What Is Redensyl and How Can It Prevent Hair Loss?
Thinning hair and hair loss is a secret shame that people go out of their way to hide, but the truth is that over fifty percent of men in America will start to lose their hair before they turn thirty-five. Women aren’t left out either, they make up forty percent of hair loss cases in the US.
Even I, the writer of this article, suffer from thinning hair right at the front hairline. I started noticeably losing my hair at twenty years old due to a hormonal illness, and I’ve had to radically change my preferred hairstyles in order to disguise the noticeable thin-to-balding spot sitting dead center of my hairline.
Do you know how I first noticed it? I didn’t. I had a six year old point at me and very loudly say “She’s got no hair, just like Grandpa!” From thereafter whenever I looked at myself in the mirror I could see that spot smack dab in the middle of my hairline where I could see straight through to the scalp through a thinner layer of hair.
Within time I got diagnosed with PCOS, and that went a long way towards explaining it. That and one of my paternal aunts as well as my paternal grandmother has female pattern baldness and I appear to have inherited that wonderful gene from my father’s side of the family rather than the thick, almost unruly hair of my mother’s side.
Within a few years my long, wavy hair was cut down to something a little above shoulder length and I’d changed my parting in order to disguise my hair. Over the years I’ve cut my hair shorter and shorter because, for me at least, short hair and a change of parting can usually hide my thin spot. Providing the weather is fine and I’m not exerting myself too much. I can still barely look in the mirror when my hair is in its original parting.
It’s a darkly humorous fact that being ashamed of hair loss is partly caused by the fact that society acts as if hair loss is uncommon. Perhaps if more people were open about the inevitability of hair loss and that they suffer from it, there would be less stigma about a natural ageing process. Regardless of society’s stance on hair as an integral part of self-image, losing your hair can cause immense feelings of distress and self-consciousness that undermines your confidence.
A whole industry revolving around reducing or reversing hair loss has sprung up in the last few decades precisely because of the stigma attached to hair loss, and while some of it is complete nonsense, others actually have some clinical evidence showing their efficacy. However, before we go into that, we need to learn some of the background behind hair loss.
The Science of Hair Growth
There are about 100 000 hair follicles on your hair, and at any point in time about eighty percent of your hair is in the anagen (growth) phase and twenty percent in the telogen phase. One full anagen cycle can last three to five years, or seven if you’re of Asian descent.
As you can see from the diagram, there are three stages of growth. At any given moment between eighty and ninety percent of your hair is in the anagen, or active growth stage, around three to five percent is in the catagen stage – no growth – and the rest is in the telogen stage. The hair you lose every day through brushing, washing or everyday activities is hair in the telogen stage, and it is perfectly natural shedding.
What Causes Excessive Hair Loss?
In truth, so many things can cause hair loss, that it’s almost pointless to mention them, but for the sake of completion, we’ll list three common categories:
- Physical illness
Quite a few illnesses, including many hormonal illnesses or imbalances, can have symptoms of hair loss, so if you’re experiencing sudden hair loss for no reason and you’re quite young, you should always see your doctor first. Pregnancy can also cause hair loss.
Chemotherapy is the obvious one that springs to mind, but plenty of anticoagulents, antidepressants and other common medications may have hair loss as an unfortunate side effect. If you’re taking long-term medication and suffering from hair loss, you can either talk to your doctor about it and see if you can switch to an alternative, or you can try to find another way to deal with your hair loss.
While the precise reason why is unknown, but telogen effluvium, traumatic alopecia and even alopecia areata are all documented illnesses whose root cause is most likely linked to a stressful past event such as surgery, childbirth or an emotionally distressful event.
What Is the Root Cause of Hair Loss?
Chemically speaking, there’s something called DHT, a byproduct that results after testosterone is broken down in the body. Once DHT is free flowing in the body, it can travel throughout the body and attach itself to the receptors in your hair follicles. Eventually this causes them to shrink and become less able to support healthy hair in the future.
This analogy is incorrect on many levels, but imagine that DHT can essentially prolong the telogen phase of your hair’s growth cycle preventing more hair from growing. In addition, by shrinking the bulb of the follicle, it literally makes any hair that grows again thinner than your hair used to be.
As an aside, abnormally high levels of DHT has been linked to slow healing after injuries, enlarged prostate, prostate cancer or heart disease. If your hair is suddenly falling out at a fast rate, you may need to see your doctor to verify there’s nothing more serious wrong with you.
Ways of Treating Hair Loss
Being so common, there are plenty of ways to treat hair loss, ranging from hair transplants to supplements to topical solutions and internally taken medicines. They may be prescription medications, over-the-counter or surgery.
What this article is concerned with is topical applications such as creams, shampoos, serums and so on, and one reason for this is because of a comparatively new hair care ingredient called Redensyl.
What is Redensyl?
Redensyl is the active ingredient in several different types of serums ranging in concentration from one to five percent depending on the product you buy. Redensyl should only be applied topically, and Induchem Industries themselves suggest that Redensyl should never be applied in concentrations over three percent.
How Does It Work?
There are two major ingredients in Redensyl: DHQC (dihydroquercetin-glucoside) and EGCG2 (epigallocatechin gallate-glucoside) alongside several other ingredients intended to boost hair vitality. These two patented molecules are derived from the larch tree and green tea respectively. It also contains glycine and zinc, both of which help to reinforce the hair’s protein and make the hair shaft stronger.
Before we move into how redensyl works, we need to know that stem cells are responsible to tissue repair and self-healing. In recent years, stem cell research has been attempting to use these ‘blank’ cells for various things such as treatment for certain illnesses. There is even hope that one day stem cells could be used to grow organs for those who need them, though this is in the far-off future. For hair, all we need to know is that hair follicle stem cells are crucial to hair growth and activating the anagen phase of the hair cycle.
The DHQC molecules in Redensyl target the stem cells of hair follicles and encourage them to divide, protecting them and encourages them towards the anagen part of the hair cycle where they remain for longer than average. ECGC2 helps soothe scalp inflammation. Together these two ingredients, plus the zinc and glycine work together to create an environment where hair growth is supported.
In addition, but DHQC and EGCG2 are DHT blockers, meaning that they reduce the impact it has on hair follicles. This contributes to an environment where hair loss is being prevented as much as hair growth is being supported.
Redensyl vs. Minoxidil?
When it comes to efficacy, the worldwide standard for hair regrowth is minoxidil. People who use minoxidil see results which are generally better than most other products on the market, but why is that?
In truth, not many people know. Minoxidil was first developed as high blood pressure medication, but the side effect is increased hair growth and partial reversal and male and female patterned baldness was so remarkable that in time it became a hair regrowth supplement in its own right. Nonetheless, minoxidil is believed to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and widen the follicle itself, though this has yet to be conclusively proven given that no other blood pressure medication has the same side effect.
Now let’s compare Redensyl and minoxidil in several criteria to see which comes out on top.
Minoxidil is quite harsh on the skin, so it can cause burning and itching sensations, inflammation and soreness. IN extreme cases or overuse, there may be dizziness, chest pain, blurred vision, headaches or irregular heartbeat because too much product is absorbed into the skin.
Redensyl was exhaustively tested by Induchem and to date, no Redensyl side effects have been found.
For the purposes of this, we will be comparing Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Unscented Foam with Redensyl 5% when purchased directly from company websites. This will not be entirely fair to either minoxidil or redensyl as this relies more upon brand strength, but these were amongst the first results when searching for products containing these ingredients.
Both prices are roughly the same, though minoxidil has the option for purchasing a supply anywhere up to twelve months at a time. Some products offer a lot of bells and whistles for additional charges, so when it comes to price point, the balance may come down slightly on minoxidil’s side.
Induchem conducted a study (see section 9) to see which was more effective: redensyl or minoxidil at 1%. Tests were conducted at seven days and at ten days.
Compared to untreated hair, those taking redensyl saw a seventy-five percent increase in hair growth.
Compared to untreated hair, those taking minoxidil saw a twenty-five percent increase in hair growth.
Compared to untreated hair, those taking redensyl saw a two hundred and fourteen percent increase in hair growth.
Compared to untreated hair, those taking minoxidil saw a one hundred and eighteen percent increase in hair growth.
Short-term, redensyl wins, with nearly twice as much hair grown when compared to minoxidil. In the long run, a double blind study found that after eighty-four days of taking redensyl there was a seventeen percent increase in new hair growth and a seventeen percent reduction in hair loss. Overall, eighty-five percent of participants had significant hair growth of up to nearly thirty thousand new hairs.
When we look at these three simple criteria, redensyl is by far and away the best product because it has zero side effects known as of the time of this writing and the effects of the serum have been repeatedly proven in multiple clinical trials. Compared to the former star ingredient for hair growth redensyl is by far and away the winner. Redensyl works almost twice as fast as minoxidil and on top of that, is the only one of the two to actually reduce hair loss in the future.
While it may be more expensive depending on the brand, if we consider the price in the long run, you will be taking redensyl for half the time you will take minoxidil. At worst, you break even in terms of cost, but you may save a little money when you consider the long-term situation you’re in. Redensyl is one of the main ingredients in Volugenix Anti-thinning Hair Styling Cream.
In this case, we can unequivocally state that the benefits by far outweigh the few marginal side effects that redensyl offers.
over fifty percent of men in America will start to lose their hair before they turn thirty-five - https://www.americanhairloss.org/men_hair_loss/introduction.html
forty percent of hair loss cases in the US - https://www.americanhairloss.org/women_hair_loss/introduction.html
three to five years - https://www.philipkingsley.com/hair-guide/hair-science/hair-growth-cycle
most likely - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6028996/
stressful past event - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321590.php
never be applied in concentrations over three percent - http://www.nardev.com/UploadSection/ProdCat-276-1446515551.pdf