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Receding Male Hair

Receding Male Hair (Male Pattern Baldness)

Male Pattern Balding usually starts between the ages of 25 and 35, and accelerates as a man gets older. Medical science cannot yet agree on why exactly male pattern balding occurs. One factor is believed to be the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which has a negative effect on the lifespan of hair follicles. Another key factor is believed to be related to poor circulation in the scalp, that affects men as they get older.

image Receding Male Hair


At Express Chemist, we have a good understanding of the topic. We have recommended that for most men with thinning or receding hair, the course of action below is the most suitable.

Our recommended course of action

  • Regaine Extra Strength

    Regaine Extra Strength

    We recommend Regaine Extra Strength as the most effective treatment for male pattern balding. Regaine Extra Strength is clinically proven to prevent hair loss in 4 out of 5 men, and to actually help re-grow some lost hair in 3 out of 5 men.

    It's the only clinically proven product that is freely available without seeing a doctor.

    Regaine comes in the form of a liquid scalp lotion that is applied twice a day. The pack featured on this page is the 3x60ml size, which is 3 months' supply. We recommend that if you are a first time buyer, you give Regaine Extra Strength a try for at least 4 months. This would mean buying 2 packs, for which we give a discount.

    If you regularly shampoo your hair, it's worth evaluating the shampoos below, to be used in conjunction with Regaine. And if you believe that a dietary deficiency may be a factor in your hair loss, then it's worth taking a supplement too, as described below...

    £58.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo

    Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo

    Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo is good for receding hair for 3 main reasons.

    The first reason is that it is an anti-dandruff shampoo. This is good for hair loss sufferers because anti-dandruff shampoos are specifically designed to clean the scalp thoroughly and remove dead skin cells. The ingredient used in Alpecin is called Salycilic acid, which gently breaks down the tough dead cells without damaging the living cells. This helps to prepare the scalp so that the Regaine can be absorbed without being blocked by dead skin on the scalp.

    This second reason that this shampoo is good is that it contains caffeine, which has been shown in the laboratory to help protect hair follicles from hormone damage. The hormone in question is called Dihydrotestosterone. You can read all about this in our Alpecin Technical Guide.

    The third reason why we recommend this shampoo for Regaine users is that none of the active ingredients are known to interfere with Regaine. In particular, it does not contain dimethicone. Dimethicone is a conditiong agent that coats the hair, but unfortunately also coats the scalp. Because Alpecin does not contain dimethicone, the scalp is very clean and ready for application of Regaine.

    Some people do find Alpecin to be harsh. Our studies have shown that Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo is the gentlest of the Alpecin range, so if you have tried the regular Alpecin shampoo and found it to be too harsh, we recommend trying this double effect shampoo before giving up on Alpecin altogether. However, if you still do not like Alpecin, then you should try Pregaine - see below.

    £7.80
    (incl VAT)
  • Lamberts Maxi-Hair

    Lamberts Maxi-Hair

    Dietary deficiencies are not the sole reason for hair loss, but may make the problem worse. In particular, deficiencies of iodine and zinc have been implicated in hair loss; however, a general lack of essential vitamins and nutrients will cause the condition of your body to deteriorate, which will affect your hair.

    For this reason, a supplement complete with vitamins and minerals is by no means a magic pill, but will help to reduce the possibility of nutritionally-based hair loss. We recommend Lamberts Maxi-Hair here because it is a cost-effective supplement that is good for everyday use, containing many essential vitamins such as Vitamin C which are good for you anyway.

    £11.50
    (incl VAT)
    Buy any 3 or more Lamberts products and save 5%

Hair Loss Applications

  • Alpecin After Shampoo Liquid 200ml

    Alpecin After Shampoo Liquid 200ml

    Alpecin After-Shampoo Liquid is pecially formulated to help strengthen hair roots and prevent hereditary hair loss. It can be used as a stand alone product or in conjunction with Alpecin Shampoo. Suitable for all hair and scalp types; just apply Alpecin Liquid in the morning before styling your hair for all-day protection.

    £7.75
    (incl VAT)
  • Australian Bodycare Hair Loss Serum 100ml

    Australian Bodycare Hair Loss Serum 100ml

    Australian Bodycare Hair Loss Serum contains a combination of natural Tea Tree Oil, biotin, to give your scalp the best conditions for thicker stronger hair.

    £12.99
    (incl VAT)

Hair Loss Shampoos

If you shampoo your hair, we recommend using one of the shampoos listed below in conjunction with Regaine. Many shampoos contain ingredients that can interfere with Regaine. One of these ingredients is dimethicone (also known as simethicone), which is designed to coat the hair follicles in order to make it smoother and easy to comb. However, dimethicone also has the effect of coating the scalp slightly, which inhibits the absorption of Regaine. At Express Chemist, our research and customer feedback has led to our recommendation of two products in particular. The first is Alpecin Double Effect Shampoo, and the second is Pregaine. You can read all about these below.
  • Alpecin Caffeine C1 Shampoo 250ml

    Alpecin Caffeine C1 Shampoo 250ml

    Alpecin C1 Caffeine Shampoo is specially formulated to eliminate the negative impact of testosterone on the scalp and help fight against hair loss. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with Alpecin After-Shampoo Liquid or other products such as Regaine.

    £5.70
    (incl VAT)
  • Alpecin Sport Caffeine Shampoo 250ml

    Alpecin Sport Caffeine Shampoo 250ml

    Alpecin Sport's special active ingredient combination of Alpecin Caffeine, taurine and the micronutrients biotin, zinc, magnesium and calcium help to recharge the hair roots, promoting strong hair growth, so hair loss can be prevented.

    £5.65
    (incl VAT)
  • Nourkrin Shampoo 150ml

    Nourkrin Shampoo 150ml

    Nourkrin Shampoo is ideal for use with Nourkrin tablets, but is also suitable for use on its own. Specially formulated for those concerned with thinning hair, it provides a gentle yet thorough cleanser for the hair and scalp, helping to provide the ideal environment for the growth of healthy hair. A conditioner is also available.

    £10.85
    (incl VAT)
  • Sebamed Anti Hairloss Shampoo 200ml

    Sebamed Anti Hairloss Shampoo 200ml

    Sebamed Anti-Hairloss shampoo is for all hair types and helps to improve the blood circulation of the scalp promoting hair growth.

    £5.10
    (incl VAT)
  • Australian Bodycare Hair Loss Wash 250ml

    Australian Bodycare Hair Loss Wash 250ml

    A hair loss wash shampoo with Australian Tea Tree Oil and Capilia Longa for thicker stronger hair.

    £10.99
    (incl VAT)
  • Triple Eight Caffeine Shampoo 250ml

    Triple Eight Caffeine Shampoo 250ml

    A shampoo that contains caffeine and keratin which strengthens hair and encourages hair growth.

    £1.29
    (incl VAT)
  • Triple Eight Caffeine Conditioner 250ml

    Triple Eight Caffeine Conditioner 250ml

    Triple Eight Caffeine Conditioner contains caffeine known to stimulate hair roots as well as promoting the growth of hair.

    £1.29
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock

Hair Loss Treatments

Hair Loss Supplements

As with the shampoos, we recommend that if you decide that you require a nutritional supplement, you use it in conjunction with Regaine. We recommend Maxi-Hair because it is a complete supplement. Many of our customers like Nourkrin, but we feel that Nourkrin is a bit pricey and less complete than Maxi-Hair.
  • Wellman Hairfollic x60

    Wellman Hairfollic x60

    Wellman Hairfollic tablets contains all the nutrients you need to to help support strong, healthy hair right down to the roots. Each specialist formula tablet provides 29 bio-active ingredients including essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients designed to nourish hair by maintaining healthy hair follicle metabolism.

    £28.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Nourkrin Man (60 tablets)

    Nourkrin Man (60 tablets)

    Nourkrin Man nourishes thinning hair and helps promote existing hair growth. It builds on the success of original Nourkrin, but strengthens and develops the formulation specifically for men. Two new key ingredients, omega 3 fatty acid and the natural herb, fenugreek, have been added.

    £36.35
    (incl VAT)
  • HealthAid Hair-vit 90 Capsules

    HealthAid Hair-vit 90 Capsules

    A supplement rich in B Vitamins and Essential Amino Acids which helps in nurturing the growth of strong, thick, healthy hair.

    £23.99
    (incl VAT)