Hi again, here is what I've been researching about lately and then I'll tell you what I've been doing-its kind of long.
I found out that the only approved drug (FDA) for hair loss is-Minoxidil-which is found in a topical solution in Rogain. But then they went on to say that there was only a certain percentage of men/women that it would work for and the people it did help regrow hair after you stop using Rogain you will lose most of the regrowth etc...so I would think that would be a pretty expensive habit. So I have never tried Rogain for this reason-too expensive at my age-and have just tried to be healthy and do things to improve the look of my hair from the inside out as well as the outside appearance.Just do a search on it to find site.(it also mentioned that do not take internally not approved-toxic)
I read on another site that 2% minoxidil lotion(2 times/day on scalp),biotin 300 mcg/day and trace minerals(in blue green algae(2 to 6/day)but I am not sure I want to try the minoxidil if I have to use it for the rest of my life. we'll see.
Here are some things I have used and still currently use to help my hair.(I've been doing this off and on for years)By the way I just turned 24 in april/04, born with pretty thick dark hair(half italian half french)hair started thinning I think around 15-17 when I started hormones,dying hair etc..have no idea.
-1 multivitamin, 1 b-complex, 6 garlic, 4 accidophilus(probiotic), 1-2 tbsp of flax seed oil, 2 wheat grass shots, 3 silica pills, 3 alpha lipoic acid, for colds(vit c,zinc,echanesia(sp?)drink Green tea in morning with low caffein if any with added grapeseed extract and other herbs.Warm water with lemon in morning.I think thats it that I can think of.Except for the added silica and more flax seed oil and removing the codliver oil I have been doing this for a while now and seems to be helping.
Diet-hardly any milk products-good fats/no yeast(if i can help it/low sugar/veg fruit/good protein(lean)beans-no fast food etc...I've been eating like this for a long time and now everyone is starting to eat this way because of South beach diet/atkins-it makes me happy because the food is easier to get now-don't always have to be at a healthfood store:P Anyways...
1-2 times a week
-deep treatment examples are:
1-Nexxus-keraphix creme treatment or Emergency
2-homemade-mix of -jojoba oil,olive oil,camellia oil,sweet almond oil(warm up for 10 secs or so in microwave then put on damp hair massage then wrap hair with a plastic shower cap and put a towel on my head to keep warm.Leave on for a 30mins to a couple hours.wash out-might take a couple times depends how much oil you put in hair
or one from my salon(Kera something-protein pack-can;t remember the name)
2-3 times a week
-put a couple drops of pure essential rosemary in my shampoo(massage scalp)use natural shampoo from healthfood store(jojoba,aloe vera etc) or kms silker shampoo
-conditioner(natural from healthstore)Natures gate I think-has b5,horsetail,protein,seaweed,biotin for chemically damaged hair etc.. or use leave in conditioner(I like the one from A/G food or something like that can't remember smells yummy
-use Artec-Blow silk(not Blow serum-do not confuse)if I'm blowdrying hair straight.(gives shine lightweight,some volume,smooth)or Thicker fuller hair(green color)helps thicken hair a little but doesn't give shine
-use Redken water wax or maybe some hairspray(Sebastian hairshaper plus)
My problem was that I think I am taking all the right things and doing good things for my hair but as soon as any new hair came in or looked thicker I would put bleach on it to dye my hair blond and it would break.(read about the life cycle of hair-just do a search)I was dying my hair every 3-5 weeks
So we'll see if there is a difference with me changing that and the added vitamins. I think I answered all your questions, feel free to ask me anything-I am no expert but I'm trying to learn and help my hair out.If anyone else has any advice I would like to hear it too.
p.s-my skin looks amazing anyway even if the hair thing doesn't work out the way I want, heehee