How do I use the Adegen products for best results?Updated 15 days ago
Here's a tutorial from our founder, John Goss, walking through the Adegen Protocol:
Hair loss and thinning hair is simply caused by a restriction of blood flow to the hair follicle.
Similarly to cardiovascular disease where plaque builds up in the vessels and restricts blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the heart muscle the same thing happens in hair loss by androgens restricting blood flow to the hair follicle.
The solution is actually a lot simpler and easier than you may think.
The reason why Adegen is so successful and effective is that our formula inhibits androgens from attaching to the androgen receptor of the hair follicle; thus, allowing normal and healthy blood flow to the hair follicle resulting in healthy hair growth.
ARB Shampoo + SM Brush Instructions
The shampoo has the Adegen ARB Complex and other ingredients found in the ARB Topical like caffeine and niacin. On top of that, it also has other rubefacient ingredients that stimulate blood flow and in clinical level dosages that are effective even with the shorter contact time while in the shower.
I recommend shampooing the very first thing you do when you shower to allow for the longest amount of contact time possible.
Start first with rinsing your hair thoroughly with warm water. The warm water will soften the epidermis and, by the law of thermodynamics, will open up the scalp. This helps increase the absorption of the ingredients.
Once you’ve rinsed your hair and scalp thoroughly, apply a generous amount of the ARB Shampoo and massage it into the scalp to create a good lather.
Then, while the shampoo is still in your hair, take the SM Brushes (I personally use and recommend one in each hand) and vigorously brush your entire scalp 10-20 times. Make sure to target any thinning hair area. Most people think they need to be delicate with thinning hair to not make it worse but in reality the exact opposite is true.
By brushing with the SM Brushes, you are creating micro-trauma to the thinning hair area. This triggers the body’s natural healing mechanism and, by doing so, the body sends increased blood flow to the area. You’re also stimulating the hair follicle as well as removing dead skin, sebum, and dandruff which increases the absorption of active ingredients to the hair follicle improving the results of the ARB Shampoo.
You may notice your scalp getting a little red which is good, but you should not have any bleeding, scabbing, or scraping. It’s fine for your scalp to feel a little sensitive, but you should not push into pain.
After brushing, I apply a little more shampoo and really massage it into the scalp and then leave it on as long as you’re in the shower. I recommend at least 5-10 minutes.
The last thing you should do during your shower is wash the ARB Shampoo out of your hair. After you rinse out the ARB Shampoo, you can apply any high-quality conditioner or styling products that you like.
You can watch a video of how I apply and use the ARB Shampoo + SM Brushes above.
10X Roller Instructions
The 10X Roller is not necessary for everyone, but is very useful for more advanced hair loss.
The outer layer of our skin, the epidermis, is a protective mechanism and a barrier to protect us from exterior elements. Similar to the rough and tough hide of the alligator, which protects him in his harsh environment, our epidermis is designed to protect us in our environment.
So when we apply a topical solution to the scalp, the design of the epidermis is to not allow that to penetrate through to the hair follicles.
Our ARB Topical uses a very advanced base composition (and also Retin-A or retinol) to aid in the delivery of the ingredients through the epidermis. But the 10X Roller improves the absorption and results dramatically.
The 10X Roller has two main benefits:
Benefit #1: The rolling head has the highest quality surgical needles in the world that are designed specifically for the epidermis of the scalp and length to maximize absorption while protecting any damage to the hair follicle.
Each individual needle is hand-placed, whereas most other rollers are stamped metal and, when looked under magnification, are effectively sharp razor blades that can cut and permanently damage the epidermis and hair follicle.
By rolling with the 10X Roller you are creating “micro-porations” or “micro-channels” in the scalp that dramatically increase the absorption of the topical solution’s ingredients to the hair follicle This increases the efficacy and results.
Benefit #2: The other benefit of the 10X Roller is similar to the SM Brushes.
By using the 10X Roller, you’re creating micro-trauma to the area and, just like how the body sends blood flow and your ankle swells when you sprain it, the body naturally sends an increase of blood flow and nutrients to the scalp to heal the area.
Like I mentioned early, restricted and limited blood flow to the hair follicle is the cause of hair loss, and this increase of blood flow helps the hair follicles get more blood flow and nutrients resulting in a healthier hair follicle.
Adegen’s focus is the hair follicle, because if your hair follicle is healthy the hair will take care of itself.
If you choose to use the 10x Roller, you want to roll immediately BEFORE applying the topical solution, NOT AFTER.
I recommend rolling over each thinning hair (or hair loss area) 10-15 times. You can do so by going back and forth or in a criss-cross pattern.
The rolling is definitely an acquired taste and can be a little painful, especially in the beginning. But after consistent use, the scalp becomes much more used to the process and the pain diminishes dramatically.
Consistency is more important than rolling really hard, so I recommend not pushing into pain.
A little sensitivity is normal However, especially in the beginning, I recommend more light rolling with more strokes rather than pushing too hard and causing too much pain. The needles are extremely sharp and will penetrate the epidermis with very little pressure.
You can roll every day, but I recommend rolling every 3 days to allow the epidermis to heal completely before the next rolling application.
Also, if you roll too hard or too often, your scalp will become too sensitive to use the SM Brushes with the shampoo the following day So, let your sensitivity be your guide and you will have to find your own rhythm and what works best for you personally.
You can watch a video of how I apply the ARB Topical after using the 10X Roller above.
ARB Topical Instructions
The ARB Shampoo and brushing is the foundation of the Adegen protocol. But if you want to dramatically increase and expedite your results, I highly recommend combining the ARB Shampoo with the ARB Topical Solution. Especially during the first 90 days.
Just like the ARB Shampoo, the longer amount of contact time allowed the better
Ideally you would shower in the morning and then apply the topical solution after you dry your hair and scalp. This will give you the longest amount of contact time possible and also ensure the topical has dried before going to sleep and possibly having the topical solution come off or be absorbed by your pillow.
If you prefer to not have the topical in your hair during the day because of hair styling preference, you can apply the topical later in the day or at night before bed.
I do recommend you apply the topical as early as possible in the evening to allow for a longer amount of contact time and absorption. Make sure the topical dries before going to sleep.
If you see stains on your pillow, that’s a sure sign that the topical has not dried and is coming off during the night. This will negatively impact your results.
If you apply at night, I recommend 2 hours before bed However, if you apply the topical closer to bedtime, I recommend a neck roll pillow or a pillow like the Tempur-Pedic Neck Pillow, which will keep your head and scalp off of the pillow.
You need to apply enough topical to cover a thin layer over the complete thinning hair or hair loss area.
In my experience and opinion, 1mL of the topical solution is not enough in most cases and 2-3mLs is ideal.
The best way to apply the topical solution is to touch the dropper directly on the scalp and move it around the area while gently squeezing the bulb. If you notice the topical running or dripping, you can massage it in with one finger if you notice it running or dripping.
Applying once per day is sufficient for most people. Leave on at least overnight.
If you do not shower the next day, that is fine and I still recommend applying the topical solution every day. By applying the topical solution on top of the previous day's topical solution, you will actually get a double effect because of the longer contact time.
I cover the entire top of my scalp and temples because I am prone to hair loss in these areas, but you can start with the hairline or only the particular hair loss area.
You can watch a video of how I apply the topical product above.
I also take niacin, which is a natural vasodilator similar to minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine).
I take 500-1000 mg twice per day, in the am and pm, on an empty stomach.I would start small and work up to that dose.
The first few times you take it you’re going to feel what’s known as the “flush”. Your skin will tingle and get red and warm and you’ll feel your hair tingle too. This is good and it’s helping increase circulation to the hair follicle. It will last about 15-30 minutes and after 2 weeks the flush will diminish dramatically.
NIACIN IS NOT NECESSARY TO HAVE FULL REGROWTH AND 100% RESULTS. IT’S JUST SOMETHING I THINK HAS BENEFIT FOR NOT ONLY YOUR HAIR, BUT ALSO OVERALL HEALTH. AGAIN, MOST ADEGEN USERS DO NOT TAKE NIACIN AND STILL HAVE FULL REGROWTH AND RESULTS. IT IS NOT NECESSARY IF YOU DISLIKE THE FEELING OF THE “FLUSH”.
The Adegen Protocol works and can absolutely stop and reverse your hair loss, but you will have to be consistent by following the protocol correctly to experience the same freedom from hair loss that I’ve experienced as well as thousands of others. I can give you the best solution to hair loss in the world, which Adegen is, but you also have to be disciplined and use the system correctly and consistently if you want to have the best results.
I recommend giving it 90 days of consistent use before you should expect to see results. This is because the early phase of the anagen (growth phase) of the hair cycle is 90-100 days on average. It takes time for the new hair bulb to form and push through the surface. Some Adegen customers definitely see dramatic results before 90 days, but having realistic expectations is important and this is not an overnight fix.
Adegen is the best hair loss system in the world, but it is designed as a long term solution to hair loss and, by using the protocol consistency, I am very thankful and confident that I will never have to worry about hair loss again.
I created Adegen to offer that same freedom and gift for you.
The most common question we get asked is, “Do I have to use Adegen forever?”
Answer: Restoring hair loss is much more difficult than maintaining healthy hair, so the majority of people can maintain their results with just regular shampoo and brushing. In fact, many have great results of regrowth with just the shampoo and brushing, but I recommend incorporating the ARB Topical to restore your hair fully.
Once you achieve your desired results, you can experiment with just using the shampoo and brushing to maintain your results.
But just like everything else in life — diet, exercise, brushing your teeth, etc. — if you do something that has health benefits and then completely stop, you will eventually revert back to your prior state.
Adegen is different, however, than just minoxidil topical and you will not lose your results immediately if stop using the topical.
If you currently have hair loss, it’s caused by androgens attaching to the hair follicle restricting its blood flow and nutrients. This means that after a period of time you will eventually go back to your chronic state, so I do recommend you continue with at least the shampoo and brushing to maintain your hair’s health once your desired results are achieved.
90 days is just the beginning of your results and you should notice improvement, but those results will dramatically continue to improve the longer you use the system and new growth will continue all the way out to 24 months.
I hope that helps give you a better understanding of the Adegen protocol and if you have any other questions you can find a lot of frequently asked questions here: https://help.adegen.com/
And if you cannot find the answer to your question you can send a message to our team at [email protected] and one of our team members will be happy to assist you.
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