Over 80 million people in the United States are losing their hair, that’s equivalent to nearly 1 in 5.
Because hair loss is so prevalent there have been many different treatments developed. Normally, people experiencing hair loss will hear about the more common, FDA approved treatments such as finasteride and minoxidil. Albeit, there are many lesser known treatments out there, some of which have a lot of potential to be very effective but that do not have the FDA approval status.
One of the lesser known treatments that has recently (within the last 5 years) been gaining the attention of the greater-hair loss community is called Morr-F. In this article we will be taking a closer look at the current research surrounding Morr-F to help you understand what it is, how it works, and if it is worth trying for yourself. Let’s get started.
What is Morr-F?
Morr-F is not actually a standalone treatment; it is a combination of the treatments that I mentioned above: finasteride and minoxidil, both of which work in different ways (which I will explain later) to combat hair loss.
Typically, Morr-F is sold as a 5% solution although it may be available in other concentrations. The 5% solution contains minoxidil (5% w/v) and finasteride (0.1% w/v). It is a topical treatment meaning it is supposed to be applied directly to the scalp (as opposed to traditional finasteride which is taken orally).
Even though both minoxidil and finasteride are FDA approved for the treatment of hair loss in the U.S., selling them as a mixture is not permitted. This means that you cannot buy Morr-F in any U.S. stores or get it prescribed by your doctor. It also means that it may be hard to get as currently the only way to buy Morr-F is through Indian manufacturers and have it shipped overseas.
How does Morr-F work?
Again, Morr-F is a combination of two very popular hair loss treatments, both of which are very well understood by scientists and work very differently to help combat hair loss.
We are going to briefly cover how each treatment works but we have also written extensive, in depth articles on both if you would like to better understand these powerful treatments.
Minoxidil (in depth article here)
Minoxidil is a vasodilator, meaning it helps increase blood flow to the areas that it is applied.
This is important because blood is responsible for carrying and delivering the vital oxygen and nutrients that your hair uses to grow. There have also been studies done that have been able to show a correlation between low blood flow and hair loss.
Essentially, minoxidil helps hair that is not growing due to lack of nutrients acquire those essential growth factors that help hair grow long and thick. This is not hypothetical, minoxidil has proven its effectiveness time and time again (1,2,3).
Finasteride (in depth article here)
Finasteride is normally taken orally but has been shown to be effective when used topically as well. It is classified as a 5-alpha reductase (5-AR) inhibitor. To understand how a 5-AR inhibitor works you need to first understand 5-AR’s role in hair loss.
5-alpha reductase is an enzyme. It is responsible for the conversion of testosterone into its byproduct dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is the hormone that is primarily responsible for male and female pattern hair loss. Without 5-AR there would be no DHT.
By inhibiting 5-AR, finasteride is able to stop up to 70% of the conversion of testosterone into DHT. This subsequently protects hair from the damage that DHT causes. What this means is that essentially finasteride blocks the root cause of, and is able to slow, and sometimes stop the progression of hair loss.
So how does Morr-F work?
It utilizes the DHT blocking mechanism from finasteride and the blood flow-enhancing mechanism of minoxidil to create a mixture that does it all. The combination of these two treatments (hypothetically) will stop the progression of hair loss and regrow hair all in one.
How effective is Morr-F?
In the interest of focusing on Morr-F as its own entity, we will not be taking studies conducted solely on finasteride and minoxidil into account. This is because it has already been established that both of those treatments are effective, which may lead someone to believe that because they are effective Morr-F will be as well. But, in order to determine Morr-F’s efficacy we need to look at studies done solely on it in order to make any conclusions.
One study compared minoxidil combined with oral finasteride to minoxidil combined with topical finasteride (i.e. Morr-F). The study found that 84.44% of the participants had maintained good hair density when they switched from oral to topical finasteride. It concluded that topical finasteride may be effective for maintaining hair density after initial improvements were made from oral. Unfortunately, no statements were made about topical finasterides ability to improve hair loss from the start.
Another review evaluated several studies that were conducted on topical finasteride. It found that the topical version may be just as effective at the oral, although much more research is needed.
The last piece of research done was conducted in 2014. It compared minoxidil used alone vs alongside topical finasteride. Interestingly, it was found that the combination was clinically significant in terms of improvement of hair growth.
These are the only pieces of scientific research conducted that relate directly to Morr-F.
But, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting Morr-F. In fact, there is a seemingly endless amount of stories that people have shared about their success with Morr-F (a lot of them can be found here).
It seems that the combination of topical finasteride and minoxidil needs to be further investigated by researchers and scientists alike. But, even though the little evidence that we do have points in the right direction, more research is needed before we can make definitive statements.
In conclusion, is Morr-F worth trying?
All of the scientific and anecdotal evidence that we have available suggests that Morr-F has a lot of potential in its ability to help combat hair loss. Unfortunately, it is not available in the U.S. meaning that not only might it be hard to find a trustworthy manufacturer, but if you do the costs could be much higher than normal treatments due to overseas shipping.
If you are willing to take the financial risk and are well aware that it is not regulated or FDA approved in the U.S. then yes, it seems Morr-F might be worth a try. Just be careful.