How to best tackle the devastating effects of baldness and thinning hair, safely, naturally and effectively.

Guest post by Ben Bianchi.

Going bald was never an option for me, and certainly not while I was still in my twenties. But noticing my hair beginning to fall out at the age of just 24, really made me sit up and take action.

I am now 31, and I have been treating baldness for over six years.  I would say, certainly in comparison to most men, I have done a good job in steadying the pattern of fall, and maintaining a good head of healthy hair growth.

I honestly believe, had I not treated the problem early, I would now have much less hair on my scalp. Finding a hair loss treatment plan early, has enabled me to slow down the rate of hair fall, and increase the strength and condition of hair growth.

Here, I'll go through my treatment plan, and what products worked for me. I was always keen to avoid chemically enhanced treatments, so all the products I use are safe and natural.

Shampoo for strengthening hair

With very little knowledge about hair loss treatments, my first thought was to find a shampoo that could help strengthen my hair, thus making it less likely to fall out. Now, I know fully well that there is no scientific evidence backing the theory that baldness can be treated with shampoos, but, a good hair strengthening shampoo can be very handy if you have naturally thin hair, like me.
Due to its blend of biotin and collagen, I went for the OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo. It's not a miracle worker, but this shampoo has definitely helped me maintain some much needed volume to my hair. Keeping my hair strong is essential, because I have naturally weak hair, and this can be prone to breakage and fall-out, which is a nightmare if you are trying to prevent hair loss.

Topical serum to stimulate hair growth

My next task was to find something that could help prevent the rate of shedding, and stimulate hair growth.  I looked into topical solutions, and the main one that kept popping up was Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a medically approved treatment for hair loss, but it's not natural, and it does come with some potentially harsh side-effects.
So, I looked into some natural serums, and after considering a fair few, I opted for HR23+ Scalp Therapy Serum. This safe and natural formula is packed with hair beneficiary ingredients that can help prevent hair loss and encourage healthier hair growth. I have been using this serum for about four years, and I have been very pleased with it.  This serum seems to have stopped the shedding, and helped strengthen my strands.

Massaging the scalp for hair growth

I did a lot of reading about how scalp penetration and can help stimulate hair growth. I looked at derma rollers, and vibrating massaging devices, but I wanted something a little more valid.

So, I booked myself into some Indian Head Massage Therapy, just to see how effective it could be for my thinning hair.  I have definitely noticed some great results from this. My hair looks and feels much thicker, and I have definitely noticed less hair fall.  This, in conjunction with the shampoo and serum, has helped my hair considerably.  Currently, I have one head massage a week.

Hair Vitamins and Supplements 

What we eat is actually hugely important to our hair.  For the hair to thrive, we need to be loading our bodies with plenty of vital nutrients and minerals that benefit the strands. The problem is, it's impossible to get all these minerals into our daily diet through food alone.  So, that's why multi-vitamin hair supplements are so important.

There are a number of safe and natural multi-vitamin hair supplements available on the market. The most notable ones are Viviscal, Nutrafol, and HR23+.  I use HR23+, and I have been very pleased with the results it has given me. Since taking this supplement, I have noticed much less hair fall, and my strands have gone thicker and stronger.  If you suffer from early stages of thinning hair and you haven't tried multi-vitamin hair supplements, then I would highly recommend you do so.

Tips to tackle baldness

Just remember, there's no cure for male-pattern baldness, but some products and procedures can slow it down, and even prevent it. I have managed to dramatically slow down the rate of hair fall, and that's because I use a range of treatments that work best for me individually.  Results from using treatments of this nature will vary from person to person. 

It also helps hugely if you tackle hair loss as early as possible.  The earlier you treat it, the more chance you will have of getting on top of it.  I really can't stress that point enough.  Also, if you're particularly worried about thinning hair, and you are struggling to find something that works, then I would advise you see a specialist, who might be able to recommend some treatments for you. 

I am not a specialist in hair loss, and all the treatments I use are safe and natural. They are also available to purchase over the counter, with no prescription needed. The natural route is hugely important to me, but if you don't mind going down the medical route, with the potential risks of side-effects, then there are a couple of options available, such as Finasteride and Minoxidil. 

Hair loss is a pretty horrid thing to go through, but it's not something that can't be treated.  Just tackle it early, and don't give up.  If you want your hair for longer, then you'll need to fight for it, and trust me, the fight will be worth it!


Hair surgery seems to be a growing trend with famous footballers, and with an image to uphold, and bags of money to spare, it's easy to see why...

Good or bad, here, we bring you some of the balding footballers who have undergone some type of hair surgery.  Don't underestimate how well some celebs can keep a secret, because a few of these might just surprise you...

Cesc Fabregas

The former Chelsea and Spain midfielder starting receding at the temples when he arrived at Stamford Bridge a few years back. Then, after a short cropped cut, his hairline was evidently filled in, resembling that of his early years at Arsenal. 

Fabregas (above) did well to tackle his receding hairline early, as this gave him the best possible chance of having a successful transplant.

Wesley Sneijder 

Wesley Sneijder appeared to be receding quite badly during the 2013-2014 season, but then his hairline was suddenly fixed after that period. The Dutch play-maker has evidently had work done in and around the frontal area of his scalp, filling in the thinning, and brigning forward the hairline.

The transplant worked a treat because, like Fabregas, the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid player tackled his receding hairline at a relatively early time. 

Wayne Rooney

Ok, so we all know about Wayne Rooney's hair transplant. He couldn't have gone more public with it even if he'd tried! The former England striker was losing his hair in his early 20s, and instead of shaving it off, he went down the surgical route, which proved to be quite effective.

Rooney's hair may not be the thickest, but his hairline has been restored, and his hair does have even coverage over his scalp. We'd imagine Rooney's transplant to be one of the more expensive procedures.

Andros Townsend

This is a interesting one, because Andros Townsend went from literally having very little hair to the most solid hairline you'll ever see, pretty much over night! We suspect the Crystal Palace winger avoided the transplant route and instead opted for micro-pigmentation.

A hair tattoo, or scalp micropigmentation, is a cosmetic tattoo that gives the illusion of a close buzz cut hairstyle on a bald head. The procedure can also be used to conceal the scars from hair transplantation or to make thinning hair seem thicker. This would expalin the perfect hairline!

David Silva

David Silva was suffering from a receding hairline (Norwood 2-3). Then he shaved all his hair off, and what became apparent was the scarring along the frontal part of his hairline, which led many to believe that the Spaniard had undergone hair surgery.

Now we are starting to see the results of his transplant, with thicker hair, and a new, stronger hairline. Silva's transplant is actually one of the better ones we have seen, certainly in recent years.  

Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov was suffering with a receding hairline throughout his time in England with Tottenham, Manchester United, and Fulham. But recently, the Bulgarian had hair surgery, and now his hairline has been thickened and brought forward to its former glory days.

Berbatov's new hair actually looks very good, because he's kept the hairline slightly receded in order to give a natural look. His new, maturing hairline really suits him.



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What hair growth pills and treatments are the most effective for men suffering from baldness and thinning hair? 

Hair loss is probably the most soul-sapping thing a man can ever experience in life, and it happens to over 60% of us by the age of 40.  What's worse is that there still isn't a cure for any genetic hair loss type.

So, I hear you ask, what the heck do we do?  Once we start losing our hair, is that really it?  Are we destined for baldness and thinning, and is there absolutely no way back?  Well, although there isn't a cure for alopecia, you will be pleased to know that there are some viable ways to treat thinning hair, which can be very effective, affordable, and pain-free.

How can male baldness be treated? 

Ok, so rather than worry about what you can't do, let's take a look at what you actually can do to prevent shedding and promote healthy hair growth. Don't expect miracles, but do expect better growing hair.

Multi-vitamin hair supplements are the most popular hair loss treatments on the market, and for a number of reasons.  The main reasons being:
  • They're affordable 
  • They're effective
  • They're safe and natural
Multi-vitamin hair supplements come recommended by many doctors, hair clinics and industry experts.  They don't cure baldness, but they can certainly help prevent the rate of hair fall, and increase healthy hair growth.

How do multi-vitamin hair supplements stop hair loss? 

In order for your hair to grow, you need the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your body.  The problem is, it is near impossible to get all the right minerals in your body through food alone. So, that's why multi-vitamin hair supplements are so important and effective. 

Our hair is no different to any other part of our bodies. Treat it well, and it will thrive and be healthier. If you moisturise your skin, eat well, and avoid strong UV light, the condition of your skin will be better. It's the same with your hair - feed it with the right vitamins, use the right products, and it will be less prone to shedding.

One major pulling factor for these types of multi-vitamin hair supplements is that they are a safe alternative to the harsh, medically approved, prescription drugs on the market, such as finasteride and minoxidil.  Doctors and hair treatment clinics often recommend multi-vitamin hair supplements for men suffering from baldness, and also for men who have had a hair transplant.

What are the best multi-vitamin hair supplements?

There are plenty of hair growth supplements out there, but there are very few that can actually help you prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.  In my experience, I would narrow the field down to three.  Yes, just three.

That's not to say there aren't others out there that can be effective, but for me personally, I would say the three supplements that I am about to mention are without question the very best on the market, and when I say 'best', I mean - safest and most effective.

So, in no particular order, here are the three best multi-vitamin supplements to help you combat hair loss and promote healthy, full looking hair growth...


The Viviscal Hair Growth Programmed supports healthy hair growth for thicker, fuller-looking hair as part of your daily hair care routine. This is a drug free supplement that is safe and natural. Viviscal is scientifically formulated to nourish the hair from within, through the use of key hair beneficiary ingredients zinc, vitamin C, horsetail extract and flax seed and the exclusive marine protein complex Amino Mar C, to name some.

Major pros about VIVISCAL: This is a well established hair supplement that is backed with scientific research, and endorsed by a number of well known faces, such as Hollywood actress, Gwyneth Paltrow. 

This comes with an impressive 88% customer satisfaction rate, and can be purchased on and offline, without the need for a prescription.  Is it worth a try? Absolutely.  At £49.99 a box (one month supply), it isn't cheap, but you can get it a lot cheaper when you purchase it in multi-pack deals.


Like Viviscal, Nutrafol contains an impressive range of hair growth ingredients (Saw Palmetto, Biocurcumin, and Marine Collagen, to name a few), which can help support healthy hair growth in men suffering from early stages of baldness and thinning hair. This is also a drug free supplement that is safe and natural to take, with no major side-effects. 
Major pros about NUTRAFOL: Made in the USA, Nutrafol is a finely balanced supplement that is designed to halt the pattern of baldness in men. As with Viviscal, the supplement has a female counterpart.

It is difficult to establish exactly what the review ratings are for this supplement, but from averaging it online, it falls in or around the 80% mark, which is still very good for a product of this nature. The biggest downfall of this product is its price.  If you're keen to give it a try, then be prepared to spend big, because it'll cost you in the region of £85 for one single bottle (one month supply).


HR23+ is designed to help prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth in men and women suffering from early stages of baldness and thinning hair. This is the fastest growing supplement of its kind in Europe, and has an impressive user rating of 90% (89% for men and 91% for women). HR23+ is also safe and free of any unwanted side-effects.

Major pros about HR23+: This supplement also contains clinically proven ingredients that help promote hair growth, and more importantly, prevent the formation of hair loss. This DHT blocking supplement is regarded by many users and industry experts as the number solution for hair loss. 

This winning formula will cost you £49.95 per bottle, however, it can be purchased for much cheaper when you buy in multi-packs.  They offer the twin pack, the triple pack and the six pack savings deals.


The festive season is fast approaching, so here's how to get the best out of your skin, body and hair with the perfect festive season grooming guide.

For many men, it can be a real nightmare sticking to a good grooming routine during the festive season. The month of December is very different to the other eleven months of the year, for obvious reasons, and so it can hinder our skin, body and hair.

That is why it is crucial to stay on top of your grooming routine during time your body needs it the most. So, in this article, The Male Grooming Review brings you some key grooming tips to make sure you keep on top of things, whilst enjoying the festive season...

Keep your skin hydrated

Don't underestimate the damage the cold weather can do to your skin. Many men make the common mistake of assuming we don't need to moisturise as often in the winter, but this is not true. It is perhaps even more important to keep your skin moisturised and hydrated throughout the winter months.And here's why...

We tend to sweat much more during the colder months of the year, because we are often wrapped up in warm clothes. This, in conjunction with the cold temperatures send our body into a confused state,  resulting in excess sweating.  Sweating is good for us, but excess sweating can cause damage to our skin, therefore it is essential that you moisturise the parts of your body that are usually wrapped up and covered.

Combat chapping

Winter can play absolute havoc with our facial skin, and chapping is particularly common in men. This is a condition whereby lips become cracked, rough, or sore, typically through exposure to cold weather. 

This can be easily combated by using a good lip balm. Make sure you start using the balm early though, because if you leave it too long, your lips will become more brittle and harder to treat. 

Reduce hair loss

Although our hair enters its strongest growth phase during winter season, you still shouldn't underestimate the importance of a good hair care routine. 

Our hair can be very prone to damage and breakage during winter, for many of the same reason mentioned for the skin. This can be particularity bad if you are already prone to thinning hair, so you should always be looking for ways to improve the structure of your hair to prevent shedding.
Be sure to take hair growth vitamins. These kinds of supplements will provide your hair with the vital minerals needed for your strands to thrive. This is particularly important during the festive season, because many of us are likely to be falling back on our diets.


Hair styling solutions for men: The BluMaan hairstyling range consists of five hair products designed to cater for every hair type. 

By Aled Davies

We've been through a fair few styling product ranges here at The Male Grooming Review, some good, and others not so good, but it's been a while since we got our hands on a really decent range that rises head and shoulders above the pack.

The new look BluMaan hairstyling range certainly stands out from the pack, on appearance alone, and I'd say the branding for this range is one of the strongest out there. I'm looking at five neatly boxed hairstyling products, contained in black pots with colourful and vibrant themes.

We've got a matte paste, a styling meraki, a heavy clay, a cream clay, and a mightily impressive styling mask pomade. I have to say, the illustrations on each box are pretty cool. Each box is colour-coded with its own animal on it, each sporting a funky hairstyle.  It's nothing our of the ordinary, but it's cool, and I like it.

While there is no doubting the brand looks great, the main question is, what are the actual products like, and how well do they perform? Let's delve deep into the world of BluMaan and find out what these products really have to offer...

Original Styling Meraki - Pre and Post Styler

Let's start off with the Original Styling Meraki.  Product description: The Blumaan Original Styling Meraki is an improved version of the very first product Original by BluMaan. This new formulation allows for a creamier application while having all the awesome benefits of the first version. This unique community-designed product has pre and post styling capabilities and is made with you in mind.
First impressions: I instantly knew this was my kinda hair style product as soon as I opened the pot.  The meraki texture is not too thick, but I wouldn't describe it as soft either. It moulds nicely into your finger upon rubbing, and glides through the hair with ease.

My thoughts: This is the sort of texture where a little can go a long way. It's a great product for sculpting the hair, without the risk of making your strands look greasy and flat. If you've got short to medium length hair which is quite full in thickness, then this product would be something for you to try.

Rating: Again, this is a very impressive product, and something that I would definitely buy and use on my hair regularly. The mint scent also adds a fresh element to the product. I'd give this a rating of 8/10.

Cavalier Heavy Clay 

Product description: This product works with your hair to create extreme texture that will turn heads. From the classic to the creative, you can count on Cavalier Heavy Clay’s strong hold to make your hairstyle last all day. Still not convinced? Well, the Cavalier Heavy Clay also nourishes and strengthens your hair with organic oils, natural proteins and amino acids.
First impressions: I should start off by saying that the Cavalier Heavy Clay is not the type of product I would ever consider using on my hair. But that's not to say it isn't any good.  What works for one person's hair doesn't necessarily work for the next person.  This texture is far too thick and sticky for my hair type.  It reminds me of the harsh Dax Wax product, but not quite as strong.

My thoughts: Again, it is very unlikely I would use this product, but I can see its appeal for men who have very short hair. I usually wear my hair medium length, which goes against the purpose of this product. Still, the scent is nice, which I can only describe as a very soft caramel.

Rating: As a heavy textured styling product, this is a good clay. It gives a natural finish, and is actually very easy to wash out. I'd give it a respectable 7/10.

Hybrid Cream Clay - Handcrafted x Limited 

Product description: Each jar of Hybrid Cream Clay is carefully hand-crafted in collaboration with Arcadian Grooming. BluMaan is committed to creating unique products, and this fusion of cream and clay utilizes the best aspects of each. Hybrid’s creamy texture provides a smooth, comfortable application and the clay leaves the hair with a natural matte finish. After 10-15 minutes, the product will “activate” to a light-medium hold, allowing you ample time to style! This product works great for those who want to achieve relaxed, messy styles. Hybrid also contains nourishing ingredients that enrich the follicles with nutrients and fatty acids which promote hair health and growth.
First impressions: The Hybrid Cream Clay was up next, and the first thing I really liked about this product was its scent. It's a very minimal, natural scent, which is great, because overpowering scents can ruin the hair styling experience - especially if you are mixing smells from your deodorants and colognes.

My thoughts: I have tried these medium hold clays before, and I don't usually get on with them, but this one isn't too bad at all. In fact, I quite liked it. However, after application, it did make my hair look a little wet, and the hold wasn't strong enough to last the whole day. For some guys, that wet look works, and it is ultimately want they want, but for me personally, I prefer my hair to look full and dry.

Rating: I always try and judge a product on its overall quality, and not on my own preferences. This is a good clay that services its purpose well. It gets a 7/10 from me.

Monarch Matte Paste 

Product description: A matte paste that offers ultra weightless control with a medium-high intensifying hold. Creating and defining texture has never been easier with Monarch Matte Paste. Its extreme smooth application gives you the control you need with zero tug or pull, allowing you to re-style your hair throughout the day. A versatile product for any style - Quiff or Slick Back.
First impressions: Well, what can I say about the Monarch Matte Paste? Now we're talking! I absolute love this kind of hairstyling product - that high hold,  medium to thick texture, subtle scent, and long lasting hold. I whacked this stuff on my locks in the morning, and I had that same, dry looking hold by the evening.

My thoughts: This would be my main hairstyling product, so I would use this paste daily.  After showering and blow-drying, I'd apply this paste to my hair, and let it work its magic.

Rating: The Monarch Matte Paste ticks all the boxes for me. It just works for me on so many levels - it's exactly what my hair type needs and loves. Call me bias, but this gets a 10/10 from me.

Fifth Sample - Styling Mask Pomade Low Shine Edition

Product description: BluMaan's Fifth Sample Styling Mask Pomade (Low Shine Edition) has been reformulated to maintain the core features of its original edition with some attractive upgrades. This product took over three years to develop together with a team of pomade experts. Fifth Sample features a long-lasting hold, incredible washability, and a re-defined formula that is easy to break down. We increased the concentration of nutrients to keep your hair healthier after every wash!

First impressions: Last, and certainly not least, is the Fifth Sample Styling Mask Pomade. Now, when I think of pomades, I usually think Elvis, 1950s etc. I've never been one to delve into the world of pomades, simply because I didn't think they'd be my kinda thing. When I first opened the pot to this pomade, my first reaction was "errr, this definitely isn't for me", but once I dipped my finger in it, I quickly realised it had a much softer texture than I thought.

My thoughts: The more I fiddle with this pomade and run it through my strands, the more I like it. It's kind of similar to the Hybrid Cream Clay, but not as creamy in texture. I prefer this one because it glides into the hair well, and it doesn't leave the strands looking wet and greasy.  It works for many hair types and lengths, making it possible the most versatile product of the range.

Rating: This pomade was a nice surprise for me.  Nicely textured, giving a natural looking hold, all topped off with a nice zesty, mint scent. I'd give it a 9/10.

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Worried about baldness and severe hair shedding? Discover a new 10 step guide eBook and learn how to stop hair loss and thinning.

The Essential 10 Step Guide To Beating Hair Loss is a simple 20 page eBook for men and women who are battling the devastating effects of baldness and thinning hair.

This popular eBook is brought to you by the Hair Loss Review Centre, in association with HR23+. This 10 step guide will help you prevent the effects of thinning hair, and support the formation of healthy hair growth.  It offers male and female readers a valid way to treating hair loss.

What's inside the eBook? 

This eBook will teach you about all the hair loss types, and identify exactly what type of baldness you suffer from, and of course how best it can be treated. There is a solution for the most common types of hair loss, including yours.You will also learn how to maintain and improve the growth of your hair.
In this eBook, you will learn what the main causes are for your baldness type, and how best to combat it.  This simple 10 step guide will teach you:
  • A general understanding of all common hair loss types
  • How to establish what your hair loss type is
  • How to treat your hair loss type effectively
  • Top industry secrets, tips and advice
  • Simple and affordable home-made hair growth recipes

Does the 10 step guide actually work?

This eBook will give readers a clear understanding about hair loss and how best to tackle it. The majority of hair loss sufferers make the mistake of trying treatments that simply do not cater for their hair loss type.

To treat hair loss effectively, you must first identify exactly what is causing your hair to fall out. This is a crucial part of the treatment process, and this eBook helps you identify exactly that.

As an additional feature to the 10 step guide, you will learn how to combat hair loss using a handful of simple, easy-to-make, safe home made remedies that can help you prevent the effects of thinning and promote healthy hair growth.  These are tried and tested formulas that have helped many men (and women) combat baldness safely and effectively.

How do you get your copy of this eBook and how much does it cost? 

You can order this 20 page eBook right here. It is available for download at a price of just £15. However, you can get this eBook completely FREE when you join the HR23+ Hair Loss News mailing list. Simply sign up to their newsletter here and you will receive a FREE copy of this eBook via email.

What do we think of the eBook?

If you're looking to reduce early stages of thinning hair, then this guide can certainly help you achieve that. Over 60% of men suffer hair loss by the age of 40, which is a huge number in itself, and the majority of those men do not know how to treat the issue effectively.

This 10 step guide gives you a clear insight into why your hair is falling out, how to treat it, and how to maintain healthy hair growth.  Not every step in this guide is meant for you, because results and treatments vary with each individual., so it really is a case of finding a treatment plan that works for you individually.

This eBook helps you identify your individual hair loss type, and how best to treat it.  There is absolutely every chance you can reduce hair loss and maintain healthy hair growth by following this easy 20 page guide.  It's worth a read.