Filipinos can laugh off a joke or two about hair loss and baldness, but many are having self-esteem issues because of hair loss. A report by the Philippine Star on a study conducted by the drug firm, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) revealed that Asian men, particularly those from the Philippines, are concerned about hair loss. Among the percentage of Asian men, 30% of Filipino men wished they had more hair.
There’s an obvious correlation between hair loss and confidence. Affected Filipinos are looking for ways to reverse baldness with hair loss treatments in the form of products and surgical methods. Thankfully, these treatments are easy to find in the Philippines and hair growth products are available over the counter or online. There are also hair clinics around Metro Manila that have advanced hair surgeries like Follicular Unit Extraction from the Asian Hair Restoration Center in Pasig City so there’s no shortage of options.
Which Works Best?
Even though the best method to re-grow hair is through hair transplant, it is more affordable to use medication and supplements as the first steps for hair loss treatment even if it takes months before even the smallests changes can be observed. Medication and supplements can either be found online or in drugstores around the Philippines, making them easily accessible to anyone that needs it.
Medication and Supplements
Medications like finasteride (requires a prescription) and minoxidil can grow hair back, but they have side effects related to sexual functions and low blood pressure respectively if taken in doses above the prescribed amount.
Then there are multivitamin supplements that contain vitamins A-E, proteins, and minerals that work great for thinning hair. There are two notable supplements that do the job well and are also backed by research. These are Viviscal and Nutrafol which are respectively an oral marine protein supplement and a plant-based supplement. Both supplements have a variety made for female or male pattern baldness.
Viviscal is a hair growth supplement containing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that combat hair thinning.
Its key ingredients are:
- AminoMar marine complex (a proprietary blend of shark powder and mollusk powder derived from sustainable marine sources.)
- Equisetum arvense sp. (horsetail which contains a naturally occurring form of silica)
- Malpighia glabra (acerola cherry which provides vitamin C),
And Nutrafol is a natural nutraceutical that effectively promotes hair growth and improves overall hair quality. The supplement contains ingredients said to reduce inflammation along with antioxidants and saw palmetto which may inhibit hormones that contribute to hair thinning.
Nutrafol’s ingredients include:
- Black pepper fruit extract
- Cayenne Red Pepper Fruit Extract
- Horsetail Herb Extract
- L-Cysteine Hydrochloride
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Organic Kelp
The studies conducted by Dr. Glynis Ablon (from the Ablon Skin Institute) for each product were a three-month, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, and a six-month double-blind study respectively. Both studies were oriented towards female pattern baldness.
Dr. Ablon’s study shows that the use of Viviscal for 90 days increased the number of terminal hairs and decreased hair shedding in women with self-perceived thinning hair. The changes were associated with improved hair quality including overall hair growth and increased hair strength and there were no reported adverse effects.
And as for Nutrafol, the results showed that 80% of women taking the supplement reported significant improvement. The study also confirmed Nutrafol’s statistically significant effect on women’s hair health which revealed increased hair growth in subjects with self-perceived thinning hair, along with beneficial changes in key hair quality and wellness.
The statistics are as follows:
- 81% Saw improvement in hair growth
- 77% Saw noticeable growth of new hair
- 81% Saw improvement in hair thickness
Consult With a Doctor Before Use
Don’t just buy and test any hair loss treatments you find even if they say it’s effective. It’s tempting to try out these products since you can easily buy them in the Philippines. But don’t go DIY on your hair loss treatment; research a product from reputable sources like WebMD and Healthline and consult with a doctor to know which treatment or product you should avoid or get. No matter how affordable medication and supplements are, always make your safety a priority.