Min New York: Secure – Production Delays

Min New York Secure Anti-DHT Hair Gel

Min NY: “Secure” Gel

A wear-in product that we highly recommend both for its cosmetic (hair shaft expanding) and regenerative properties, Min New York: Secure Gel, (click to read our original review) is currently experiencing production delays.

The manufacturer suggests Min New York Define Shaping Pomade 3.5 oz as the closest and most similar product, with the same active ingredients.

We have also tested Min’s New York Form Styling Cream and found it to be a similar product, with the same active ingredients, but a slightly different product in terms of appearance (medium hold; hair-shaft expanding), and recommend it highly as well for an all-day protection product.

Rating: A+

Kérastase Densifique: New Breakthrough Stem Cell Hair Regrowth Product with Stemoxydine?

Kerastase DensifiqueThe Telegraph of London reports that a breakthrough hair loss product works on stem cells, describing it as the “holy grail” for those facing the prospect of going bald or finding their hair is thinning with age.

The article says that L’Oréal (the manufacturer) claims demand for the new treatment is already so high that it has seen salons taking thousands of pre-orders even though the recommended three month treatment is relatively costly.

Researchers claim that after 90 days, the liquid “Kérastase Densifique”, when applied to the roots, can promote the growth of more than 1500 new hairs.  The effectiveness claimed is based on regenerating roots by targeting areas of the scalp prone to hair loss rather than actual fibers, using a stem cell-originated technology.

As we have discussed elsewhere on the site, hair loss and/or thinning may be caused by a number of factors, including but not limited to poor diet, hormones (aging related, environmentally-impacted, and otherwise), stress, post pregnancy and over processing hair.

Currently, Kérastase Densifique is only available in Europe; however, if one orders via Amazon, importers have made it available early for use in the United States.  It can be ordered here.

So, Does It Work?

This is a relatively new product, so only time will tell.  L’Oréal has a somewhat notorious history for producing hair regrowth products that were minimally effective.  For example, Aminexil (trade name Kopexil) was a much-hyped product that proved to be generally ineffective (never heard of it?  That’s probably why…  It’s not often prescribed).

Stemoxydine (click to see Google Patent) is the active compound in Densifique.

The product was tested in the SABOURAUD center in Paris, in a double blind vs placebo study consisting of 101 men between 18 and 55 years old.

A Stemoxydine 5% solution was applied 1 time a day (6ml), at the end of the 3 months of the trial, there was an increase of 4% in hair density on the patients treated with Stemoxydine, witch represent an average of +1700 hairs.

Conclusion

It appears from early and limited in vivo studies that a small amount of hair regrowth did occur.  However, larger scale clinical testing would be needed to determine a more accurate assessment of the product’s success rate.  Still, going on what data exists, 4% of hair regrowth at the current price makes this product a tough call.  If the price tag on this one means nothing to you, then by all means, give it a try; we at HairSecrets still assert that just about anything is a better choice than Minoxidil.  If, however you want a sure value, consider less expensive products, and consider following the plan and checklist outlined in the Ultimate Hair Secrets eBook.

Product Review: Min New York “Secure” Anti-DHT Styling Gel

Min New York Secure Anti-DHT Hair Gel

Min NY: “Secure” Gel

Min New York is a little-known brand that produces quite possibly some of the highest quality hair health styling products in the world. In particular, the product we tested extensively was the “Secure” Anti-DHT Firm Gel.

Min’s Secure Gel’s compounded ingredients include Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Saw Palmetto, Procapil, and Copper Peptide Y3. Let’s break these down.

  • Biotin is a base nutrient that is found in hair and a deficiency can be responsible for hair loss.  However, biotin deficiency is rare.  In this case, it’s a good “core” nutrient to have in place, and may work wonders for a few, but generally this falls into the category of “hair vitamins”.  An exception is those who eat a lot of eggs; avidin is a protein found in egg whites which binds to biotin, causing malabsorption within the body.  If you eat a lot of eggs, be sure to cook the whites thoroughly, otherwise the risk of biotin deficiency may actually become a problem.
  • Zinc Sulfate has been shown in many studies to stop hair loss and regrow hair, particularly in individuals post-surgury or who experienced deficiency in zinc. However, many of these studies refer to systemic application of zinc (ingestion) rather than a topical application.  That said, a topical application of zinc is a good thing, because if zinc is going to help you, it will, but if you ingest too much zinc and aren’t already deficient, you may actually become zinc-toxic, and/or upset your body’s balance of zinc (as well as copper and other minerals that tend to bind and interface with zinc).  All in all, a helpful ingredient for some, non-helpful for others, generally harmful for no one.
  •  Saw Palmetto extract has long been promoted as an anti-DHT, prostate and hair health product.  In reality, numerous medical trials have shown that saw palmetto, even in standardized form, has borderline effectiveness in reducing symptoms of prostatitis, and no long-term trials have been conducted on its efficacy in the area of hair loss as a nutritional supplement.  However, in studies of saw palmetto as a topical treatment for hair growth, definite positive growth results were found over a 50 week period, both in reduction of inflammation and increase of hair thickness.  While conventional wisdom might point to the original thinking of saw palmetto as a DHT-binding, inhibitory agent, if we think outside the box a bit, we remember that saw palmetto is a plant, possessing powerful and complex phytonutrient and isoflavone compounds; it is likely that these contribute to saw palmetto’s effectiveness as a topical agent for anti-inflammatory and anti-DHT effect.
  • Procapil® is a combination of vitaminated biotinyl tripeptide-1 with apigenin and oleanolic acid.  This unique combination, also possessing bioflavanoids, has powerful anti inflammatory properties that aid in reversing and preventing the damage caused by DHT within the scalp.
  • Azelaic Acid – said to be a potential inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase in human skin.  A reduction of this enzyme may reduce the amount DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the body and therefore, have a similar effect to finasteride.
  • Copper Peptide Y3 – this element peptide works to introduce copper ions into the hair follicle area, inhibiting DHT production in the scalp and activating the natural repair process that rebuilds and renews hair. Copper, along with the previously mentioned zinc and biotin, is vital to having healthy hair and scalp.

Our studies showed that Min’s Secure Gel was very effective in reducing inflammation, and was very effective as a styling product as well.  We recommend it as a standalone product, or as a base styling product, to be used first, followed by your other styling products.  This particular Min product is non-oily, which is ideal for individuals with hair loss; rather than making the hair clump together and further exposing the scalp, it dries fully, adding weight and volume to the hair, and expands the hair shaft, creating the appearance of fuller hair immediately, before its active ingredients actually even begin to do their work.

Rating:  A+

We highly recommend Min New York’s Secure Anti-DHT Gel as a core everyday styling product for optimal hair health and appearance.

How Do I Choose An Organic Shampoo? Do Organic Shampoos Stop Hair Loss?

Organic shampoos and conditioners for hair lossHair loss can be caused by a number of reasons, including genetics, age, illness, and stress. It affects both men and women, and as a result, there are a number of different products, including shampoos, that claim to help reduce hair loss. It is important to remember that while the term “Organic” refers to a food certification given and audited by the United States FDA, it’s meaning in hair products may play a more limited role; that is, it is often more beneficial as a marketing term to the company selling the product than it is to the person buying it, hoping to stop hair loss by its use.

The threshold issue is whether an ingredient in an organic shampoo would cure hair loss even it it were not certified organic, and in most cases, organic shampoos tend to possess no such ingredients, and do not even make claims to that effect (we just interpret “organic” to mean anti-baldness due to its healthful connotations in the food world). Nonetheless, there are certain ingredients that you should look for and avoid when choosing organic shampoo for hair loss.

Ingredients that you should look for when choosing an organic shampoo for hair loss include herbal extracts such as rosemary, chamomile, and lavender. These are thought to help hair loss by stimulating the hair follicles, strengthening hair to prevent breakage, and cleaning the scalp to keep it dandruff free. Fruit extracts, including pomegranate and jojoba, are also thought to be useful at improving hair growth and thickness, reducing blockage of the follicles and sebum buildup, and protecting hair and the scalp by working as antioxidants. Shampoos with aloe vera are also good choices due to the plant’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help to protect against diseases such as folliculitis, which can make hair loss worse.

You may also want to choose ingredients that increase the volume of your hair, making it appear thicker and fuller. Good organic shampoo for hair loss contains panthenol, also known as vitamin B5, which moisturizes hair. Wheat proteins also act as a moisturizer add weight and volume to the hair. Soy proteins are also good ingredients, serving the same purpose. Others that are good for hair loss include biotin, keratin, and vitamin B12.

Ingredients to avoid in any shampoo, whether organic or not, include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which is very common in shampoos and is thought to have damaging effects on people who suffer from hair loss.

When buying organic shampoo for hair loss, always make sure you read the label very carefully.

Lastly, many products make claims that they are organic, but the regulation of these claims is particularly lacking in the cosmetics industry. Look for products that are 100% organic from brands that are well-established and have been around for a while. These should not contain any fertilizers, pesticides, or hormones, and should not contain synthetic ingredients. Remember, just because a product claims to be organic or “made with organic ingredients”, there is no rule stating it cannot still contain chemicals that are bad for your hair or that cause hair loss.

Learn more in-depth information about which shampoos provide optimum hair health and have been shown to cause actual hair regrowth in our in-house studies.