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Subject: Hair Loss
Category: Health > Men's Health
Asked by: aa1982-ga
List Price: $22.50
Posted: 18 Aug 2006 14:58 PDT
Expires: 17 Sep 2006 14:58 PDT
Question ID: 757473
I'm experiencing hair loss due to stress, as well as genetics. I'm 24
years old, and i know my hair thinning is being accelerated by stress.
I've done many homeopathic treatments with little success. I don't
want anything to reverse balding, just something that will slow down
the process, (so hair transplants and minoxodil are out).  I was
looking into low level lasers, specifically the DIY product called HairMAX.  I
wanted to know if this would be a safe option, and an effecient one? 
Or is there something else out there that I don't know about that is
better?(Bear in mind that cost is not a factor)

Subject: Re: Hair Loss
Answered By: jdb-ga on 26 Aug 2006 12:20 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I am responding to your question regarding treatments for hair loss.
Although Google Answers does not provide medical advice, we may be
used as a resourse that can direct you to information that may be
useful.The HairMax is FDA approved only in regards to safty."Safety
Complies with USA FDA CDRH laser product safety standards, section
I have listed below sites regarding lasar therapy for hair
loss,HairMax,Hair shampoos, review of natural supplements as well as
stress reduction techniques.

This article provides information on the proposed benifits of laser hair treatment:

"For hair applications, the first and most significant condition in
choosing laser wavelength is depth penetration, which should be
sufficient to target hair bulbs typically resting at a 5-6 mm depth.

Visible red light, at a wavelength of 660 nanometers (run -1 nanometer
is equal to one billionth of a meter), penetrates tissue to a depth of
about 8-10 mm so the entire hair organ will be covered to a depth just
beyond the hair bulb. Visible red light also can theoritically be
effective in the entire scalp and might include; wounds, cuts, scars,
folliculitis, etc... Higher Infrared light in the non-visible area
will penetrate to a depth of about 30-40 mm and therefore might make
it effective in the treatment of joints, deep muscle, etc? (areas of
application which are used today).

Lasers can operate in two modes: (1) either continuous-wave (cw) or
(2) pulsed operation modes. The biological responses of the same cells
to pulsed and continuous-wave (CW) light of the same wavelength,
average intensity, and dose can vary."

This article gives a high rating to HairMax:

"The HairMax Laser Comb is a compact version of large laser therapy
machines used by hair clinics around the world to encourage hair to
appear thicker, fuller and healthier. According to the manufacturer,
the Laser Comb works by dilating blood vessels and increasing the
blood supply to hair follicles. Through the principles of
"photobiotherapy" the company says the laser "progressively improves
the quality, strength and thickness of your hair" in an average of 5
to 10 weeks. More dramatic results can be seen after a few months.

Miami Florida's 10 News reported that one patient who used the comb
for two months had a 50 percent increase in hair count. However, the
reporter emphasized that once a person starts using the Laser Comb,
they must use it indefinitely for continued results.

Dateline NBC conducted its own "non-scientific" experiment with the
Laser Comb. A volunteer used the comb regularly for six months and
showed "substantial" hair growth on the crown of his head, according
to the dermatologist in charge of the test."

You can order the Hair Max comb at this site that is a member of the
Better Business Bureau and offers a money back guarantee:

"Customer Satisfaction is of Primary Importance
-Proven Safe and Effective
-Greater than 90% User Satisfaction Reported
-Patented and Manufactured in the USA
-ISO Quality Assured
-Proud Members of the Better Business Bureau"

Q: Is there a guarantee that comes with the LaserComb?

A: Because we are sure you will be satisfied with your LaserComb, we
offer a 12 week money back guarantee (minus a 15% restocking fee based
on your purchase price) with each LaserComb. Additionally, if between
weeks 10 and 12, you are still not sure if the LaserComb is working
for you, feel free to contact our office, and we will be happy to
extend your guarantee for an extra 8 weeks, bringing the guarantee
period to a full 20 weeks.

Study: HairMax LaserComb


"Tampa, Florida, Oct. 5, 2003 - In a clinical study published in the
International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology,
Volume 5, Number 2, 2003, the efficacy of Low Level Laser Therapy with
the HairMax LaserComb was studied to determine if anecdotal evidence
was supported by clinical data.

The authors wished to test the efficacy of Low Level Laser Therapy
(LLLT) using a HairMax LaserComb for the stimulation of hair growth
and also to determine what effect LLLT with this device had on the
tensile strength of hair.

Male and female patients with Androgentic Alopecia, aged 28 to 76,
were each given a LaserComb to use at home for six full months. Hair
counts were done in the areas of greatest hair loss in the temporal
and vertex regions at the beginning of the study and again after six
months. Changes in the tensile strength of the hair were also recorded
during this study.

Hair counts increased in the temporal area an average of 55.2% for
women, 74.1% in men and 69.1% for all patients. In the vertex area,
the corresponding percentages were 64.9% for women, 120.1% for men and
111.9% for all patients. The combined average hair count increase for
all men and women in the temporal and vertex areas was 93.5%.

Additionally, the hair tensile strength was increased 78.9% when all
temporal and vertex patients were considered.

28 males aged 28 to 72 and 7 females aged 46 to 76 were given a
HairMax LaserComb to use at home for six full months and instructed to
comb his/her entire scalp hair slowly (advancing one-quarter of an
inch per second) for five to ten minutes every other day. The
treatment was to be carried out when the hair and scalp were clean and
the hair was dry. A hair count in the greatest area of alopecia and a
determination of the tensile strength of the hair was carried out
before treatment was started and again, after six months of treatment.
A clear acrylic mold of each patient?s head was created with the front
of the mold positioned at the hairline, and a one centimeter square
removed from the mold in the area of greatest alopecia in either the
temporal or vertex region. For the hair count, the hairs within the
one square centimeter space were pulled through the opening, and then
counted using a surgical skin hook and a lens with five times
magnification. Hair counts were carried out by both authors to confirm
the accuracy of the data."

The site I listed above also has a section on Edgar
Cayce's successful cure for hair loss of pure crude oil:

"To his credit, Cayce recommended a healthy diet plus herbal and
vitamin supplements to encourage hair growth. He also encouraged scalp
massage to promote circulation. But his first rule of hair growth was
to massage pure crude oil into the scalp. Cayce said that this
treatment would 'improve both the circulation of the scalp and the
tone, luster and thickness of the hair.'

Following the crude oil application two or three times a month, Cayce
recommended rinsing the hair with 20% grain alcohol to make the oil
easier to wash out. The final step included rubbing Vaseline into the
scalp to complete the hair rejuvenation process.

Cayce was careful to recommend only pure, unrefined crude oil ? no
gasoline, kerosene or motor oil - and created his own brand that he
named ?Crudoleum®.? Cayce?s Crudoleum® came from Pennsylvania and was
said to have the mildest odor and the easiest texture to rinse out of
hair. The reason, he said, is that Pennsylvania crude is
paraffin-based. Darker oil is asphalt-based and, according to Cayce,
more difficult to use.

The crude oil concept has since spawned an entire line of Crudoleum®
hair products, including a hair rinse, hair conditioner and hair

Literature on Cayce?s original Crudoleum® Hair Treatment says that
it?s 'no miracle cure' but should be used for several months to fully
stimulate growth. Although the balding man I spoke with wasn?t exactly
living proof of Crudoleum?s effectiveness, he did point out a study of
45 Crudoleum® users conducted in 1972:

4% reported complete hair restoration, 7% reported considerable hair
restoration, 18% reported considerable hair restoration, 18% reported
moderate restoration, while 42% reported little restoration and 29%

Here is the site for Crudoleum:

"Crudoleum® Hair Treatment

Pure Crude Oil
Edgar Cayce recommended this powerful first step toward treating and
replenishing healthy hair. By stimulating the scalp, you will see
Crudoleum make a definite improvement in the fullness and shine of
your hair.
15 oz plain (450 ml)
Stock Nr: CRD-ECP
Price: $9.99 
15 oz scented (450 ml)
Stock Nr: CRDS-ECP
Price: $9.99 
An essential second step in this treatment is to remove the Crudoleum®
oil by using the Crudoleum® Hair Rinse.

And if you want the benefits of Crudoleum® to stay on your scalp for
longer periods of time, you may want to use the Crudoleum® Cream.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a milder version of the
Crudoleum® Hair Treatment, the combination of Crudoleum® Shampoo and
Crudoleum® Conditioner is the ticket."

And here is an Edgar Cayce clinic site on Crudoleum products:

This article pertains to natural supplements:

"Studies had shown that the herb saw palmetto inhibits DHT
formation--sometimes better than prescription drugs--with no side
effects. A year ago, the first clinical trial proved the effectiveness
of a non-drug, DHT-inhibiting treatment for androgenic baldness: a
formula containing saw palmetto berry, plant sterols and other
botanicals. This formula was shown to be a viable natural alternative
to prescription hair-loss drugs in the double-blind,
placebo-controlled study published in the April 2002 issue of The
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

proven products

One product, called Viviscal, contains a concentrated marine protein
that showed effectiveness against alopecia areata and androgenic hair
loss in a handful of studies, including one published in The Journal
of International Medical Research in August 1992.

In the same vein, Shen Min contains substances that inhibit DHT and
5-alpha reductase--the enzyme that causes DHT formation.

Revivogen is another natural product that contains promising
DHT-inhibiting substances such as zinc and azelaic acid, while Shen
Min contains the very popular Chinese anti-aging tonic herb, fo ti,
also known as he shou wu, which is prescribed widely in traditional
Chinese medicine to combat pre-mature aging and graying hair.
Published research on he shou wu is limited, however, other than
confirmed cholesterol-lowering effects and test-tube studies that
suggest immune-protective activity.

follicle formulas

Unlike DHT-inhibitors, nitric oxide and related compounds are
important to hair follicle health since they relax the follicle.
Formulas based on a "nitro" compound called NANO (3-carboxylic acid
pyridine-N-oxide) have been called "natural" minoxidil-the active
ingredient in the synthetic, over-the-counter product Rogaine.

Some products also include L-arginine as a hair-growth-promoting
substance. L-arginine has several characteristics that may benefit
hair follicles: It boosts nitric oxide levels, promotes circulation
and aids in the release of human growth hormone.

Keep in mind that these products, like all herbal remedies, typically
take several months to slow or stop hair loss, and several months more
to show regrowth. And if a follicle has died, it cannot be revived.
But resting or sluggish follicles that produce increasingly thin or
short-lived hairs can often be stimulated or saved from further damage
if the cause is properly identified."


This site provides links to stress reduction sites:,,4vjg-p,00.html
More information:
"Regular aerobic exercise can help keep androgen levels naturally
lower while maintaining overall health and lowering stress, though
weight training may have a detrimental effect on hair by increasing
testosterone levels.

Stress reduction can be helpful in slowing hair loss.

Immunosuppresants applied to the scalp have been shown to temporarily
reverse hair loss, though the possibly lethal side effects of this
treatment make it untenable.

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herbal DHT inhibitor often claimed
to be cheaper and have fewer side effects than finesteride and
dutasteride. Unlike other 5alpha-reductase inhibitors, Serenoa repens
induces its effects without interfering with the cellular capacity to
secrete PSA.[9] Saw palmetto extract has been demonstrated to inhibit
both isoforms of 5-alpha-reductase unlike finesteride which only
inhibits the (predominant) type 2 isoenzyme of

Polygonum Multiflorum is a traditional Chinese cure for hair loss.
Whether the plant itself is useful, the general safety and quality
control of herbs imported from China can be questionable.

Beta Sitosterol, which is a constituent in many seed oils, can help to
treat BHP by lowering cholesterol. If used for this purpose, an
extract is best. Consuming large amounts of oil to get at small
quantities of beta sitosterol is likely to exacerbate male pattern

Resveratrol, from grape skins, is a lipase inhibitor. By decreasing
the body's ability to absorb fat through the intestine walls, it
reduces the total fat and calorie content of a person's diet.

While drastic, broad spectrum anti-androgens such as flutamide are
sometimes used topically. Flutamide is potent enough to have a
feminizing effect in men, including growth of the breasts.

In March 2006, Curis announced that it had received the first
preclinical milestone, a $1,000,000 cash payment, in its hair growth
program with Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, a division of The
Procter & Gamble Company. The program is focused on the potential
development of a topical Hedgehog agonist for hair growth disorders,
such as male pattern baldness and female hair loss."

More information;

"Complementary and Alternative Therapies
These therapies have limited success in treating male pattern baldness.


Reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory foods (saturated fats, dairy
products, and other animal products) and eat more fresh vegetables,
whole grains, essential fatty acids, and, in particular, protein
(non-animal sources of protein include nuts, legumes, and soy).
Biotin (300 mcg per day) and trace minerals, such as those found in
blue-green algae (2 to 6 tablets per day), help hair growth.
Androgenetic alopecia: vitamin B6 (50 to 100 mg per day), zinc (30 mg
per day), and gamma-linolenic acid (1,000 mg twice a day) helps to
inhibit 5-alpha reductase.
Hormone imbalance: essential fatty acids (1,000 mg twice a day), B6
(50 to 100 mg per day), vitamin E (400 IU per day), and magnesium (200
mg twice a day) enhance hormone production.

Herbs may be used as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas),
glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Teas
should be made with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5
to 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 to 20 minutes for roots.

Combine the following in equal parts and use as tea (2 to 3 cups per
day) or tincture (20 to 30 drops two to three times per day): ginkgo
(Ginkgo biloba), rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis), prickly ash bark
(Xanthoxylum clava-herculis), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa),
yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Androgenetic alopecia: Green tea (Camelia sinensis), 2 cups per day,
and saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), 100 mg twice a day
Hormone imbalance: Chaste tree (Vitex agnus cactus), 200 to 300 mg per
day, has a normalizing effect on the pituitary.
Viral origin or immune system cause: Herbs that support immune
function can help treat the underlying cause of this type of alopecia.
Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia), astragalus (Astragalus
membranaceus), and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)

Physical Medicine
Stress reduction techniques can increase blood flow to the scalp.

Therapeutic massage increases circulation and reduces stress. Scalp
massage using essential oils of rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, and
cedarwood may be helpful in increasing circulation." 
I hope that you find this this information useful. -jdb-ga
aa1982-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for your help! Very useful

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