K. Ashton

Having suffered from hair loss since my early twenties, over time, I have managed to slow down and stop the shedding. I am now 37, and my hair seems thicker and healthier than it has ever been. And this, by avoiding prescription drugs, like Finasteride. 

When I look at my male friends, most of whom are around the same age as me, I'd say 90% of them are now bald. Most of my friends started losing their hair in their twenties, and by the time they hit their thirties, it was game over, sadly for them. 

It's pretty crazy to think that at the age of 25, I was seeing significant hair fall, and I was terrified I wouldn't make it to the age of 30 with a head of hair. Now I'm pretty convinced I'll make it to 50 with a relatively full head of hair, which, as you can imagine, I am delighted about. I've also managed to do all this without using harsh prescription drugs that have potentially negative side-effects. 

How have I stopped Hair Loss?

There really is no secret as to how I stopped my hair falling out. I just acted early, and was very persistent. There was never a 'magical cure' for my balding - it was simply about me going through a phase of 'trial and error', in order to find the right treatment that worked best for me. When battling hair loss, you have to be patient, but also persistent. 

I threw away a heck of a lot of my hard earned cash on products that simply didn't work. I used some products for a year, and I didn't see a single new hair grow in that period of time. Investing a lot of time and money on hair products that have absolutely no effect on your hair, is not ideal, but in my case, it was necessary.

So, just to bear in mind, it wasn't easy for me, but the whole process was absolutely worth the time and money spent. I now have a good hair care routine and a few products that have enabled me to get to a point where the excess shedding of hair has been halted, or slowed down, at the very least. 

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What's my Hair Loss Prevention routine?

Now, I wouldn't say it was just one product or treatment in particular that helped me stop my hair falling out. It was more of a combination of products and treatments that gave me the right hair care routine, that, in turn, helped stop the shedding, and helped my hair grow healthier and thicker.

I still get a lot of people asking me what my exact hair care routine is, and I'm always happy to share it with anyone who wants to know. So, here's what I use throughout the week, in order to help stop excess hair shedding, and promote healthy hair growth. 

*I should state that there isn't a cure for hair loss. None of these treatments are cures, but they can help slow down and stop hair loss in people suffering from early stages of baldness. 

A. HR23+ Hair Restoration Supplement

I use HR23+ daily, as instructed on the label (four capsules a day). This supplement is the best I have tried, and is an essential part of my daily hair loss prevention routine. I've tried so many multi-vitamin hair supplements over the years (TRX2, Procerin, Nutrafol), but none of them worked for me. 

HR23+ was the first product that showed significant improvement in my strands, and still, to this day, is seems to work very well for my hair. HR23+ won't regrow lost hair, but I do put much of my halted hair loss down to this supplement. 

B. OGX Argan Oil Shampoo

Argan Oil shampoo thickens my hair dramatically, and argan oil is a proven hair beneficiary ingredient. I use this shampoo about 2-3 times a week, and it works well in thickening the appearance my hair. The phenols in argan oil support and strengthen hair follicles. The vitamins in argan oil promote healthy skin and scalp. So, argan oil not only promotes hair growth, but it helps you grow thick, healthy hair to boot.

C. Minoxidil Foam

Minoxidil is the only medically approved topical hair loss treatment. Due to that fact, I thought I'd give it a try. At first, I noticed severe shedding, which is apparently a normal thing to experience during the early stages of usage, but I wasn't overly keen on continuing with it, so I stopped using it. Then, a couple of years later, I decided to start using it again, but I keep my use of this stuff to an absolute minimum. I apply the Minoxidil foam to my scalp around once, maybe twice, a week. 

This formula won't work for everyone, but it can make a slight difference, if used consistently. Also, it should be noted that minor negative side-effects can occur with this solution, but only in very rare cases.

D. Biotin 5000mcg

I decided to add Biotin to my hair care routine, which I now take every day, and I have opted for the 5000mcg, as I already take the vitamin in the HR23+ supplement. I find the extra dosage of Biotin can potentially help with the healthy function of stronger, faster hair growth, but it does not regrow lost hair.

Although there is no recommended dietary allowance for biotin, proponents often recommend taking 2-5 mg (2000 to 5000 mcg) of biotin in supplement form daily in order to strengthen hair shafts and achieve results.

E. Derma Roller

After reading about micro-needling and its ability to stimulate hair follicles, I decided to give it a try. I use a derma roller, which is a micro-needling device, about once or twice a week, in and around my temples and crown region of my scalp. It's a good device that can help regrow hair, especially when used in conjunction the other treatments.

I find, as many others do, that the derma roller is particularly effective when used with minoxidil. The two combine to help stimulate the growth of hair follicles. I use the 0.5mm derma roller twice a week, but I do not apply minoxidil on those two days.

F. OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo

The Biotin & Collagen Shampoo is another gem by OGX, and remains one of the best shampoos I've ever tried. I also find that this product works particularly well when used in conjunction with HR23+. I couldn't tell you why, but the two seem to produce excellent improvements in my hair. This shampoo may not perform miracles, but it might help strengthen your hair strands --- and it certainly won't do your hair any harm. Give it a try! hair growth supplement