Is Your Dad Going Bald?
My father purchased Rogaine one day to help conceal that ominous bald spot looming on the crown of his scalp. He jumped for joy when he looked in the mirror one morning and saw those first few fuzzes of hair growing back out of his shiny smooth scalp. But his joy turned to ash in his mouth when the side-effects came on. His eyelids grew sandbags overnight. Crow’s feet scratched at the corner of his eyes. Wrinkles besieged his brow. My father aged nearly a decade over a month.
In the end, my father gave up on Rogaine and his dreams of a lush head of hair along with it. The side effects were just too cruel for such an insecure middle-aged man dealing with the throes of his ever-deteriorating life. The prominent regenerative hair ingredient in Rogaine, as you all know, is minoxidil.
Are You Going Bald?
For the longest time now, minoxidil has led the regenerative hair care market, but recently, a newcomer has risen through the ranks. Stemoxydine. This synthetic substance designed by scientists at L’Oréal has evinced a 4% increase in hair density on patients treated with a 5% solution of stemoxydine daily over the course of ninety days.
Aside from the intended effects of promoting hair regeneration and preventing further hair loss, stemoxydine users have complained of light headaches ranging anywhere from a dull soreness above the temples to mild migraines. The most prevalent complaint amongst users however, is stemoxydine’s lack of efficacy. E.g. the Kerastase Densifique Hair Density Programme, which makes use of stemoxydine 5%, has a number of reviews at one star from some very irate customers who saw no results at all.
The Problem with Minoxidil
Many of the indignant stemoxydine users admonish the stuff as snake oil. The expensive material costs nearly $500 before manufacturers claim the substance will produce visible results. However, as many as there are who claim that stemoxydine is nothing more than a bucket of hogwash, there are just as many who claim that stemoxydine is a godsend to those struggling with the plight of minoxidil side effects.
Those familiar with minoxidil may know that while it does provide serious results in hair regeneration, the side effects are especially nasty. Minoxidil side effects range from oozing pores, severe acne, burning sensations, intense itching, etc. Many minoxidil users have complained about dark circles under their eyes, enlarged pores, and a general haggard appearance. Minoxidil may confidently restore hair, but reversing an aged face is an entirely different story.
Fortunately, users note that the side-effects of minoxidil tend to disappear after several weeks of disuse. But minoxidil does regenerate hair. Even miraculously so. In comparison, stemoxydine works at a snail’s pace to this potion of hair restoration.
Stemoxydine Has the Solution
But stemoxydine does work. Tested at the Parisian Sabouraud center in a double blind vs placebo study on 101 men between the ages of 18 and 55, patients applied a 5% stemoxydine solution once a day to affected areas, and at the end of three months, patients on stemoxydine saw an average increase of 4% in hair density, which averages at around 1,700 new hairs, while patients on the placebo saw no growth at all.
4% may not seem like a significant improvement, but it is still quite a visible cosmetic improvement to one’s countenance. Furthermore, it’s been an extremely long time since a new clinically proven regenerative hair care product arrived on the market. So although it’s not the miracle cure that cueballs have been searching for, stemoxydine is still far from being the nefarious snake oil that some people believe.
For the majority of stemoxydine users, consumers of the product have noticed no major side effects—save the headaches. Users will often note a warm sensation on areas where stemoxydine is applied. Some describe the sensation as �the stuff working like magic.’
How Does Stemoxydine Work?
The regenerative mechanisms in stemoxydine make use of relatively new innovations in stem cell research. For quite some time, the fact that hair grows and then later falls out has been common knowledge; however, the idea that scientists can stimulate the cellular process responsible for growing hair into activity again is a relatively novel concept. The active molecule in stemoxydine is “diethyl pyridine dicarboxylate,” and diethyl pyridine dicarboxylate creates an anaerobic environment in the derma papilla to target stem cells. This oxygen-free environment increases the lifespan of hair cells and causes dormant hair cells to re-enter the anagen phase. And the anagen phase is when hair grows.
Unlike the vast majority of regenerative hair care products that only target hair that’s already visible on your head, stemoxydine targets hair follicles that are lying dormant in your scalp. This wakes up those hibernating hair cells so that they can start growing once again.
Who Uses Stemoxydine?
There are a variety of factors that contribute to receding hairlines and thinning hair. Many causes of baldness that stemoxydine can counteract include pregnancies, poor diets, hormone imbalance, elevated levels of stress, etc. Many women are concerned about a decrease in hair volume that can cause them to appear more elderly. Fortunately, stemoxydine alleviates hair thinning and reverses signs of aging in one’s hairline.
But what about side-effects? What concerns should prospective stemoxydine consumers have? That’s the beauty of stemoxydine. On one hand, you have minoxidil, a drug that’s used to treat high blood pressure in oral form and applied topically to the skin to treat certain specific types of baldness. No wonder there’s going to be some very severe side effects. On the other hand, these very severe side-effects found in minoxidil products like Rogaine or Equate are virtually non-existent in stemoxydine.
Should You Use Stemoxydine?
Stemoxydine users say that the product smells like luxury, lathers wonderfully in their scalp, and provides fantastic results. Although the price tag may be a pretty penny, the value of beauty can only be commensurate to the expense.
I think I’ll get my dad some Vichy’s Dercos Neogenic Hair Renewal Treatment for Father’s Day. It’s only $105.00 a box on Amazon.
If you want the best for your shrinking hair, don’t settle for less.