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Thinning Hair & Shedding
Reviewed by Marta May 10, 2010 18 Comments

It is almost a year ago since I posted on strategies for thinning hair. Going back to it, I was amused to see that we had only just discovered what have, eleven months on, now become stalwarts in our arsenal for thicker, stronger hair: emu oil and Nutra-Lift's conditioner. Well, not only are those now more tried and true than ever, but we have made some new discoveries that help return thinning aging hair to its former glory. Would-be Repunzels, read on.

In addition to Nutra-Lift's conditioner ($14), I have got to know and love the Nutra-Lift shampoo ($22). Both remain fixtures in my shower to this day and my hair looks healthy, stronger and less of it is being washed down the shower drain. I am happy to say that those of you, like Kim, who have checked them out love them too. Quick aside, you should check out Kim's hair journey and some of the discoveries she made to get back her luscious locks. Nutra-Lift's shampoo and conditioner are packed with the kind of ingredients you would find in a high end face serum, majoring on marine extracts with four types of seaweed, which are antioxidants. Research has shown that antioxidants can prevent hair from being damaged by the sun. Talking of antioxidants, I haven’t come across astaxanthin in a shampoo before now. It is found naturally in salmon and is associated with hair growth because it contains 5-alpha-reductase. An unusual ingredient for a hair product is turmeric, but it makes sense given that its key component is curcumin, an anti-inflammatory that may be able to control inflammation in the cells around the hair follicle. This duo is a best seller in our shop ($32).

Another great thinning haircare line is made by Osmotics, who worked with cancer specialists to create the FNS shampoo ($24), conditioner ($26) and serum ($69) that helps hair grow back faster (after chemo, for example). FNS shampoo and conditioner are all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Beta carotene from carrot is a precursor to vitamin E and A. Cucumber is a source of natural silica, essential for healthy hair. It works well with chemically treated hair. Whereas the serum contains all the amino acids naturally found in hair.

For patches of hair loss, badly thinning hair and hairlines, our latest find is Hair Signals. Like Folligen (it's made by the same company), it uses copper peptides to help hair grow. My own results on my hairline with Hair Signals Cream ($27) have been really good - strong hair grows back, not baby, wispy stuff. For all over the head, Hair Signals has a lighter lotion called Therapy Solution ($38) However, Folligen is still very good and if you like it, stick with it. Folligen Cream ($22) is best for targeting specific areas and the hairline.

And yes, we're converts to emu oil (especially as we have found some that isn't like melted chicken fat). This bird is backed by science. Emu oil is actually very close to human sebum. It contains essential fatty acids: linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic. Linolenic (omega-3 EFA) and linoleic (omega-6 EFA). Specifically, topical applications of emu oil may result in the growth of thicker hair….. both a thickening of existing hair shafts (which shrink in diameter with age) and a “re-awakening” of the dormant (sleeping) hair shafts (which increase as a percentage of total hair shafts with age). All demonstrated in clinical trials at the University of Boston. After searching high and low to find Uniquely Emu’s triple refined oil. Clear, odorless and 45% more effective than unrefined oil.

We've put some of these together in our Thicker Stronger Hair Collection: Skin Biology Therapy Cream, Nutra-Lift Shampoo and Emuleve. There's a saving of $8 on the products and lower shipping charges for buying them together.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift shampoo

Aloe Vera gel, cocomide betaine, sea algae, bladderwrack, sea kelp, ascophyllum, vegetable glycerin, Vitamin C ester, soy liposomes, hyaluronic acid, di-panthenol, linoleic acid, astaxanthin. infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckthorn, charparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, jasmine, calendula, horse chestnut, slippery elm, elder flower, olive leaf, orange blossom, ylang ylang, fennel, bilberry, milk thistle, golden seal, turmeric, arnica, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, linden flower, gentian, white willow bark, mulberry, eyebright, grapefruit seed extract, peppermint, yarrow, coltsfoot, birch sap, Austrailian tea tree oil, witch hazel, natural mixed tocopherals ( Vit.E.) niacin, biotin, capsaicin, colloidal sulphur, colloidal minerals.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Conditioner

Water, di-panthenol. hyaluronic acid, linoleic acid, infusion of the following natural extracts: burdock, buckhorn, chaparral, comfrey, cranesbill, nettle, jojoba, rosemary, horsetail, hops, ivy, horse chestnut, slippery elm, olive leaf, milk thistle, golden seal, bilberry, butchers broom, passion flower, red clover, sage, willow bark, mulberry, jasmine, calendula, elder flower, orange blosson, fennel, yarrow, liposomes, coenzyme Q-10, grapeseed extract, pycogenal, msn, retinyl palmitate (vit A), mixed tocopherols, vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C calcium ascorbate, mixed flavinoids, organic royal jelly, hydroxylpropyl guar, natural cetyl esters, plant derived behenyl tms, plant derived egms, almond extract, melon extract, collodial minerals.

Ingredients in FNS shampoo

Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel,Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

Ingredients in FNS Conditioner

Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerine, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium E

Ingredients in FNS serum

Purified Water, SDA-40 Alcohol, Nylon-12, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, D-Biotin (Vitamin H), Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Folic Acid, Myo-Inositol, Nicotinic Acid (Niacinamide), Paba, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Alpha-Tocopherol Phosphate, Vitamin B12, L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine, Inorganic Salts, Tetrahydrocurcumin, Carbomer, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (Cinnulin PF®), Oleth-10, Sodium Bicarbonate, Bergamia Essential Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Oleth-10, Nisaplin, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine

  • April 25, 2015

    by Marta

    Hi Geoffrey, we've definitely moved on since these. I've even introduced my own line of hair growth products called Truth Vitality. The Truth Vitality Advanced Complex uses copper peptides to encourage hair growth. You can see more information here:

  • April 25, 2015

    by Geoffrey


    Any update for this ? Or are you still using the same products since 2010 and happy with them ?

    Thanks !

  • November 16, 2010

    by catlover2x

    I am so glad to have found this site! I love the passion and research that goes into the thoughtful postings, not the mention the sacrifice on the parts of those who try the products. Having suffered with thinning hair (genetic — my mother is practically bald) for a long time, I've used minoxydl of course, but it tends to irritate. I was so thrilled to find these products. It's not the scientific method, but I'm trying all of them. Although it's too early to tell for sure, already my hair looks amazingly better! The Nutrilift shampoo is wonderful and I'm an Emu oil addict already. I'm ordering some for my sister, who has a different problem: dry crunchy ends. I have had no problems blow drying with FNS or Folligen on my hair. But everyone's hair is different. None of these products make my hair greasy, just soft and shiny. Thank you for all your hard work.

  • November 16, 2010

    by Michelle

    thank you so much for your reply! I'll let you know how it goes.

  • November 16, 2010

    by marta

    Michelle, for all over the scalp, the spray is going to be better for you - much less gunky. I think Hair Signals is a better product, although it costs a few dollars more than Folligen.

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