I Worried My Hair Thinning Was Permanent, Then I Tried Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo
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November 9, 2020
by Chelsea De Beers
It started slow, just a little more hair coming loose in the shower, a little more left in my hairbrush in the morning. Then I noticed that my ponytail felt a little thin, that you could see a little more of my scalp through my hair.
People usually don't talk about women's hair loss, and when I realized that my hair wasn't just shedding and growing back, it was thinning, I was devastated. After all, having thick beautiful hair is a big part of looking good for anyone.
I knew that I needed to do something to keep my hair, but I was hesitant to try hair loss products that were designed for men and male pattern baldness. Rather than reaching for a prescription, I decided to see if a smaller change in my routine could make a difference.
I decided to try anti-hair loss shampoo.
The results were more than I could have asked for.
Picking Great Products
I knew that if I wanted to get good results, I needed to focus on getting good anti-hair loss products. I decided to start with shampoo because that’s already part of my routine, so it would be the easiest thing to change and hopefully get some results.
I like both products because of their natural ingredients and great texture, though the Shapiro MD kit is definitely more than I’m used to spending on shampoo and conditioner.
I went with these two products in part because they attack the problem of hair loss from two different angles, the Clinical Effects Hair Therapy Shampoo uses Biotin and two proprietary blends of botanicals, AnaGain™ and Baicapil™ that work to shorten the natural hair loss cycle for your hair follicles so you can keep more of your hair. It also works to restore your hair follicles and strengthen your existing hair strands.
On the other hand, the Shapiro MD shampoo focuses on using botanical ingredients to help control one of the main hormones that cause hair loss, DHT, or dihydrotestosterone. While DHT is a form of testosterone, I discovered that women also have some DHT naturally and that the amount increases as you get older and can cause hair loss.
The Shapiro MG shampoo uses ingredients like Saw Palmetto to support your hair follicles and prevent hormone damage. It’s also sulfate-free and an incredibly gentle cleansing formula, which is great if you have fine more delicate hair like mine.
I wasn't thinking that I would like these shampoos just as shampoos, after all, I was after results, not luxurious bath products. But I think that was the first surprise, the texture of both shampoos was excellent.
I quickly realized that I liked these shampoos, even before they’d have enough time to start working for me.
Shapiro MD Shampoo
Did My Hair Really Come Back?
There’s something everyone needs to know about hair loss products, and shampoos are no different.
Hair loss products take time to work.
Your hair takes a long time to grow, so you aren’t going to see results in a day or even a week. That’s why I was so happy to realize that I liked both of the shampoos I was trying. If I hadn’t liked them, I would still have had to wait weeks or months to see if they were working.
Still, long before it was time to see if I had noticeable hair growth, I noticed that my hair was looking and acting healthier than it had been before.
Both shampoos were helping my existing hair, strengthening, and moisturizing the strands so that they were stronger and less prone to breakage, but I did notice that my hair seemed to look and feel better with the Clinical Effects shampoo over Shapiro MD, so I started using that shampoo a more.
Then I started noticing other changes.
A few weeks in I thought I might be getting faster growth, and it felt like I might have the start of new hairs coming in. That was exciting enough on its own, but it was too early to tell if I was growing more hair or just seeing my hair continue its natural cycle.
But there were other signs of improvement too.
I noticed less hair in my hairbrush, less going down the drain. My scalp didn’t feel as tired after pulling my hair up for the day (I know updos are hard on your hair, but sometimes you can’t help it).
After a month I was sure it was working.
I started using the Clinical Effects shampoo even more often around this point since it dried my hair less and seemed to work well with the conditioner I already used. Switching to mostly Clinical Effects, I was still seeing good signs of hair growth and recovery which was great to see since it’s the more affordable shampoo.
Now, it’s too soon to know how much hair growth I can expect from these shampoos, or just Clinical Effects, in the long-term. But I can confidently say that they’ve stopped the hair thinning I was dealing with, and these shampoos help my hair look healthier, thicker, and stronger.
I'm very excited to see how much thicker my hair is in a few months when the new strands have had a chance to grow in.
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