3 Hair Loss Products That Work

3 Hair Loss Products That Work
3 Hair Loss Products That Work

In 2021, hair loss is a $3.3 billion dollar industry for the US alone. In fact, there are over 5,000 different hair loss products on Amazon, and on average 5 new hair loss products are launched daily. That’s over 1,500 new products for hair loss treatment created every year!

There are so many different products to choose from. And each day you aren’t fighting hair loss successfully, you are probably losing more hair (in some cases permanently). With so much at stake, how do you know which ones to buy?

We put together the top 3 best hair loss products based on over a decade of hair loss research. They are broken down into three main categories. The best topical, supplement, and hair loss shampoo .

Many people looking for a hair loss treatment and try these products out will experience some sort of hair growth over the first 3 months of use – the amount varies both on genetics and environmental factors. Additionally, and importantly, these hair loss products work on both men and women.

#1. Topical – Minoxidil (aka Rogaine)

Minoxidil for hair loss
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.

Rogaine
  • 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...

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

Pros
  • Available over-the-counter
  • You only need to apply this twice a day
  • It’s effective, especially for young men
Cons
  • Can’t be used for frontal baldness
  • Doesn’t work well for hair loss that is old or large in area
  • If you stop, hair loss will continue

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. Hair Loss Supplement – Folexin

folexin for hair loss
folexin for hair loss

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 such as Biotin. Some of these include:

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folexin for hair loss
folexin for hair loss

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
  • All Natural Ingredients
  • FDA Registered Facility
Cons
  • Often on Backorder Due to Demand
  • Results Can Take 60-90 Days
  • Not FDA approved like Finasteride tablets

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

Folexin Promo

Currently Folexin is running a promotion where when you buy 4 bottles of Folexin you get the 5th bottle free. That saves you about $35, and puts each bottle at only $17. I personally love this promotion as it gives you enough time to determine if Folexin is right for you.

#3. Hair Loss Shampoo – Revita by DS Labs

Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss
Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss

Why use it? Revita shampoo contains ketoconazole (among 12 other key hair loss ingredients such as Biotin, saw palmetto, argan oil, coconut oil, etc) which 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 and can also aid in female hair loss as well.

Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss 2
Revita Shampoo for Hair Loss 2

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
  • Inhibits DHT Production
  • Only Need to Use 2-4x a Week
  • Contains Ketoconazole, Biotin, Argan Oil, Caster Oil + more.
Cons
  • Not as Effective as Minoxidil Alone
  • Often on Backorder Due to Demand
  • Not Many Brands

 

Where to learn more and purchase it? Check out Revita Shampoo by DS Labs. Be sure to check out our buying guide on hair loss shampoos to get a better idea on why Revita Shampoo by DS Labs 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 Revita Shampoo by DS Labs need to be part of your daily and weekly routines.

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

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

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Christopher is the founder of Hair Loss Geeks, which launched back in 2011. At the time there wasn't any credible information on the internet about hair loss. As someone suffering from hair loss himself, Christopher began his extensive research journey. After launching the site, he later graduated from Boston University in 2012 with his PhD in Biochemistry. What started off as a hobby project quickly became a bigger focus as it grew. Christopher hopes everyone can learn from both his experience and research.

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12 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.

  5. you have to be very lucky to get negative side effects with finasteride…..look how many people take it, and how many reports of negative side effects are there…..
    minoxidil topical didn’t worked for me….i tried minoxidil tablets oral and they work fine, everybody is different…..

  6. I’m trying Rogaine (or Regaine this side of the Atlantic), Folexin and DS Revita Hair stimulating shampoo. Should I be using the shampoo twice in one shower or just the once? Online directions are rather contradicting, depending on where I look. Cheers

  7. Interesting products.
    Are DS Revita and Folexin thought to be enough to fight male pattern baldness without the aid of minoxidil?
    Of course, severity of balding is individual, and I reckon the most efficient treatment is using “everything”, but can Revita and Folexin be effective in maintaining terminal hair?

    As Folexin contains saw palmetto which is believed to inhibit 5-alpha-reductase isimilar to finasteride, I assume it will lower levels of DHT in the body as it’s taken as an oral supplement. Can Folexin be considered as a lite-version of finasteride? How does finasteride-related side effects compare with Folexin?

    Cheers!

    • Hey Owen,

      Can DS Revita and Folexin fight male pattern baldness without the aid of minoxidil? It’s entirely possible, but most people who use them are also using Rogaine (Minoxidil). There are some people who are allergic to Minoxidil, in which case I’d recommend trying some alternative topicals such as rosemary oil and peppermint oil.

      As you probably know already, there are only 2 FDA approved hair loss products on the market. Those are Minoxidil (Rogaine), and Finasteride. Finasteride used to be on this list of the top 3 products (long ago), but I had terrible side effects with it after about a year of use, and it didn’t feel right suggesting something that I regret ever trying. The vast majority of people seem to do okay with Finasteride, but if even 1% of people end up as bad off as I was, and 10,000 people end up using it because we recommended it, that’s 100 people who end up with possible lifelong negative side effects.

      Folexin on the other hand has no side effects that we’ve found.

      I hope that helps answer your questions!

  8. I’ve moved from Revita to Neofollics shampoo as the European Revita product lacks Ketoconazole. Neofollics’ shampoo, however, contains Piroctone olamine which appears (based on what I’ve read) to have a similar effect to Ketoconazole. I’m also a fan of the other ingredients, so I’m hoping for the best with this.

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