Ecklonia cava? You’re probably thinking what on earth is that? Although it isn’t a household name yet, this natural alternative is shaking up the hair growth industry. This brown, edible seaweed is harvested in the ocean off of Korea and Japan. It has been studied broadly for the health properties it has and is now one of the most incredible natural alternatives for hair growth.
How Ecklonia Cava Helps
During the life cycle of your hair, it will regularly go through phases.
- Phase 1 – Growth phase (rapid cell division occurs)
- Phase 2 – Transition phase (hair attaches to the root, blood circulation is cut off)
- Phase 3 – Resting phase (hair shedding is common in this phase)
Ecklonia cava extract has been shown to increase the growth phase. By increasing the growth of cells of the hair, it results in a reduction of the 5a-reductase activity. This 5a-reductase is the enzyme that is responsible for DHT production, which is the most common reason many face hair loss.
Instead of destroying DHT, Ecklonia cava modifies the environment naturally, within the hair cells. This modification then decreases the enzyme that converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which increases hair growth!
How Does It Compare to Minoxidil and Finasteride?
The two most common hair growth products on the market are Minoxidil and Finasteride. Minoxidil is the generic Rogaine and can be purchased over the counter and applied topically. Finasteride is a prescription pill that is ingested.
There have been studies comparing these two common hair loss treatments to Ecklonia. Here are the findings:
- Ecklonia cava had an increase in the depth, length, and size of hair follicles after just 37 days of treatment.
- Those treated with Ecklonia cava had 14% stronger effects on the hair follicle length than those with Minoxidil.
- Ecklonia cava had the same level of inhibition of the 5a-reductase as finasteride.
Based on these findings, it appears that Ecklonia cava, when applied topically, is as good of a treatment (or better) than the leading hair loss treatments. However, these other two products are filled with chemicals, where Ecklonia cava is a naturally occurring algae, making it the better choice for hair loss treatment.
How To Use Ecklonia Cava
Unfortunately, the hair care industry isn’t fully on the Ecklonia cava train yet. There are not many products on the market that have a high enough percentage of this algae to make it effective, so take your time and check the potency of the product. We personally recommend this product that has a 98% purity of Ecklonia Cava Extract.
After you have purchased your ECE (Ecklonia Cava Extract) you can add it to your own shampoo or apply it directly to your scalp.
If you prefer to apply it directly, break apart the capsule and add the powder to a carrier oil. Massage this into your scalp and let it sit for at least thirty minutes to an hour. Once you are satisfied with the time it has been on your scalp, rinse with coil (or lukewarm) water and massage the oil extract from your scalp.
If you are facing male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness, but prefer to try natural remedies first, Ecklonia cava is the best choice for you. It can increase your hair growth and has even been proven to beat out Minoxidil. You can’t go wrong with stats like that!