After meeting and speaking with many of the dermatologists and health care
professionals attending the AAD Conference, the following are important
points to consider in determining whether women, as well as men, should
view HairPrime® as a possible solution to their thinning hair or hair
loss problems given that there are only two FDA approved treatments for
Regardless of the hair growth claims by Propecia® and Minoxidil®,
no product grows hair. If it were so, then hair should grow on the palms
of your hand and the bottoms of your feet when the product is applied.
Hair grows on its own from a healthy follicle. Products may only improve
or enhance the environment, health and condition of the follicle to allow
the hair to grow.
- HairPrime®, like Propecia® and Minoxidil®, only creates
a better environment for growing hair. HairPrime® is effective using
natural botanical extracts whereas the other two are synthetic. But
most important is the fact that women are warned not to use or handle
Propecia® and the additional strength Rogaine® with 5% Minoxidil®
is indicated for men only.
- Minoxidil®, originally intended to treat blood pressure, was found
to have side effects which were positive on hair growth...HOWEVER, it
does not block the effects of DHT (the cause of androgenetic alopecia®,
commonly known as "male pattern baldness", which effects both
men and women), thus the hair growth cycle is shortened. If the hair cycle
is shortened, the hair will fall out after only 3-5 weeks growth, rather
than the normal healthy growth cycle of 3-5 years. Thus, Minoxidil®
may stimulate new hair growth, but it does not extend the hair growth
cycle to allow the vellus hair to convert to a non-vellus/terminal, melanized,
mature hair. [People who use Minoxidil® to stimulate hair growth may
find that using HairPrime® will contribute to the longer term life
of the hair by converting the new growth hair to terminal hair.]
- DHT has been identified by researchers to cause the premature completion
of the growth phase of the hair growth cycle leading to the conversion
of hair follicles from the terminal form (which produces mature, pigmented
hairs) to the vellus form (which produces fine, short, "baby"
hair). Thus, "thinning hair" results from the inability of the
hair to live and grow to full maturity and "hair loss" logically
results because the hair growth cycle is shortened causing the hair to
fall out prematurely.
- Propecia®, employing Finasteride®
(a drug originally developed in Proscar® to treat the prostate), is
claimed in research to inhibit 5 alpha reductase Type II, thus blocking
the conversion of testosterone into the androgen, DHT. HOWEVER, because
5 alpha reductase Type II is found mainly in the genitalia tissue and
Propecia® invasively inhibits its activity, the possible side effects
of PSA masking and possible loss of libido in men are logical. BUT MORE
IMPORTANT, it poses a serious threat to women
of reproductive age as research has indicated that a deficiency in DHT
may cause the inability of a male fetus to form sex organs. Furthermore,
women after menopause may be effected by the increase in testosterone
levels because the conversion of DHT is blocked.
- Thus, if you dismiss the clinical effectiveness of HairPrime®,
as published in a dermatologist peer review publication, The Journal
of Dermatological Treatment, then women
have only the choice of growing short, baby-fine hair that
may last only 3-5 weeks with the use of 2% Minoxidil®.
- HairPrime® is unique in that it is a SAFE, PROVEN,
NATURAL TREATMENT that WOMEN AND MEN can
use to convert vellus (fine, short, "baby") hair to non-vellus/terminal
(mature, full-grown, pigmented) hair because of its 5 alpha reductase
inhibition like activity which is TOPICALLY APPLIED.
As a topical application, HairPrime® may seem cumbersome as it requires
commitment, time and compliance to achieve satisfactory results; but after
satisfactory results are achieved (as achieved by 80%-90% of those that
have used HairPrime®), maintenance is much less time-consuming and
the effects are long-term, not transient. HairPrime® is less invasive
and less systemic than Propecia®, although Propecia® may be easily
ingested in seconds with effective results for men.
- Although on average there is a milder expression of hereditary hair
thinning in women, the emotional impact is often more
devastating to women than men. Men (from Yul Brenner to Telly Savalas
to Michael Jordon) have been able to transform their baldness into a fashion
statement whereas women have not had the same opportunities of emotional
escape. Yet, most of the marketing and development of hair loss treatment
products are focused on men. Our informal survey of women who have used
HairPrime®, even those who have achieved satisfactory results, reveal
that women are so self-conscious about thinning hair that they will not
participate in clinical tests or give testimonials, especially where it
exposes their results in public forums. This is indeed a phenomenon as
over 50% of our HairPrime® customers are women.
- HairPrime®, with your assistance, could be the leader in addressing
hair thinning/loss issues of women. Women, on average, prefer to avoid
invasive drugs in favor of natural treatments. If women use ethical natural
products with success, men may benefit in adopting the women's approach
to regaining aesthetic appearance as is the case where men have adopted
the use of skin care products that were previously only used by women.
To summarize, the key is not so much as to grow (new) hair, rather it is
to allow hair (whether new or old) to continue to grow healthy to full maturity.
Thus, we prefer to say "HairPrime® Promotes a Healthy Environment
for Hair to Grow" rather than claiming that it grows hair.
I hope that this scientific distinction regarding "Conversion To Terminal
Hair" that we have delivered at the IBC Scientific Conference (Short
Hills, NJ - Feb,1999), the 57th American Academy of Dermatology Conference
(New Orleans, March 1999) and at the Society of Cosmetic Chemists' Annual
Scientific Seminar (Chicago - May, 1999) is clearly conveyed for your understanding
Your consideration and effort to bring understanding and opportunity to
our unique product is deeply appreciated.
Robert Jew, CEO
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