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Harklinikken Vs. minoxidil For Androgenetic Alopecia

Discussion in 'Living with Androgenetic Alopecia' started by sarah.e.h, May 22, 2018.

  1. sarah.e.h

    sarah.e.h New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This is the first time I've posted here, I've been suffering hair loss for the past 2.5 years after stopping Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo (which I'd only been on for about a year at the time of discontinuation)....I've lost about 30% of my hair, have a widening part and bald spot on my crown, shed over 100 hairs a day, and have lost all shine, softness and volume to my hair. It basically feels like cotton candy static, if I pull it up straight it will literally stay in place like that since there's no little weight to it. It's as if my hair was put through some chemical processor or something that stripped it of all luster, health, shine, everything.

    For 2 years I did basically everything except minoxidil - supplements, trichology serums, laser combs etc. For the first year I was convinced it was a thyroid or nutritional thing, but everything checked out okay and I think the Androgenetic Alopecia is due to the hormonal hell of stopping the pill and developing an oily scalp for the first time in my life.

    Anyway, has anyone had any success with the danish extract Harklinikken? It's wildly expensive, and they are vague about the ingredients and clinical results, but I was sucked in and have been using the program for about 2 months now. I don't even care about getting my full head of hair back at this point, I just want the texture to go back to normal. I can barely run my fingers through my hair anymore and have been wearing it in a braid or bun every day for 2.5 years since they're the only hairstyles I can manage. I miss wearing my hair down so much.

    Any thoughts? Has anyone tried both Hark and minoxidil and been able to make a comparison? I'm drawn to Harklinikken since it's all naturally derived, no chemicals.
     
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    Hi Sarah. Have you noticed any change since you started Harklinikken? I read about it in the NYTimes but haven't tried it yet. I've been using Minoxidil for 6+ months with no real regrowth.

    I assume you've had iron and Vitamin D tested along with your thyroid?
     
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    sarah.e.h New Member

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    Yup, several times. My ferritin was 55 and then only 56 after 3 months of daily supplementation, my naturopath advised me to stop supplementing and just leave as is - she said that although 75+ is ideal for hair growth, most people don't really get that high. Vitamin D has always been in the 39-44 range so healthy.

    I haven't noticed any regrowth yet, but it's probably still too soon. They said 4-6 months in my case. Probably the worst post-birth control symptom was my oily scalp. It was literally hemorrhaging sebum for 2 straight years, it was disgusting and plunged me into a pretty bad depression to be honest. I just felt icky all the time, and then had to deal with the anxiety of knowing it was probably causing even more hair loss on top of the initial post-pill shed! Terrible. I did Nizoral shampoo, prescription level ketacozanole and still nothing in terms of controlling the oil and gunk....but since I've started the harklinikken shampoo my scalp feels more under control so I am trying to focus on that as a positive. My hair used to be waxy within 12 hours, and that is seeming to be less the case.

    So at the very least, I'm hoping that my scalp continues to get healthier as it seems to be doing.... and maybe regrowth will follow.....
     
  4. Paperclips

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    Have you seen a naturopath? Some people have had luck with them doing more in-depth thyroid tests besides the regular TSH that most GPs will do. Are you on any other birth control now? Are your periods regular? Have you had your hormones tested? (sorry, just trying to cover all the bases! I assume you have done all the research too.)
     
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    sarah.e.h New Member

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    Thanks :) Yes, honestly this whole thing has been about so much more than the hair at times, and more the frustration of trying to get to the root of the issue. I've seen four different naturopaths and two endocrinologists as well, and there weren't any glaring imbalances or deficiencies (but each time it seemed like there was at least a few things that were a little out of range, or not unite optimal...or just fluctuations from one test to another which made me believe that my body was still just battling it out and trying to rebalance)

    No birth control, I don't think I will ever be able to put myself through it again. The post-pill experience was just so harrowing for me, physically and emotionally, and I am still dealing with fallout i.e. the unrelenting hair loss. Periods are regular enough, sometimes vary a few days here and there.

    It's so frustrating! Did your hair loss get triggered by being on or off bcp?
     
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    It IS so frustrating, since there's no one doctor who can cover it all, ya know? It sort of involves your gp, your obgyn, your derm...but none of those are actually a specialist in the arena of hair.

    My hair loss started while ON an androgenic pill. I went off it in December but not much has changed. Also, I just turned 42, so probably at the outer edge of perimenopause, which further complicates things.

    I'm thinking of looking into PRP.
     
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    Me too - I am going to give the Harklinikken a full 6-8 months and if the texture situation still hasn't resolved then I am going to do PRP.

    My diet was almost obsessively healthy in the first 2 years off the pill (it didn't really impact things, but probably didn't worsen the hormonal fallout either) but it's been bad the last 6 months since I am living abroad right now and have pretty limited access to fruit and veggies, and almost no access to greens. I'll be back stateside soon and plan to return to my paleo diet, very rich in protein and vegetables. Hoping that diet + harklinikken + Viviscal supplements (about a month of those) + laser comb will help! I feel like I need to do several things all at once to make a difference. PRP in the fall maybe, it certainly seems promising and I also like the non-chemical aspect.
     
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    I used Harklinikken- it's a total rip-off. I ended up losing more hair, since I went off the Rogaine. The main ingredient is alcohol, and then some extract from calendula.

    Stay away!! It's a total marketing ploy, and very expensive. When I read the reviews from the experts, I googled a little further, and found their "experts" had promoted other products thru the years. I saw the article in Marie Claire, which convinced me to try it- however, the same author wrote this article https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/hair/a1101/thinning-hair/ This was written AFTER her article on Harklinikken!

    My advice- stay on the Rogaine.
     
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    I just checked their website, I don't know it works for Alopecia Areata so much, that they appear to recommend the same things such as finasteride, rogaine, laser combs, etc............has anyone had any success with it? I also read an article promoting something called hairstim, has anyone heard of this? Hair Stim.
     

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