Why Summer is Bad for Your Hair

Why is summer season so bad for our hair?

For those of you who live in the UK like me, you'll be aware that we're in the middle of a great big heatwave, and it's set to continue for most of the summer.  Most people are revelling in the sunshine (not something we get an awful lot of here in England), but I can't stand summer season, and here's why... 

Yes, summer is a happy time of year, especially when the sun is out and our football team is doing well in the world cup, but for all its advantages, the main fact remains - the hotter months of the year are the most damaging to our hair. 

I have long been a sufferer of seasonal shedding, and although this is a perfectly normal phase that 99% of humans go through, it still isn't ideal, especially if, like me, you are already prone to losing your hair. 

When is seasonal shedding most common?

I should clarify that seasonal hair loss is slightly different for everyone - so for example, some people suffer from severe shedding around autumn season, and others may suffer from hair fall during the spring season.

Winter tends to be the season when we are least likely to shed hair, but summer season is a bit of a mixed bag.  For me, summer is the worst season for shedding, along with autumn maybe.

How to counter seasonal shedding?

Now, don't be too concerned, because seasonal shedding isn't the end of the world for most of us. As we shed, we actually regrow new hairs as a replacement for the strands we lose.  However, if we do not regrow new strands while we are shedding, that's when the problem begins.

As many of you will already know, I counter baldness with a couple of hair products, including the hair supplement, HR23+, which has worked wonders for my hair.  Without treating the issue, goodness knows how much more hair I'd have lost over the summers in particular. 

If you are prone to summer shedding like me, then you'll only need to act if you also suffer from male pattern baldness, as I have done for the past six or seven years.  Act by treating the problem at the root of the cause. 

Based on my results, I would recommend a treatment plan of Minoxidil (twice a day), Argan Oil Shampoo (three times a week), HR23+ supplement (four capsules per day), with perhaps an extra dosage of Biotin (one tablets a day).


HR23+ hair loss treatment update (progress pics)

HR23+ progress report with before and after images - 2018. 

As many of you will know, I have been taking HR23+ hair supplement for around two and a half years now, and for the most part, I am happy with the results. 

I was losing my hair in my mid to late 20s (I am now in my mid 30s), and I have tried quite a few treatments and products in an attempt to halt the balding and get thicker hair growth.  Some treatments have worked better than others, and I would say HR23+ has been one of, if not the best product that I have tried for my thinning locks. 

Since using HR23+, I have noticed much less hair fall, to the point I am not losing any more hair at all, and I am gaining much thicker hair growth.  Now, I don't want to mislead any of you into thinking that this is some magical cure for baldness, because it's not. But, it does work to a decent extent to which I am now happier with my hair and more confident in myself. 

So, just to brief those of you who haven't followed my hair loss journey - I started taking HR23+ around two and a half years ago.  I began noticing results pretty quickly.  I was shedding far less hair after just a week or two of taking this supplement, and I even noticed a few baby hairs popping up on my temple where I had previously receded.
After about a year of slowing down my hair loss, my strands stopped falling out completely, which was a very pleasant surprise. My hair has never looked as good as it does now, since taking HR23+, and I am generally pleased with the results this product has given me.  

It doesn't quite end there - Towards the end of 2017, around October time, I started noticing my hair getting much thicker, especially around the frontal area of my head.  I have never really suffered from crownal thinning, well, not to a noticeable extent any way, but the receding hairline has been more my problem. 

So, since October time, my hair seems to have got even thicker and the front area looks like it's in a much healthier position.  Many of you have asked me to post before and after images of my hairline, and as promised, I have taken a few snaps for you to see.


Image A above was taken at the end of October 2017, when I started noticing the hair thickening up at the frontal hairline area. I pushed my hair back for you to see the extent of my receding, and the general thinning of the frontal part of my scalp. 

The next image (B) was taken at the end of February 2018, again with my hair pushed back to the same extent as it was in image A. My hair is cut slightly shorter in this image, but you can clearly see it looks fuller, and the hairline seems to have filled in somewhat. 

It should be noted that both pictures were taken in the same place in my house, and in the same light (as close as possible).  That's a pretty remarkable change, don't you think?  

I have not made any adjustments to my hair care routine.  You can see my full hair care routine here.  I do tend to shed more in the autumn season, which may be one reason why I have experienced sudden changes in my hair recently, but I will take pictures as we approach the summer, and again in the autumn, with another update on here.


5 Unusual Techniques to Prevent Baldness

Unusual techniques that may prevent hair loss

I'd like to wish a belated happy new year to all my readers, and extend my apologies for not updating my blog for a while.  If truth be told, I am only just about recovering from the festive partying.  I went in pretty hard this time, but I am gradually getting back to my normal routine.

Oh, and before you think it, no, my hair care routine did not suffer as a consequence of overindulging over Christmas and the new year. I stayed loyal to it, and I will remain so for as long as it continues to work. If you want a reminder of my hair care routine, then check out it here.

So, what changes will I be making to my routine this year?  Well, I certainly don't intend to stop what I am currently using, but if something even better pops up, I'll be open minded enough to give it a try. My main aim this year will be to try out new things that may result in promoting hair growth.  Here is a list of five things in particular that I will be trying in order to beat hair loss...

Scalp Massage

Apparently massaging your scalp every day is great for stimulating hair follicles.  I have read this theory so many times, and even though I occasionally use a dermaroller, I intend to try this technique with the tips of my fingers, everyday.  I know it sounds crazy, but when it comes to hair loss, I have learnt never to judge anything until it is tried and tested - I have been wrong so many times before.


Standing upside down is a great technique that can stop hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.  Is it true?  Well, good blood circulation is absolutely key for the follicles to work, so there really isn't any reason why this unorthodox technique shouldn't work.  I shall be doing this as often as I can, and I'll be sure to report back to you guys how it went.


Ok, so I know yoga can't cure hair loss, but what if it can have some kind of underlying benefit for my locks?  I have looked into this, and apparently yoga can increase the chances of stopping baldness.  I've always been fascinated by the spiritual side of life, and I'll be even more fascinated to see if doing yoga can actually help me in my quest to put an end to this balding nonsense.


Beetroot helps you to complete your nutritional deficiency that causes the hair fall.  I actually love beetroot anyway, so it's great to have an excuse to stuff my face with it.  I knew about other hair beneficiary foods like green apples, green tea, and spinach leaves, but I wasn't aware of how beneficial beetroot could be.

Egg White & Curd

It may sound the most gross trick out of the lot, but egg white and curd are known to be preventers of hair loss. Eggs are a rich source of Sulphur which is an essential nutrient for healthy and strong hair. Sulphur in eggs promotes the production of keratin and collagen that prevents dandruff.

I shall keep you all posted as to how I get on with this...


My Top Hair Loss Treatments of the Year

The Most Effective Products for Hair Growth

With another year almost at its end, I can't quite believe how quickly the past 12 months has gone by.  Since I started losing my hair, I have always used this time of year to asses the state of my hairline and scalp. The good news is, I still have a relatively decent head of hair, which fills me with confidence for 2018. 

I feel like I have found a good set of products that have enabled me to maintain a good, healthy head of hair, and long may this trend continue.  As this will most likely be my final post of the year, I do feel it is necessary to let my readers know how I have been getting on with my hair loss journey. 

So, without further ado, here are the hair products that I rank the highest and that have worked best for me.  If you're an avid reader of my blog, then some of these products won't be of any surprise to you, but I hope these recommendations work for more men (and women) suffering from hair loss, just as well as they have for me... 

Top Shampoo for Hair Growth

I have used two shampoos over the years that have given me great hair growth results, one being Head & Shoulders Hair Endurance for Men, and the other being OGX Biotin & Collagen. If I am to choose one, then OGX Biotin & Collagen would just about edge it for me.  This thick textured formula does a terrific job on my locks, increasing the thickness and volume instantly.  

This shampoo isn't a hair loss treatment, but it is certainly a must-use formula for better, stronger, healthier hair growth. 

Top Topical Solution for Hair & Scalp

I have tried a fair few topical serums over the years, and even though I don't think I have found the right solution just yet, I have settled on Minoxidil, for now at least.  I did try Regaine for nearly a year back in the early days of treating my baldness, and I wasn't particularly impressed with it, but after trying a hat full of topical liquids, I decided to go back on the Minoxidil, just as a backup to the products I am already using.  

When it comes to buying Minoxidil, it really doesn't matter what brand it is - Minoxidil is Minoxidil after all - so, just make sure it's the 5% solution if you are male, and 2% if you are female.  I am currently using the Kirkland 5% Foam, due to it being half the price of Regaine. 

Top Hair Growth Supplement

As many of you will already know, I am a big fan of HR23+ hair supplement, and I have not looked back since I started usin it a few years ago. This multi-vitamin hair supplement contains the right blend of ingredients that has helped me prevent the severe pattern of shedding, and promoted healthier, thicker hair growth.
Unless something spectacular comes along, I won't be changing my hair supplement any time soon. If you suffer from early stages of thinning hair, then seriously consider trying HR23+, and even though it's a little on the expensive side, it's totally worth it. 

Top Hair Growth Device

Now, not every hair treatment is a pill that you consume or a serum/shampoo that can be applied. There are numerous hair brushes, infrared combs and laser devices widely available on the market that claim they can reverse the effects of baldness.  However, I have opted for the dermaroller.  
It doesn't really matter what brand you use, dermarollers are pretty much all the same.  About every 10 days or so, I use a dermaroller along my hairline to help active hair follicles.  If you stick with it, you'll notice new hair sprouting up.  This isn't an overnight fix, but I'm sure anyone suffering from hair loss would more than welcome new hairs popping up.  Try it.


Chinese Hair Loss Scams

Don't get scammed by these bogus hair loss 'treatments' 

Facebook seems to be packed with scammy looking ads at the moment, all promoting scammy looking products. The claims seem to ridiculously bold, some even stating their product can reverse baldness and regrow lost hair. 

Before reporting these shams to trading standards, I then noticed all these ads are from sellers in China!  

As many of you will already know, I've had some bad experiences with hair loss 'treatments' from China - I purchased some a few years ago, and they turned out to be a waste of money.  I would NEVER recommend anyone buying any sort of beauty product from the Chinese market. 

A company called Dexe seems to be the biggest culprit of these online scams.  I just can't believe how many actually people believe this nonsense - and trust me, there are literally thousands of people wanting to try this rubbish.  It's amazing how desperate some people are, which leads them to have hope in any product. 

If you want my honest opinion, I'll tell you straight up what I think.  Anything from China that promises to be a cure for hair loss is definitely a scam.  There is no cure for hair loss, and a 'herbal shampoo' certainly won't be the answer to your baldness. 

I had a look on their website and it says the same old rubbish that you would usually associate with a snake-oil salesman.  Also, I could not find the ingredients to any of these shampoos.  Surely that's the best way to judge a product of this nature - by the friggin' ingredients!  They just make out the product is made from a special Chinese herbal formula. It's so shammy it's cringe-worthy! 

Also, if you fancy a giggle, check out the ridiculous packaging of one of their products (see image below) - does that remind you of anything?  Surely if someone wanted to try Alpecin shampoo, they would buy the genuine brand - not a cheap looking rip-off version from China, which isn't likely to contain any decent ingredients. 

I think the worst thing about all this is that these Chinese sellers are willing to take £30 per bottle off people for this sham of a shampoo.  I think if you're gullible to believe this rubbish, then you probably deserve to be ripped off. 

End of rant... now can we please get back to some proper hair loss treatments!


The Evolution of Hair Loss Treatments

How have treatments for baldness evolved over the years?

I am now in my early thirties, and like most men my age, I have suffered from male pattern baldness since I was in my mid twenties.  Luckily, with the help of some potent treatments, I have managed to slow down the pattern of hair fall, but I am still hoping there will be a cure one day in the not so distant future. 

Unfortunately for hair loss sufferers, there is no cure for baldness, and there doesn't seem to be anything in the pipeline in the near future.  So, what is the next best thing?  And without a cure, how has the hair loss treatment market developed and evolved over the years?  

So, in order to help you find a decent solution for your balding issues, I'll go through the step-by-step developments of the hair loss treatment industry, and how it has evolved to become what it is today... 

The discovery of Minoxidil

Minoxidil was developed in the late 1950s by the Upjohn Company to treat ulcers. In trials using dogs, the compound did not cure ulcers, but proved to be a powerful vasodilator. Upjohn synthesized over 200 variations of the compound, including the one it developed in 1963 and named minoxidil. These studies resulted in FDA approving minoxidil (with the trade name 'Loniten') in the form of oral tablets to treat high blood pressure in 1979.

Upjohn conducted two further studies, the second study showing unexpected side-effects of hair growth. The possibility of using minoxidil for treating hair loss was then considered. The effect of minoxidil on hair loss prevention was so clear that in the 1980s physicians were prescribing Loniten off-label to their balding patients.

In August, 1988, the FDA finally approved the drug for treating baldness in men under the trade name 'Rogaine'. 39% of the men studied had moderate to dense hair growth on the crown of the head.  In 1991, Upjohn made the product available for women. 

In 1998, a 5% formulation of minoxidil was approved for non-prescription sale by the FDA. This is still the only topical product that is FDA-approved for androgenic hair loss.  Although many men and women have experienced great results from using minoxidil as a treatment, it should be noted that the risk of side-effects is quite high, and common side-effects can include headaches, weight gain, acne, vomiting, and dizziness. 

Although it isn't for everyone, minoxidil is still regarded as the most revolutionary topical hair loss treatment. 

A pill to stop male pattern baldness 

Finasteride (labelled as Propecia) is a prescription-only oral pill that treats male pattern baldness. 

After studies from the 1940s and 1950s analysing the development of male pattern baldness, it was 1974 that saw birth defects as a potential clue to solving the problem of male hair loss. A research group on specific individuals found that genetic mutation at birth was causing deficiency of the 5α-reductase enzyme and male hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which was found to have been the etiology behind abnormalities in male sexual development. Upon maturation, these individuals were observed to have smaller prostates which were underdeveloped, and were also observed to lack incidence of male pattern baldness.

It was found that decreased levels of DHT led to the development of smaller prostates. Dr. Vagelos then sought to create a drug which could mimic the condition found in these individuals to treat men who were suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Finasteride was developed under the code name MK-906. In 1992, finasteride (5 mg) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of BPH, which Merck marketed under the brand name Proscar. In 1997, Merck was successful in obtaining FDA approval for a second indication of finasteride (1 mg) for treatment of MPB, which was marketed under the brand name Propecia.

Propecia became one of the most popular treatments from 2000-2010, but has since seen a wane in popularity, due to the common side-effects associated with the pill.  These harsh side-effects can include a low libido, erectile dysfunction, severe skin rash, and even mental health problems. Most men, including myself, are now seeking safer alternatives. 

The potassium channel theory of hair loss

In 2009 Thomas Whitfield founded the company Oxford Biolabs. In 2011 its first product TRX2, a dietary supplement, became publicly available.  In January 2014 the UK Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint against TRX2 and Oxford Biolabs, citing that advertisements that the company had run for TRX2 were misleading and in breach of EU advertising codes. The company agreed and changed their advertising in line with the code of conduct.

TRX2® hoped to revolutionise the industry with their theory of potassium channels. Potassium ion channels have been implicated in a vast array of diseases ranging from hepatitis C to diabetes. These small pore-forming protein structures control the transport of potassium ions across the hair follicle’s cell membrane and are essential for retaining the follicle’s full biological activity and function. The recent discovery that potassium ion channels exist within the dermal papilla cells of human hair follicles provided a novel therapeutic target for researchers. 

Scientists have demonstrated that as people experience hair loss the function of potassium channels within hair follicles diminishes. The effect is impaired membrane potential and interrupted ion transportation across the hair follicle's cellular membranes – resulting in shrinking follicles and thinning hair.

According to Oxford Biolabs, by restoring the functionality of potassium ion channels that have broken down over time, the proprietary TRX2® formula helps to maintain normal, healthy hair on a molecular level. Whether it works or not (in my case it didn't work, after using it for the most part of a year), based on its theory, this certainly is first supplement of its kind on the market.

Saw Palmetto

Serenoa repens, commonly known as saw palmetto, is the sole species currently classified in the genus Serenoa. It is a small palm, growing to a maximum height around 7–10 ft. It is endemic to the subtropical South-eastern United States, most commonly along the south Atlantic and Gulf Coastal plains and sand hills. It grows in clumps or dense thickets in sandy coastal areas, and as undergrowth in pine woods or hardwood hammocks. 

Saw Palmetto extract has been researched into treatment for people with prostate cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society, "available scientific studies do not support claims that saw palmetto can prevent or treat prostate cancer in humans". 

Although very promising so far, more tests are needed to confirm exactly how effective saw palmetto is for blocking DHT. An extract of saw palmetto berries may block 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. DHT is the molecule responsible for hair loss and also is involved in the enlargement of the prostate.

One study showed saw palmetto’s ability to treat an enlarged prostate. Researchers hope it can play a key role in slowing down and even preventing hair loss entirely. In fact, the components of saw palmetto that block the enzyme work in a similar way as synthetic ingredients in prescription medication for hair loss.

Research is still limited on saw palmetto’s efficacy in treating hair loss, but the vast majority of multi-vitamin hair supplements contain this potent extract. 
A viable treatment for hair loss can be formed when saw palmetto is mixed with other potent ingredients, such as Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, and Folic Acid.

There are some good multi-vitamin supplements on the market that contain saw palmetto, such as Viviscal and Nutrafol.  I used saw palmetto on its own for some time and noticed some promising results, but once I started using the multi-vitamin supplement, HR23+, my hair loss practically halted.  So, these types of products can work effectively.

Not only does this supplement work, but it also means I can avoid the harsher treatments like Propecia, thus helping me avoid all those nasty side-effects. 


Why I am shedding so much hair?

Why do I shed more in autumn?

Over the past few weeks I have noticed my hair is shedding more than usual.  I can see around 25 to 30 hairs on my pillow every morning, and a whole load more in the bath tub after my showers. 

I won't lie, it is slightly concerning, but I am aware that autumn can be a brutal season for losing hair. In fact, after researching the subject of 'seasonal hair loss' it turns out this is very normal, and that is is perfectly natural to shed excessive amounts of hair at the end of summer season. 

Come to think of it, I do recall severe hair shedding during this time of the year in previous autumns gone by, so it doesn't worry me too much. I guess it all depends on how quickly my hair grows as we enter winter.  After all, winter is meant to be the best season for strong hair growth.

So what is seasonal shedding? 

Seasonal shedding is when we shed more hair in certain seasons than others.  According to my research, most of us tend to shed the most in the summer, but many of us, including me, shed more hair in autumn. It depends on each individual.

Humans operate much the same way as animals do - We shed during certain parts of the year in order to grow new 'fur' for other seasons.  Hence why winter is usually a good season for hair growth.  

Although quite severe, the shedding that I am currently experiencing isn't bad enough that it can be noticed, but if you suffer from pattern baldness, then any form of shedding isn't particularly good for your cause.  Seasonal shedding can play havoc with a balding man (or women), so it is crucial you take the right steps in order to avoid more shedding than necessary. 

How to prevent shedding

Unfortunately, stopping the pattern of seasonal shedding is near impossible, but there are ways in which you can minimise the amount of hair fall.  

It really is a case of tightening up your hair care routine, and making sure your strands are getting the right minerals, nutrients, vitamins and care.  A good, hair strengthening biotin or argan oil based shampoo is very effective solution for hair loss. I am always raving on about the OGX shampoo range - they're rich in ingredients and cheap in price - so be sure to check them out.

Also, make sure you are getting plenty of hair beneficiary vitamins into your diet on a daily basis.  Many of you will know that I take the hair supplement, HR23+, which provides me with all the vitamins and minerals I need for better hair growth. 

Finally, it should really go without saying, if you want healthy hair then you need to be living a healthy lifestyle.  Your hair is no different to any other part of your body - the better you treat it the better it will grow! Eat well, live well, and see your hair benefit.