MK-677 is used for so many things; as a PCT, to stimulate appetite, for sleep quality, as a skin routine and to increase muscle mass.
As the years go by, research into the compound is improving and a simple question poses itself: Could we also use MK-677 for hair growth?
Let’s see what science has to say and I’ll also show you my four-month long experiment using MK-677 daily.
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What Is MK-677
MK-677 is an orally active human growth hormone secretagogue.
People are using it as a Growth Hormone (GH) substitute.
MK-677 also increases IGF-1 levels in the body, which are known for jumpstarting collagen production.
A study has revealed that in just eight weeks, MK-677 supplementation increased collagen levels by 26% in healthy male participants.
This is our starting point, since collagen has ties with hair growth and hair follicle regeneration.
If you want to learn more about this compound, check out my full MK-677 review.
The Science of IGF-1 Levels And Hair Growth
To start off, MK-677 increases IGF-1 production by 60,1% in just six weeks, according to a double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Besides collagen, IGF-1 levels are quintessential for hair growth, which I’ll aim to prove with the research you’ll see below.
One cellular study has proven IGF-1 to have a positive effect on hair follicle growth.
It showed that IGF-1 prevented hair follicles from entering a catagen state, i.e. the end of hair follicle growth.
Moving on, another study proved that Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and IGF-1 act as antagonists to each other.
This means that hair follicles with more DHT will have less IGF-1 and vice versa.
DHT is known for inhibiting hair growth, while IGF-1 has been proven to help with rejuvenating hair follicles.
Now that we understand the different roles of IGF-1 and DHT, let’s look at the newest research!
One study performed in 2017 showed three patients with androgenic alopecia.
All three had low IGF-1 levels in their body.
The most interesting participant was a 26-year-old man who complained of hair thinning and regression of hairline.
He was given 1mg of oral Finasteride for five years and his hairline didn’t improve.
Moreover, he was also given 10% topical Minoxidil for another two years, yet again showing no promising results.
In the end, it was found that the serum concentration level of his IGF-1 was 3,0 nmol/L.
The normal range of IGF-1 is almost four times bigger.
As soon as I read this, I knew I had to try MK-677 for hair growth.
Just consider how crazy this is; two of the most popular hair loss products FAILED to have any effect on this man.
IGF-1 levels seem to be one of the main determiner whether your hair will grow and how well you’ll be able to suppress DHT in your hair follicles.
At least that’s what the current science has to say.
Four Month MK-677 Experiment
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to cycle MK-677 the same way you would cycle SARMs. MK-677 is not suppressive and we can cycle it for longer periods of time (up to 16 weeks).
The side effect you have to look out for in long-term MK-677 supplementation is high blood sugar.
Ensure that you’re measuring blood sugar levels every few weeks if you’re taking MK-677 every day.
To give you a bit of a background on myself: I was very blessed through all my years of SARMs usage, I never had problem with hair thinning or shedding, even though I’ve been using SARMs on and off for about seven years.
However, now that I’m approaching my late 30’s, I’m starting to notice some hair thinning, especially on the sides and near my forehead.
My hair is also starting to become more oily as I age, I’m not exactly sure why as I didn’t change my hair routine in any way.
Overall, I’m pretty content with my hairline, although I’m noticing chinks in my armor.
I used a 15mg dosage of MK-677 every day, before going to sleep.
You can also use it in the morning, although I recommend using it at night personally.
I tolerate MK-677 quite well and I’ve used it before so I knew what to expect.
Anyways, I didn’t notice anything for the first two weeks. Good thing I wasn’t expecting anything or else I would’ve been sorely disappointed.
To anyone reading this, hair growth is a very gradual process, anyone promising you immediate results is simply lying to you.
A month in and I still wasn’t having any results. To be fair, I was starting to feel a bit frustrated but I knew I had to bide my time.
Another month had passed, I was now two months in and I finally started noticing the first effects; my hair wasn’t as oily and when I looked at my sides, I felt like they were fuller than before!
The next month I did a blood sugar test and when the results came in, I was pleased: 4,9mmol/L, a near-perfect reading.
I didn’t notice any noticeable differences between month two and three but I knew I had to continue on with my experiment.
Month four was great; my hair was thicker, fuller and looking at the pictures before, I could see a difference!
For the next few weeks, my hair kept its thickness, even my forehead felt more covered.
I will take 16 weeks off (time on = time off), measure my blood sugar levels again and possibly do a few short MK 677 cycles a year.
Where to Buy MK-677
I’ve tested dozens of companies for pure MK-677 (and other compounds); only a handful deliver what is promised on the labels.
Therefore, if you want pure, clean and high-quality MK-677, visit my list of recommended companies.
As more and more scientific studies are performed on MK-677 and IGF-1, we’ll be able to see exactly by what mechanism IGF-1 promotes hair growth.
For now, we’ll have to do with the science available and the many positive anecdotal experiences we have online.
From my experience, MK-677 works great for hair growth. However, it’s not a good long-term solution because you can’t take Ibutamoren forever without taking breaks.
To anyone following in my footsteps; remember to take it easy and be patient.