Thanks to actress and former talk show host Ricki Lake, everyone is talking about the Harklinikken hair regrowth line.
Lake opened up about hair loss over Instagram in January 2020. “It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it,” she wrote at the time.
But that was then. Lake recently revealed her new locks – and she looks amazing. “Harklinikken has been the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for me,” she said on the company’s website. “After years of trying so many products, supplements, and painful treatments with only negligible results, I finally found the simple protocol that truly works for me.”
The cornerstone of the product line is an extract containing specific ingredients from milk, naturally occurring amino acid complexes, sterols, tannins and fatty acids from botanicals, such as iron-rich Burdock and antioxidant Calendula – both of which help improve blood circulation, reduce scalp irritation, and encourage the development of healthier scalp and hair follicles.
On occasion, very low concentrations of the hair re-growth agent Rogaine (Minoxidil) may be added to the mix. As important as what they do contain, is what they do not, he says. There are no artificial colors, perfumes, petrochemicals or preservatives in the new hair regrowth line.
The Harklinikken approach is somewhat akin to shampoo-of-the-month club. Members receive monthly supplies of their prescribed treatments and are then reevaluated the following month to measure results and see what, if anything, needs to be tweaked or enhanced.
Like many clubs, not all members are accepted. Close to 70% of applicants are invited to join. In general, the clinic takes individuals with heredity hair loss. “Someone with hair loss from untreated thyroid disease may not be a candidate,” explains Tampa, FL dermatologist Panos Vasiloudes, MD, PhD, also the Harklinikken Medicla Director.
There are now 10 clinics globally, with the latest opening in Tampa FL and the next slated for Los Angeles. You don’t need to live near or even visit the clinic to use the products. Clients are evaluated and seen via Skype and other video conferencing methods.
First, a client would go to harklinikken.com to complete an online assessment, which includes a questionnaire followed by a video conference call with a Harklinikken hair specialist, says Lars Skjoth, Harklinikken founder and head of research and development. If Harklinikken can help, a customized extract is created based on a number of factors, including age, gender, type of hair loss.
The extract costs $78 for a one-month supply. Clients are prescribed shampoo, conditioner, hair hydrators and styling products. The total cost is roughly $100 to $150 per month.
So far, 100,000 individuals have been treated or evaluated, Vasiloudes says. Most clients begin seeing changes in four months, with others seeing them much sooner. Typical results exceed 30% improvement in hair mass (combination of re-growing hair and improving existing hair quality), with many realizing 50-70% more hair, he says. A new imaging system, follysis, is used to measure hair regrowth results. This technology compares initial hair density to the continuous density improvements during treatment.