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About Lenny

Started balding. Freaked out. Researched like a madman. Found an answer. Stopped balding.

Honest Batiste Dry Shampoo Reviews – Dry Hair Shampoo For Thinning Hair?

Honest Batiste Dry Shampoo Reviews – Dry Hair Shampoo For Thinning Hair?


Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo

My rating: 9 out of 10

Cheapest place to buy:

Why on earth are you reviewing a dry shampoo and what’s it got to do with hair loss?

How to faster Hair growth for Men

Well, truth be told, this was an accidental discovery!

One day I had particularly greasy hair but no time for a shower and my girlfriend assaulted my hair with some sort of spray (it comes out like hair spray or deodorant basically). I was quite taken aback and a bit appalled at what I immediately called “some girly spray crap”. However, I realised that the ‘greasiness’ of my hair vanished. Batiste Dry Shampoo had done its job. Bizarre. I had no idea what the science was behind it, and didn’t particularly care at the time. We went out and I thought nothing more of it.

A few weeks later, extremely hungover after a (showerless) music festival, I was faced with the the prospect of meeting her parents for dinner with almost zero notice. She again suggested that I use this dry shampoo spray. Again, I was a male cliche of “I’m not using some girly hair product” but I eventually relented and sprayed it in.

It was then that I realised a couple of things. Not only was it incredible at removing any hint of hangover/greasy hair…BUT…and this was the revelation, it actually massively volumized my hair. It was as if the bedraggled haggard thin greasy hair upon my head had transformed into a lustrous colony of vivacious wonder!


What’s in it and is it safe?

In answer to the first part of the question…this stuff…


In answer to the second part of the question…yes. See further info on the safety of the ingredients HERE. I only use it sparingly, like every week or two and I’ve been using it for about six months or so without any issues.

How does dry shampoo work?

It’s quite simple actually. Nothing massively revolutionary. Basically, the alcohol or starch in the product (depending on what brand etc) soaks up the excess oil and grease in your hair.  Badda bing badda boom!


Pros and cons

The cons aren’t immediately obvious. The price is very reasonable. The ingredients are safe for use. The only con that immediately comes to mind is perhaps becoming psychologically dependent on it. I have no idea whether it functions as well if it’s used every day, or whether you should be using it every day. Especially when the alternative exists of actually shampooing your hair normally using Nizoral or any of the other ketoconazole carrying shampoos (that have been proven to work in clinical trials).

For me though, my hair gets greasy very quickly, and as a consequence can look thinner when it’s sort of greased/matted together, so it’s a valuable addition to the arsenal if I’m in a rush, and incredibly quick and easy to use. I believe that some of the other brands leave a sticky residue but this one absolutely doesn’t. It’s dry and simple and genuinely works a treat at little cost. And adds volume when you use it even without your hair being greasy.



At the low price point and with no known side effects or harmful consequences what have you got to lose? It was a bizarre accidental discovery but I’ve been very thankful for it on a number of occasions now (am I coming off like somebody afraid of showering? Probably a little!) and found it really effective for both adding volume and providing the ‘appearance of cleanliness’ to my hair. Thumbs up from me. It gets a 9 out of 10. I’m unfairly taking points off because I used to feel like a fool buying it in the shop, it seeming too girly for a man to buy, so I now order it from Amazon. I use the Dark & Deep Brown one here.

The full range of Batiste Dry Shampoo are available at great prices here. Happy shopping!


Does Shaving Make Hair Thicker

Does Shaving Make Hair Thicker?


The short answer is…no.

Were you told the same myth as me when you were growing up? Don’t start shaving too early because the hair grows back thicker?

Well I, to my embarrassment, believed this to be true for years. How else could I have gone from having pubescent tufts of hair on my face, to a five o’clock shadow huh?

It turns out that me shaving my little puberty ‘tache and my hair getting thicker, was nothing to do with the shaving of the hair. It was instead to do with nature taking its course and the hair gradually growing thicker anyway.

Don’t Try This At Home!


Unlike our friend above, we know better…

So, Why On Earth Do People Think This Is True?

Well, urban legends are urban legends mostly because they take something interesting that’s a good talking point and spread like wildfire as people rush to pass on ‘the story that they heard’. It’s a similar dynamic regarding hair growing back thicker after shaving. There are a couple of factors that may have contributed to this myth. One is that once the hair is freshly shorn it may ‘appear’ ever-so-slightly darker because it hasn’t yet been exposed to pollutants and chemicals that will make it ever-so-slightly lighter. Another is that because human hair tapers in at the top, like a pencil, that once it’s cut, the razor has simply sliced away the thinner top part, and left the thicker part of the hair below. Which may then lead, wrongly, to the conclusion that the hair beneath is thicker. It’s only temporary however. Cutting away part of the hair doesn’t change the regrowth process. We’re not miraculously producing more hair follicles, regardless of how much thicker the base of the hair may ‘appear’ under certain conditions.


There’s also the possibility that because we’ve learned from nature that pruning plants can generate regrowth, we decided to apply that logic to ourselves!


Pffft, I Still Don’t Believe You!

Well don’t take my word for it! Basically, there’s not only NO scientific evidence to support it, there’s countless studies to disprove it.

As far back as 1928 there were studies to disprove the theory. The authors of this rudimentary 1928 experiment had four men shave half their faces with the same soap/razors/water as each other and then measured the hairs over time. They concluded that no thickening had occurred. In 1970 five men were given the task of shaving one leg on a regular basis and the testers concluded again that no increase had occurred to the thickness of the hairs or rate of growth. So not only does it not grow back thicker, it doesn’t grow back faster either. For more info on this particular study click HERE.

But maybe the biggest and most obvious statement of all is this. If we were bald and continued shaving our head every day, wouldn’t we grow hair?! Wouldn’t the minoxidil producers and finasteride producers be out of the job?!

Sorry to shatter any beliefs that you may have had on this…but hey…at least we know better than these guys…


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What Is AGA Hair Loss – And Can It Be Stopped?

So, what is AGA hair loss?


This is another attempt to explain some fairly scientific mumbo-jumbo (similar to my the DHT post) in layman’s terms. As you’ve probably come across the term AGA if you’ve been researching hair loss.

AGA stands for Androgenic Alopecia (or Androgenetic Alopecia, depending on who you talk to). Androgens are male sex hormones and alopecia means ‘hair loss’, so basically, in normal speak, it’s Male Pattern Baldness. So thus, ‘AGA hair loss’, refers to the hair loss from Male Pattern Baldness. Simple huh?!


Ok…but…like what actually is it?

Check out my post on DHT where I explain the process a little more thoroughly. But in a nutshell, what’s happening is testosterone is being converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone) by an enzyme called Alpha 5 Reductase. DHT is the evil hair killer which shrinks hair follicles and causes Male Pattern Baldness.


Tell me more

Well, it’s by far the most common form of hair loss, and affects as many as 70% of men and 40% of women over the course of their lifetimes. That’s over half the planet! So you’re very very far from being on your own.

In men it’s usually focused above the temples and on the crown of the head. There’s even a scale called the Hamilton-Norwood scale which determines the extent of it:



Oh God! So what can we do to stop it???!!!

Fear not! Help is at hand! I was starting to thin dramatically, as you can see from My Photo Diary page and after some success with Minoxidil. I opted, largely out of laziness (though after extensive research I must say) to try oral Finasteride aka generic propecia, in tandem with Nizoral shampoo which contains Ketoconazole. Check out my reviews for them here which details more about how they work and how effective they were for me.



I couldn’t recommend these products more highly. I was truly starting to freak out and my confidence was at an all time low because of my obvious hair loss (I felt like everyone was looking and talking about it. They weren’t, I’m sure!).

They’re a surprisingly cheap tandem to keep my hair intact and I really truly count my lucky stars that I found them in time!

New Honest Hair Loss Help Facebook Page


Hi gang,

I’ve just set up a new hair loss Facebook page. And I’ve also started my own discussion group there. So check it out here and please add me as a friend. And join the Honest Hairloss Help group here. I’m absolutely determined to bring as many people as possible to the website and make people aware that stopping hair loss is possible.

Join me at and join the new group at

How To Stop Hair Loss Now video has gone live – Well, how to stop hair loss quickly anyway

Hi folks,

I’ve just uploaded a video version of my photo diary on how I stopped my hair loss on to Youtube.

I know that it won’t show how to stop hair loss NOW, as in this minute.

But it will hopefully direct some traffic to the site for people who are looking to find out how to stop balding and will find my site useful. And obviously start the process of how to stop hair loss now. I’m sure there are many people like me who scoured Youtube as well as google looking for real hair saving stories.

Dihydrotestosterone hair loss – What Is Dihydrotestosterone aka DHT?

Dihydrotestosterone hair loss

Right, so this isn’t exactly the most exhilarating or exciting post. But it explains what dihydrotestosterone aka DHT is, and explains its role in hair loss, in layman’s terms.

So, in spite of it not being compelling reading, it’s nonetheless important to virtually everyone who visits this site. And I’ll do my best to explain it in English, as opposed to medical jargon, though inevitably there’ll be a bit of that!


What Is Dihydrotestosterone?

There’s a more complicated answer to this question, but for the purposes of this article, on a website concerned with hair loss, I’ll keep it simple. It’s an androgen hormone which is responsible for hair follicles (amongst other things). Some of you may know that the medical name for ‘male pattern baldness’ is ‘androgenetic alopecia’ (often also called ‘androgenic alopecia’). So you may have spotted the link via the word ‘androgen’. Again, for the purposes of this post, we’re steering clear of looking at DHT and its relevance to the prostate, male genitalia etc, and instead focusing on its impact on hair follicles. Free testosterone is converted into DHT by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Which is most numerous in the scalp and prostate. So those with higher levels of 5-alpha reductase are more prone to androgenetic alopecia. Basically, in layman’s terms, DHT is the devil! For the hair on our scalp at least!


So what does it do to our hair?


DHT is the major contributor to Male Pattern Hair Loss. It works by inhibiting IGF1 in the dermal papillae. IGF1 is a hormone. It’s similar in molecular structure to insulin. Essentially, DHT inhibits hair shaft elongation and promotes the regression of hair follicles. Basically, in layman’s terms it kills our hair! Those of us who have experienced male pattern baldness anyway. Which I’d imagine is anyone on this website!


Can Dihydrotestosterone hair loss be stopped?

This is the $6 million dollar question! Actually it’s the multi-billion dollar question! Having done so myself, I can conclude that YES, it can. So there’s no time like the present to get stuck in and start trying to reverse that hair loss. I have nothing to gain by telling you this is possible, I’m not selling you any products. See for yourself how I did it. THIS is how I stopped my own balding. And here are my reviews of Finasteride and Nizoral, the wonder products that I used!

If you’re not convinced by me, then simply take a look at the countless studies over the years that have shown that male pattern baldness is indeed reversible. Such as this one which states “Our finding that AGA (Lenny note – that’s androgenetic alopecia), in the clinical category of nonscarring alopecia, demonstrated preservation of hair follicle stem cells suggests potential reversibility of this condition.”


Finasteride Side Effects – stopping finasteride adverse side effects?

All good in the hood!

Fortunately, having been on Finasteride for a while now, I can report that I have suffered absolutely ZERO side effects from the drug. It took me a long long time to come around to trying it out, because of my finasteride adverse side effects fear. I was happy with the progress of the minoxidil that I was using. But I have naturally irritable skin and dermatitis and dandruff issues so I decided to eventually bite the bullet and ignore the existence of finasteride side effects and just go for it. My attitude was “ah, it’ll never affect me”. And instead of this being a cautionary tale, thankfully, I was right. It didn’t. And it still doesn’t, several months in. The big clincher for me was that even the most severe finasteride side effects, weren’t really very severe. Apart altogether from the low statistical numbers of people actually suffering them. So from the most severe downwards, here they are:


Most common

(And by ‘common’ in this instance, it’s not actually common, these can affect between 1 and 10 people per 100 who use it)

– Erection difficulties (both in achieving and maintaining erections)

– Lower volume of ejaculation

– Decreased libido (low sex drive)



(between 1 and 10 people per 1000)

– Tenderness or swelling of male breast tissue

– Allergic reaction resulting in a rash

– Other ejaculation disorders


Unknown Frequency

(these effects are extraordinarily rare. As well as difficult to even clearly link to finasteride usage)

– Palpitations

– Depression

– More severe allergic reactions such as swelling of the lips, throat, tongue or face

– Pain in the testicles

– Hives or itching




Personally, I tend to ignore any side effects that aren’t listed as ‘common’. Because it’s such a low low percentage chance of them ever affecting you.  And you can unnecessarily freak yourself out way too easily. And I’d actually apply this to every drug. All of which have side effects. And many of which have far more severe side effects than finasteride. I’ve taken some drugs before that have crazy and horrific things listed in their side effects. So when I bore this in mine I just felt it was worth it. I mean, being honest, the only one that really worried me was the erectile dysfunction one, as obviously every man values that. But there hasn’t been the faintest hint of it. In terms of lower levels of ejaculation, I’d actually have no problem with that even if it had happened. I’m not trying to get anybody pregnant. And I’m not sure I’d even notice this side effect if it had happened, to be honest. I don’t exactly weigh ejaculations! In terms of the sex drive thing I just trusted that my libido would remain the same. And it has.


Stopping finasteride adverse side effects

In my opinion, every drug has side effects, and finasteride side effects are a) very low in terms of percentage chance of them ever affecting you and b) very mild in the grand scheme of things even if they did. And in terms of stopping finasteride adverse side effects you can simply stop taking the drug. It could even be worth consulting with your doctor as to whether there are other ways of combatting side effects in the highly unlikely event that you were to suffer them, so that you can still keep taking finasteride.



Product: Nizoral Anti Dandruff Shampoo

My rating: 9.75 out of 10

Cheapest place to buy:


So why would an anti-dandruff shampoo help stop hair loss?!

Funnily enough, it’s actually a side effect. The active ingredient within Nizoral that does the job is called ketoconazole. And Nizoral contains ketoconazole. The primary role of Nizoral is to stop dandruff. But it was soon realised that it had the added bonus of stalling hair loss, and in many cases, promoting hair re-growth!


Will it work if I’m already completely bald?

Anecdotal evidence based on many user reviews would say it won’t. And as I’ve said on many of my other posts, there’s no guaranteed one size fits all scenario. It’s possible that very little will work if you’re already fully bald. And while I sound negative here, I don’t want to promote unrealistic expectations of the product either.

However, there have been numerous clinical trials and extensive tests which strongly support not just the slowing and stopping of hair loss, but in many cases active hair re-growth. And hair thickening, i.e. the expansion of the diameter of each individual hair.


Clinical trials you say?

Now for the nerdy stuff. This bit feels like the exact opposite of when Homer Simpson makes the sign below! Very unsexy!

But it’s also very important. So here it is…

-In 1998 a study was published by a group of Belgian researchers in the swiss journal, Dermatology. Essentially, what they found was that 2% ketoconazole was effective in stimulating hair growth when used in mice (who they had shaved). You can read more about this study here. But the results showed that ketoconazole increased hair density and size. And also decreased sebum (which clogs up hair follicles and leads to hair loss).


Mice? Seriously?

Okay okay!  Although there were other studies that backed up the same hair stimulation in mice…you want to hear about the human ones more…of course!

-A 2002 study in the Journal Of Dermatology looked at men with androgenic alopecia and different combinations of treatment and concluded that ketoconazole was effective in stimulating hair growth.

-A 2002 study in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that ketoconazole increased the mean hair shaft thickness and also discreetly decreased the sebum output on the surface of the skin.

-A 2004 study in Medical Hypotheses concluded that ketoconazole is effective in stimulating hair growth, particularly in tandem with oral finasteride by inhibiting DHT.

There have been further studies done since then which bolster the evidence further.


Pros and cons

In terms of cons, some people have claimed that it has irritated their scalp. But conversely, many more have reported that it has actually alleviated irritation in their scalp.

From a personal point of view it very much alleviated it. Particularly when I was using it in tandem with Minoxidil. Some people would claim the cost is a con. I actually think when you break it down to how long it lasts it’s very minimal. Just a small amount, left on the scalp for a few minutes before rinsing, would last me a month or two. And it lathers very easily and goes a long way.  At a push, the cost is enough to make me lose half a point on my overall score. But it’s really really worth it!

UPDATE: I have since found a great source for cheap Nizoral Shampoo with  2% ketoconazole and have thus corrected my score to 9.75%. See link below for best deals. MUCH cheaper than buying in a local pharmacy.



Here’s the biggest selling point of all for me. When I stopped using it for a couple of months I could see, very very slowly, and only very slightly, that there was a little bit of thinning in my hair. And when I started using it again, my hair thickened back up. For me. The dream ticket is using Nizoral in combination with oral finasteride. I’m also definitely a fan of the effectiveness of Minoxidil (the key ingredient in Rogaine/Regaine). But because of its slight inconvenience, I’m going to continue with these two as long as everything remains hunky dory! So far so good!

As I’ve stated in many places on this website, I don’t work for Nizoral, or Rogaine/Regaine or any Propecia producers (I even recommend generic Propecia in my review). I don’t work for anyone at all in the hair industry. But if you’re experiencing hair loss, in my opinion, these are the three best products to try. And a combination of Nizoral 2% and finasteride, the key ingredient of Propecia, is the easiest and best tandem. The least that you should do, if you’re suffering from male pattern baldness, is try them out. These two are also the most inexpensive way of combatting hair loss. It’s a massive ringing endorsement of 9.75 out of 10 from me! Great product! Definitely worth it!



I used to order my Nizoral from but it was only 1% ketoconazole. There’s a far more effective Nizoral 2% that can be purchased on ebay. I’ve been ordering it from Thailand and they’ll also do free delivery. By far the best way to do it (if you live in the western world and face the same prices that I do). It’s exactly the same stuff. Click on the link above which will bring you to the page with the best offers available.