Your questions about hair loss, minoxidil, and finasteride

How does hair loss start?

Hair loss starts when your scalp gets a bit too much DHT. DHT is a hormone that causes hair follicles to shrink. As hair follicles shrink, hair gets thinner until hair follicles are too small to support healthy hair growth. That's the beginning of a pretty rigorous hair loss journey. However, if you wish to save your hair, that is also the best place to start.


Why me?

You were chosen! Not to worry, you can take care of this. Early prevention is the best cure—as soon as you notice your hair starting to thin, take care of it. It’s the easiest way to keep your hair!


Minoxidil isn't working for me!

Yup, that's right. Minoxidil won't work for everyone. The well-known cases where minoxidil won't work include using minoxidil to stop a receding hairline. Also, minoxidil's effectiveness decreases over time. This is because minoxidil does not block DHT—that is, minoxidil does not work to stop hair loss. 

Now, here's what Minoxidil does do: it regrows some hairs by increasing blood vessel dilation on the scalp. To make that even simpler, Minoxidil, aka Rogaine, promotes random hair growth on your scalp, and potentially elsewhere on your body, but does not the underlying causes of hair loss. 

If minoxidil doesn't work for you, or if you're looking for the best way to stop and potentially reverse your hair loss, check out Retain! It's the boldest thing you'll do for your hair. Retain works to naturally block DHT, the actual perpetrator here! 


My memory has been off lately, and I think my finasteride prescription is causing memory problems.

Finasteride is an oral medication that blocks DHT throughout your body, aka systemically. Because finasteride works systemically, it can cause some pretty bad side effects—including memory problems, loss of libido, and difficulty achieving orgasm. Finasteride does stop hair loss, but it's method of action is kinda drastic. A quick google search can lead you to close to 20 or so common side effects of taking Finasteride, aka Propecia.

Prior to hopping on a Finasteride train, do your research.

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