Avacor® Hair Regrowth Blog
18May/120

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Just what exactly is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS? For starters, it is the most common hormonal disorder among women, affecting between 7 and 10 percent of all women, according to women’s health experts. PCOS is an endocrine system disorder, though it may affect the reproductive system as well. It has several side effects, many of which can be emotionally or physically overwhelming, including hair loss or thinning hair.

PCOS is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance. Often, levels of male hormones, or androgens, are too high, causing the imbalance that leads to PCOS. Most women’s bodies produce androgens in varying levels, just as many men produce varying levels of female hormones, or estrogen.

If diagnosed with PCOS, a woman’s ovaries may become enlarged and filled with several small cysts. However, these cysts are painless, so women who have the condition may not even notice this symptom. Instead, pay attention to the other noticeable physical symptoms, including irregular or missed menstrual cycles, acne, obesity, infertility, hair loss, thinning hair, new face or body hair, decreased breast size, development of a deeper voice, dark skin marks around the armpits, groin, neck, and breasts, or depression. If you are experiencing multiple symptoms from this list, talk to your doctor about PCOS.

PCOS can develop in women as early as the preteen years and throughout a woman’s childbearing years. As women get older, the likelihood of developing PCOS decreases, and is very uncommon once a woman reaches menopause.

There are a variety of treatments depending on the specific symptoms a woman with PCOS may be experiencing. These treatments include weight loss (especially for obese women), and a variety of drugs and oral contraceptives, as well as possible surgery. Birth control pills can help regulate menstrual cycles and are often used as a treatment method for PCOS, though women wishing to become pregnant may not wish to pursue this option. Other health risks of PCOS, especially if untreated, include diabetes, infertility, uterine or endometrial cancer, increased breast cancer risk, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

Thinning hair, or new face or body hair, are often some of the most distressing symptoms for women. When a woman loses her hair, it is often more emotionally upsetting than in men, because thinning hair is almost expected in men. However, there are ways to treat thinning hair for women coping with PCOS, or other women who have experienced hair loss or thinning hair. Avacor Physicians Formulation® for Women is an FDA-Approved hair regrowth product that is formulated specifically for women experiencing pattern baldness, which might be a symptom of PCOS. It can help regrow lost or thin hair in as little as four months when used as directed. Women diagnosed with PCOS should consult their doctor prior to beginning treatment.

Above all else, if you are diagnosed with PCOS, follow your doctor's treatment instructions, and seek emotional and social support from your friends and family members. The condition is treatable; PCOS affects many women, so understand that you are not alone.

16Apr/120

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9Apr/120

Menopause and Hair Loss

Woman Doing Yoga Pose

Try yoga and other stress relieving exercise to combat hair loss during menopause.

About two-thirds of women experience hair loss during their life, according to the Mayo Clinic. Many women experience hair loss during menopause. The reason is because menopausal women often have low or reduced thyroid function, which is a common cause of hair loss. Also, menopause causes a hormonal shift in women, which can result in hair thinning or loss. In fact, hair loss is often one of the first symptoms of menopause that women notice, according to the 34 Menopause Symptoms website.

Menopause can be traumatic enough for women, and when you add symptoms like hair loss into the equation, the experience can be extremely stressful and depressing. Losing your hair can make you feel less attractive and less connected to your femininity and youth. On top of that, the added stress can actually enhance the process of losing your hair. Talk about a catch-22!

Hair loss can begin to occur years before menopause as well. Female pattern baldness can begin in women as young as 25. Ask your mom and relatives if they experienced any hair loss or thinning throughout their lives. Hair loss is often hereditary, so if your family has a history of hair loss during menopause or any other period of adulthood, it is better to be prepared than to be shocked when the symptoms begin.

The good news is that hair loss during menopause, or for women in general, is treatable.

One way to treat hair loss during menopause is to make some changes in your lifestyle. For example, make an effort to reduce stress in your life. Try yoga, meditation, or mild, regular exercise. Eating the right foods, especially those with vitamins B and C, iron, and protein, can also help reduce the amount of lost or thinning hair for menopausal women. Reducing caffeine and alcohol intake can help as well.

However, while a lifestyle change can certainly improve your overall health and can help reduce hair loss during menopause, it is often not enough to fully treat the symptom. In addition to living a healthier life, consider treating hair loss or hair thinning with Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair. Specifically, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been created specifically to combat hair loss in women caused by menopause or hormone changes. It contains 2% Minoxidil, which is the amount approved by the FDA to treat hair loss in women specifically, as opposed to 5% for men. Do not use a product that has any other concentration of Minoxidil other than 2%, as that product is not FDA-Approved (as of April 2012).

When used as directed, Avacor Physician's Formulation for Women has been proven to help many women combat hair loss and regrow new, natural hair in as little as 4 months. So, our product is both safe and effective. We also offer a variety of different hair care products to help you maintain a full head of healthy hair, including Boost! Hair Thickener, Thickening Shampoo, Volumizing Conditioner, and Styling Gel.

The bottom line is, even though most advertisements for hair loss treatments focus on men, hair loss in women is quite common, especially during menopause. Take comfort in the fact that most women experience hair loss, so if you notice thinning hair, you are not alone. Take care of yourself, and take care of your hair!

Photo courtesy of 34-menopause-symptoms.com

3Apr/120

Exercise and Hair

Exercise and eating the right foods are the keys to a healthy lifestyle. We all know that. But how does exercise affect your hair health, hair loss, or hair regrowth? The answer might surprise you.

In general, exercise can help you maintain a healthy head of hair, and even help your body regrow hair. Regular exercise increases general health and circulation in your body. Increased circulation can stimulate growth in hair follicles. Also, exercise helps reduce stress in your life, and reduced stress helps with overall scalp health, according to Livestrong.com. So, if you exercise regularly, you are doing yourself—and your hair—a favor, right?

The answer might not be so simple.

Too much exercise, or overexertion, is actually bad for your hair. Excessive exercise causes a state of chronic stress in your body, according to author and nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman. Chronic stress is a leading cause of telogen effluvium (TE), a condition that causes premature resting and shedding in hair follicles, according to the American Hair Loss Association. In addition, eHow.com explains that extreme bodybuilding and other extreme exercise activities can produce more dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes baldness in men. Conversely, mild exercise, like regular jogging or cardio, can help reduce DHT.

However, there is one form of mild exercise or cardio to think twice about if you are conscious about your hair health: swimming in pools. Most pools contain chlorine. The chlorine is there to keep the pools clean, but it can cause your hair to become dry and eventually break or shed. If swimming is your favorite form of exercise, you can avoid chlorine damage by wetting your hair with non-chlorinated water before getting in the pool (i.e., a locker room shower), so your hair absorbs the normal water, rather than the chlorinated water. Also, get out every 30 minutes or so and rinse the chlorinated water out of your hair. Wear a swim cap, and wash your hair after swimming with proper hair care products.

Another thing to keep in mind about exercise is that it causes you to sweat. Salty, heavy sweat build up on your head can cause faster shedding or other damage to your hair. The Harvard School of Public Health advises that you can combat this damage by using mild, pH-balanced shampoo and moisturizing protein conditioner at least once a week. Avacor offers both Thickening Shampoo and Volumizing Conditioner to help combat hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. Avoid using hot hair tools as well, such as blow driers and curling irons.

The bottom line: exercise regularly, but avoid over-exercising or extreme exercise activities, and take good care of your hair with the proper hair care products. If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly, but still experiencing hair loss, consider using Avacor Physician's Formulation, an FDA-Approved hair re-growth product clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles and help you grow back hair.

Photo courtesy of Menscosmo.com

27Mar/120

Babies and Baldness

Have you ever wondered why some babies might experience hair loss or thinning hair at such a young age? Some babies are born with little or no hair, while others are born with a thick head of hair. Many babies born with hair lose it within the months following birth, so the baby might have less hair at 6 or 12 months than they did when they were born. Other babies born with little or no hair might have thicker hair when they reach the 6 or 12 month mark, and some babies may appear bald throughout infancy and into early childhood.

The first thing to remember is that your baby's thinning hair (or lack of hair) is rarely a cause for concern, unless the baby's scalp or hair shafts look abnormal. Talk to your pediatrician and ask questions to give you peace of mind, but remember: it is completely normal for babies to lose their hair soon after birth, or to be born bald.

Next, it is important to understand that all human hair naturally goes through a growth cycle, including baby hair. At the end of this growth cycle, old hair sheds to make room for new hair. Sometimes, the shedding occurs before new hair begins to show, while in other cases, the new hair pushes the hair out of the follicle as it grows.

This growth cycle is the primary reason why some babies are born with hair and lose it, as well as why some babies are born with no hair. Simply put, the hair on a newborn's head starts going through the growth cycle before the baby is born. Babies born with a full head of hair have hair that is farther along in the growth cycle. Most of those babies begin to lose that hair soon after birth because the hair sheds to make room for new hair. The new hair may take several months to grow back, which can cause some parents to be concerned over why their new baby, who was born with a lot of hair, is now suddenly bald. Again, this is a common situation, but consult your pediatrician if you are concerned.

Babies born bald might have hair follicles that have not yet entered the phase of the hair growth cycle when hair appears on top of the head. Or, they might have already shed some hair while still in the womb.

Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene indicates that most babies go through two hair cycles during the first year. For some babies, the old hair sheds at the same time the new hair begins to grow, so it appears as though they never lose any hair. When the cycles are spread out longer over time, the baby appears bald in between the two cycles. However, some baby hair takes longer to enter the second cycle—sometimes as long as 18 months—meaning the baby might not grow visible hair until he or she is a toddler.

Genetics and ethnicity also play a role in a baby's head of hair. They affect the amount of hair a baby has when born and during infancy, the timing of the hair growth cycles, and the texture of the baby's hair. The bottom line is, hair cycles in babies vary significantly, and periodic baldness throughout the first few years of life are rarely a cause for concern.

Photo Courtesy of Infantcrisis.org

27Feb/120

Shedding Hair

Shedding is a natural process for all living things. People and animals physically shed hair and skin. People trying (successfully) to lose weight shed pounds. Those hoping to make life changes shed unwanted aspects of their lives, such as unnecessary personal belongings, bad influences, or relationships with other people. Shedding, whether physical, emotional, or otherwise, is essentially a process in which you get rid of something that has served its purpose and is no longer useful to you.

When it comes to your hair, shedding naturally occurs at the end of the hair follicle growth cycle. Hairs on your head go through this cycle and naturally fall out, or shed, to make room for new hair. All people shed their hair, even those who are not experiencing male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness. However, shedding can still be alarming or frustrating, especially if the hair you shed does not grow back.

Baldness is caused by hair follicles that do not produce new hair after old hair is shed. However, according to MedicinePlus, the hair follicle remains alive, even when it stops producing hair. In other words, it is possible for an inactive hair follicle to produce hair again, even after baldness.

Enter FDA-approved hair regrowth treatment Avacor Physician's Formulation®, which is clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. Once a hair follicle is revitalized, it can begin naturally producing hair again.

However, you still might experience shedding when you begin using Avacor Physician's Formulation. Do not be alarmed, as shedding is quite common, especially at the beginning of treatment. In fact, shedding after you start to use the product is a positive sign that the product is beginning to work.

The reason? At the beginning of the hair follicle growth cycle, new hairs need room to grow, so they push dead hairs out of the way as they sprout upwards. However, older hairs can still remain on your head if new ones do not begin to grow. The older hair might not naturally shed, and is not pushed out by new hair, because the hair growth cycle is essentially paused. When you revitalize the hair follicle using Avacor Physician's Formulation, the growth cycle resumes, shedding all dead hairs that have not yet fallen off on their own. If you notice shedding at the beginning of your treatment, just continue to use the product as directed.

You might also notice occasional shedding throughout your treatment. This is because shedding happens naturally, to everyone. Shedding is, in fact, a sign that hair follicles are actively eliminating old hairs as they produce new ones. Do not be concerned with the shedding; instead, pay attention to whether your hair follicles are producing new hairs to replace the ones that have been shed.

Lastly, it is important to be patient, especially at the beginning of treatment. Avacor Physician's Formulation is clinically proven to revitalize hair growth, but growing a full head of hair takes time. You will not wake up the next morning with a full head of hair, but if you stay the course and use the product as directed, you will be rewarded with rejuvenated hair follicles, and natural, new hair on your head.

21Feb/120

The Hair Follicle Growth Cycle

All living things go through various stages or cycles of life. While the details differ from one thing to the next, all cycles include some form of birth or creation, development or maturation, and ultimately, some sort of expiration or death. Your hair is no different. Hair loss, hair restoration, and re-growth are all impacted by the hair follicle growth cycle, so let's take a closer look at that cycle to help better understand why you lose hair, and why hair restoration products, like FDA-approved Avacor Physician's Formulation®, really do work.

The hair follicle growth cycle is broken up into three phases:

  • The Anagen phase is the hair growth phase
  • The Catagen phase is a transitional phase
  • The Telogen phase is the resting phase.

The Anagen phase lasts anywhere from two to six years. This is the stage when hair follicles produce and grow individual hairs. Hairs grow about six inches a year on average, meaning that a few months into this phase, you can have hair that is a few inches long. The Anagen phase is further broken up into six stages; basic information about each stage is below.

  • Stage 1: Cell division begins; hair growth at the microscopic level
  • Stage 2: Follicle grows downward, and surrounds cells, which continue to grow
  • Stage 3: Hair begins to take shape and melanin production begins
  • Stage 4: Cells begin pigmentation (hair color)
  • Stage 5: Hair shaft begins to sprout
  • Stage 6: Follicle is completely developed

Another interesting fact about the Anagen phase is that at any given time, about 85% of the active hair follicles on your head are in this phase. As people get older, the Anagen phase might become shorter, resulting in smaller, finer hair. This is why adults sometimes experience thinning hair, and eventually, baldness.

The Catagen phase lasts one to two weeks in most cases. During this phase, the follicle base and hair shaft continue to move upward, thought the follicle shrinks to about 16% of the normal size.

The Telogen phase lasts between one and two months. During this phase, the hair does not grow, but it remains attached to the follicle. It is sometimes referred to as the "resting phase" because the hair basically just rests, without growing or falling out (shedding). Roughly 10 to 15% of all hair is in the Telogen phase at any given time.

At the end of the Telogen phase, the follicle starts the cycle over again. The old hair from the previous cycle either falls out on its own, or is pushed out when the new hair begins to grow in the Anagen phase.

Each hair follicle is on its own unique schedule of this growth cycle. If they were all in sync, you would lose all your hair at the same time, and regrow it at the same time. Because of the varying schedules, your hair is constantly growing, shedding, and growing again, simultaneously.

When you begin treatment to regrow or rejuvenate hair growth using Avacor Physician's Formulation, it is important to be patient. Your hair will not grow back overnight. Avacor Physician's Formulation has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. However, when hair follicles are revitalized, they must still go through the hair follicle growth cycle to begin growing new strands of hair. Specifically, once revitalization occurs, the follicles must go through at least a few months of the Anagen phase to generate new hair that is a few inches long.

Stay tuned for the next post, which will discuss shedding in more detail.

8Feb/120

History of Hair Loss (Part 2)

History of Hair Loss (Part 2): Symbolism of Hair

Let's face it – our hair is important for many reasons. It gives us confidence, keeps our heads warm, allows us to express our own styles, serves as a status symbol, attracts people to us, represents our age, and even offers a glimpse into our personal health. Throughout history, and even in today's modern world, hair has played several roles and represented different social and cultural symbols. Similarly, hair loss has represented various symbols or ideas over time. Let's look at a few examples.

In the Bible story about Samson and Delilah, hair played a vital role in the outcome, and symbolized Samson's strength. At an early age, Samson took the Nazarite vow to never cut his hair. He believed his strength came from his full head of long hair. Samson fell for a woman named Delilah, who was secretly working for Philistine rulers, and told her about his hair as a source of strength. She used this information against him, and arranged for someone to shave seven braids from his head while he slept.

He awoke feeling weak and powerless, and was forced into slave labor by the Philistines. His hair, however, began to grow back, and ultimately rejuvenated his strength. Powerful again, but still in captivity, Samson used his bare hands to bring down the temple from within, killing him and all his enemies inside.

Was the hair really his strength, or was it a symbol for his physical power and faith? We don't know for sure, but anyone who has had successful hair restoration treatment can relate to the feeling of rejuvenation and power that comes from a fully restored head of hair.

The Bible didn't leave out women when it came to hair symbolism, either. 1 Cor. 11:15 states that "if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her." Long hair on women was often a symbol of beauty throughout many different cultures.

Fairy tales also use hair as symbols or important elements of the plot. Rapunzel famously used her long hair to help a prince climb to see her, and when her witch captor found out, the witch cut off Rapunzel's hair – and her purity and innocence. The blonde, curly hair worn by Goldilocks also gave her story about her encounter with three bears its name.

A common rite of passage in Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, and some European countries histories was to shave children's heads, save for a few locks. Then, when the child reached the appropriate age, the lock was cut off, symbolizing the entry into adulthood.

Native Americans (and Hollywood) made scalping famous. The scalps served as a trophy of war, and also as a life force for a warrior. Some also believed that taking the hair of someone who had murdered a member of the tribe was a symbolic way to replace the murdered tribe member.

Some modern day parents keep a lock of hair from their child's first hair cut for good luck. Other societies or religions dictate whether men (or women) should have long or short hair, with penalties ranging from weird looks to physical punishment. Hair is often used scientifically in DNA tests; it is a living record of your body's history. From a fashion perspective, both men and women can wear long or short hair, depending on the facial features, current trends, and overall look or style.

Clearly, hair has played many roles throughout our history and literature. It typically symbolized purity and strength, and cutting off someone's hair was often a punishment or symbol for losing innocence or power. Losing your hair, however, is no fault of yours, and is easy to combat with Avacor Physician's Formulation®, an FDA-approved hair restoration and re-growth product that has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. And that's no fairy tale.

Stay tuned for the next post, which will discuss the growth cycle of the hair follicle.

27Jan/120

History of Hair Loss (Part 1)

History of Hair Loss (Part 1): Hair Loss and Remedies Over Time

If you are experiencing premature hair loss, or thinning hair, you are not alone. In fact, premature hair loss has been an issue for people throughout history. Thousands of years ago, ancient Egyptians shaved their heads and wore wigs or elaborate head pieces to combat hair loss and display royalty and wealth. They also created a variety of potions, ointments, and other methods to treat hair loss. Some ointments included boiled porcupine hair or hippopotamus fat, according to the 1550 B.C. medical text, The Ebers Papyrus. Clearly, these options would not be FDA-approved today.

The Bible also mentions hair loss a few times. In 2 Kings 2:23-24, Elisha was mocked by a number of youths, shouting "bald head" and "baldy" at him as he walked into the town of Bethel. Angered and embarrassed, he cursed them and took his revenge by summoning two bears from the woods. It didn't cure his baldness, but it also didn't end well for the youths.

Julius Caesar wore the original Caesar hair style, but he was also bothered by his hair loss. According to Suetonius, Caesar combed his "scanty locks" forward to hide his thinning head of hair. Some also speculate that he wore the traditional laurel wreath to cover up his baldness. Oddly enough, the Latin word "caesaries" translates to "long/flowing/luxuriant hair."

In the Middle Ages, King Louis XIII of France began the big wig era by wearing a long, curly wig after losing his hair prematurely. This fashion trend spread throughout Europe and across the pond to the American colonies. Many European and American politicians and scholars—men and women alike—wore large wigs, not only to be fashionable, but to hide their thinning hair or bald heads. Even after the American and French Revolutions, when the big wig was seen as a symbol of the old regime, people wore white, powdered wigs.

Cowboys in 19th century America attempted to stop thinning hair with various snake oil products and messy grease rubbed into the scalp. Also, let's not forget the infamous cowboy hats, which offered protection from the sun, and conveniently hid bald heads underneath.

In the modern era, hair loss continues to be an issue. For some people, losing hair is an emotional and stressful time, while it is a health issue for others. Hair loss can lead to lower self-esteem, high anxiety, depression, and issues with sexual attractiveness and social acceptance. It can also trigger fears about getting older, and even dying. Avacor Physician's Formulation® is an FDA-approved hair restoration and re-growth product that has been clinically proven to revitalize hair follicles in as little as two months. Thankfully, we live in a time when we do not need to rely on snake oils, obnoxiously large wigs, animal fats, or vicious bears.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of The History of Hair Loss, which will discuss the importance and symbolism of hair throughout history.

17Oct/110

Forums: Great for support but not treatment

Losing your hair is never easy. In addition to the obvious physical changes, premature hair loss can cause anxiety and fear about sexual attractiveness, social acceptance, and even mortality. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can make the process even more depressing.

(For a heart-felt article on this topic, read Spencer Kobren's "Depression and Hair Loss: You’re not Alone" on TheBaldTruth.com)

Finding other people with similar stories and sharing your experiences with each other can help with the psychological "trauma" that frequently accompanies hair loss. Internet forums are a great way to connect with people around the world with common interests and can serve as a sort of "virtual support network".

But when it comes to medical treatments for hair regrowth, be cautious about taking advice from other forum members. As you will see below, forums can sometimes contain treatment suggestions that may be ineffective or potentially harmful.

Hair Loss Forums

A recent book on online social support states that “[t]he electronic social network an online support group creates can potentially provide the benefits of social support traditionally conveyed face-to-face without conventional limitations of material resources, proximity, and temporality.”1

Two of the most popular internet forums for hair loss topics are the communities at TheBaldTruth.com and at HairLossTalk.com. These sites have forums areas for both men and women, but another popular site called Her Alopecia is specifically dedicated to women's hair loss discussions.

Internet forums can be great for support during difficult emotional times, but it is important to remember that other forum members may not know much more than you do and are not likely to be reliable sources for medical/scientific information on hair loss and hair regrowth.

Don't Try This at Home! (treatment advice from an internet forum)

We have seen countless posts that either get the science wrong or simply advocate dangerous, painful, and unproven treatments.

For example, one forum thread on Regrowth.com was dedicated to users discussing their attempts at an experimental approach to hair regrowth that they had adapted from early-stage research studies.

This approach involved wounding the scalp with sandpaper, needles, or organic acids and applying chemicals like cayenne pepper (in 90% alcohol) and lithium to the wounded areas in the hope of stimulating new hair growth.

“We're making it up as we go”

A new visitor to the site praised the other posters for having “more knowledge than any of the other forums” and asked for their recommendations on what chemical substances to incorporate in his wounding routine because he didn't “have the education to figure it out on [his] own.”

One of these 'knowledgeable' posters described his wounding regimen as "heavy sanding" and applying glycolic acid to the raw skin, leaving a "red mess of raw flesh" (although he didn't recommend other readers take their "wounding to that level"). In another post he admitted: “We're making it up as we go along armed with both scientific and anecdotal evidence. The quantities I use are measured in the most unscientific way possible as we don't really have any data on quantities.”

Another poster recommended applying cancer drugs to the scalp after wounding, which he suggested the forum members could purchase at a group rate from a cheap Chinese source he had found through an internet trading site. He also offered to "whip up" solutions of experimental drug combinations for the other forum members. Fortunately one poster drew the line at this point: “Personnaly I won't take anti cancer drugs just to regrow hair, it is far too dangerous...”

No proof that it even worked

As the thread developed, several posters asked for pictures of the results that some members claimed to be achieving. Here are some quotes from the discussion:

anyone taking pictures?

“Due to just having a cell phone camera, I'm not quite ready to take pictures yet”

So how about some pics?

“I don't own a digital camera but should the results (if any) warrant it, I shall obtain one and endeavour to post pics.”

Looking forward to those pics.

“For the pictures, I'll take them tomarrow because I have no working batteries”

be sure to post the promised pics

“When I'm comfortable taking a picture (when the skin heals better and hair grows out more) I definitely will.”

I'm dying to see your results pictures. Day 26 and I have minimal growth and nothing cosmetically significant..”

“I've been so swamped with laser helmet requests lately[...] My regrowth seems to mostly be on the left side of my scalp, a few odd sprouts here and there. Perhaps I'll take some pics after my haircut this Saturday, haven't had a good cut in months!”

I shaved the whole front of my scalp up about 2 inches just above my recession and sanded the entire area, been applying the same formula. So far I don't see a single new hair, this is pretty disappointing.

In the end, no pictures were ever posted and there was no evidence that the painful and potentially dangerous treatments had any benefit for the self-proclaimed "guinea pigs".

Conclusions

Hair loss forums on the internet can provide a free and immediate social support network that can be helpful for meeting other people who are experiencing similar issues. This support can potentially help with some of the psychological issues that often accompany hair loss, such as anxiety and depression.

These forums also contain discussion threads about members' personal experiences with hair regrowth treatments. While most people mean well when they offer advice on the internet, they may not necessarily be qualified to give a professional opinion.

When it comes to scientific or medical issues, make sure to double check what you read on forums with a reputable source, preferably a physician or an expert in the field.

If you ever want to know more about something you've read online, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer your question or help you find an appropriate expert who can.

Thanks for reading this Avacor® Hair Regrowth Blog post and come back soon for more of the latest information on hair loss and hair regrowth.

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1. Bambina. A. (2007). Online Social Support: The Interplay of Social Networks and Computer-Mediated Communication. Youngstown, NY: Cambria. Link to GoogleBooks