Alopecia areata is hair loss in spots and is often caused by stress or a skin condition. This condition is often temporary, such as after chemotherapy, but sometimes hair does not grow back without help once it has started falling out. A company in Japan has claimed to provide this kind of help for more than 70 years.
Kaminomoto is a Japanese company that has marketed hair care products since 1932. It has received many awards for its products, including Japan's "New Invention" award in 1960 and 1961. Kaminomoto uses state-of-the-art ingredients, including some designed by the company, like Kamigen K and E, which are derived from the Japanese plants kurara and enmeiso. The company sells products all over the world and continues to introduce new personal care products, especially for hair care.
The Kaminomoto ingredient hinoki is a wood, and it and its oil, hinokitiol, have long been regarded by the Japanese as very beneficial for skin and hair care. They bathe in tubs made of hinoki, or Japanese cypress. According to a study done by S.L. Hwang and J.C. Kim at the School of Biotechnology and Bioengineering in Korea, hinokitiol works as well as minoxidil for stopping hair loss and growing hair. Since it is not chemically derived, there may be less chance of sensitivity over long-term use. It has the added benefit of being antiseptic, so it kills microorganisms on the scalp that contribute to dandruff and itching. While no studies appear to have been done in the United States, these findings were published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
Another ingredient in Kaminomoto products is takanal. According to Clive Clinics, a hair loss clinic in New Zealand, takanal is 92 per cent effective in regrowing hair.
Buying and Using Kaminomoto Products
You can purchase Kaminomoto products like Hair Growth Trigger, Kaminomoto A and Kaminomoto Super Strength on Internet markets like Amazon and eBay. The company's site lists sellers, but they are located in Asia, Europe, Arabia and Europe.
While alopecia areata occurs in spots on your head, you should treat your entire scalp because the condition can spread if not treated. Choose the Kaminomoto product you prefer and apply it daily after shampooing. Use a mild shampoo to avoid further irritation to your scalp. The Kaminomoto company makes shampoos especially for people trying to regrow hair.