Does Nanoxidil actually work?

Hair loss can be a real source of insecurity for many. For those who suffer from hair loss or experience hair thinning as they age, the struggle to find a product or treatment that they can rely on is very real. One of the most popular ingredients in products promoting hair growth is Minoxidil, found in the most well known hair loss treatment, Rogaine. However, Minoxidil and Rogaine have definitely seen better days – health hazards and side effects make consumers think twice about signing up for solutions with Minoxidil.

Luckily, there’s a new kid in town called Nanoxidil – we set out to find how effective this ingredient would be against hair loss.

What Is Nanoxidil?

So Nanoxidil is the active ingredient found in Spectral DNC-N, a topical hair loss treatment from DS laboratories. The research behind the product says that Nanoxidil is developed specially to improve scalp health and promote hair growth, without resulting in any side effects. When you use this compound, what you are doing is pulling the hairs out of their resting phase, and forcing them into a phase of active growth. Not only does Nanoxidil stimulate the hair follicle, it helps activate specific cellular mechanisms and interrupts the signals that cause your hair to fall out. Simultaneously, Nanoxidil works to heal scarred, damaged, or aging hair follicles and tissue on the scalp. A decrease in inflammation helps to soothe and heal the follicle and encourage new hair to grow again.

Nanoxidil is also designed to suppress the male hormone that is responsible for hair thinning and male pattern baldness, known as DHT. In addition, it uses nanosome encapsulation, a term coined to describe the length of time the compound stays effective – in this case, about 12 hours.

Spectral DNC uses 5% Nanoxidil in combination with 8 other important ingredients.

  • Myristoyl pentapeptide-17: This supports the production of Keratin, a key vitamin for ensuring the hairs that do grow in are thick, strong, and sturdy.
  • Lysophosphatidic acid: This ingredient is vital to cell regulation, instigating growth hormones that result in an increase of new hair growth.
  • Retinol: this vitamin increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, encouraging regrowth and stimulation to the follicles.
  • Adenosine: Very important anti-inflammatory aimed to treat male pattern baldness by controlling signals sent to growth cells.
  • Azelaic acid: This treats androgenic alopecia (or premature balding in both genders) more effectively than minoxidil, due to a lower molecular weight that allows the effects to last longer.
  • Copper Peptides: These are a compound proven to be key to hair regrowth by ensuring tissue recovery after tissue or follicle damage.
  • Caffeine: This well known stimulant is shown to reverse effects of DHT and extend the beginning stages of new hair growth.
  • Lecithin: strengthening agent for thin, dry, brittle hair.

All of this sounds very technical and impressive, but our most important question was – does it work?

Is Nanoxidil better then Minoxidil?

Simply put, yes.

There are so many disclaimers and side effects to Minoxidil that Nanoxidil doesn’t have, that are completely unrelated to hair loss. Minoxidil users have claimed to encounter all sorts of side effects such as acne, irritation, fluid retention, headaches, unwanted hair growth and worst of all, heart problems. In addition, although Rogaine claims to be for both men and women struggling with hair loss, there are far more women experiencing side effects from the product than men. Women are therefore recommended to use a lower concentration of Minoxidil (2%). In a woman’s case, Nanoxidil is a much safer alternative and is more likely to yield results. In a man’s case, Nanoxidil is more likely to be effective and less likely to result in irritating side effects.

Spectral DNC was developed with these side effects in mind, and that is why Nanoxidil just is a better product. Of course, Nanoxidil is relatively new on the market, so we will have to wait and see if any long term side effects come to light in the future.

Another benefit of using Nanoxidil versus Minoxidil is that it works on all hair growth areas – including the hair line. Rogaine targets only the crown of the head. Because Nanoxidil’s molecular weight is much lower than Minoxidil, it has an advanced bioavailability and works for longer. The eight additional ingredients that work alongside Nanoxidil in Spectral DNC are also a large part of the product’s success. There are studies backing up the use of copper peptides, caffeine, and adenosine to treat hair loss and encourage new hair to grow.

In addition to being much safer to use, I found Nanoxidil actually much easier to purchase! This is because products containing Minoxidil must be purchased at a pharmacy, whereas Nanoxidil is considered cosmetic. However, we will say that Nanoxidil is a little bit pricier than Minoxidil. Sometimes the better things in life just come at a higher price. Another downside is that the product is not yet being mass produced, it is not available to purchase through major retailers such as Amazon. Luckily, you can purchase the product online at DS Laboratories website, where they have a smart subscription-based function that ensures you never run out of Nanoxidil before a new treatment arrives. This is really something to consider because the treatment needs to be applied twice daily without fail.

 

Is Nanoxidil FSA approved?

Unlike Minoxidil, Nanoxidil is not FDA approved. In fact, Rogaine is the only certified hair loss treatment that IS approved by the FDA. That being said, Nanoxidil is still relatively new on the market and its time for review by the FDA will probably come. For now, Minoxidil’s list of side effects is more deterring to us than Nanoxidil’s lack of FDA certification. There are ample studies backing up the effectiveness of Nanoxidil on DS Laboratories website that prove the positive effects of Spectral

 

Can you use Nanoxidil combined with Minoxidil?

So you may be thinking, why not try to apply the best of both worlds for maximum results? The same thought occurred to us. DS Laboratories let us know that yes, because each compound has a unique molecular structure, you can use them in combination with each other. Nanoxidil works in a completely different way than Minoxidil, so the processes will not cancel out. The molecular weight of Nanoxidil is much lighter than Minoxidil which makes the effects longer lasting. There are, again, some undesirable side effects to Minoxidil – but otherwise there is no real risk of using these compounds together to combat hair loss.

 

How do you use Nanoxidil?

If you are like us, and after reading about Nanoxidil you feel convinced that it’s worth a try, the product to try is Spectral DNC from DS Laboratories. Spectral DNC is a topical solution that is super easy to apply and boasts results after just 16 weeks. Results include reduced hair loss, increase in new hair growth, and thicker hair. The product comes in a spray format, which makes it super easy to use. As DS Laboratories instructed, we applied six sprays on the part of the head that experienced the most hair loss, twice a day, no rinsing. The product needs time to sit on the scalp and work its magic. It isn’t a greasy formula or anything so leaving it in isn’t a problem. Now, the important thing with this product is to stick to it! Without skipping even a single day, after 90 days there was a noticeable increase in hair growth. The Spectral DNC-N should also be used in combination with Revita hair stimulating shampoo to maximise the results, but it’s hard to say if that’s what really worked.

 

Our experience with Nanoxidil

In the end, if you are struggling with hair loss, hair thinning, or just would like a thicker head of hair, you will do anything to achieve results. Spectral DNC-N can definitely deliver, and it gives peace of mind to know that there are no horrible side effects or risks. Using a topical solution is simple and easy for everyone. The key is to keep it up and do not stop using the product, just because you do not see results right away. Don’t want to take our word for it? Check out this study done with Spectral DNC-N and specifically women struggling with hair loss. After three months of non-stop use, the women saw an average of 26% increase in hair growth. No matter what your gender or genetic background, this product will combat your specific cause for hair loss. Nanoxidil seems to be the modern replacement for an out-dated hair loss solution that has research and evidence to back it up.

As a last word of caution, just because I found it worth it to make the switch, doesn’t mean that it is the right answer for you. Minoxidil is a medication, so switching it out for something else may result in complications. If Minoxidil works for you and you do not experience side effects, it may be futile to change to Nanoxidil. However, if you are struggling with side effects from Minoxidil or if you are experiencing hair loss and would like to treat it with the best on the market, consider Spectral DNC. It is never a bad idea to ask your doctor or dermatologist before beginning, and be sure to test the treatment for 48 hours to make sure your scalp is not too sensitive.

Last updated on November 16th, 2020

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