examples of people who’ve experienced hair re-growth as a result of a Belgravia Centre treatment programme.