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Throughout nearly all of recorded human history, hair has been a major factor in our sense of identity, our forefathers’ powdered wigs a testament to the extremes we’ll go to in pursuit of lustrous hair. So it can be disorienting when our tresses begin to change, or worse, fall out. Men commonly experience this loss, known as male-pattern baldness, but since the pandemic, more women, too, have begun noticing startling thinning in their hair. The good news is that there are plenty of solutions, most of which don’t involve Revolutionary War-era hairstyles.
Abe Ayesh, owner of Eternal Hair & Esthetics in New Jersey, tells InStyle that his clinic saw “a big increase in the number of patients” visiting for hair loss solutions since the pandemic began, attributing the spike to both the effects of COVID-19 and increased stress levels during quarantine.
While treatment options range from cutting-edge procedures yielding permanent, 180-degree results to drug-free topical solutions whose benefits increase with every use, the clinic’s most popular, most requested, and most effective hair regeneration treatment is the Direct Follicle Implant (DFI) hair transplant, an “excellent option” for both men and women, per Ayesh. Using an exclusive implantation tool, hair follicles are implanted in a “specific direction, angle, and depth,” which “guarantees that the implanted hair will continue to grow with a natural-looking outcome.” The procedure is so effective that, according to Ayesh, the clinic has observed a 98 percent success rate.
Nutrafol’s hair-growth portfolio includes the oral Hair Growth Nutraceutical that’s rich in biotin, marine collagen, and the brand’s signature Synergen Complex. “We recommend [it] to patients in conjunction with any of the above treatment options as it is clinically proven to support your hair growth by targeting the five root causes affecting hair health (besides genetics): hormones, stress, environment, metabolism, and nutrition,” says Ayesh.
But Nutrafol has another powerful product that’s yet to reach mass awareness, and Ayesh couldn’t be more effusive about it.”Nutrafol also just recently released its new Growth Activator Serum, which is a topical lightweight leave-in serum infused with natural, vegan ingredients that deliver powerful ashwagandha exomes. Ashwagandha exosomes are an advanced delivery technology that contain RNA, lipids, and protein,” Ayesh says, calling the fast-absorbing serum “revolutionary” because it “delivers living plant matter directly to the scalp to boost cell renewal.” The result? Stronger, thicker-looking hair.
While you shouldn’t expect to see the same results as with Eternal’s clinical DFI procedure, these non-invasive solutions come highly recommended by a professional regeneration specialist and promise improvement to your hair’s strength, density, and overall appearance — without the commitment of a surgical procedure or the high price point.