3 Hair Loss Products That Work

Throughout years of hair loss research, there’s been many “solutions” to balding. Some of these products have been more credible than others (based on anecdotal experience, reviews, and peer reviewed research). Instead of chasing down alternative solutions, below are 3 products that you need to be using if you aren’t already.

While these 3 products aren’t necessarily the only ones you want to have in your arsenal, they are considered essential among hair loss communities. Many people experiencing hair loss who try these out will experience some sort of hair growth over the first 3 months of use – the amount varying both on genetics and environmental factors. Additionally, these solutions work for both men and women.

#1. Minoxidil (aka Rogaine)

Minoxidil for hair loss

Why use it? Studies done by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery have shown that, in a trial out of 669 people, about 14% of the men experienced results within the first two months of using it. Around 52% reported effects during the second month, and 34% during the third month.

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  • 3-month supply of Men's Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam hair growth treatment to help treat hair loss,...
  • Formulated with 5% Minoxidil, our fast-working hair regrowth treatment works to boost hair follicle...
  • Men's hair growth treatment also contains botanical extracts and emollient to help maintain a...

How to use it? Minoxidil is applied directly on scalp 1-2 times a day.

  • Pros

  • Clinically Visible Results in as Little as 12 Weeks

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  • FDA Approved

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  • No Prescription Required

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  • Cons

  • Must Be Consistent With Usage

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  • Works Better on Some Than Others

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Where to learn more and purchase it? Read our full review on Kirkland Minoxidil (what I personally use because it’s cheaper), or you can dive into our review on Rogaine itself.

#2. Folexin

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Why use it? Folexin is a supplement that uses well researched, all natural ingredients, that work together to help your hair grow thicker and fuller. A lot of these ingredients have been shown to greatly help with hair loss. Some of these include:


Folexin

  • Support for thick, strong, healthy hair.
  • Support for your hair’s natural growth process.
  • High-quality ingredients, third party tested.

While technically not a hair loss product, Folexin plays a major role in supporting thick, strong, and healthy hair. When used with minoxidil it aids in the growth of new hairs. It’s crucial for the new hairs to be as strong and healthy as possible in order for them to keep (before falling out). In combination of Minoxidil, some users have reported significant improvement in not just prolonging the amount of hair they currently have, but in growth of new hair where hair was once seen.

How to use it? Two tablets to be taken on a daily basis.

  • Pros

  • Supports Thick, Strong, Healthy Hair

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  • All Natural Ingredients

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  • FDA Registered Facility

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  • Cons

  • Must Be Used With Other Hair Loss Products

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  • Often on Backorder Due to Demand

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  • Results Can Take 60-90 Days

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Where to learn more and purchase it? You can read our full review on Folexin here

#3. Ketoconazole

Why use it? Ketoconazole is an anti-fungal shampoo. In the UK it has been licensed to be used to help treat dandruff. However, it can be prescribed off-label to treat male pattern baldness.


Revita High-Performance Hair Stimulating Shampoo

  • Supports both healthy and compromised hair follicles
  • Fights Follicular Dysfunction from First Application
  • Improves hair density, thickness, and appearance
  • Promotes scalp stimulation
  • Cuts down on stress-induced loss

In 1998 a study was done that compared the effects of Minoxidil (also known as Rogaine) to Ketoconazole for male pattern baldness. The researchers in the study found that both the proportion of hair follicles and density of hair in the growth phase (anagen phase) improved nearly similarly. This is to say, both Ketoconazole and Minoxidil saw similar hair growth effects and helped treat male pattern baldness.

4 years later, a study from 2002,found that Ketoconazole 2% shampoo effectively help inhibit the product of DHT. DHT is the male sex hormone that is primarily responsible for male pattern baldness.

A more recent study on mice demonstrated that Ketoconazole had a significant stimulatory effect on hair growth compared to a control group.

How to use it? You will want to use it 2-3 times a week when showering.

  • Pros

  • Research Backed Results

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  • Inhibits DHT Production

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  • Only Need to Use 2-4x a Week

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  • Cons

  • Not as Effective as Minoxidil Alone

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  • Not Many Brands

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Where to learn more and purchase it? While you can find Ketoconazole in a few different shampoo brands, our personal recommendation is Revita’s High Performance Hair-Stimulating Shampoo (and our full guide on it can be found here). Be sure to check out our buying guide on hair loss shampoos to get a better idea on why Revita was ranked #1.

Conclusion

There are many effective ways to help treat hair loss. While we highly encourage experimenting with different treatments to see what works best for your hair growth, Minoxidil, Folexin, and Ketoconazole Shampoo need to be part of your daily and weekly routines.

These 3 products compliment each other when it comes to hair growth, and utilizing all three together will help maximize your results.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Happy balding!

7 COMMENTS

  1. Why don’t you mention Propecia (Finasteride) among the Hair Loss Products That Work? Foleskin works and Propecia doesn’t?

    • Hey Daniele,

      Finasteride has been shown to work for some individuals in growing hair. However, the negative side effects are both extreme and in a lot of cases, indefinite. I’ve read way too many stories of people falling into depression that’s been going on for over 5 years, or people who developed such extreme panic attacks after taking it for 3-6 months that they can no longer function in society.

      I’m not in a position to recommend something with such dire consequences. Quite frankly, the pros do not outweigh the cons. It doesn’t work for everyone, and I’m not willing to be the person to recommend something that could cause lifelong issues.

      If you want to take Finasteride, please-please-please look into the side effects (spend hours on it, sleep on it). Understand what you’re getting yourself into. Consult your doctor. It’s not worth risking a life of misery for a shot of growing back some hair (trust me, as bad as balding may seem, there are much worse circumstances you could land yourself into).

  2. I’ve heard a lot about Folexin lately but haven’t tried it. My hair seems to have stopped balding after starting Minoxidil and Revita’s Shampoo (and my shower drain is almost always free of hair – finally). Is Folexin worth the money?

  3. hey jordan, im not the author of this post but i just wanted to say that it helped with my hair. you just have to make sure youre taking it twice a day as it says and you need to give it time. i didnt notice much until after 5 months of it (glad i stuck with it but i would have given up if i had just ordered one or two bottles, guess i got lucky).

  4. The only one of these that worked for me was folexin. Infact, the ketoconazole made my scalp severely dry and itchy even for weeks after using it. It also damaged my hair – made it frizzy and dry. No amount of oil, or olaplex, or any other treatment helped the hair, so I had to shave my head and continued oiling my scalp for a couple months until it was no longer dry. But the hair that grew while my scalp was still dry was in bad condition, so I had to shave hair again. So I started over with shaved head and non-dry scalp. The only other thing that helped was peppermint essential oil. It worked better for me when I didn’t dilute it as much as I read you’re supposed to. Hair loss stopped. It grows faster than before, but still slow. The bald spots in top/back and at corners of forehead have filled in a lot, and the receding hairline has also filled in a lot, though it did take a while. It keeps improving. I did read the research study about peppermint essential oil causing more hair follicles and faster hair growth in lab mice, and while I don’t know if it’s creating more follicles, it is making hair grow in places where it hasn’t grown in years. I just use regular NOW brand peppermint essential oil, not organic or anything, and mix it with Tropical Traditions hair oil which is a blend of oils, mostly jojoba and coconut and massage a lot into scalp every day. I don’t wash it out the next day. I only wash hair once a week with regular shampoo and conditioner. Nothing organic or sulfate free or anything. This seems to work well. Only bad part is the oil drips into my eyes a lot when I massage it into my scalp at the front. I think I might try tying a bandana around my forehead or something. But other than that no problems, and it’s not expensive. Just takes time to massage in, and I do often worry if I do it right, but it’s much safer and does work for me, so I’m prepared to stick with it. Oh, the reason I can leave this stuff on my scalp all day and night is that I work from home, and if I leave the house, I just cover my head with a bandana or the hood from my hoodie. I’m not sure what I’d do if I had to work somewhere I couldn’t cover my head. I just wouldn’t work there I guess. Not until my hair has grown back anyway. Oh, I’m female, so it looks weird for females to have bald spots and very thin hair, so that’s why I’m so self conscious. But I know guys can feel bad too. It’s just that many people think hair loss, or the male pattern of hair loss, doesn’t happen to women or not as severe, but it really does, especially when both parents have it. It started when I was 18 or so, and I am now 40, so have been dealing with hair loss for over half my life until folexin and peppermint essential oil. It may not help everyone, but it is worth a try I think. Oh, and I had been to doctors and had many tests and have no deficiencies or too little or too much of anything, not too much test or dht, although if I have the genetics to be sensitive to dht, than I guess it doesn’t matter the amount, but dht blockers did not help anyway. Well, whatever, it’s been chalked up to genetics and “just the way the hair is” I am told. I have fine hair and not much of it naturally, so coupled with the hair loss, I would look like a mess if I didn’t find something that worked. I mean I still do look horrible, but it’s getting better. folexin and peppermint oil works, but it is a gentle remedy and works slowly over time.

    • If you could only afford to choose one of the 3 to try, we’d recommend starting with Minoxidil first to see what that does for you.

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