I want to continue very briefly with my review of products and approaches that I have tried over the past years to deal with my hair loss. Like all other products I have tried before, the one I am going to talk about today didn’t work for me despite having some interesting scientific backing.
The product is called Evolis, made in Australia, and claims to contain natural substances that block the fgf5 protein that is believed to cause the hairs to switch from the growth phase (anagen) to the resting phase (telogen). Shorter anagen (growth phases) and longer telogen (resting) phases are generally responsible for hair loss.
My primary condition is chronic telogen effluvium – chronic increased shedding resulting in gradual thinning. This product therefore seemed promising.
The approach is reportedly backed by several small scale independent studies.
The first red flag I had with this product was the fact that the before and after images (taken only four months apart), where a bit too good to be true. If you’ve been around hair loss long enough, you would know that the general consensus is that any results are only apparent after three months and more due to the nature of the hair growth cycle and the delay with which response manifests.
On their facebook, the Evolis manufacturers even once shared an image of someone seemingly going from nearly bald to one cm regrowth, claiming the result was achieved after two weeks. But I was willing to consider that this was just really stupid marketing.
So what was my experience? I started taking this product in the middle of an insane bout of shedding brought about by an unsuccessful course of PRP (I wrote about that previously). At that time I may have been shedding more than four hundred hairs a day, compared to my previous average of 200.
I continued using Evolis for about 6 months, following the instructions. My shedding during that period first went back to normal (from over 400 to around 200). But it would have likely gotten there anyway, considering the fact it had been a reaction to the PRP. However, at some point, despite me sticking to Evolis diligently, it suddenly picked up again. If the product had worked as the manufacturer describes, I should have seen a gradual reduction in shedding (and even achieve my dream goal of less than 100 hairs a day, which would mean my hair might thicken again).
The company’s ‘hair biologists’ weren’t able to provide a sufficient answer and explain what was going on.
I discontinued the product, which did lead to another bout of crazy shedding (although I cannot prove that the shedding occurred because of the discontinuation of Evolis).
I am sharing this experience because it taught me that not everything that seems to have plausible science backing delivers results.
Hope you are more successful on your hair loss journey. Mine has been going on for 23 years (23 tiring, exhausting, frustrating years). I still want to believe that I might find the cause and turn it all around. So far, I have not been successful.