Our hair makes a statement before we even say a word. So when it suddenly seems like there’s less and less of it, it can be a blow to your self-confidence. If you’re experiencing any sort of hair shedding, thinning or loss, it can negatively impact how you feel, both physically and emotionally. And really, who needs any more stress in their life? 

Chances are you wound up here after searching for solutions for some sort of hair thinning issue. Sure, there are plenty of products out there that promise to combat thin hair and solve hair loss, touting themselves as miracle solutions for healthy hair — yet most of them include a chemical-laden ingredient list and may require a prescription from a doctor. 

Minoxidil, one of the most common hair loss products on the market, is one example of a chemical hair product. But if you’re at all concerned about what you're putting on or into your body, it may not be the best fit. Here’s how to differentiate between those medicated products and other more natural alternatives — and find out what product you should use to combat thinning hair.

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What Is Minoxidil?

If you're losing hair, it's likely you've heard of minoxidil, commonly known as Rogaine, which targets hair loss. Minoxidil was initially developed as a cure for ulcers in the 1950s; however, when tested, it was reported ineffective. It was then approved by the FDA as an oral treatment for high blood pressure in the 1970s. This was when the unexpected side effect of hair growth was discovered. It was later released and marketed as an effective topical treatment to address hair loss in both men and women.

Minoxidil is a vasodilator, which means that it makes the blood vessels widen in order to create a more expansive blood flow. In turn, this may expand hair follicles that have shrunk in the presence of DHT, which can allow for improved hair density and bolstering thinning hair. Additionally, increased blood flow at the hair roots can help with overall circulation, improving scalp health and leading to fuller hair.

Another way in which minoxidil may work to treat hair loss, including hereditary hair loss, is that it is theorized to increase a specific enzyme called ATP found within the hair follicle. This is thought to extend the anagen or growth phase of the hair growth cycles.

Related: The Best DHT Blockers to Grow Hair and Reduce Hair Loss

The Cons of Minoxidil

While minoxidil is shown to help when it comes to hair growth, it is a chemically derived topical treatment with a host of negative side effects.

Side effects users have experienced include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Scalp irritation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Hair damage, such as changes in hair color and texture
  • Temporary hair loss, known as telogen effluvium

Additionally, Minoxidil use may result in fetal development impairment, which poses a danger to pregnant women.

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Think Differently: Go Natural With VEGAMOUR

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Now for the good news: Natural alternatives for healthier-looking hair exist. What's the difference between minoxidil and VEGAMOUR? Our ingredients allow you to skip the potentially harmful side effects and toxic chemicals. Instead, tap into the power of plant-based ingredients with GRO Hair Serum or GRO Hair Foam.

Whether you're leading a vegan lifestyle or simply concerned about what exactly goes on (and in) your body, hair and skin, opting for clean ingredients is likely on your radar. VEGAMOUR's range of hair wellness products means you'll stress less — all of our plant-active ingredients are found in nature, rather than a lab. That means no hormones, no toxic chemicals, no potentially harmful side effects and clinically tested ingredients with proven results of visibly thicker and fuller-looking hair.

Each of the following hair products can be used on all hair types:

Our GRO+ Advanced Collection features full-spectrum hemp to soothe stressed out scalps. If hemp's not your thing, go with the original GRO Collection. As for serum versus foams, that's a textural preference, each offering different benefits. Still not sure? Check out our guide to figuring which VEGAMOUR serum or foam is best for you.

In April 2020, Gina Concillo began her hair wellness journey with GRO+ Hair Serum with full-spectrum hemp. Within months she started to see a huge difference that she didn't notice with other products. ⁠

"For anyone who knows me, knows I've been wearing tape in extensions for 5 years. I took them out during quarantine to give my hair some self-love and a break it deserves," she told VEGAMOUR. "I have NEVER seen my hair grow this quickly. My hair has become so much healthier, thicker, and longer in such little time."

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Benefits of Botanicals

If you're thinking this sounds too good to be true or wondering whether and how plant-based products work, here's the botanical breakdown.

Some of the plant-based ingredients found in GRO Hair Foam and GRO Hair Serum include:

  • Water: Hydration is essential for healthier hair.
  • Mung bean: This active ingredient may help to combat the follicle-shrinking action of DHT.
  • Nicotiana benthamiana: Strengthens and increases the density of existing hair while potentially helping reduce hair loss from telogen effluvium.
  • Curcuma longa (turmeric): Increases the length of the anagen (growth) phase of the hair.
  • Biotin: May help hair be less susceptible to damage, thinning or split ends.
  • Trifolium pratense (clover) seed extract: Red clover is also thought to be helpful in addressing hair thinning issues.

“As we get older, our skin and hair become dehydrated, resulting in dull, dry skin and brittle hair. Red clover can help with these hormonal shifts," said Jennifer Kennedy, Director of Skincare and R.N., at PFRANKMD by Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank. "Many believe that red clover also has estrogen-like effects which help to maintain overall hair and skin health."

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The ABC's of CBD

If you opt for any of the products from VEGAMOUR's GRO+ Advanced Collection, you'll get all the benefits of the original GRO formulas but also the added benefit of micro-encapsulated, full-spectrum CBD. This method of micro-encapsulation delivery allows the hemp oil to penetrate through to the upper layer of the dermis, directly reaching hair follicles at the root level so that extracts can circulate more effectively into problem areas to strengthen roots and improve the appearance of the hair shaft for visibly-looking thicker hair.

Related: How CBD Impacts Hair

How to Apply GRO Hair Serums and Foams

So what's the best way to apply VEGAMOUR's hair serums and foams? For best results, apply daily. You can alternate between the serum and foam, depending on your hair's needs that day. For example, use the foam on wet or dry hair to add extra volume when styling. Or apply the serum directly to the scalp and disperse evenly by massaging with fingertips. Bonus: Massaging may improve the circulation necessary for a healthy scalp. Plus, the serum can be applied in the morning or at night on dry or damp hair as a leave-in — there's no need to rinse out.

In between hair wash days, try a dry shampoo like GRO Dry Shampoo, which infuses the same healthy hair plant actives with the refreshing, texturizing benefits of dry shampoo.

Shop: GRO Balance & Boost Kit

8 Holistic Habits for Less Stress

When your hair talks, it's time to stop and listen. More than likely, experiencing hair issues such as thinning, fallout, increased shedding or hair that looks lackluster, there's a deeper underlying "root" cause — or a combination of a few causes. Stress, hormonal shifts, vitamin deficiencies, lack of sleep and poor circulation are among the factors that can contribute to changes in your hair.

That’s exactly why taking a holistic approach to hair wellness as well as your overall health is so important. Try incorporating these eight healthy habits into your lifestyle:

  1. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation.
  2. Maintain a balanced diet.
  3. Drink enough water daily.
  4. Get enough sleep.
  5. Make movement non-negotiable each day. Exercise, take a walk or do yoga.
  6. Take a daily hair supplement. GRO+ Advanced Hair Care Gummies, which include biotin, folic acid, zinc and other beneficial vitamins and minerals, also contain soothing hemp oil.
  7. Include self-care as a priority each day.
  8. Make a ritual of applying your GRO serum or foam as a mindful moment at the beginning or end of each day.

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Resetting your routine is a great way to boost your whole-body health, including that of your skin, scalp and hair. Integrating positive lifestyle shifts into your regular routine will encourage long-term, sustainable improvements in your physical and emotional wellness — and help you achieve healthier-looking hair.

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