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The 6 best hair loss products

Half of men between the ages of 20 and 30 can expect to lose their hair. 100 hairs a day is normal - only when the number is noticeably higher should you start thinking about ways and means of preventing hair loss.

What causes hair loss in men in the first place?

Stress, certain medications, or an insufficient supply of nutrients can be responsible. In men, however, genetic hair loss is usually behind the threat of baldness. “The reason why some men lose their hair and others not has been only partially understood correctly in the last few decades. Scientists have long assumed that too much of the male sex hormone testosterone would be the trigger. Now it has been discovered that it is not testosterone but its breakdown product , the so-called DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the main cause of hair loss ", knows Kevin Murphy, star hairstylist and founder of the hair care brand of the same name.

How do products against hair loss work?

The expert explains the process from full head to baldness as follows: "If DHT accumulates in the hair follicles, they shrink and wither to miniature size. This results in a shorter life cycle for the hair and the new hair now grows back thinner and softer." This is exactly where the majority of new anti-hair loss products come into play. Other products, on the other hand, improve the blood circulation in the scalp and thus the supply of nutrients to the hair roots - for this they use the power of caffeine or essential oils.

We took a very close look at the shampoos and tinctures. We present the most promising of them here. So that you know exactly what you can spend your money on with a clear conscience.

1. Minoxidil is considered to be the most effective remedy for hair loss

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Regaine helps against genetic hair loss

Minoxidil is considered to be the most effective agent to date against hereditary hair loss. "Regaine Men" contains 5 percent of it. The foam must be applied to the scalp twice a day. This is how it works: Minoxidil expands the capillaries of the hair follicle and promotes the blood and nutrient supply. Whoever starts therapy first needs strong nerves. Before hair growth starts again, there is increased hair loss. This so-called shedding shows that the therapy is working. The old hair is shed and the hair follicles are prepared for new hair to grow. It pays to persevere - results will show up after six months. But: As soon as Minoxidil is discontinued, the hair loss starts again. Incidentally, numerous clinical studies have proven that minoxidil works.

"Regaine Men Solution", three bottles of 60 ml each for about 3 months

2. Caffeine hair tonic for hair loss

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The tonic soothes the scalp and promotes hair growth

Power for the hair roots: Shampoos with caffeine against hair loss stimulate the blood circulation after about 2 minutes, but usually only work properly in combination with caffeinated hair lotions. Because only the tincture is able to supply blood to deeper layers of the scalp, so that still active follicles can produce stronger hair, which results in a fuller hair appearance. Unfortunately, many tonics dry out the scalp. Not so with the new "Hybrid Caffeine Liquid" from Alpecin, which even soothes an irritated, itchy scalp and brings it back into balance. Here we have put together the best men's shampoos.

Alpecin "Hybrid Caffeine Liquid", 200 ml

3. Natural remedy for hair loss

Promotes hair growth without hormones

This spray works against hair loss without any hormones. This is made possible by the patented active ingredient MKMS24, which is obtained from lentils, thyme and bamboo. "MKMS24 is able to stimulate the hair directly at the root. At the same time, it enables the anagen hair growth phase to be extended and thus significantly less hair loss and more growth," says the manufacturer's website. Can that work? We were skeptical, but let a colleague test it. It is easy to use. For the first 4 weeks, 6 splashes should be applied to the affected areas twice a day. After that only once a day - ideally immediately after washing. The manufacturer recommends using a silicone-free shampoo so that the serum can penetrate the scalp as well as possible and develop its full potential. And what's the point? With our tester nothing at all for 4 weeks. After that, the hair loss decreased noticeably and after 6 weeks, more and more small baby hairs grew in the hereditary receding hairline. After 2 months the corners are visibly full. We stay tuned and order a second pack. With the recommended intensity of use, a bottle lasts about 3 months. So just under 50 euros a month.

"Tonic Spray" by Natucain, 100 ml, for 149 euros.

4. Hair growth spray

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The spray stops DHT, which causes hair loss

This anti-hair loss spray stops the accumulation of DHT in the hair follicles. At the same time, according to the manufacturer, it uses Biotinyl-GHK, a tripeptide - women may know the active ingredient from eyelash serums, which make the hairs grow thicker and fuller.

In order for this to work with the head, the spray must remain permanently on the scalp for the first 14 days. In plain language: spray on daily at the beginning and after 2 weeks only after every hair wash. If you only wash your hair every other day, you only have to use the spray that often.

Kevin Murphy "THICK.AGAIN", 100 ml

5. Scalp serum for fuller hair

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The serum stimulates dormant follicles to produce hair

If your hair loss is just starting, L'Oréal Professionell has an adequate solution: The serum "Serioxyl Denser Hair" contains 5 percent Stemoxydine and, according to the manufacturer, improves hair density in just 6 weeks by stimulating the dormant follicles to produce hair . In order for this to work, the tincture should be put into the scalp and the roots of dry hair twice a day. Tip: Massage the scalp well afterwards. This promotes blood circulation and thus also stimulates hair growth.

L'Oréal Professionell by "Serioxyl Denser Hair", 90 ml

6. Hairdressing care for noticeably thicker hair

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Nioxin ensures thicker hair

Hair needs a healthy breeding ground to grow. "The scalp is an extension of the facial skin and therefore requires the same intensive attention and care," explains Kerstin Meyer-Lipp, Head of Research and Development at Wella Care & Styling. "Most people concentrate mainly on their hair in their daily care routine and neglect the scalp. Targeted treatment of the scalp, however, is fundamental for healthy hair growth and should always be the focus of the desire for beautiful, vital hair." That is why the manufacturer Wella has developed "Nioxin". The system care is available in 6 different versions: tailored to the hair density, texture and the condition of the scalp. Therefore, it is better not to buy just any variant, but rather seek advice from a trained hairdresser in advance on which variant is best. Each set consists of shampoo, conditioner and leave-in scalp care. What they all have in common: They promise thicker (attention, no more) hair in 4 weeks. By the way: This is how a hair transplant works

"Nioxin" System 2 starter set

Yes, it's scary when the head slowly thins out. But don't let that stress you out. That only makes matters worse. It is better to use one of the presented products at the first signs and hopefully the problem will be superfluous before it gets really serious.

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