Ask an Expert: Can I Combine Hair Growth Treatments

Combining hair loss treatments with Happy Head can get you the best hair growth results. Try combining your hair loss solutions today.

If you’ve been dealing with hair loss, you may have gone down a research rabbit hole to find treatment options. And, if you’re confused by all of the choices out there, you’re not alone. There are so many! Do you have to choose just one, or can you mix and match different hair growth treatments? Are two or three formulas more effective than one? Are side effects more likely? Since so many customers were asking the same questions, we asked our expert, Dr. Ben Behnam, renowned dermatologist and co-founder of Happy Head hair growth treatments, his opinion. Here’s what he tells patients when they ask, “Can I combine hair growth treatments?”

Your Hair Growth Treatment Options: Oral and Topical

Before we answer frequently asked questions about combining medications, let’s talk about the options out there. First, it’s no secret that there plenty of over-the-counter (OTC) hair loss foams, creams, and supplements are out there. Are they just as good as prescription medications? While many OTC hair loss products include tested and proven ingredients, prescription medications are available in higher doses. For example, Minoxidil is available OTC in 2 and 5 percent liquids and foams. You’ll need a prescription, though, to get higher eight or ten percent topical dosages, 

Then, there’s the oral versus topical debate. Which to use often comes down to personal preference. Topical medications have been proven to be equally as effective as oral medications when used at recommended dosages. 

Since topicals aren’t ingested, systemic side effects aren’t typically an issue. If irritation becomes an issue, cortisone or switching to a liposomal formula should solve the problem. Topicals with a liposomal base release medication into the hair follicles gradually, minimizing potential side effects. People concerned about sexual side effects associated with Finasteride, Dutasteride, and other DHT blockers may prefer topicals. 

People who don’t want to apply liquids or creams a couple of times a day may prefer oral pills. Orals are an easy-to-take, no-mess option. Since they are ingested, however, they can cause systemic side effects. 

Benefits of Combining Topical and Oral Medications for Hair Growth

Let’s circle back to where we started. Can you combine topical and oral medications? The answer is, “yes.” 

Dr. Ben likes to call this technique “sandwiching.” Sandwiching by mixing topical and oral hair loss medications helps attack hair loss from multiple angles. Here’s how it works:

Start With Minoxidil

Minoxidil is a vasodilator. That’s a fancy way to say that it widens your blood vessels, increasing oxygen, nutrients, and growth factors. Topical Minoxidil is absorbed into your skin and penetrates the epidermis to reach the hair follicles. Ingested oral Minoxidil works similarly to topical but can affect other blood vessels in your body, too, since it’s systemic. Both topical and oral Minoxidil affect your hair growth cycle. Minoxidil shortens the resting phase when hair stops growing, falls out, and kicks more hair follicles into the growth phase. The result is less hair loss and longer hair growth. 

So, for the sake of this article, let’s say that you read that 61 to 100 percent of patients with androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss) who took 0.25 to 0.5 milligrams of oral Minoxidil saw significant improvement. (01) And you decide to give oral Minoxidil a try. What else can you use to treat your hair loss?

Add a DHT Blocker

DHT is the villain that causes androgenetic alopecia by attaching to your hair follicle’s receptors and signaling them to shrink. When that happens, the follicles produce thinner and shorter hair strands. Over time, the weak follicles may stop producing hair altogether. Enter DHT blockers. 

DHT blockers are medications that prevent testosterone from converting to a hormone called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT for short). The most well-known DHT blockers are Finasteride and Dutasteride. Finasteride selectively inhibits type II 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. Targeting this enzyme can help slow down hair loss. Dutasteride inhibits both type 1 and type II of the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme. Because it’s more broad spectrum, it can be more effective at reducing DHT levels in some people, especially those who do not get the desired response from Finasteride. 

Finasteride and Dutasteride are both available orally and topically. Since you’ve already decided to take oral Minoxidil and may not want to take too many systemic medications simultaneously, you can choose to use topical Finsteride or Dutasteride simultaneously.

Note: Looking to get an extra boost out of your DHT blocker? As long as your dermatologist is on board, you can use the same oral and topical DHT blocker, including Finasteride and Dutsteride, simultaneously.

Spironolactone is Another Option for Women

Spironolactone is another type of DHT blocker. It stops the effects of the hormone aldotestosterone that is produced in the adrenal glands. It also blocks DHT, which makes it a popular androgenetic alopecia treatment. Oral Spironolactone is usually only prescribed to women since it can cause breast enlargement. Topical is safe and effective for both men and women. Research indicates that Spironolactone’s efficacy improves when combined with Minoxidil. (02) So, if you’re looking for a treatment to pair up with Minoxidil, Sprionlactone may be a good option.   

Creating a Hair Growth Treatment That Works for You

There isn’t one surefire treatment that works across the board for everyone. Hair loss treatments can be combined in many different ways, and it may take some experimenting to see which combo works best for you. Here are some tips that will help you throughout your hair regrowth journey:

  • Start with a personalized treatment plan. A board-certified dermatologist can evaluate your hair loss and recommend the right medications for you. 
  • Track your progress by taking photos around the same time each month. Your regimen can be adjusted as needed.
  • Manage your stress. Hair is sensitive to your overall well-being. Both short-term and chronic stress can affect your tresses. Go for a walk, listen to your favorite song, get a massage, talk to a therapist… do whatever it takes to keep your head in the right place. 
  • Eat well. Your hair gets its nutrients from your body. The better you feed your body, the healthier your hair will be. 
  • Take care of your hair. Use gentle shampoo and conditioner, avoid heat styling, and get regular trims. 

Let’s recap. Not only can hair growth treatments be combined, it’s often recommended. Since the most effective hair loss treatments are only available by prescription, you’ll need to consult with a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. Both oral and topical medications are equally as effective. Depending upon your medical history and personal preferences, you may have some flexibility with the type of hair loss medication you choose. Common combinations are Minoxidil with some type of DHT blocker. Oral and topical DHT blockers can often be used at the same time as well. 

If you’re looking for help with your treatment plan, look no further. Happy Head is here to help. Our hair growth specialists, licensed dermatologists located in every state, are available to review your case and make recommendations. You can get customized formulas delivered directly to your front door. Have any questions? Get in touch. We’re here to support you on your hair growth journey. 





Get Healthier, Fuller, Thicker Hair. Your Fall Hair Care Guide.

Mature mother and daughter embrace outside in front of bright flowering tree. It is summer, they are both wearing trendy sunglasses and smiling.

Long, hot summer days are about to make way for crisp fall air. It’s time to transition from bathing suits and vacations to back-to-school shopping, football season, and hayrides. Here’s something that may not be on your radar, though. The transition from warmer weather to cooler temps can affect your hair’s growth cycle. Is it time to switch up your hair care routine? Need to give your hair some extra TLC? Find out how your hair changes during the transition from summer to fall and what you can do to get healthier, fuller, thicker hair. Your fall hair care guide is here!

What Happens to Your Hair in the Fall?

Do you know how people say your hair grows faster in the summer? It’s not just an old wives’ tale. It’s true! A small sample of men was tracked for a year. During that time, researchers found that the number of hair follicles in the growth cycle peaked in March. In August and September, the least amount of hair follicles were in the growth stage. Not only that, the amount of hair shed more than doubled that of the previous winter. (01) So how can you offset the natural loss and keep your hair on top of its game? Here are some things you can do.


As summer’s heat and humidity are replaced by cooler air, you may find that your hair gets dry and frizzy. That means it’s time to swap your summer hair care products for more moisturizing and hydrating ones. Check the ingredients on your shampoo and conditioner bottles. You’ll want products that are sulfate-free and enriched with natural oils to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. Fall is also the perfect time for deep conditioning treatments. Hair masks or natural oils, including coconut oil, argan oil, and olive oil bases, can help bring the shine back to damaged hair. 

Keep It Cool

Sure, nothing feels better than a hot shower on a chilly day but think twice before using steamy hot water. Hot water can strip your hair’s natural oils, causing dryness and breakage. Use warm or cool water instead, especially when rinsing your hair. Cooler water helps maintain your hair’s natural moisture levels and promotes a healthier scalp. Think twice about heat styling, too. Excessive heat from hair dryers, flat irons, and curlers can lead to breakage and split ends. Consider embracing your hair’s natural texture instead. Is heat styling unavoidable? Use a heat protectant so there’s a barrier between your hair and your heat tool. 

Get Regular Trims

Haircuts don’t affect your hair’s growth cycle but can help your hair’s overall health and make it look healthier. Trimming your hair every six to eight weeks can help prevent split ends from moving down the hair shaft and creating further damage. You may even have fun experimenting with a few new looks along the way. 

Protect Your Hair From The Elements

Weather can be unpredictable in the fall. You never know when winds will blow through or if rain will dampen your day. Stylish hats, scarves, and hair-friendly accessories can save the day by protecting your tresses from environmental damage. Careful not to use anything tight, though. Tight ponytail holders, barrettes, and headbands can cause breakage, which is what you’re trying to avoid.   

Nourish From the Inside Out

Did you know that your diet can affect your hair’s appearance? Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of protein. Protein feeds keratin, which is your hair’s main building block. Foods like free-range eggs and poultry, fish, nuts, fruit, and leafy greens provide essential nutrients for thick, silky locks. Hair growth supplements may help if your hair is thinning or seems lackluster. Look for ingredients like biotin, collagen, and saw palmetto that help your hair grow stronger and faster. 

Consider Scalp Massages

Ever had your hair washed at a salon or barber shop and gotten a bonus scalp massage? If so, you know how relaxing scalp massages can be. Even better, scalp massages may support hair health and growth too. Almost 70 percent of over 300 people who did scalp massages for 11 to 20 minutes daily for almost six months reported less hair loss or growth. (02) Researchers believe the improvement may be due to improved circulation. Not only that, massages reduce stress which can contribute to hair loss. So, why not give it a try? Simply use your fingertips to gently massage in circular motions. Free and easy to do!

Check Out the Latest Gadgets

Curious about the latest tools available to help your hair grow faster and thicker this fall? You’ve come to the right place. Let’s start with the dermaroller. Dermarollers are small, hand-held rollers with a bunch of tiny needles embedded in the roller. The needles create microscopic divots that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Like scalp massages, dermarollers also increase the blood supply to your hair follicles. That enlarges the follicles so new growth can emerge. The Gua Sha combs you may have seen on TikTok have a similar effect. The combs, made out of natural elements such as jade, look like other combs, but have extra thick, wide teeth. Rather than making small wounds on the scalp, Gua Sha massages the scalp to increase circulation. Want to give it a try? Use a little oil and very gently massage the oil into your scalp with the comb.  

Keep Tabs on Your Hair Loss

Is your hair loss seasonal or due to a factor that needs more attention? If you’re not sure, there’s never a downside to consulting with a licensed dermatologist. You’ll get peace of mind if they don’t find anything significant. If it turns out that you’re experiencing male or female pattern baldness or another type of alopecia, the earlier you get treated, the more likely you’ll have a successful outcome. Don’t have a dermatologist on speed dial? Feeling insecure about asking questions in person? We’ve got you covered. Reach out to one of Happy Head’s board-certified dermatologists and hair specialists. We can help you discern between a typical amount of hair loss for the time of year and what’s not. If you need treatment, we can help with that too. 

Fall into Fuller, Thicker Hair

Sure, we tend to lose more hair in autumn than during other times of the year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight mother nature… and win. Switching up your hair care products, moisturizing, eating well, and seeking professional help if you have specific hair loss concerns are just a few of the things that you can do to keep your hair in top condition this fall. Now, pumpkin spice latte, anyone?

Want more tips and tricks for healthy hair growth and home maintenance? Follow us @hihappyhead to get the latest. 





Do Scalp Dermarollers Really Stimulate Hair Growth?

Health and beauty enthusiasts are always looking for innovative solutions for flawless skin and luscious locks. Enter the game-changing dermaroller! This revolutionary device has taken the skincare world by storm by stimulating collagen production and boosting the absorption of skincare products. These tools can revitalize skin, but do scalp dermarollers really stimulate hair growth?  

What is a dermaroller? 

Dermarollers, also known as microneedle rollers or microneedling devices, have gained popularity as a potential tool for obtaining softer, more radiant skin. However, dermarollers also show promising results for stimulating hair growth and improving overall hair health. 

When rolled over the affected area, these convenient handheld devices create microscopic wounds (micro-injuries) on the scalp using hundreds of tiny needles. This process is called microneedling. And while it may sound counter-intuitive, causing little injuries on the scalp results in healthier hair through the following ways. 

Reducing Inflammation

Many hair loss conditions are associated with inflammation of the scalp, which can contribute to hair shedding. For example, scalp psoriasis, folliculitis, and alopecia areata are three conditions that result in hair loss due to inflamed hair follicles. Microneedling helps inflammation-induced hair loss by triggering the body’s anti-inflammatory response. (01)

As the skin heals, the inflammatory cells that cause scalp inflammation are cleared away, and the healing process encourages a healthier environment for hair growth. Furthermore, microneedling can reinforce the absorption of anti-inflammatory topical products. After the procedure, the microchannels created by the needles allow for better penetration of these products into the scalp. This means that anti-inflammatory serums or medications can reach deeper layers of the skin and offer more effective outcomes. 

Encouraging Blood Circulation

The small microchannels caused by dermarollers on the scalp trigger the body’s natural healing response. This process stimulates blood flow to the scalp, bringing in essential nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles. In turn, the increased circulation nourishes the hair follicles, promoting scalp vitality and stronger hair growth. 

This enhanced circulation also helps in the removal of waste products and toxins from the scalp, leading to a more stable and healthier environment for hair growth. Moreover, the maximized circulation can awaken dormant hair follicles, encouraging them to enter the active growth phase and promoting the regrowth of thinning or lost hair. Additionally, increased blood flow may help in delivering topical hair growth products more effectively to the hair follicles, amplifying their benefits.

Increasing Collagen and Growth Factors

Microneedling using dermarollers stimulates the production of collagen and various growth factors in the scalp. Collagen and keratin are crucial proteins that help maintain the structural integrity of hair follicles.  With increased collagen and keratin levels, the hair follicles become stronger and more resilient, reducing hair breakage and promoting healthier hair growth. 

Growth factors also play a role in signaling cellular activities, including hair growth. Dermarollers boost growth factors, and the presence of these substances aids in creating a favorable environment for hair follicle regeneration.  Growth factors such as platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and insulin-like growth factor (IGF).  These growth factors play pivotal roles in the proliferation and regeneration of cells, which can lead to the rejuvenation of hair follicles and the promotion of new hair growth.

For example, a 12-week study found that 82% of people who use microneedling along with hair growth topicals found a 50% improvement in hair growth. In comparison, only 4.5% of participants who solely used topicals saw hair growth within 12 weeks. This result indicates that microneedling using dermarollers helps to produce hair growth results faster. (02)

Better Absorption of Topical Products

The microchannels created by a dermaroller deepen the absorption of topical hair growth products, such as minoxidil or hair growth serums. These products can penetrate deeper into the scalp, reaching the hair follicles more effectively, thus increasing their efficacy. The scalp’s natural barrier, known as the stratum corneum, can limit the absorption of some topicals. However, the microneedling process temporarily disrupts this barrier, facilitating greater absorption of the active ingredients. 

A study of participants with treatment-resistant androgenetic alopecia found that treatment satisfaction was higher when combined with microneedling procedures. (03) When hair growth serums, minoxidil, or other hair care solutions are applied immediately after using the dermaroller, these products can reach deeper layers of the skin through the microchannels. This intensified penetration allows the active ingredients in the topical products to directly reach the hair follicles and the underlying scalp tissue, maximizing their effectiveness. 

Activation of Dormant Hair Follicles 

As stated earlier, dermarollers may also help activate dormant or inactive hair follicles, leading to new hair growth in areas with hair thinning or hair loss. Dermarollers have shown promise in activating dormant hair follicles, leading to renewed hair growth in areas where hair thinning or hair loss has occurred. The micro-injuries caused by a dermaroller stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing response, which can also awaken inactive hair follicles.

When hair follicles become dormant, they enter an extended resting phase, leading to hair thinning and reduced hair growth. Microneedling with dermarollers induces a series of cellular responses, including increased blood flow, the release of growth factors, and the activation of stem cells. These factors collectively create an environment conducive to hair follicle reawakening.

Which Dermaroller Should I Buy?

Happy Head is proud to launch a scalp dermaroller developed by our world-renowned hair loss pioneers: Dr. Ben Behnam and Dr. Sean Behnam. Dr. Sean & Ben Behnam recommend scalp dermarollers at a length of 0.25mm. This is the optimal length to help stimulate hair growth and boost the effects of prescription topical hair growth treatment.

According to Dr. Ben Benham, “When dermarolling, you don’t have to go very deep to get results. I recommend just 0.25, which is very shallow. Many people read online that a 1.5 depth is recommended, but in my opinion, that’s too deep. Nobody needs a roller that strong. Rollers with needles that are too long hurt, and they can damage the hair follicle. You certainly don’t want to damage areas where your hair is thinning or balding.” Happy Head’s dermarollers incorporate this needle length into their design, as well as: 

  • Medical-grade 0.25mm microneedles
  • A sleek, minimalist matte style
  • A case to keep the product clean (after sanitizing) when stored 
  • No-slip grip and sturdy design for safe application

Unlike dermarollers you may find at a drugstore or beauty shop, Happy Head’s scalp dermarollers are medical-grade and meant to last. With Happy Head’s dermaroller, you know you’re getting a quality and effective dermaroller that’s developed with hair growth in mind. 

Are Dermarollers Safe to Use? 

If you’re wondering if a scalp dermaroller is safe, the answer is a resounding “yes.” A 2022 study published in the journal Dermatology and Therapy found that out of 657 subjects who underwent microneedling for hair loss, none reported any adverse effects. Although the microneedling process causes microscopic injuries to the skin, these wounds are small, superficial, and temporary. (04

Scalp dermarollers are so safe they can be used in the comfort of your own home! The key is to keep the dermaroller moving, never keeping the roller in one place for too long. In addition, using a dermatologist-recommended dermaroller can also reduce any risk for complications and ensure effective results.

How to Use Dermarollers

When using a scalp dermaroller, the words to remember are “gentle” and “clean.” Because you’re working with hundreds of microscopic needles, it’s best to use the product with a gentle touch, never staying in one spot too long. 

Use your dermaroller once or twice a week or as directed by your hair specialist. 

  1. Always start with a clean scalp and hair to avoid infection.
  2. Roll very gently over areas you’re experiencing hair loss in alternating directions for 2 to 5 minutes. Never remain in one area for a prolonged period.
  3. Afterward, apply your Happy Head custom topical solution and gently massage the product into your scalp.

Easy cleaning instructions are included within the packaging of each Happy Head dermaroller. To clean the device, soak it in a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol between uses. Then dry thoroughly and store in the carrying case.

Add Happy Head’s Scalp Dermaroller to Your Hair Loss Arsenal

When combatting hair loss, you need all the help you can get. Happy Head’s scalp dermaroller is an evidence-based scalp enhancement tool that improves your scalp and boosts the effectiveness of any hair growth topicals. Whether you’re dealing with hair shedding from androgenetic alopecia or inflammation-induced hair loss from folliculitis, start using Happy Head’s dermaroller along with your prescribed hair loss treatment to revitalize your scalp and start regrowing your hair faster. 







Now Available! Groundbreaking Topical Liposomal Finasteride & Minoxidil Formula

If you’ve used prescription topical hair loss medications in the past, you know they pack a punch. The doses are higher than what’s available over the counter, making them that much more effective. But, there’s a catch. Some people find the liquid formula a little tricky to use. Foams stick to hair strands but don’t necessarily make their way to the scalp, which is where the medicine needs to go. And until now, Happy Head’s prescription topicals were only available in liquid formulas applied with a dropper. Effective? Yes. Drip-free? Not exactly. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our groundbreaking topical liposomal Finasteride and Minoxidil formula. 

What’s In It?

Happy Head’s newest formula contains .3 percent Finasteride and eight percent Minoxidil in a liposomal base. The creamy, soothing base penetrates the scalp yet keeps the active ingredients in the top layer of the epidermis. This offers two benefits. First, it allows the medication to reach hair follicles. Secondly, it prevents the medication from moving into the bloodstream and reduces the chances of potential side effects. (01)

How it Works

Happy Head’s topical liposomal Finasteride & Minoxidil formula is for men and women with androgenic alopecia, known outside the medical field as male and female pattern hair loss. Androgenic alopecia occurs when naturally occurring testosterone converts to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and builds up in the scalp. DHT kicks the hair growth cycle into a resting state, where hair stops growing and eventually falls out. When this happens, it’s a game of beat-the-clock to keep the shrinking hair follicles viable so new hair can grow. Liposomal Finasteride and Minoxidil formula targets the scalp directly, blocking DHT, and allowing for thicker, healthier hair. 

Easy, Mess-free Application

Use liposomal Finasteride and Minoxidil as you would apply a hair cream. The formula comes in an airless pump bottle. The simple pump design measures out just the right amount. Pump, apply, and rub it in. Easy peasy. The formula is thick enough so it stays in place. No dripping or running down your face. 

Is Topical Liposomal Hair Loss Treatment for You?

Pills, liquids, creams… when it comes to treatment for your hair loss, you have options. A lot of them. So, how do you decide if our new liposomal treatment is right for you? Here’s a quick rundown:

Oral Hair Loss Medications 

Pros: Both Minoxidil and Finasteride are available in pill forms. They’re easy to take and usually only require low dosages once daily to treat hair loss. 

Cons: Minoxidil increases blood flow to your scalp, while Finasteride is a DHT blocker. Dermatologists typically prescribe both to patients with male or female pattern baldness. That means taking two separate pills. Pills are also absorbed systemically into the bloodstream which means that there’s a higher potential for side effects than topical hair loss medications.


Pros: Available over-the-counter

Cons: Minoxidil foam available without a prescription does not contain Finasteride and is only available in two and five-percent formulas. More difficult to apply than people realize. Just because the foam is on your hair, doesn’t mean it’s reaching your scalp. 


Pros: Easily reaches the scalp and can be customized to include desired percentages of each medication.

Cons: May be difficult to apply since liquids are applied with a dropper and can be runny.

Liposomal Formula

Pros: Creamy formula is easy to apply. It works directly on the scalp and has been found to be effective. (02) To date, no other company has made this particular formula available. 

Cons: More expensive than the other options.

Seeing Results

We’ve known for a while now that topical Finasteride is as effective as oral and is less likely to cause undesirable side effects such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. (03) Does the cream formula work as well as the liquid formula, though? Initial studies are promising. When the liposomal formula was tested on a small sample of 30 men and 30 women with androgenic alopecia, the results were favorable, especially among women. Hair count significantly increased for women after six months of treatment. Both groups had a significant increase in anagen hair (new hair in the growth phase) and a decrease in telogen hair (resting state when hair falls out) within one to three months. (04)

Regrow Your Hair in a Year

Patients usually start to see new hair growth in three to six months. Growing hair is a process, though. It can take up to a year to see the full results. After all, according to the Trichological Society, your hair grows about .5 to 1.7 centimeters per month. (05) Not seeing much progress? Your hair is probably growing more than you realize. Taking photos on the same date each month and comparing them over time will give you a more realistic idea of the changes your hair is undergoing. 

Have questions? Ready to place an order? We’ve got you covered. 

First, it’s time for an online consultation. Contact us, and let us know you’re interested in trying our new liposomal formula. One of our board-certified dermatologists will review your medical history and ensure that topical liposomal Finasteride and Minoxidil do the trick for your hair loss. If not, we’ll make other recommendations based on your hair’s condition and needs. 


Now, get this. Renowned dermatologist and Happy Head Co-founder Dr. Ben Behnam is available to answer your questions about hair loss or medications available to regrow your hair. The Q&A session is completely free. Use this link to sign up for Dr. Ben’s Ask Me Anything Series that’s coming up in August. To get an idea of what types of questions people ask and how the sessions work, check out our previous episodes on YouTube. What foods will make your hair healthier and shinier? Are certain shampoos better than others? Tune in and get your questions answered. 










The Breakdown of Collagen & Hair Growth

The more you know about hair growth, the better prepared you'll be to treat hair loss. We'll explain why collagen is important in the hair regrowth process.

You’ve probably heard about collagen. Flip through a magazine or watch an ad for beauty products, and you’ll find a slew of references about collagen’s ability to improve the skin. Collagen works miracles for the skin, making it supple and elastic. But did you know collagen can also boost hair growth? 

What Is Collagen? 

To be clear, hair strands do not contain collagen. Hair is primarily composed of a protein called keratin, which is different from collagen. Keratin is a hard, fibrous protein that forms the structural building blocks of hair, nails, and the outer layer of the skin. (01)

Collagen, on the other hand, is a collection of proteins found in connective tissue like skin and cartilage. These proteins are so abundant that a third of all the protein in the human body is some type of collagen. Internal organs, skin, tendons, parts of our bones, lymph tissue, hair, and nails either contain or rely on collagen for their sturdiness and elasticity. 

How Does Collagen Affect Hair Growth?

So while collagen is not a component of the hair shaft itself, it does contain the amino acids essential for keratin production. By providing the necessary building blocks for keratin, collagen is important for stronger and healthier hair. Simmer a pot of soup bones for a few hours, then let the contents cool. A gelatinous film would form on the top, which would consist primarily of collagen. It’s this collagen that gives bones, cartilage, and tendons their bounce and resilience. It’s also essential for healthy hair. 

In addition, collagen also keeps hair follicles- which are responsible for producing new hair strands – healthy. Collagen ensures a robust scalp by promoting blood circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles. It’s collagen that helps ensure hair follicles have the ability to follow the natural growth cycle of hair. 

Does Supplementing Collagen Help With Hair Growth?

Some studies suggest that collagen supplementation may have positive effects on hair health. In one particular study, participants experiencing a hair loss condition called telogen effluvium were administered collagen-focused nutritional supplements. These participants saw a marked improvement in hair density after 16 weeks of supplementation. (02, 03)

It’s important to note that individual responses to collagen supplements may vary. Factors such as overall diet, lifestyle, and underlying health conditions can influence the effectiveness of collagen supplementation for hair growth. In general, though, collagen supplements can ensure that the body obtains the collagen necessary to maintain and improve hair growth. 

How to Add Collagen to Your Diet

Fortunately, you can add collagen to your diet by incorporating a variety of collagen-rich foods. You can also consume nutrients that assist your body in boosting its ability to manufacture collagen. The following are ways to change your diet to boost your collagen:

1. Eat Collagen-Containing Foods

One of the simplest ways to increase your collagen intake is by consuming foods naturally rich in this vital protein. Opt for collagen-rich sources such as bone broth, chicken, fish, and other lean meats. These foods provide amino acids necessary for collagen production, supporting hair growth and reducing hair loss.

2. Use Collagen Supplements

In conjunction with diet changes, you can also obtain more collagen through collagen supplements. Collagen supplements are available in various forms, including powders, capsules, and liquid formulas. They offer a convenient way to increase your collagen intake, promoting healthy hair growth. When choosing a supplement, opt for high-quality products that contain hydrolyzed collagen, as it’s better absorbed by the body.

3. Eat More Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a significant role in collagen synthesis and absorption. Including vitamin C-rich foods in your diet can enhance collagen production, thereby benefiting your hair follicles and strands. Citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, and leafy greens are excellent sources of vitamin C that can be easily incorporated into your meals. 

4. Stock Up On Amino Acid-Rich Foods

If proteins like collagen were words, amino acids would be the letters that form the words. Amino acids help the body break down food, grow and repair tissue, and boost the immune system. They also help manufacture collagen. Consuming foods rich in amino acids can help you grow healthy hair. Include foods such as eggs, dairy products, legumes, and nuts in your diet to ensure an adequate intake of amino acids necessary for adequate hair growth. (04)

5. Go for Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants are vital for protecting hair follicles from damage caused by free radicals. Therefore, incorporating antioxidant-rich foods can help maintain the health and integrity of your hair. Berries, dark chocolate, spinach, and green tea are excellent sources of antioxidants that can be included in your daily diet.

6. Work in the Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in maintaining the integrity of collagen fibers, thereby supporting healthy skin and hair. Furthermore, these Omega-3 fatty acids possess anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate inflammation in the hair follicles and promote an ideal environment for hair growth. To support healthy hair growth, incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish (salmon, mackerel), walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. (05)

Eat a Balanced Diet

In addition to specific collagen-rich foods, it’s vital to maintain a well-balanced diet that provides essential nutrients for overall hair health. Include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats in your meals. A balanced diet ensures that your body receives the necessary nutrients to support collagen production and maintain healthy hair.

While hair loss can be influenced by various factors, incorporating collagen into your diet can be a beneficial strategy to support healthy hair growth and combat hair loss. By consuming collagen-rich foods, taking collagen supplements, and ensuring an adequate intake of necessary nutrients, you can enhance collagen synthesis in your body, promote hair strength, and improve the overall health of your hair. 

Gelatin Versus Collagen

When it comes to promoting hair growth, gelatin and collagen supplements are often considered as potential solutions. While both substances come from animal sources and have similarities, there are some key differences in their composition and affect on  hair health.

Gelatin contains collagen, but it is not the same. Gelatin’s a protein-rich substance obtained by boiling animal tissues, such as bones and skin. It contains high amounts of collagen, which is the main structural protein found in the connective tissues of animals. 

In terms of hair growth, both gelatin and collagen supplements can provide essential amino acids, such as proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline, which are crucial for the production of keratin—the protein that forms the structure of hair. These amino acids play a vital role in maintaining healthy hair follicles and promoting hair growth.

One notable difference between gelatin and collagen supplements lies in their preparation and usage. Gelatin is commonly used in cooking and food preparation, as it solidifies when cooled and adds thickness and texture to various dishes. It can be consumed in the form of desserts, gummies, or added to soups and stews. 

Collagen supplements, on the other hand, are available in powder or capsule form and are primarily intended for nutritional supplementation. These supplements generally offer a higher concentration of collagen protein compared to gelatin. This increased potency may provide more substantial benefits for hair growth. Collagen supplements are also typically more refined and undergo processing that results in a higher bioavailability, meaning the body can use it more readily than gelatin. 

Nutrients for Your Hair by Happy Head

You can’t go wrong by consuming a varied, healthy diet. However, it doesn’t hurt to bolster that diet with nutritional supplementation. Happy Head’s Hair Growth Supplements  are formulated by our team of experts for optimal hair growth. Each supplement holds essential microbiomes, vitamins, and minerals to boost collagen production. Our supplements also contain both keratin and collagen to fight thinning hair and prevent shedding. Want more collagen? Let Happy Head help! 







5 Reasons Why You Want a Dermatologist to Treat Your Hair Loss

Happy Head founders Drs. Ben and Sean Behnam.

You used to have a ton of hair, but now you can see your scalp. You’ve noticed. Your partner is politely pretending not to notice. Your barber is running out of ways to conceal the bald spots and make the thinning areas look thicker. Arg. What to do? First, stop Googling and wasting money on one-size-fits-all hair loss remedies that don’t work. Then, it’s time to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. Dermatologists not only treat skin conditions, but they are also trained to address your hair and nails. Here are five reasons why you want a dermatologist to treat your hair loss. 

1. Dermatologists are Hair Loss Experts

News flash. Dermatologists don’t just deal with acne, warts, and eczema. After four years of earning a bachelor’s degree, they continue with four years of med school, one year interning, and at least three years as a resident. They learn a few things about skin, hair, and nails during that time. When they’ve completed their education and training, they are eligible to become board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Like any other medical specialty, some dermatologists are more interested in particular study areas than others. So, some dermatologists have more experience dealing with hair issues than others. These are the docs you want by your side. 

2. They Are Skilled at Diagnosing Types of Alopecia

It would be nice if there was only one type of alopecia, and it was a snap to diagnose it. That’s not exactly how it works, though. Sure, the most common type of hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, male and female pattern baldness. It’s an inherited form of hair loss that occurs when a person’s testosterone converts to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and attaches to the hair follicles. Once that happens, mayhem ensues. The hair follicles shrink, hair thins, and hair begins to shed. If the condition isn’t reversed, the hair follicles can eventually close off, preventing new growth altogether. Dermatologists are trained to diagnose male and female pattern hair loss with a visual exam. As the name suggests, when people experience male or female pattern hair loss, the balding or thinning occurs in predictable patterns. 

Diagnosing other types of alopecia may require further testing, While each kind of alopecia has recognizable traits, a closer look with a dermatoscope or a pathologist’s report is more conclusive. Blood tests may also be needed to determine if a thyroid imbalance or other medical condition is causing the hair loss. 

3. You Need Timely, Accurate Information

If your hair is balding or thinning, it’s not a good idea to take a wait-and-see approach. Unless you have telogen effluvium, it’s not likely that your hair will magically grow back without intervention. Treatment for androgenetic and other alopecia types, is designed to stop shedding and stimulate regrowth. The process is time sensitive because the hair follicles must remain open for growth. Once the hair follicles close, the window of opportunity for regrowth also closes. Having a dermatologist prescribe the proper medications from the start will give you the best chance of achieving your desired result. 

4. They Can Give You Access to Effective Prescription Hair Loss Medications

If you’ve checked out drugstore shelves or scanned the internet, you know the market is flooded with over-the-counter hair growth remedies. Here’s what you need to know about them. Over-the-counter (OTC) shampoos and conditioning treatments will improve the appearance of your existing hair, but they won’t regrow your hair if you have male or female pattern baldness. Supplements will compensate for any vitamin deficiencies and create a healthy environment for new hair. However, it takes stronger, prescription-grade medication to regrow hair. Those prescriptions are only available through a dermatologist. Some are FDA-approved, and others are prescribed off-label. Here’s an idea of what Happy Head dermatologists often prescribe:


Minoxidil is clinically proven to revive hair follicles and thicken hair over time. It’s available in both pill and topical solutions. The medication works by increasing blood flow to the hair follicles. The scalp gets more oxygen and nutrients. It also kickstarts the hair growth cycle. It moves hair from the resting phase into a growth phase and extends the stage. 

Minoxidil is sold OTC as Rogaine and private store brands. The difference between what you can get with a prescription is the dosage. Stores sell two and five percent. Happy Head and pharmacies sell eight percent topical solutions and 2.25 milligrams oral Minoxidil, which are higher than what’s available OTC. 

Research indicates that pairing Minoxidil with DHT blockers such as Finasteride (01), Dutasteride, and Spironolactone (02) improves efficacy. That’s why Happy Head offers combination formulas.


Finasteride is a first-line DHT blocker that has been FDA-approved for men with androgenetic alopecia since 1997. It’s prescribed to women off-label. Research indicates that Finasteride reduces serum DHT levels by 70 percent. Increasing the dose doesn’t result in greater serum reduction. (03) The medication is ideal for people with early recession or thinning. 


Dutasteride is a step-up from Finasteride. It’s also a DHT blocker, but inhibits more enzymes than Finasteride. Finasteride inhibits the Type II 5-alpha reductase enzyme, while Dutasteride inhibits both Type 1 and Type II. Experts estimate that Dutasteride reduces serum DHT levels by approximately 95 percent. (04)  Because Dutasteride is a stronger medication than Finasteride, side effects may be more likely when taken orally. Topical formulas have been proven to be equally as effective with lower changes of undesirable side effects. (05)


Spironolactone is an aldosterone receptor antagonist often prescribed to women under 50. It works like a DHT blocker. The oral medication is typically reserved for women since it can cause feminization side effects such as enlarged breasts in men. Both women and men can use the topical formula.


Latanoprost is one of the newest prescription hair-loss medications on the market. It was originally marketed as a glaucoma treatment. When doctors discovered the medication caused longer, thicker, darker eyelashes, dermatologists tested and marketed the product for scalp growth.  

5. Dermatologists Can Adjust Your Treatment Plan if Necessary

Not every medication works for every person. What works for your brother, cousin, or friend may be different for you. Body chemistry differs from person to person, and no test exists to indicate which medication is best for each individual. Sometimes finding the right medication or mix of medications means starting with a first-line prescription and stepping up dosages or to more powerful formulas as needed. Other times, patients need customized formulas. Dermatologists have the experience necessary to determine when changes need to be made in your treatment plan. 

If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning, now is the time to make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist and hair specialist. Minoxidil, Finasteride, and Spironolactone are just a few of the treatment options available, and you don’t want to lose valuable time that you could use to regrow your hair. The right doctor will not only help restore your hair; they will help restore your confidence. 


Need a referral? Visit Happy Head, your one-stop hair loss shop, without waiting for an appointment. The company is founded and operated by renowned dermatologists Dr. Ben and Dr. Sean Behnam. When you contact us, your health history will be reviewed by a screened and licensed dermatologist. Your dermatologist will work with you to select the right medication based on your condition. We even customize prescriptions. Your order will be shipped to your front door in a discrete package. Need a change? Not a problem.  We’re also here to answer any questions you have. Take the questionnaire to get started. It only take a few minutes and there’s no wait, all done online. 








NEW Hair Growth Treatment! Topical Latanoprost, Finasteride & Minoxidil

Couple talking about their hair loss together.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, if you were destined to lose your hair, there wasn’t much you could do besides accept your fate or shave your head. Thankfully, though, times have changed. Society is more aware of how hair loss affects people aesthetically and emotionally. More research and a wider range of effective prescription hair loss products are available than ever before. If one product isn’t the right fit, there are now others you can try. That’s why Happy Head is proud to add our new hair growth treatment topical Latanoprost, Finasteride, and Minoxidil to our product line.

Discovering Latanoprost’s Ability to Grow Hair

You may have heard the name Latanoprost before. It has been FDA-approved since 1996 as an ocular eye drop to treat glaucoma. When doctors discovered that patients who used the medication began to grow longer, fuller, darker eyelashes as a side effect, Latanoprost was marketed as an eyelash growth solution. “If Latanoprost grows eyelash hair, does it work on the scalp too?” researchers wondered. After testing, it was determined that Latanoprost is indeed effective for treating male and female pattern hair loss and other types of alopecia. Happy Head is one of the first companies to make the medication available for scalp hair loss.

The Science Behind Latanoprost

Latanoprost differs from the other prescription hair loss medications that are currently on the market. It stimulates the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. The anagen phase is the growth phase. Latanoprost helps more hair convert from tiny, thin vellus (think peach fuzz) hair into robust terminal hair that is longer and thicker. When tested on young men with mild androgenetic alopecia, male pattern baldness, Latanoprost increased hair density in approximately 24 weeks. 


The Benefit of Combining Latanoprost with Finasteride and Minoxidil

Happy Head’s newest growth treatment contains 0.005 percent Latanoprost, 0.3 percent Finasteride, and 8 percent Minoxidil. The reason is that treating genetic hair loss often requires a cocktail of medications that attack the hair loss from different angles. As we just discussed, Latanoprost jumpstarts the hair growth cycle. Finasteride is a DHT blocker. It prevents testosterone from converting to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and attaching to the hair follicles. If testosterone doesn’t convert, hair isn’t triggered to fall out. Minoxidil is what’s called a vasodilator. It sends oxygen to the hair follicles, enlarging them. New, healthy hair can emerge when the hair follicles are wide open. So, three different medications with different purposes work synergistically to help regrow your hair.  

Latanoprost for Alopecia

Is Latanoprost the right solution for any type of alopecia? To date, studies have primarily focused on patients with male and female pattern hair loss. More research needs to be conducted to determine whether the treatment is effective for alopecia areata or other types of alopecia. Not sure what type of alopecia you have? Then, it’s time to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a diagnosis.  

How to Use Topical Latanoprost, Finasteride & Minoxidil

Topical hair loss medications are preferred by patients who want to avoid side effects that can accompany oral medications. Each bottle of topical Latanoprost, Finasteride, and Minoxidil comes with a dropper that allows you to measure the exact amount needed and apply it directly to your scalp. The medication is easy to use. Simply fill the dropper twice to the 0.5 ml, align the dropper to your scalp, apply the solution, and rub it in. The most common side effect from topicals is redness and irritation, however, which can easily be avoided by titrating the medication. Simply apply one time per day for the first week, and twice a day the following weeks.    

Getting Your Prescription Filled

Topical Latanoprost, Finasteride, and Minoxidil hair growth treatment is only available by prescription. For your convenience, Happy Head offers free online consultations and will fill your prescription if you are a candidate for the medication. Simply complete a short online questionnaire, and a licensed dermatologist will determine whether our new hair growth treatment is a good fit. We also offer customized treatments, so it’s easy to modify formulas to meet individual needs.      

Our new hair growth treatment combining Latanoprost with Finasteride and Minoxidil is an innovative option for people experiencing male or female pattern baldness. If you’re interested in getting more information, contact us, and take advantage of our 50 percent off introductory offer.


Introducing New SuperCapsule™ Spironolactone Formula

Young Woman in her late 30s experiencing hair loss and looking for a solution for women under 50.

Girls may run the world, according to Beyonce, but when it comes to hair loss medications, there isn’t much out there designed specifically for us. Minoxidil, Finasteride, and Dutasteride, the strongest prescription hair loss treatments available up until now, were all initially tested and marketed to men. The medications were later tested on women and deemed safe and effective. If you’re thinking it’s time that someone designed and sold a product specifically for women with genetic hair loss, you’re right. After all, female pattern baldness is the leading cause of hair loss among women, affecting up to 38 percent of all women. (01) That’s why we’re excited to introduce Happy Head’s new SuperCapsule™ Spironolactone Formula

The Strongest FDA-approved Prescription Hair Regrowth Ingredients for Women In a Single Daily Capsule

SuperCapsule Spironolactone combines Spironolactone with Minoxidil and Vitamin D3 into an easy-to-take capsule taken once daily. Each capsule contains 25 milligrams of Spironolactone, 1.25 milligrams of Minoxidil, and 2,000 units of Vitamin D3. 

Why Millions of Spironolactone Prescriptions are Filled Each Year

Spironolactone, sold under the brand name Aldactone, has been getting a lot of press lately as a treatment for stubborn hormonal acne that doesn’t respond to other prescription medications. The medication isn’t new, though. Spironolactone was initially tested and marketed to treat the fluid built-up that causes heart failure, liver scarring, and kidney disease. It has been around since 1955. In 1969, researchers noticed Spironolactone’s antiandrogenic effects. They discovered that Spironolactone works in two ways.  First, it’s a diuretic that helps your body excrete extra fluid. It’s also an anti-androgen that reduces the effects of testosterone in your body. The medication is especially effective in treating thinning and hair loss among women under 50. (02) 

Hormones & Hair Loss Treatments for Women

Let’s talk about how Spironolactone works to reduce shedding and regrow your hair. Female pattern baldness is an inherited genetic condition similar to male pattern baldness. Although men have higher amounts of testosterone than women, testosterone exists and functions similarly in both sexes. In both men and women who are genetically predisposed to lose their hair, testosterone converts to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can attack and shrink your hair follicles. When that happens, the hair growth cycle is disrupted. Healthy new hair is replaced by thinner hair until the follicles eventually close off and hair stops growing. Spironolactone reduces total testosterone levels, so less testosterone is available to convert to DHT. It also blocks androgenetic receptors in the hair follicles. Yes, Spironolactone is capable of blocking testosterone in both men and women. However, Spironolactone can cause breast enlargement and other undesired antiandrogenic effects in men. 

Women's SuperCapsule formula by Happy Head. Formulated by board-certified dermatologists made with Spironolactone, Minoxidil, and Vitamin D3 for hair growth. The only women's hair growth formula that includes three high-performing ingredients in one. Made specifically for women experiencing hair loss under 50 years old.

Better Together: Spironolactone in Combination With Minoxidil & Vitamin D3

Now, about how Happy Head’s Spironolactone got its superpowers. Not only can Spironolactone be combined with other hair loss therapies, research indicates that Spironolactone has better efficacy when it’s combined with either oral or topical Minoxidil. (03) In this case, more is better. While Spironolactone blocks testosterone production, Minoxidil enlarges the hair follicles, allowing thicker, healthier hair to emerge. 

And then there’s Vitamin D. According to findings published by the National Library of Medicine, Vitamin D plays a significant role in hair growth. Studies indicate that there is a relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and androgenetic alopecia, which is another name for male and female pattern baldness. (04) The organization also estimates that over 40 percent of the population has a Vitamin D deficiency. Replacing this essential vitamin is key to supporting healthy hair growth. 

Spironolactone Balances Hormones That Cause Hair Loss

Spironolactone helps restore hormonal balance by blocking androgen receptors and reducing androgen production. Not only does the medication promote a more favorable environment for growth among women genetically predisposed to female pattern hair loss, it’s been found to be particularly beneficial for women with Polycystic Ovary System (PCOS). Hair loss among women with PCOS is common due to excess androgen production that’s characteristic of the condition. 

Spironolactone is Safe and Effective

Spironolactone is generally considered safe for hair loss treatment when used under medical supervision and at appropriate dosages. The higher the dosage of Spironolactone, the greater chance of side effects such as fatigue, dizziness, and breast tenderness. Side effects typically subside after the medication is discontinued. Although Spironolactone has a short half-life which means it clears your system quickly after discontinuing use, Spironolactone is not recommended to women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant. As with any prescription medication, always consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any medical treatments or combination therapies for hair loss. 

Begin Seeing Results in 3 to 6 Months

Within three to six months, you may see signs of growth. At that point, however, it’s still early in the process. Studies indicate that the best results are seen after a year of continual use. 

Want to Regrow your Hair?

Want to find out if SuperCapsule Spironolactone, Minoxidil, and Vitamin D3 formula will work for you? Happy Head has dermatologists licensed in every state available to review your medical history and provide a no-cost consultation. If you’re a good candidate, your prescription will be created and shipped directly to your front door. Have questions after you receive your order? We’re always here to help with ongoing support. Simply contact us and start your online quiz and tell us about your hair to get started. 




(02) Note: Spironolactone is not recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before considering any medical treatments or combination therapies for hair loss.




Nourishing Your Hair with Food: The Power of Cooking for Hair Growth

Nourishing foods that promote hair growth as recommended by Happy Head dermatologists.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Whether it’s the Mediterranean diet, Keto, or gluten-free, what you eat plays a significant role in your health. The food you consume affects everything from your heart to your eyesight. But did you know that food also impacts your hair? 

The Role of Nutrition in Hair Growth 

Hair is primarily composed of a protein called keratin. Therefore, ensuring adequate protein intake — and nutrients necessary for making keratin — is essential for healthy hair growth. Protein is the building block of hair, so consuming an adequate amount of protein is a must for hair growth. Amino acids, which make up protein, play a major role in the production of keratin. And it’s keratin that provides each strand of hair with structure and stability. Without enough protein, hair becomes brittle and weak, leading to breakage and hair loss. Additionally, several other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contribute to maintaining scalp health, promoting follicle strength, and keeping hair growing. (01)

Foods to Feed Your Hair 

Healthy hair is not just about using the right shampoo and conditioner. It also involves taking care of your hair from the inside out by eating hair-friendly foods. The following are eight foods that you can add to your diet to promote healthy hair. 

1. Eggs

According to data from the U.S. Department of Agricultural, eggs are a great source of protein, biotin, and vitamin D, all nutrients that your scalp and hair need to remain in good health. Along with vitamins A and C, vitamin D is important for hair follicle health, and a deficiency in this vitamin can lead to hair loss. Just remember to opt for healthier ways of cooking eggs, like poaching or boiling.  (02) The following recipe for Korean boiled eggs is a tasty twist on a familiar kitchen staple. (03)

Marinated Soy Sauce Eggs


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 medium green onions, chopped
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 12 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil

Korean boiled eggs are as simple as marinating your eggs. Combine soy sauce, water, sugar, green onions, jalapeno peppers, minced garlic, and toasted sesame seeds in a large bowl. Stir well to dissolve the sugar, and mix the ingredients thoroughly. Next, place the peeled, hard-boiled eggs into the marinade mixture. Ensure the eggs are fully submerged. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to infuse.

Once marinated, remove the eggs from the refrigerator. Slice each egg in half lengthwise and arrange them on a serving platter. Spoon some marinade over the eggs to enhance the flavor and provide a glossy appearance. Finally, drizzle the eggs with sesame oil, which adds a nutty aroma and richness. Serve the marinated soy sauce eggs as an appetizer, side dish, or a topping for salads and ramen bowls.

2. Spinach

Dark, leafy greens like spinach are rich in iron, which boosts hair growth and keeps cells oxygenated. Without enough iron, the hair follicles can become starved of oxygen. Iron deficiency, for example, is a common cause of hair loss in women due to low iron levels during pregnancy and other hormonal shifts. Iron deficiency has also been a risk factor for the following hair loss conditions: alopecia areata, androgenetic alopecia, and telogen effluvium. (04, 05)

Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which help to produce the sebum (an oily substance) required to moisturize the scalp and hair. Add spinach to your weekly dinners through this famous cookbook author Ina Garten’s side dish recipe. (06)

Sauteed Baby Spinach 

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
  • 2 tablespoons good quality olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic (about 6 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges
  • Sea salt or kosher salt (optional)

First, rinse the baby spinach leaves thoroughly in cold water to ensure they are clean. Use a salad spinner to remove excess water, leaving some light moisture on the leaves. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add the chopped garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, being careful not to let it brown.

Add all the spinach to the pot, along with the kosher salt and black pepper. Toss the spinach with the garlic and oil until well coated. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and increase the heat to high. Continue cooking the spinach for another minute until all the spinach is wilted, all the while stirring.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sautéed spinach to a serving bowl. Top the spinach with the unsalted butter, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkling of sea salt or kosher salt, if desired. Serve the sautéed baby spinach immediately while hot. It makes a delicious side dish or a healthy addition to salads, pasta, or grain bowls.

3. Sweet Potatoes

Try sweet potatoes if you’re looking for a simple addition to make your diet a little healthier and promote hair growth. This delicious and colorful starch is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamin C, encouraging collagen production and hair growth. One of the most convenient and delicious ways to cook sweet potatoes is by “baking” them! 

“Baked” Sweet Potatoes

You’d be mistaken if you think baked sweet potatoes are like regular ones. Sweet potatoes are a vivid orange color and are – well – sweet. To bake these scrumptious gems, start with any number of sweet potatoes and start by pricking the sweet potatoes all over with a fork to create small holes. Place the prepared sweet potatoes in a microwavable dish and cover the dish with plastic wrap or a microwavable plate. This covering helps to trap steam and facilitate the cooking process. Microwave the sweet potatoes on HIGH for 5 minutes. (07)

Carefully remove the dish from the microwave and uncover it. To ensure even cooking, turn the sweet potatoes over. Then, cover the dish again with plastic wrap or a microwavable plate and return it to the microwave. Continue microwaving on HIGH until the sweet potatoes are tender. Cooking time usually takes about five more minutes, but remember that the exact time may vary depending on the size and thickness of the sweet potatoes. Top with anything from sour cream, Greek yogurt, or bacon for added flavor. 

4. Avocados

Avocado isn’t just a great addition to toast; it’s also chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, vitamin C, and collagen. The nutrients in avocado decrease chronic inflammation, keeping your scalp and hair follicles ready for hair growth. Furthermore, the avocado’s anti-inflammatory properties are not only good for your hair — they’re good for your heart. Research indicates that avocados reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. (08)

Easy Avocado Toast

​​To make delicious avocado toast, start by toasting your bread to your desired level of crispiness. Remove the avocado halves from their peel, keeping them intact. Drizzle the toast with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and let it cool slightly. Place an avocado half on each slice of toast and gently mash it with a fork, keeping it chunky. Sprinkle more salt, add pepper, and squeeze citrus over the top. Customize with garnishes like herbs, red pepper flakes, or feta cheese. Cut larger slices in half and serve immediately. (09)

Avocado toast is a versatile and satisfying meal or snack for any time of the day. Toast the bread, mash the avocado, season with salt and olive oil, and add your preferred toppings. Enjoy this simple and flavorful dish for breakfast, lunch, or a light dinner, and get creative with different combinations to suit your taste.

5. Nuts

Like avocados, nuts are a source of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals beneficial for healthy hair growth. Walnuts, for example, contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E, all essential for healthy hair growth. Almonds also contain plant-based protein, which allows the body to produce the building blocks for hair. (10)

Candied Almonds

  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1 cup white sugar

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Combine the white sugar, water, and ground cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add the whole almonds to the saucepan and continue to cook and stir until the liquid evaporates, coating the almonds with a syrupy glaze. This will give the almonds a delicious cinnamon flavor. Pour the glazed almonds onto the prepared baking sheet. 

Use two forks to separate clumps and spread them into an even layer. Allow the glazed almonds to cool for about 15 minutes. The glaze will harden during this time, and the almonds will become crisp. These cinnamon-glazed almonds can be enjoyed as a snack or a tasty topping for salads, desserts, or breakfast dishes. Prepare a batch and savor their irresistible cinnamon flavor and satisfying crunch.

6. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, but this yogurt comes with another benefit — probiotics. For example, research shows that mice fed beneficial probiotics developed shinier and thicker fur than mice who were not fed probiotics. This type of yogurt is also high in vitamin B5, which helps to improve blood flow to the scalp, increasing the chances for healthy hair growth. 

Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

Anyone wanting a quick, no-cook breakfast should always have Greek yogurt on hand. Greek yogurt makes a great base for any healthy breakfast bowl. Add your favorite granola or nut blend, fruits like blueberries or bananas, and drizzle over some honey for a little sweetness. The yogurt adds some creaminess and makes a healthy breakfast taste decadent. (11)

7. Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of those all-important omega-3 fatty acids that keep hair healthy. This fatty — and delicious — fish contains almost three times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids per serving than other types of fish. Wild salmon, in particular, has a whopping 4,504 mg per serving of Omega-3. In comparison, anchovies only contain 1,200 mg per serving.  (12)

Salmon Snap Peas Recipe

If you want more salmon to your diet, consider adding Harvard Health’s pan-roasted salmon recipe to your dinner rotation. To make this dish, you will need six salmon filets with skin on, each weighing around 6 ounces, as well as some fresh ginger, low-sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, snap peas, extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, mint, salt, and black pepper.

Mix the minced ginger, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Then, place the salmon in a deep dish and coat it with the marinade by tossing it lightly. Let the salmon sit at room temperature while you cook the snap peas.  (13)

Next, boil 2 quarts of water in a saucepan and add the snap peas. Cook them for about 2 minutes until they are crisp-tender, then drain them in a colander and refresh them in cold water. After draining them again, blot them dry on paper towels.

To cook the salmon, start by heating two tablespoons of olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Place the salmon steaks in the pan with their coating facing down, leaving the pan partially covered. Depending on how thick the salmon filets are, cook for around 5 to 6 minutes on the first side. When the skin is crispy, and the flesh begins to turn opaque, flip the salmon over with a spatula and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes until it is just cooked through.

Once the salmon is fully cooked, arrange the filets on a serving platter and place the snap eas on top. Finally, whisk together the ingredients for the mint dressing, including the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint, salt, and black pepper. Serve the salmon filets with the cooked snap peas and drizzle the mint dressing over both.

Feed Your Hair by Growing Your Health

While there’s no magic bullet that can remedy hair loss,  what you eat does play a significant role in the health of your hair. A balanced diet that includes protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (such as A and C), and minerals (such as iron and zinc) provides the foundation for stronger, thicker hair. And even if a diet full of leafy greens, nuts, and fish don’t result in Chris Hemsworth-like locks, you’ll find that good nutrition isn’t just about looking good but also feeling good from within.

Whether you’re combating hair loss or you’re looking to prevent it, Happy Head’s Hair Growth Supplements have what you need to augment your diet. With hair-friendly ingredients like probiotics, collagen, keratin, and vitamins and minerals, Happy Head’s supplements help bridge any dietary gaps you might have regarding your hair. Purchase our Hair Growth Supplements or hair care products today. Or answer a few questions and schedule a consultation to develop an individualized program to regrow your hair!















Patients Claim That Ozempic Causes Hair Loss. Should You Be Concerned?

Woman thinking about the side effects of Ozempic as her hair becomes thin over time.

Ozempic, Wegovy, and Monjaro are trendy new weight-loss drugs that have been sensationalized by Hollywood’s elite. The medications, originally marketed to treat Type 2 diabetes, also help people drop unwanted pounds. Over time, however, users have discovered an alarming side effect that isn’t listed on the medications’ labels or inserts. Not only are users shedding weight, but they’re also claiming that they’re shedding hair. Is what people are saying true, or is it a misconception? Let’s talk about the claims that Ozempic causes hair loss and whether you should be concerned. 

The History of Semaglutide

Semaglutide is a drug that was initially tested and FDA-approved for diabetes in 2017. During clinical trials, researchers observed that the medication caused noticeable weight loss. Semaglutide was then tested among 4.500 participants who didn’t have diabetes but were overweight or obese. Results indicated that compared to the placebo group, people who took Semaglutide had significant weight loss. (01) Semaglutide was then FDA-approved for weight loss in 2021. Although Ozempic is the brand name many people are most familiar with, Ozempic is only FDA-approved for diabetes. The brand Wegovy is FDA-approved for weight loss. The medications tend to be expensive since insurance often doesn’t cover the cost of using them for weight loss.  

The Difference Between Ozempic, Wegoy, and Monjaro 

Ozempic and Wegovy are the same medications. The only difference is that Wegovy is available in higher dosages. Monjaro is a newer medication, FDA-approved for diabetes in 2022. Like Ozempic, Monjaro is used off-label for weight loss. Monjaro belongs to the same class of drugs as Ozempic and Wegovy called incretin mimetics. The main difference is that Monjaro affects two receptors, GIP and GLP-1, while Ozempic and Wegovy only act on GLP-1 receptors. Monjaro is considered more effective, but is reported to have more side effects. All three medications are administered as weekly injections. 

Understanding the Claims. Does Ozempic Really Cause Hair Loss?

Many alarming reports about side effects are being shared via social media. Ozempic face, Ozempic butt, and hair loss are the ones most concerning to people. But, are the claims valid? 

Hair loss isn’t listed as a side effect on the weight loss medications’ profiles. However, in clinical trials for weight loss, close to six percent of people who took the highest dose reported alopecia, compared to the one percent who received the placebo. What does that mean? It’s important to put the information into perspective. Eli Lilly, the manufacturer, issued a statement to NBC News that the hair loss people experience is typically temporary. According to the company, alopecia isn’t associated with the medication. It’’s associated with weight loss, which has been documented in other obesity trials over time. (02

The Association Between Weight Loss and Hair Loss

Some people who use Ozempic and other weight loss medications drop pounds much faster than their bodies are prepared to handle. Changes in hormonal levels and nutritional deficiencies can occur. When the body gets shocked like that, the hair growth cycle can get interrupted, and temporary hair loss called telogen effluvium can result. The higher the dosage, and the more sudden the hair loss, the more likely hair loss will occur. Patients who have had bariatric surgery have also reported concerns about hair loss. So, alopecia isn’t necessarily related to the medications, it’s more likely linked to weight loss, no matter what method you use to drop weight. 

Telogen Effluvium is Temporary

Telogen effluvium occurs when hair normally in the growth phase shifts suddenly into a resting stage. That’s what causes rapid shedding. Telogen effluvium can occur three to four months after weight loss and usually lasts for up to six months. As peoples’ bodies adjust to the weight change, hair loss usually subsides within nine months and grows back on its own. When dermatologists suspect a person is experiencing telogen effluvium from weight loss, they typically take a wait-and-see approach. 

What You Can Do While You Wait for Your Hair to Grow Back

First of all, try not to panic. Waiting for your hair to grow back can feel like waiting for paint to dry. It takes time, and you can’t rush it. In the meanwhile, you can take a few steps to help the process along. First, ensure that you’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Protein is the primary building block for your hair. Make sure you’re eating plenty along with fresh fruits and vegetables. You may want to check with your doctor to ensure that you don’t have any iron, Vitamin D, or other deficiencies contributing to your hair loss. If so, supplements may be recommended. Hair growth supplements containing Vitamin A and Vitamin D combined with collagen, probiotics, and saw palmetto to support hair growth from the inside are available.  Thickening shampoos and conditioners with argan oil, biotin, and keratin are good options to help make hair stronger, shinier, and healthier while it regrows. 

Other Types of Alopecia 

If you hear people claim that Ozempic or other weight loss medications cause male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, or any other type of alopecia, remember this. It’s possible but not likely unless you are already predisposed to the condition. 

Male and female pattern baldness, androgenetic alopecia, is inherited. It occurs when your body produces Testosterone and converts it into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which attacks the hair follicles. With that in mind, The Dermatology Times believes that it’s possible that hormonal changes from rapid weight loss can result in androgenetic alopecia, but does not share any specific cases.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body attacks the hair follicles. The condition can be triggered by stress. There are documented cases of alopecia areata that were triggered by amphetamines used for weight loss. (03) However, cases due to Ozempic, Wegovy, or Monjaro have not been documented.

If you’re concerned, it’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist. Even if you are just experiencing telogen effluvium, you will get peace of mind that you don’t have a condition that needs medical attention. 

Ozempic, Wegovy, Monjaro, and other weight loss medications are reportedly causing hair loss. In most cases, weight loss is to blame, not the actual drugs. If you’re taking one of these medications and have noticed thinning or shedding, it’s understandable to want to know the cause. Most of the time, the hair loss is temporary and will grow back on its own. If you are unsure of the reason, however, consulting with a board-certified dermatologist is always a good idea. You should rule out conditions such as male or female pattern baldness and alopecia areata that require treatment.

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