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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. 



(01) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31254437/

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746236/

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4458936/

(04) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34854067/

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. 


(01) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32166351/

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10010138/#:~:text=Three%20studies%20compared%20the%20combination,with%20only%20one%20emerging%20hair%2C

(03) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513329/#:~:text=Research%20has%20shown%20that%20finasteride,reduction%20in%20serum%20DHT%20levels.

(04) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684818/

(05) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7706484/


Get Ahead of the Shed & Regrow Your Hair for the Holiday Season

Get a customized hair regrowth formula formulated by a board-certified dermatologist just for you. All 100% online before the holidays, so you can enjoy your family gatherings with confidence.

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza in June? Summer is here, and it’s time for flip-flops, beach trips, and cookouts. Winter holidays are probably the last thing on your mind.  Who wants to think about shopping for gifts, deciding what to wear to your office party, and figuring out what you’re bringing to your family’s annual holiday bash when all of that is still six months away? Those things may not top your “to-do” list now, but here’s something that will get you in the holiday spirit.  

If you’ve noticed that your hair is thinning, now is the perfect time to start regrowing your hair. Why now? Growing hair is a process. Sure, it would be awesome if we could regrow hair overnight. Let’s be real, though. If you ever had a bad haircut that seemed like it took forever to grow back, you know that doesn’t happen. It takes a while. It takes even longer if you have male or female pattern baldness or another form of alopecia. Don’t stress, though.  Starting now will get you ready just in time for winter holiday parties and gatherings. Here’s what you need to know and a timeline leading up to the holidays to help you get ahead of the shed. 

Before You Get Started

How Fast Does Hair Grow?

Before we get into what you need to do to start regrowing your hair in time for the holidays, let’s talk about why it seems to take so long. On average, hair grows about a tenth of an inch per day. That equals approximately one-third of an inch per month. It will take a little over three months to grow a full inch. Every hair grows from a single follicle during your hair’s growth cycle. Those follicles need to be healthy, and the growth cycle needs to function properly for your hair to grow. If stress, hormone imbalances, or anything else interrupts the growth cycle, your hair can stop growing and can fall out. This brings us to why your hair is shedding, thinning, or balding in the first place.

Why is My Hair Thinning?

To regrow your hair, you need to figure out why there are collections of hairballs on your shower floor, or your hairline is receding. One of several conditions may be to blame. If you are over 20, the most common reason is typically male or female pattern baldness.  It’s a genetic condition that happens to both men and women when their bodies convert testosterone to an androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT attacks the hair follicles and interrupts the hair growth cycle.  

In the past, people with male and female pattern baldness had no options. Many got buzz cuts, shaved their heads, or accepted their bald spots. Today, DHT blockers and other treatments are available and effective, especially if the condition is caught early and the hair follicles are still viable.

Your Hair Regrowth Timeline

Do Now: Find the Right Hair Loss Expert

Whether you just noticed that your hair is shedding, or you’ve been experiencing hair loss for a while but just decided to do something about it, you need to start in the same place. You’ll need an appointment to determine what’s causing your hair loss. Not all doctors are trained to diagnose the cause of hair loss, though. You’ll need to consult with a dermatologist.  

In addition to diagnosing skin conditions, dermatologists are trained to treat hair and nails. During your appointment, your dermatologist will ask about your and your family’s medical history. They may also ask about your hair care routine, diet, and stress level. Some conditions like androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) and telogen effluvium can be diagnosed through your medical history, a visual exam, and a simple pull test. During a pull test, your dermatologist will gently tug on some individual hairs to see how many and how easily they come out to determine what stage of the shedding process you are in.  If your dermatologist suspects a different condition, they may use light microscopy to examine some of your hair to see any hair shaft disorders. They may also order bloodwork or take a small scalp biopsy. It could take ten days to two weeks to get the results.

If you don’t have a dermatologist or a hair specialist you trust, Happy Head can help. We have dermatologists licensed in every state to help diagnose your hair loss. Through Happy Head, you can get the most effective prescription hair loss treatments on the market from the comfort of your home. We’ll even ship directly to your front door.  

While You Wait for an Appointment or Test Results

What’s making my hair thin? When will I get some answers from the dermatologist? Are certain products making my hair loss worse? Waiting to find out your hair’s fate can be stressful. Take heart, though. There are some things you can do in the meanwhile that will make you feel better and make your hair look better. Here’s how to get started:

  • Hair growth supplements with essential vitamins and minerals can help strengthen your hair while making up for deficiencies you may have. Ingredients such as saw palmetto and caffeine act as DHT blockers, while biotin, collagen, and keratin help your hair grow stronger and shinier.  
  • Thickening shampoos and conditioners clean your hair while keeping it hydrated and healthy. Look for formulas that include ingredients such as argan oil, biotin, and keratin that moisturize and strengthen.  
  • Hair-healthy nutrients can be found in lean protein, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole grains. Free-range chicken and eggs, unprocessed, hormone-free meats, whey protein concentrate, almonds, and avocados are good sources of protein that serve as building blocks for healthy hair.    
  • Blowing off steam by hitting the gym, heading outside, or listening to music can help make your hair healthier. The reason why is that stress can contribute to hair loss by pushing your hair into a resting phase where new hair isn’t produced. Managing your stress will help keep your hair in tip-top shape.  
  • Snapping a selfie will give you a baseline photo for comparison after you begin treatment. Since hair grows slowly, you may not notice changes for a while. Taking and comparing photos over time will help you see subtle and not-so-subtle differences.  

Summertime:  Months 1-3

  • You’ve been diagnosed and you have the prescription hair growth treatments needed to get started. Taking your medications as prescribed is the best way to ensure they will work effectively. If you’re not good at remembering, there are some tricks to help. Try setting your phone’s alarm as a reminder. Putting your medication somewhere you will see it is helpful, too.  
  • Remember to photograph your hair on the same date each month. 
  • Don’t lose hope if you don’t see the growth you hoped for. It’s still early in the game.   
  • If you have any side effects, be sure to reach out to your dermatologist for advice. At Happy Head, your dermatologist is just a quick e-mail away if you have any questions or need your formula modified for any reason.  

Fall – Winter:  Months 4-6

  • This is when most people begin to see growth. Start comparing photos from now to the ones you took before you got started so you can see the difference.
  • The holidays are upon us. Continue to make healthy dietary choices, destress, and enjoy the festivities.  

Winter – Spring:  Months 7+

  • Continue your treatments and mark your progress with photos.  
  • If you feel like you’re hitting a plateau, speak with your dermatologist and consider adjusting your treatment plan.
  • Remember, body chemistry varies from person to person. It may take some trials to determine the right medications for you.

Ready to avoid the stress of worrying about how you will look at your next holiday gathering? Now’s the time to start treating your hair loss. Simply follow our step-by-step guide, and you’ll be on your way.  


Don’t want to wait for an appointment with your dermatologist or make a trip to your pharmacy? Happy Head is here to help.  Contact our hair growth experts for information on the best treatment option for the type of hair loss you’re experiencing. Get customized formulas based on your needs, and have your prescription delivered directly to your front door. Use the code GOHAIR and get 50 percent off on your first order.  


What is DHT & Why Does It Cause Hair Loss?

Dihydrotestosterone is one of the primary causes of hair loss. The Happy Head dermatologists break down the hormone and why it causes hair loss, in addition to how to treat it.

Look into the causes of hair loss, and you’ll inevitably come across DHT, also known as Dihydrotestosterone. Whether you’re male or female, DHT is a likely cause of your thinning hair and bald spots. But what exactly is DHT? And why does it lead to hair loss? 

What is Dihydrotestosterone? 

Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone produced in the body as a byproduct of Testosterone. DHT is formed when an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase converts Testosterone into DHT. DHT plays a significant role in the formation of male characteristics, like facial hair, a deeper voice, and more muscle mass. Unfortunately, DHT is also responsible for hair loss in both men and women. (01)

How Does DHT Cause Hair Loss? 

DHT bonds itself to hair follicles, causing them to shrink. The hair follicles then become smaller and smaller. Eventually, these follicles are unable to grow or hold onto the hair. This process is known as miniaturization, and it’s the primary cause of male and female pattern baldness. (02)

In addition to miniaturization, DHT encourages inflammation in the scalp, which further contributes to hair loss. This inflammation may damage hair follicles and prevent the circulation of nutrients, limiting the scalp’s ability to grow hair. 

An excess of DHT also shortens the anagen (growth) phase of the hair cycle. Typically, hair grows for several years before entering a resting phase, after which it falls out and is replaced by new hair. However, when DHT attaches to hair follicles, it causes hair strands to enter the resting phase earlier than usual, resulting in shorter and thinner hair. (02)

Several other factors can contribute to the overproduction of DHT, including genetics, a person’s age, and hormonal imbalances. Men are also more likely to experience hair loss due to DHT because they have higher testosterone levels than women. However, it’s important to note that women can also experience hair loss due to DHT. 

What are DHT Blockers, and How Do They Work?  

Medications that block DHT’s effects belong to a category of drugs called Dihydrotestosterone blockers (DHT blockers) or 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. The following are two of the most commonly used DHT blockers: 

DHT blockers work through four primary methods.  (01)

  1. Inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase. DHT blockers work by targeting the production of DHT through the suppression of 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts Testosterone into DHT. Therefore, by blocking this enzyme, DHT levels are reduced.
  2. Decreased DHT levels. By reducing DHT levels, DHT blockers help interrupt hair follicles’ miniaturization process. 
  3. Extended hair growth phase. DHT blockers extend the active phase of hair growth called the anagen phase. DHT blockers prolong the anagen phase, allowing for longer, healthier, and thicker hair growth.
  4. Maintenance of existing hair. When hair loss occurs, protecting the hair that’s present is essential. DHT blockers can help maintain existing hair by preventing further miniaturization of hair follicles. 

For the most part, DHT blockers are more effective for individuals experiencing androgenetic alopecia (pattern hair loss) because this condition is primarily influenced by DHT. Androgenetic alopecia can impact up to 50% of men and women. (03) Other types of hair loss can also be impacted by factors such as nutritional deficiencies or stress; these conditions may not respond as effectively to DHT blockers on their own. In these cases, a multifaceted approach may be required. 

Why are DHT Blockers Prescribed for Hair Loss?  

One of the primary reasons why DHT blockers are prescribed for hair loss is their effectiveness. DHT blockers work! Studies have shown that DHT blockers can significantly reduce hair loss and even promote hair regrowth in some cases. Because DHT is the primary cause of male and female pattern baldness, blocking its production can help to prevent further hair loss. (02)

Another reason why DHT blockers are prescribed for hair loss is their ease of use. Most DHT blockers are available in the form of oral medications, often taken as a once-a-day pill. This makes DHT blockers a convenient option for individuals who don’t want to use topical treatments or undergo more invasive hair restoration procedures.

DHT blockers are also considered to be safe and well-tolerated by most people. Unlike other hair loss treatments, DHT blockers typically do not have significant side effects. Their lack of major side effects makes them a popular choice for a safe and effective hair loss treatment (02)

Is Blocking DHT a Bad Thing? 

Individuals looking into DHT blockers may have questions about whether blocking DHT is a bad thing. The production of DHT is a natural process. Therefore, doesn’t the body need DHT? Is blocking DHT a bad thing? 

Although there is no cut-and-dry answer, blocking DHT is not inherently bad. However, as with any other medication, DHT medication does come with some side effects. These potential side effects must be considered when starting any DHT blocker for hair loss. 

Because DHT plays important roles in the body, including the development of male sexual characteristics and other bodily functions. Therefore, blocking DHT can potentially affect these functions. DHT may cause: (02)

  • Sexual side effects. Some individuals may experience sexual side effects when using DHT blockers. These side effects are generally rare but can occur in a small percentage of users.
  • Hormonal imbalances. DHT blockers may cause alterations in hormone levels, resulting in changes in mood, energy levels, and overall hormonal balance. 
  • Prostate health: Because DHT is involved in the growth and maintenance of the prostate gland, blocking DHT can potentially affect prostate health. It’s crucial to discuss any concerns with a healthcare professional, especially if you have a history of prostate issues.

It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any medication or treatment for hair loss. They can provide guidance based on your situation, conduct a thorough evaluation, and discuss DHT blockers’ potential benefits and risks.

Are There Different Ways to Target DHT for Both Men and Women?

While blocking DHT production is a common approach to treating hair loss and works for both men and women, the process may differ. For example, while oral DHT blockers like finasteride are primarily prescribed for treating male pattern baldness, they have been used off-label in some instances of female pattern hair loss. Therefore, women may benefit from DHT blockers for hair loss, but they must also consider the following when utilizing DHT blockers for hair loss. 

Hormonal Effects

DHT blockers can affect hormone levels in the body, potentially leading to hormonal imbalances. Hormonal balance is particularly important for women, and altering hormone levels may have unintended consequences on various bodily functions. (04)

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and those who are breastfeeding should avoid using DHT blockers. These medications can potentially interfere with fetal development and may have adverse effects on the baby.

While men typically require higher doses of DHT blockers to achieve effectiveness, a little goes a long way for women. This is because men have higher levels of Testosterone, which means they also have higher levels of DHT. In contrast, women have lower Testosterone levels and do not require the same amount of DHT blockers for effective hair loss treatment. Women may also benefit from using a DHT blocker topical, which may have a lower risk of side effects than an oral DHT blocker. 

For women considering oral DHT blockers, it is crucial to consult with a knowledgeable healthcare professional, such as an experienced dermatologist or a hair loss specialist, who can thoroughly evaluate and discuss the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives. They can provide personalized guidance to help make an informed decision about the most appropriate treatment options for hair loss. 

Are DHT Blockers Right for You? 

Happy Head’s proprietary hair growth formula was crafted by the work of our world-renowned hair loss pioneers: Dr. Ben Behnam and Dr. Sean Behnam. Both our founders are widely published in the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Cutis, Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy & others. With Happy Head, you know you’re receiving high-quality and well-researched hair loss products with your safety in mind. 

Every individual’s situation is unique. That’s why it’s essential to discuss the use of DHT blockers with a licensed dermatologist who can evaluate your specific situation, provide appropriate guidance, and monitor your progress. Happy Head’s experienced hair loss experts can help you determine the most suitable treatment options. Our experts can also walk you through each medication’s potential risks and side effects. Contact us to develop your individualized hair loss treatment today. 



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Should You Worry About Seasonal Hair Loss?

A little hair loss, about 100 strands a day is normal. What happens when hair loss occurs more frequently during specific seasons? Happy Head dermatologists give you their insights on seasonal hair loss and how to treat it.

Seasonal changes come with standard expectations: new weather patterns, new wardrobes, and holidays. What you don’t expect is hair loss. So should you worry about seasonal hair loss? Unfortunately, it can cause confusion and distress. Let’s find out if you’re experiencing seasonal hair loss and how to prevent it.  

What is Seasonal Hair Loss?

Losing a bit of hair each day is entirely normal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), the average person sheds 50 to 100 hairs daily. (01) There’s one time of year, however, when you may find yourself losing more hair than usual. This condition is called seasonal hair loss. With seasonal hair loss, a person loses more than the average amount lost through regular shedding. 

Some people may lose up to 150 hairs a day during the fall months, more than the usual amount. Although the reason for this seasonal hair loss is not yet well understood, it’s thought that the condition may be linked to your hair’s growth cycle. 

Seasonal Hair Loss and the Hair Growth Cycle

Hair doesn’t stay on your head forever. Instead, hair grows using a cyclical pattern of growth. Every strand goes through distinct phases and eventually falls off your head naturally, after which another new strand grows in its place. 

  • Anagen Phase: In the anagen phase, hair emerges from the root and undergoes a rapid period of growth. Also known as the “Growth Phase,” hair grows about 6 inches a year for 2 to 8 years in the anagen phase. (02
  • Catagen Phase: Unlike the anagen phase, the catagen phase lasts for a brief 10 days to 6 weeks. During this time, the hair follicle shrinks and starts limiting nutrients to the hair, slowly halting hair growth. (02
  • Telogen Phase: Also known as the “Resting Phase,” the telogen phase lasts about 2 to 3 months. Hair follicles in this phase completely stop delivering nutrients, thus completely stopping hair growth. At the end of the telogen phase is the “exogen phase,” which is when the strand falls out of the follicle, accounting for the 50-100 hairs lost daily. Events that cause stress, however, can result in a condition called telogen effluvium, in which more hair falls out than typically does in the telogen phase. (02, 03)

An analysis published in the British Journal for Preventative Dermatology found that the risk for seasonal hair loss was higher during the summer and autumn months. According to the data, the temperature transition from summer to autumn likely triggers seasonal hair loss. 

What Causes Seasonal Hair loss? 

The cause of seasonal hair loss has not yet been confirmed. However, most professionals believe that the rapid temperature change between seasons can trigger stress-induced hair loss (telogen effluvium) in some individuals. Telogen effluvium is a diffuse hair loss that happens during times of trauma or severe stress. 

Seasonal hair loss is most likely a form of telogen effluvium as a response to temperature and weather changes. Anything from psychological trauma, illness, medication or external factors like temperature can lead to the development of telogen effluvium.  Approximately 30 percent of hair follicles transition prematurely into the telogen phase during telogen effluvium, causing more hair shedding than usual. 

While temperature changes are thought to be the primary cause of seasonal hair loss, a variety of other factors may also be responsible. For example, the autumn and winter seasons also include the return to the school year and the busy holiday season. The added stress could result in telogen effluvium in the form of seasonal hair loss. 

Is Seasonal Hair Loss Permanent? 

The good news is that seasonal hair loss is temporary, like most cases of telogen effluvium. However, it may recur with the seasons. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent seasonal hair loss. Here are a few things you can do below:

  • Take Care of Your Scalp 
    • Keep your scalp clean and hydrated, especially during the dry fall and winter months. 
    • Make sure to massage gently when shampooing. The activity encourages blood flow and keeps follicles healthy. 
  • Pay Attention to Your Hair 
    • Keep your hair hydrated during cold or dry weather. Dry weather pulls moisture, so replenish it with a leave-in conditioner or do a deep condition. 
    • Limit the use of heat styling tools and restrictive hairstyles that pull at your hairline, particularly at times when you notice seasonal hair loss. 
    • Use shampoos and conditioners that are free of sulfates like our Happy Head Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • Nourish Your Scalp & Hair 
    • Nutrients help to strengthen your scalp and strands. Consume foods and supplements containing the following: vitamin A, vitamin D, saw palmetto, keratin, and probiotics. 
    • Shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments that “thicken” hair are often infused with nourishing ingredients to help grow and strengthen hair. 

Keep in mind that seasonal hair loss is temporary and should subside as the months go by. So long as you care for your hair, you should see regrowth in a few weeks to a month. In some cases, however, what you think is seasonal hair loss could be something more serious. 

What If It’s Not Seasonal Hair Loss? 

A case of seasonal hair loss might be worrisome, but it’s not usually something to lose sleep over. Your hair might be thinner, but you can rest assured that your hair will grow back. What if you have a more permanent condition? How can you tell? To identify the signs of severe hair loss, be on the lookout for:  (05)

  • Hair that feels lighter. 
  • Bald patches and a more visible scalp. 
  • A change or recession in the hairline. 
  • A more visible scalp. 
  • An increase in strands found on hairbrushes, bedding, or drains. 
  • Signs of a bacterial or fungal infection, like itching, burning, or scaly patches. 

Seasonal hair loss usually occurs diffusely throughout the scalp, with hair falling in an even fashion. You may be experiencing something other than seasonal hair loss if you experience: 

  • Patterned Hair Loss: Progressive balding at the top of the head, temple, or hairline is categorized as patterned hair loss. Hereditary conditions like androgenetic alopecia (also known as male pattern baldness) typically see patterned hair loss, like balding at the top of the head. (06)
  • Focal Hair Loss: Focal hair loss typically occurs as bare patches on the head, face, or body. This type of hair loss is usually seen in autoimmune conditions like alopecia areata or type 1 diabetes. (06)

Whether your hair loss is temporary (like seasonal hair loss) or “permanent” (like androgenetic alopecia), there are always steps you can take to take control of the situation. Furthermore, the earlier you can identify and treat your hair loss, the better your chances of seeing regrowth. 

Treating and Preventing Hair Loss with Happy Head

If you suspect your hair loss is more than seasonal, contact a licensed dermatologist at Happy Head. We can help you determine the cause of your hair loss and develop an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you. 

But Happy Head does more than regrow your hair, we help you care for the hair that you have. Our gentle yet effective hair-thickening shampoo and conditioner are infused with hair-strengthening argan oil and biotin. We also offer hair supplements that ensure your scalp and hair get all the nutrients needed to grow healthy and strong. So get started on your hair regrowth journey today with Happy Head here and take our questionnaire. 



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Minoxidil Liquid Or Foam: Which One Is Right for You?

When choosing a hair regrowth treatment using Minoxidil, you might wonder whether the foam or liquid version is right for you. Dr. Ben Behnam always recommends liquid because foam has a lot of air pockets and gets trapped in your hair. This is an image of a client using a liquid for of Minoxidil with a dropper or pipette that has exact measurements on the glass tube for accuracy.

Once you’re on the path toward hair restoration, you’ll be faced with a variety of choices. For example, you may find yourself with the option of using foam or liquid Minoxidil like our customizable liquid topical Minoxidil treatment here at Happy Head. While the purpose of the medication is the same, they both differ in terms of application and absorption. Learning about the differences between Minoxidil foam and Minoxidil liquid can help you make an informed decision when the time comes to make your choice. 

What is Minoxidil? 

According to the National Library of Medicine, Minoxidil is a medication that’s commonly used for treating hair loss. Minoxidil is a vasodilator–a medication that widens blood vessels. Because of its ability to expand blood vessels, oral minoxidil was initially approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of severe high blood pressure. However, people who were prescribed the drug for their blood pressure began reporting a welcome side effect – hair growth!  As a result, doctors started prescribing minoxidil throughout the 1980s as an off-label medication to treat hair loss clients. 

Topical Minoxidil—available in 2% and  5% concentrations—is an effective hair loss treatment for both men and women. Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which means it works by widening the blood vessels in the scalp, which then increases blood flow to the hair follicles. This increased blood flow delivers more nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, helping to stimulate hair growth. In addition, Minoxidil increases the size of hair follicles, which can lead to thicker, healthier hair. By “feeding” hair follicles, Minoxidil results in improved hair growth, healthier follicles, and longer strands. (01, 02)

Is Minoxidil an Effective Treatment for Hair Loss? 

Several clinical studies have investigated the efficacy of Minoxidil for the treatment of hair loss. One study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that topical Minoxidil was effective in promoting hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia, a common form of hair loss. The study involved 984 men with mild to moderate hair loss who were randomly assigned to receive either 5% topical minoxidil, 2% topical minoxidil, or a placebo. After 48 weeks of treatment, both the 5% and 2% minoxidil groups had significantly more hair growth than the placebo group. (03)

What Types of Hair Loss Does Minoxidil Treat? 

Although topical Minoxidil has received approval from the FDA for the treatment of specific hair loss conditions, the medication is also used to effectively treat a variety of hair loss disorders. (04)

The FDA currently approves topical Minoxidil for the treatment of these hair loss disorders: 

  • androgenetic alopecia
  • female & male pattern hair loss

However, Minoxidil is also successfully prescribed off-label for:

  • alopecia areata
  • beard and eyebrow growth
  • central centrifugal alopecia
  • chemotherapy-induced hair loss 
  • frontal fibrosing alopecia
  • telogen effluvium

Minoxidil is available in both topical and oral forms. The topical formulation is applied directly to the scalp or other affected areas, while the oral medication is ingested in tablet form. When applying the topical version, users will have to choose between foam or liquid Minoxidil. At Happy Head, our board-certified dermatologists offer both oral and liquid forms of Minoxidil, so after reading this article you can set up a free consultation with them online here

Happy Head custom hair loss treatments are made for you and your unique hair loss condition and pattern. We base this formula off of your unique responses to our questionnaire and your consultation with your dedicated board-certified dermatologist.

Minoxidil Foam Or Minoxidil Liquid?

When deciding between foam or liquid Minoxidil, users may need to consider a few factors. While both formulations are effective in promoting hair growth, there are some differences between them that may influence which one is best for a particular individual.

Minoxidil Liquid: Pros and Cons

Minoxidil liquid is the tried and true original formulation of the medication, and it has been available since the 1980s. This liquid version is applied directly to the scalp using a dropper, typically twice a day. One advantage of the liquid form is that it allows for more precise application to the scalp. This can be especially useful for individuals who have a specific area of the scalp where they are experiencing hair loss, as it allows them to target that area more effectively. 

Furthermore, some individuals may prefer the liquid formulation because it can be easier to spread evenly over the scalp. The liquid version of Minoxidil slides freely between hair strands. It also flows through the scalp’s dips and valleys much more thoroughly than the foam version., ensuring adequate coverage. Liquid Minoxidil also offers dry scalp or brittle hair some moisture, improving hair health. 

Along with these advantages comes a few disadvantages. The liquid version of Minoxidil can make an oily scalp look greasy. In addition, oily hair may look even oilier when using liquid minoxidil. Another disadvantage of the liquid formulation is that it can be messy and time-consuming to apply. 

Some people find it challenging to control the amount of medication that’s dispensed from the dropper. The solution to this problem is to use a dropper that’s calibrated and specific to the topical. Lastly, the liquid can take some time to dry after application. For individuals who are in a hurry to get out the door, waiting for the liquid to dry can be a small inconvenience. 

Minoxidil Foam: Pros and Cons

Minoxidil foam is a newer formulation that was introduced in the early 2000s. Much like hair mousse, the foam is applied directly to the scalp using a nozzle. One benefit of the foam formulation is that it makes application a breeze and the foam dries quickly. Minoxidil foam is  less messy than liquid formulations. 

Because the foam is applied using a nozzle, it is easy to control the amount of medication that is applied, and there is less risk of accidentally spilling or wasting the medication. In addition, the foam is less likely to drip or run down the scalp, which can be a problem with the liquid version. 

One significant disadvantage of the foam formulation is that it’s not as easy to target specific areas of the scalp. Because the foam is applied using a nozzle, targeting a specific area of the scalp is challenging. In addition, the foam tends to sit on top of any hair rather than flow to the scalp area. Therefore, foam requires a few extra steps to massage the medication directly onto the scallop. 

Which is More Effective? 

In terms of effectiveness, both the liquid and foam formulations of Minoxidil have been shown to be effective in promoting hair growth. Several clinical studies have investigated the efficacy of Minoxidil for the treatment of hair loss, and most have found that both formulations are effective in promoting hair growth and improving hair density.

One study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology compared the efficacy of 5% minoxidil foam to 5% minoxidil liquid in the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men. The study included 45 men who were randomly assigned to receive either the foam or the liquid formulation. After 24 weeks of treatment, both groups showed significant improvement in hair count and hair thickness. Therefore, both foam and liquid are effective treatments for hair loss. (05, 06) As mentioned, at Happy Head, we’ve found our patients to use less product when using the liquid topical form of Minoxidil since the liquid gives you more control over the placement of the liquid topical medication as opposed to losing most of it in the hair when using a foam version.

Minoxidil Foam & Minoxidil Liquid Side Effects

Both Minoxidil foam and liquid have similar side effects. Because both formulations are topical, the most common side effect is skin irritation. Along with irritation, redness, itching, and dryness of the scalp can also occur. 

While these symptoms can be bothersome, they are generally mild and usually resolve on their own with continued treatment. A few rare side effects include fluid retention, blood pressure changes, and electrolyte imbalances. For the most part, Minoxidil topical, both foam and topical, is safe and effective for promoting hair growth in both men and women. 

Which One Should You Choose? Foam Or Liquid

Happy Head’s liquid Minoxidil is made with a special base solution, which is designed to soothe the scalp and minimize the appearance of side effects. Unlike other Minoxidil formulations, Happy Head’s gentler formula reduces skin irritation. Are you wondering which topical hair loss treatment is right for you? Consult with our board-certified dermatologists to develop an individualized hair regrowth plan with you in mind. 


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Your Comprehensive Guide to Oral Dutasteride

Happy Head's dermatologists formulate prescription-grade hair loss treatments with Dutasteride as an active ingredient, made to block hair loss. Learn more about this active ingredient and how it tackles hair loss and prevents future loss while promoting hair growth.

If you’re experiencing male or female pattern baldness, your dermatologist probably recommended a Dihydrotestosterone or DHT blocker. There are a few different types that you may have heard about. Finasteride was the first DHT blocker on the market and the oral version is FDA approved for male pattern hair loss. Dutasteride is a newer medication that’s often used off-label to treat hair loss. If you’re unfamiliar with Dutasteride as a primary ingredient in hair loss treatments then you’re in the right place. We’re going to share everything you need to know about oral Dutasteride in this comprehensive guide and how it can help you achieve successful hair growth. 

Dutasteride is a DHT Blocker

Let’s start with the basics. Both men and women have an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase in their liver and skin. It can also be found in men’s prostates. The enzyme is responsible for converting Testosterone produced into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Healthy levels of DHT are needed to support sexual development in both men and women. When a person’s DHT level gets too high during adulthood, however, it can cause prostate enlargement in men and hair loss in both men and women. High levels of DHT shrink the hair follicles and shorten the hair growth cycle resulting in hair loss.   

Dutasteride is Designed to Prevent Hair Loss 

DHT blockers like Dutasteride prevent Testosterone from converting into DHT in th

e first place. When production is inhibited, the amount of DHT that can attach to your hair follicles is significantly reduced, limiting the effects on your scalp. 

Dutasteride is a Newer DHT Blocker

Finasteride was the first DHT blocker on the market in 1992. Dutasteride was developed a few years later and patented in 1996. The medication was marketed to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia, another name for enlarged prostates, under the brand name Avodart. In 2015, Dutasteride’s patent expired, making the medication more widely available. Although Dutasteride is not FDA approved for treatment of male or female pattern hair loss and is used off-label in the United States, it has been approved in South Korea since 2009 and Japan since 2015. At Happy Head, every formula we create is thoroughly tested and found to have effective results by our board-certified dermatologists. 

Finasteride and Dutasteride Both Treat Androgenetic Alopecia, but Work Differently

Like Finasteride, Dutasteride inhibits 5a-reductase (5AR). The difference is the number and types of enzymes inhibited. Finasteride selectively inhibits the Type 2 isoenzyme, and Dutastride inhibits both Type 1 and 2. A research study published in the National Library of Medicine on 576 men confirmed that Dutasteride is an effective option for men who don’t respond well to Finasteride. So if you’ve tried Finasteride before without success, just let your Happy Head dermatologist know and they’ll find an effective solution for you or craft one from prescription-grade ingredients just for you. 

Is Dutasteride Stronger 

Than Finasteride?

According to research findings, Dutasteride is a stronger ingredient. In one study on men with Androgenetic Alopecia (male pattern baldness), Dutasteride improved hair growth by over twelve percent after 24 weeks, compared to just seven and a half percent in the group that took Finasteride. However, anecdotally, some dermatologists find that while some patients respond better to Dutasteride, other patients achieve better results with Finasteride. It’s difficult to predict which medication will work better without trying each. 

Dutasteride Has Long-Lasting Effects

Dutasteride remains in your system for a long time after the medication is stopped. It can be detected for up to four to six months after your last dose. In comparison, Finasteride only lasts in your system for five to eight hours. 

Why Not Try Dutasteride First?

When prescribing medications for genetic and other types of hair loss, dermatologists often start with lower strengths and dosages and bump up to higher ones as needed. The system gives you the most effective formulas at the lowest possible dosages to help avoid side effects. After all, Finasteride, which is usually used as a first-line treatment, effectively treats many patients experiencing male and female pattern baldness. Some people never need another DHT blocker. There are times, however, when Finasteride doesn’t do the trick. In those cases, Dutasteride is often prescribed next. 

Are Side Effects Common with Dutasteride?

DHT blockers can cause sexual side effects, such as decreased libido and erectile dysfunction, so some people, especially men, may be hesitant to try them. The truth is that side effects due to Dutasteride are not typical, and most people do not experience them.  According to a study from the National Library of Medicine, eighty-five percent of men who use DHT blockers don’t experience any side effects. Side effects usually dissipate over time after the medication is discontinued.  

What Conditions Does Oral Dutasteride Treat

Dutasteride is most often prescribed to treat male and female pattern hair loss, also known as Androgenetic Alopecia. The condition is genetic and occurs when an overproduction of DHT attacks the hair follicles. Dutasteride stops the flow of DHT to prevent further hair loss and allow new hair to grow. Oral Dutasteride is also prescribed for conditions such as frontal fibrosing alopecia and as appropriate for other forms of alopecia. 

How Long Will It Take to See Results?

Oral Dutasteride may start working immediately, but it will take approximately six months to a year to see a noticeable difference. 

Oral Hair Growth treatments formulated by dermatologists and delivered to your door using Dutasteride, Finasteride, Minoxidil, and more.

Can Oral Dutasteride Be Combined With Minoxidil and Other Hair Loss Treatments?

Not only can Dutasteride be combined with Minoxidil, but it is also recommended. The two medications work differently and together can maximize your hair growth. Here’s how. When people experience androgenetic alopecia, the hair follicles shrink, resulting in shorter and thinner hair. Over time, the hair follicles can completely close, so that hair will no longer grow. Dutasteride blocks DHT from shrinking the follicles, and Minoxidil enlarges the hair follicles, allowing thicker, healthier hair to emerge.  

How to Get Oral Dutasteride

Oral Dutasteride is only available by prescription and should be taken under the supervision of a licensed dermatologist. Be sure to follow-up as recommended by your doctor. As with any medication, Dutasteride should be monitored regularly. 

If you have been diagnosed with male or female pattern baldness and are interested in learning more about Dutasteride, Happy Head can help. Not diagnosed for hair loss but feel like you’re losing hair? You can get a FREE consultation with our board-certified dermatologists and get prescribed the treatment you need online by taking our quick questionnaire here and telling us about your hair. We have licensed dermatologists available in every state to answer your questions and determine whether Dutasteride is right for you. We also help make Dutasteride affordable, whether or not you have insurance. Use code GOHAIR for 50 percent off of your first order. 


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(02) Khandpur, S., & Suman, M. (2014). Dutasteride improves male pattern hair loss in a randomized study in identical twins. Indian journal of dermatology, 59(6), 630-633. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.143571

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7 Modern Hairstyles for Men With Thinning Hair

Happy Head Inc customer getting his hair cut in a more flattering way to help hide his hair thinning while he continues his hair loss treatments.

When hair starts to thin, finding the right hairstyle becomes challenging. Your old tried and true hairstyle becomes more and more difficult to achieve with thinning hair. To add to the problem, your go-to haircut doesn’t do your bald spots and thinning areas any favors. Sound familiar? Don’t worry. You can achieve a stylish, modern haircut and mask your thinning hair at the same time. We’ve found 7 modern hairstyles for men with thinning hair to help you find a solution before your next event.

Fashion Forward Hairstyles for Your Thinning Hair

If you are experiencing thinning hair, it’s important to choose a haircut that flatters your face shape and helps to make your hair appear fuller and thicker. Here are some haircut tips for men with thinning hair.

1. The Crew Cut

The crew cut is both modern and classic, worn by the likes of Channing Tatum to Elvis Pressley. This cut is a shorter hairstyle that’s perfect for men who have thinning hair. Depending on the specific crew cut you’re looking for, this style involves cutting the hair short on the sides and the back. The top, however, remains slightly longer. 

What makes the crew cut work is that it gives the hair some movement but hides any thinning areas – especially at the temples. This creates a clean, polished look that’s easy to maintain and style. For a versatile option, try the crew cut if you have thinning hair. 

2. The Combover

The comb-over gets a bad rap, but it’s an extremely effective way to mask thinning hair or bald spots. A short comb-over, in particular, is the quintessential business look that also helps to disguise any thin patches. This style involves combing the hair over to one side to hide bald spots.

A comb-over requires hair products to keep hair in place. Typically, a comb and hairspray (or other hair product) are all that’s necessary to make a comb-over look flawless. A larger area to comb over may call for longer hair, therefore, a comb-over needs some time for hair to grow long enough to cover over the necessary areas. 

3. The Slicked-Back Look

Slicking back your hair can create the look of full locks. The slicked-back hairstyle involves combing the hair straight back, away from the face. This helps to create the appearance of fuller hair on top while also giving the hair a polished, sophisticated look. 

The slicked-back style can also be easily styled with a little bit of hair product, making it a great option for men who want a low-maintenance style. This look works well with a streamlined, modern wardrobe. So, if you already have an affinity for fashion, a slicked-back hairstyle might be right up your alley. 

4. The French Crop

The French crop is called the “white T-shirt of haircuts” because it looks great on most face shapes. This style also seems ready-made for men with receding hairlines or thinning hair. The hairstyle calls for a crew cut-like cut, but the hair is combed forward at the top. Because the hair is styled slightly forward, the strands can shield a receding hairline from view. 

When wearing a French crop, it helps to use a bit of pomade or gel to keep the hair combed forward and flattened. Also, a shorter cut at the front means frequent trims. Allowing the hair to grow long at the forehead can make the cut look like bangs, so be sure to keep the look on the shorter side!

5. The Messy Textured Crop

The messy textured crop is a modern hairstyle that is perfect for men with thinning hair. This style involves cutting the hair short on the sides and back while leaving the hair slightly longer on top. The hair on top is then styled with a bit of texture and volume, creating a messy, tousled look, perfect for men who want a more relaxed, casual look.

The hair flows forward in this hairstyle, so it helps to cover up any patches of receding hairline or bald areas. This haircut is also low-maintenance, as it doesn’t require precision or accuracy when styling. Just dab some hair product onto your hands, tousle your hair, and you’re good to go. 

6. The Short Quiff

The short quiff is a more modern hairstyle that’s convenient and very doable for men with thinning hair. This style involves cutting the hair short on the sides and back while leaving the hair slightly longer on top. Though it may be mistaken for a pompadour, a short quiff, and a pompadour are two very different hairstyles. 

While both the short quiff and the pompadour involve styling the front of the hair to add volume, a short quiff is much shorter and brushed forwards. So, while a pompadour calls for longer, thicker hair, a short quiff works well with thinner hair. This style also offers the illusion of movement and density, making it an excellent hairstyle for someone with thinning hair. 

7. The Faux Hawk Mohawk

There’s no need to let thinning hair keep you from being edgy and modern! If you’re feeling adventurous, then a faux hawk or mohawk is for you. The faux hawk is a variation of the classic Mohawk, but it’s less extreme and much easier to wear. To create a faux hawk, ask your barber to cut your hair shorter on the sides (but not shaved all the way) and longer on top. Style your hair by using a styling product, such as pomade or wax, to create height and texture.

A Mohawk, on the other hand, calls for a complete shave on the sides of your head and leaves a strip of hair on top. Style your hair by using a styling product, such as pomade or wax, to create height and texture. If you’re feeling rebellious, style the hair into spikes or ask your barber to dye your hair a vibrant color. This should create a definite distraction from your thinning hair! 

Customer looking in the mirror at their thinning hair.

What Causes Hair Thinning? 

Before you change your hairstyle, you may want to confirm that you’re actually experiencing hair loss. According to the American Hair Loss Association, a person typically loses 50 to 100 hairs a day. When a person loses more hair than that for a prolonged period of time, however, it can result in excessive hair loss which causes thinning or balding. (01)

Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss in men:

  1. Male pattern baldness: Male androgenetic alopecia, also called male pattern baldness, affects up to 30 to 50% of men by the age of 50. The condition is the most common cause of hair loss in men. (02) This type of hair loss is typically caused by genetics and hormonal changes and typically results in a receding hairline and thinning hair on the crown of the head.
  2. Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions can also cause hair loss. For example, scalp infections, autoimmune disorders, and skin conditions like psoriasis can all lead to hair loss. (03)
  3. Medications: Many medications can cause hair loss in men as a side effect. Some of the most common medications that have hair loss as side effects include chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners, and antidepressants. (03)
  4. Nutritional deficiencies: Nutritional deficiencies, particularly in iron, zinc, and biotin, can contribute to hair loss or thinning. (04)
  5. Stress: Stress can also contribute to hair loss in both men and women. Chronic stress can lead to hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that can result in hair loss.
  6. Hairstyles and hair treatments: Some hairstyles and hair treatments can also contribute to hair loss in men. For example, tight braids, weaves, and ponytails can cause traction alopecia, a type of hair loss caused by pulling on the hair follicles. Chemical treatments like perms and relaxers can also damage the hair and cause hair loss over time. (05)

As you can see, hair loss in men can be caused by a variety of factors. So, if you suspect that your hair is thinning, you may want to speak with a dermatologist to confirm your suspicions. You can also take our quick questionnaire here to tell us about your hair loss, share some photos, and a Happy Head dermatologist can create a custom hair loss treatment just for you. All online. No office visits needed. 

You can also try our Happy Head Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. Developed specifically with hair loss in mind, our hair care products contain high-quality ingredients like Saw Palmetto and Biotin. Our special hair thickeners add volume and length to your strands and keep your scalp healthy. Subscribe and save on your purchase! 


(01) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK278957/

(03) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/causes/18-causes

(04) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/causes/18-causes

(05) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/

(06) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK470434/

Are You Losing Your Hair? What You Should Do.

Do you suspect you’re losing hair? Don’t panic. Take a breath and make a plan. 

Time is on your side. Hair loss is very rarely something that happens overnight. For most people, hair loss is a slow and stealthy process. Hair loss takes time. Sometimes, it takes years or decades. 

Also, you’re not alone on your hair loss journey. Losing hair is hard to talk about. The hair loss experience is a touchy subject, and friends and family may hesitate to discuss the topic. Fortunately, hair care professionals are available to discuss hair restoration with you. And best of all, these experts know how to create a game plan to slow your hair loss. 

Steps to Take If You Suspect Hair Loss 

Being concerned about losing your hair is not vain – it’s human! Your hair plays a significant role in your appearance and self-confidence. If keeping as much hair as possible is crucial to you, then treating hair loss is an integral part of your self-care strategy. With that said, the following are essential steps to take if you think you’re experiencing hair loss.

Learn About Hair’s Growth Cycle

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA), every individual can expect to lose about 50 to 100 hairs daily. Hair undergoes a definite growth cycle, with a percentage of hair undergoing different portions of the growth cycle at any given time. At the end of each cycle, the strands fall naturally, and new hair grows in. The stages of hair growth are: (01,02)

  • Anagen (growth phase)
  • Catagen (transition phase)
  • Telogen (resting and shedding phase)

Excessive hair loss is not a regular part of this growth cycle. This type of hair loss occurs when there is a disruption in one of the three phases. For example, too many strands may fall simultaneously (in the Telogen phase) or fail to regrow after falling (in the Anagen phase). 

Identify the Signs of Hair Loss

Spotting the signs of hair loss might take some investigating. To determine whether you’re experiencing excessive hair loss, keep an eye out for: (03)

  • The development of bald patches. 
  • Hair that feels lighter. 
  • A more visible scalp. 
  • Foreheads or temples appear larger. 
  • More hair than usual on bedding, hairbrushes, or in the bathtub.
  • Hair that doesn’t fall in your typical hairstyle.
  • Intense itching or burning (may be a sign of infection.)
  • Scaly patches. 

Hair loss typically appears in three forms: 

  • Patterned: People with patterned hair loss see progressive thinning or balding at the hairline, sides, or top of the head. Patterned loss is typically seen in hereditary types of hair loss, like androgenetic alopecia.
  • Diffuse: A consistent and even loss of hair throughout the scalp is called diffused hair loss. This hair loss usually occurs in cases of illness, nutrient deficiency, or during periods of severe stress. 
  • Focal: Focal hair loss occurs as patches on the scalp, face, or the body, and is usually linked to autoimmune disorders.

Discovering hair loss is no doubt a distressing event. But it’s better to know so you can take steps to treat it. The earlier you can identify hair loss, the higher your chances for a successful hair restoration. 

What’s Causing Your Hair Loss? 

A few common causes of hair loss are: 

    • Age: Most people experience hair loss with age to some degree. Some people may see more loss of hair than others. Treatments may help to regrow hair or slow hair loss if caught early. 
    • Stress: Stress can cause excessive shedding. Often, hair will regain its fullness after reducing stress, or a stressful experience has passed. In some cases, treatment is necessary to regrow hair. 
    • Medical Conditions: Illnesses can lead to hair loss. Alopecia areata, as an example, is an immune disorder that attacks hair follicles, resulting in loss of hair. Thyroid disorders can also impact hair growth and cause diffused hair loss. (04)
    • Hair Care Treatments: Chemical relaxers, hair dyes, and perms may injure hair follicles, preventing healthy hair regrowth. Hair restorations may help to regrow hair in many cases. 
    • Hormonal Imbalance: Women, in particular, may lose hair due to birth control pills, pregnancy, perimenopause, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Medical care combined with hair treatments may help to restore hair. 
    • Friction: Frictional alopecia may occur when headgear or clothing repeatedly rubs against the skin or scalp. Hair typically regrows by removing the source of friction, but hair growth treatment may be necessary in some instances. 
    • Genetic Factors: The cause of thinning or balding may have a genetic cause if hair loss runs in the family. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness or female-pattern hair loss, is thought to have a genetic component. Hair growth treatments can help to regrow hair in cases of androgenetic alopecia. (05)
    • Diet: A diet high in processed foods and low in nutrients is bad for your health and may even contribute to hair loss. For example, a 2020 study found that a nutrient-deficient diet may cause a hair loss condition called telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium may also occur during times of severe stress or illness. A multi-targeted approach, like hair treatments, dietary supplements, and a healthy diet, may help counter the effects of a poor diet. (06)

Determine Your Options 

Speaking with a hair restoration professional can confirm or correct your suspicions about hair loss. Once hair loss is confirmed, a hair expert can help you determine the appropriate treatment to restore your hair. 

  • Medication: Hair strands grow from – and are held in place by – hair follicles. These follicles are sensitive to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT can injure and miniaturize these hair follicles, which causes hair to fall out faster. Furthermore, DHT impedes new hair growth. Medications targeting DHT limit damage by the hormone and may successfully regrow hair. 
    • Finasteride and Minoxidil are FDA-approved medications that help encourage hair growth and slow hair loss. Both Finasteride and Minoxidil are available as either a topical or oral medication. 
    • Dutasteride is another effective medication used to counter DHT levels. This medication suppresses the production of DHT, therefore reducing the overall amount of DHT. (07)
  • Hair Care: Harsh shampoos, oily conditioners, and thermal hair tools harm the health of your hair. Using hair products that cleanse and nourish the scalp, follicles, and hair strengthens each strand and keeps more hair on your head. 
  • Diet and Supplements: A nutrient-dense diet full of antioxidants and protein increases the likelihood of thicker hair. Unfortunately, diet changes may not always be enough. In these cases, health supplements containing hair-boosting ingredients like keratin, saw palmetto, and vitamins A and D. 

Remember that there’s no magic bullet to regrow hair. Furthermore, hair restoration treatments are not one-size-fits-all.  Finding the appropriate treatments and balance of medications requires the help of an experienced hair loss professional. 

Consult With a Happy Head Hair Loss Professional

If you think you’re losing your hair, contact our hair loss experts at Happy Head. Do you see more strands falling? Do you notice bald spots forming? There’s no need to worry, because Happy Head can help.  We collaborate closely with you to halt your hair loss. Whether you need oral medication, a topical, or a nutrient supplement, our experienced hair loss professionals will work with you to determine the best path to meet your needs. With Happy Head’s wide array of hair products, you’re sure to find the right treatment to regrow your hair. 



(01) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/shedding

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499948/

(03) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/begin

(04) https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/alopecia-areata

(05) https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/types/female-pattern

(06) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7320655/

(07) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28294070/

Is Your Medication Causing Your Hair Loss?


It’s not a shocker that medications have side effects.  Read through the list on your medications’ inserts, and you’ll often see things like dizziness, headaches, sleepiness, or even worse, trouble sleeping.  One side effect that isn’t often mentioned, however, is hair loss.  Yes, some medications can cause hair loss over time. How do you know if your prescription medication is contributing to your hair loss?  What should you do if you suspect that a particular drug makes your hair fall out?  We’re here to answer your questions about drug-induced hair loss and share treatment options available to help regrow your hair.  

Drug-induced Alopecia is A Real Thing

Many people experience androgenetic alopecia, male and female pattern hair loss.  Androgenetic alopecia is the most common type of alopecia.  Unless a person undergoes treatment, hair loss from male and female pattern baldness is permanent.  Alopecia that occurs after taking medication is a different story.  Drug-induced hair loss is called telogen effluvium (TE), which usually begins about three months after taking the medication.  Fortunately, telogen effluvium is typically reversible once you stop taking the medication.  

If You Think Your Medication is Causing Your Hair Loss, Consult With Your Doctor 

If you think your hair loss is related to your meds, don’t stop taking them.  You’ll need to consult with your doctor first.  He or she is trained to help you determine whether your hair loss is from the medicine you’re taking or something else.  It may take some detective work to know for sure.  If your doctor confirms that your hair loss is due to your medicine, he or she can offer some options that will help.  Simple tactics such as switching to a name or generic brand, changing dosages, or adding vitamins may make a big difference.

Eight Types of Medications Have a Reputation for Causing Hair Loss

Certain medications are more likely to cause hair loss than others.  Here are eight that patients have reported:

  1. Anticoagulants

Anticoagulants are also known as blood thinners.  They are often prescribed to reduce the risk of strokes or heart attacks.  Anticoagulants prevent or reduce the coagulation of your blood, which prolongs the clotting time.  Well-known brands include Warfarin, Heparin, and Xarelto.  Researchers believe that the mechanism that allows anticoagulants to thin the blood also contributes to telogen effluvium, but they aren’t sure exactly how or why.  More data is still needed to understand the association. (01)

  1. Antidepressants

Sertraline, marketed under the name Zoloft, is a well-known and used antidepressant. The medication increases serotonin levels in the brain.  Although rare, hair loss has been documented as a side effect of Zoloft (02) and other antidepressants.  Researchers believe that the medication pushes the hair follicles into a premature resting state, which makes users’ hair fall out.  The exact reason why is unknown. 

  1. Anti-inflammatories & Arthritis Medications

It’s not unusual for Methotrexate, Humira, and other arthritis medications to cause hair loss.  The reason is that the medication is designed to stop cells that cause inflammation from growing.  In some cases, people’s hair follicles are affected cells.  Some prescription NSAIDs including oxaprozin, ketoprofen, fenoprofen, diclofenac, and celecoxib, have been reported to cause alopecia as well. Over-the-counter NSAIDs taken in moderate doses typically don’t affect patients’ hair.  

  1. Blood Pressure Medications

Beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors are often used to lower blood pressure, control the heart’s rhythm, and treat angina.  These medications change your body’s response to adrenaline and other stress hormones to reduce your heart rate and blood pressure.  Incidentally, they sometimes also target the hair follicles in either the resting or new growth phase.  

  1. Cholesterol-lowering Medications

Hair loss is a rare side effect when taking statins.  Researchers don’t know exactly why statins could cause alopecia, but they do know that cholesterol is a building block for steroid hormones.  Those hormones play a role in your hair’s growth.  More research is needed in this arena.  

  1. Medications for Severe Acne and Psoriasis

Accutane is one of the most well-known medications prescribed to treat severe acne.  While Accutane is highly effective, about 10 percent of Accutane users experience hair loss. (03)  The reason why is that Accutane affects the pituitary gland’s hormone levels.  Those hormone levels are responsible for making your hair grow.  Medications used to treat plaque psoriasis that calm the immune system can also cause temporary hair loss.  Methotrexate and Remicade are two medications known for inducing short-term alopecia.   

  1. Epilepsy and Anticonvulsant Medications

If you’re taking medication for epilepsy and notice that your hair is thinning, you’re not alone. A 2015 study, hair loss was the second highest reported side effect of epilepsy medications after weight loss. (04)  The study indicated that pregabalin, phenytoin, and valproic acid are the culprits.  If you think you’re experiencing hair loss due to one of these medications, check with your neurologist about taking supplements such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and folic acid or modifying your prescription.  

How to Regrow Your Hair

If you think your medication is thinning your hair, there are things you can do to help it grow.  Here are some short-term and long-term options:

Short-term Options

If you haven’t had time to schedule an appointment with your doctor yet, or are waiting for one, you can do a few things in the meanwhile.  The most important is to ensure that you are practicing good self-care.  Get enough sleep and eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit, and protein.  Moderate exercise will help the blood flow to your scalp.  You may also want to consider a thickening shampoo and conditioner.  One infused with vitamins and supplements will support your hair’s health and growth.  

Long-term Options

If you’ve been working with your doctor and your hair doesn’t respond to adjustments in your treatment plan, topical or oral hair loss medications may be an option for you.  With prescription topical hair loss solutions, you won’t have to worry about contradictions with other medications you are taking.  Topicals are not systemic since you are not ingesting them.  Topical medications such as Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Sprinolactone work directly on the scalp to enlarge the hair follicles and block the hormones that make your hair shed.  Topicals can also be customized based on factors such as your medical history, age, and gender.  

If topical hair loss solutions aren’t right for you, Minoxidil, Finasteride, Dutasteride, and Spironlactone are also available as pills.  If you go this route, your doctor will be instrumental in ensuring that new hair loss medications can be safely added to your existing medication protocol.

If you are experiencing hair loss that you think may be linked to the medications you’re taking, you probably have a lot of questions.  It’s normal to want to know what to do, how to stop the shedding, and how to regrow your hair.  If that’s the case, we’re here to help.  Our dermatologists are board-certified medical doctors and can point you in the right direction.  We’ll review your medical history, evaluate your hair loss, and make recommendations based on your specific needs.  Best of all, you can access us easily and discreetly.  Contact us to get started. 



(01) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4819463/#:~:text=Traditional%20anticoagulants%20are%20thought%20to,growth%20of%20new%20hair%20underneath.

(02) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4589582/

(03) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21103844/

(04) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25513768/