Does Exercise Impact Hair Loss And Regrowth? Is Nitric Oxide a helpful supplement for both hair loss and exercise?

Bodybuilding-HairlossAt HairSecrets, we often receive questions from those suffering from hair loss (both early and late stage) regarding exercise, and its effects on hair loss and hair regrowth.

Exercise can impact androgenic hair loss by affecting hormone levels, including DHT and estrogen. The quantification of androgen responses to exercise can be classified in four combined categories: short versus long term, and anaerobic versus aerobic.

In cross-sectional analyses, aerobic exercisers have lower basal total and free testosterone compared to the sedentary. Anaerobic exercisers also have lower testosterone compared to the sedentary. Testosterone acutely increases, briefly, when comparing aerobic, anaerobic, and mixed forms of exercise.

Question

The following are selected questions from a reader of the Ultimate Hair Secrets eBook, along with answers provided to assist in his particular exercise routine, which consisted of training for boxing–a hard hitting workout, but with aerobic properties–and a question regarding the addition of Nitric Oxide, a popular workout supplement, to his supplement regime.  Body building products marketed as Nitric Oxide are actually often Arginine alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) – a salt of the amino acid arginine and alpha-ketoglutaric acid, or simply L-Arginine. Its components are intermediates in the metabolism of nitric oxides.  A particularly popular (and time-released) version of this product is available in the BSN Nitrix A.M. to P.M. Vaso-Muscular Volumizer, which provides increased strength and “pump” during a workout, without directly modulating androgenic hormones which lead to the production of DHT and hair loss.

I am a former boxer and am fighting again towards the end of the year. I’ve never taken any bodybuilding supplements before, but as I’m moving up in weight, will need to.
Is it right to think this is counterproductive to what the book might say about hair loss, as you’re introducing more testosterone into the equation?

I’m going to have to take supplements (no steroids though). I’m talking protein shakes, and nitric oxide in particular.

Answer

In actuality, your situation is perfect for the program outlined in the book. Protein and nitric oxide supplements are non-androgenic in nature, and nitric oxide is actually an excellent synergist to the two stacks outlined in the book, as it is a major component of hair and shown to improve hair regrowth (see http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01347957 for a clinical study on the subject).

As to testosterone, in short, long term training (the kind you are doing) is a good thing, whereas short spikes from otherwise completely sedentary activity are bad (tending to spike DHT and hormones involved in the hair loss process).  Refer to Chapter 5: Exercise Secrets, and the subsection, “Androgenic Impact of Exercise” for a full rundown of how to best optimize your workout for hair regrowth.

For more on how exercise impacts hair loss, including answers to the right and wrong ways to structure your exercise routines, refer to the Ultimate Hair Secrets eBook, which breaks down the results of eleven controlled clinical studies, combined them into outlines for ideal routines for keeping fit while maintaining proper hormone levels for hair regrowth, and covers the complete ins and outs of troubleshooting your current workout routine for ultimately minimizing production of follicle-binding DHT, which damages hair follicles and causes hair loss.

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.