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Science and countless studies have proven that hair loss is commonly caused thanks to an enzyme in the body that converts testosterone into something called DiHydro Testosterone, or DHT. Often, people suffering with hair loss are found to have increased levels of DHT within their body and scalp According to a WebMD article, “Hair follicles sensitive to DHT begin to miniaturize, shortening the lifespan of each hair follicle affected. Eventually, these affected follicles stop producing cosmetically acceptable hair.” Hair loss, thinning and receding hairlines caused by DHT can affect both MTF (usually not on hormones) and FTM (on testosterone).
This proven information has drastically changed the way that medical professionals viewed hair loss, and is the reasoning behind a powerful hair loss solution I found called Profollica. After trying numerous products, I finally found one I personally stand by. I have even had friends, both MTF and FTM, who have tested the product and are beyond happy with their results, which typically appear between 3-6 months. Profollica is all-natural, clinically proven and doctor approved.
Because of the fact that DHT contributes to the slowing down of the hair growth phase, the natural ingredients within Profollica are aimed at inhibiting DHT and allowing your scalp to battle back against the harmful effects that the hormone can have on your hair. DHT can force hair to lose its color, become more brittle, and fall out much faster than it usually would based on aging alone. Reducing the levels of DHT in the scalp has now been proven to be one of the very best ways to prevent hair loss and stimulate hair re-growth. According to Paulina Nelega, MLT, RH, “Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is widely accepted to be the main cause of hair loss, as a great percentage (95 percent) of cases of hair loss are caused by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) production in the follicle of hair.”
While there are other hair loss products that aim at inhibiting DHT levels in the scalp, most of them are either overly expensive, unproven, full of harmful chemicals, or require a doctor’s visit and a prescription in order to purchase. That is where Profollica also proved to be the best choice for me. It contains only all-natural ingredients, is incredibly affordable when compared to other products, and has been proven to bring about positive results when it comes to the health of your hair and reversing hair loss.
DHT does not allow you to stimulate new hair growth and you have to connect with the receptors within your hair follicles to reduce DHT levels in your body overall. Most other promises made by other hair loss products can often prove simply to be a waste of time and money. Trust me!
The potent and natural ingredients of Profollica target the unwanted DHT in your scalp and improve the overall health of your follicles. While it may seem like genetics are to blame for your lack of hair, that doesn’t have to be the case. You now have the opportunity to take control of your head, your scalp, and your hair, and gain back your confidence. Plus, you can take off the hat or the wig! Bonus.
Profollica also has zero side effects. It’s truly a win-win and I give it an A+.
Written by: Tristan Skye
Around ten years ago or so, having facial hair was something more of an embarrassment than something I embraced. I was pre-transitioning, living as “female” and all the bleaching and waxing became more and more a pain in the butt.
I was embarrassed because my natural state of being “hairy” was looked down upon by my female cohorts. Women are supposed to be hairless (society would like to make you think) and I certainly bore my Italian ethnicity…with not much pride.
In attempts to help boost my self esteem, my mother offered to pay for treatments of electrolysis and then, eventually, laser light hair removal. Even with over $1,000 down the drain, I still had facial hair.
A few years later when I came to terms with my gender identity, I was VERY thankful I didn’t kill off all of the hair follicles and there were feisty survivors that remained.
I’m telling my story, because there might be others out there with similar experiences. Some things that were a social taboo living as “female” are now praised as we live as “male”.
I have been blessed in my ability to grow facial hair naturally, yet it is not as thick as I would like and it is not all over my face. I realized some hair follicles were killed in my previous attempts at “hair death” and I shrugged it off for a long time as an, “Oh, well! Atleast they aren’t all dead!.”
In late fall of 2010, I had a friend mention that he was using minoxidil. He had great success applying it to his face twice daily with a Q-tip. I decided to finally give it a try.
At first, I noticed that it seemed to discolor my hair, lightening it. It also made the hair fall out and be thinner at the first few weeks to a month. Then, I noticed a gradual shift forward as the hair seemed to re-thicken back up. Yet, I never experienced any major changes over a period of 4 months or more. I also only applied it once daily.
This morning I was thinking about my past hair removal and decided to do some research on it.
I found out some VERY interesting information!
I read that per square inch of the body you have a minimum of 1,000 hair follicles. The problem is that most of them lay dormant, meaning they stay “asleep” and do not produce hair. When you get electrolysis, they remove an average of 5 – 100 hairs per square inch of active follicles, so even when they are killed, you still have all of those dormant follicles remaining. (read all about it).
I then researched laser light treatment and it stated it only works 80% of the time and usually the hair remains gone for a long period of time, but usually not forever. (read all about it).
I decided to see if there was a way to “awaken” these dormant hair follicles and I found out…there is! (read all about it).
Tamoxifen (generic version known as Nolvadex) is an anti-estrogen steroid.
Now, that is one word that makes my eyebrow raise…steroid? Hmm. It appears that you can buy it as a pill (more pills? ewww!) OR a topical cream (BINGO!). It is primarily used to reduce breast cancer in female patients. (read all about it).
Am I going to try this? I’m not sure. I am not one to “try” things that affect my body until I do plenty of research. My health is #1.
I’m putting this out there for guys just so they know, all we have to do is somehow “awaken” these dormant follicles and PRESTO CHANGO, we can have a full 5 o’clock shadow over time!
Here are some mobile phone photos of me I took this morning showing my chin hair and sideburns.
My sideburns do grow past my earlobes, but I keep them trimmed for a more professional look. I also have hair just below my lower lip.
Leave comments if you find more research!!!
Happy hair growing, fellas! 😉
Written by TRISTAN “SHIMMER” SKYE