Extreme Hair Therapy (EXT): Is this hair loss treatment effective?
Extreme Hair Therapy (EXT) for thinning hair is a 5 "step" hair loss treatment solution created by Hair Club that claims not only to rejuvenate your hair, but "rejuvenate your life". Making claims to be FDA approved, EXT claims to stimulate hair regrowth in thinning areas by keeping hair in the anagen (hair growth) phase longer.
Balding men and women seeking hair loss solutions should be careful to do their due diligence in researching all products they are considering. Is this one of the hair loss products that really works to treat baldness? Can Extreme Hair Therapy really deliver what it promises?
Below we take a look at each of the 5 “steps” and separate treatments and analyze whether or not EXT can remedy alopecia in men and women.
What is the 5 Step Process of Extreme Hair Therapy?
Step One: Moisturizing or Revitalizing Cleanser
Step Two: Enzyme Scalp Cleanser
Step Three: Energizing Conditioner
Step Four: Hair Revitalizing Complex
Though some of these ingredients work to treat benign prostatic hyperplasis (BPH) in men by inhibiting DHT (the hormone responsible for female and male pattern baldness), no formal clinical studies have been performed on successful hair loss treatment. It should be noted that tocotrienol molecules in Vitamin E may effectively treat alopecia but its counterpart tocopherol (commonly found in alternative herbal hair loss treatments such as HairMax MD), is not supported. Additionally, because there are no regulations on herbal medications in the United States, the daily recommended value and dosage in Extreme Hair Therapy is based on something other than FDA regulation.
Step Five: Minoxidil (2% or 5%)
Unfortunately, this information is not available on the Hair Club website. Upon calling the toll free number for this information, we are told that we must schedule a consultation with a Hair Club specialist. Customer service representatives are apparently not provided with this information.
Side Effects and Warnings:
No EXT side effects are reported on the Hair Club website however, Minoxidil may cause scalp irritation or redness, chest pain, a rapid heartbeat, faintness, swelling of the hands and/or feet, and unwanted facial hair growth. Be sure to discuss the use of herbal medication with your physician before taking them. Saw Palmetto should be avoided by pregnant women with hair loss.
Conclusions:The only FDA proven ingredient in Hair Club’s Extreme Hair Therapy hair loss treatment is Minoxidil. Though Saw Palmetto and nettle root may be effective in treating men with an enlarged prostate by inhibiting DHT, no formal tests have been performed on them.