We will discuss the five best hair loss treatments for men.
Recently,while looking at the mirror, I noticed “Wow, it looks a little thinner up here” so I actually was sure enough, I’m suffering from hairloss. Hair loss is extremely normal for many men and it happens to us as we age. Frankly, i do not know of any man including me who is happy to lose their hair. So the big question is how does one treat or maybe reverse hair loss?
Statistically speaking, 66 percent of American men see some form of hair loss by the age of 35. Also, 85% of all men before they turn 50 will have significant thinning of their hair. Hair loss can occur for many different reasons including medical conditions or medications. I’m not a medical doctor and everything I say here is based on my experience and my opinions. So the first place to start out once you notice some hair loss is your doctor. Talk to them to figure out if anything is wrong so you can get to the real bottom of it. So in fact the large question is how are you able to treat hair loss or possibly even reverse it?
Well, to answer that, let’s look at what causes male pattern hair loss in the first place. Male pattern hair loss, also known as the Androgenetic Alopecia, is the result of an increased DHT in your body. DHT may be a hormone, which levels increase as men age and as your DHT levels increase, the dimensions of your hair follicles decreases and shrinks until it can no longer grow any hair. That means your hair thins and shortens until it’s all gone.
Because male pattern baldness is hereditary, it pays to look at your relatives. As long as you’ve ruled out other medical causes, it also means that you have to play with the cards that were dealt to you. In my case, my paternal grandpa had a full head of hair that was great. On my mom’s side though, my grandpa was pretty bald. My dad, on the other hand, is also quite a bit bald and while he had always very thin hair, my hair was very thick and much more like my dad’s dad so I hope for the best.
That being said, it seems to be a whole lot easier to treat hair loss while you still have hair than once it is all gone. Now, before we look at five hair loss treatment options, let’s talk about some myths that are out there and are simply wrong. Hair loss myth number one, some people argue that hair loss has something to do with the type of hat you wear or the grooming you do but that is simply not the case. Brushing your hair or wearing a baseball hat are totally fine and can haven’t any impact. Of course, you shouldn’t just rip on your hair and try to rip it out, that may have an impact but short of that, general grooming and head wear will not have an impact. So what about all the hair you see when you take a shower or a bath?
Well, the American Association of dermatologists says it’s normal to lose about 50 to a hundred hairs on your head a day. Hair loss myth number two is to require hair vitamins. The truth is there’s no such thing as a hair vitamin unless the cause of your hair loss was a nutritional deficiency. There is no proven track record of any hair vitamin reversing or treating or slowing down any form of hair loss, there’s also not a single study out there that has proven that the hair vitamin Biotin has any impact on hair loss. It’s often found in shampoo and while it’s not proven to help, it likely also won’t hurt to have it so you can still use your shampoo even though it contains Biotin.
Number three, hair loss also isn’t caused by any stress, a lack of circulation, or the sunshining on your head. Last but not least, hair loss myth number four says that guys who go bald have more testosterone and the increased testosterone has something to do with the lack of hair in your head, not true! Studies have shown that men who are bald have similar testosterone levels to men who aren’t bald. Finally, there’s one connection to balding that’s actually very true. Smoking makes your baldness more severe and it’s just something to keep in mind next time you smoke that cigarette. So without further a do, here are the five best hair loss treatments ordered from easiest to probably most difficult but again, talk to your doctor about it to be sure that it’s right for you!
Seemingly, the easiest thing to treat hair loss is a drug called Finasteride. Finasteride is a prescription drug also known under the brand name Propecia. It has been on the market since 1997 and you just take it orally in form of a pill every day. It treats hair loss on your crown and the middle part of your scalp but not on other parts of your body. So how exactly does it work? It blocks your DHT hormones by about 70% thus slowing down the shrinkage and shortening of your hair and therefore,you keep your hair for longer. Studies show that Finasteride has to be taken consistently in order to see the impact of it. Results can be first visible after three months but you have to continue to take it, otherwise, anything you’ve done in the past will be gone after 12 months of not using it. Studies have shown that 80% of the men who took Finasteride kept the count of their hair follicles which is quite promising. 64% of men even experienced some regrowth after two years which is amazing.
Additional observations have shown that a hundred percent of men on a placebo had hair follicle loss while only 35% of men who would take Finasteride regularly suffered from hair loss after 5 years, that’s a considerable difference. So how do you get your hands on it? Well, you need to talk and consult with your doctor. It’s a prescription drug and as such it’s the only way. Make sure to discuss the potential side effects. When I did my research, I came across a site called PFS foundation which means Post Finasteride Syndrome Foundation and there are lot of men who share experiences about Finasteride and the side effects they experienced which can include depression or impotence or other more severe side effects. It even seemed like lots of doctors from Europe including France, Germany, and Italy were vehemently arguing against the use of Finasteride for hair loss treatment versus in the US, it seems to be subject to less scrutiny. At the end of the day, the choice is, of course, yours but in any case, talk to your doctor and I always find knowing more about it helps me make a better decision.
You may have also heard of the drug Dutasteride which is very similar to Finasteride in the sense that it blocks DHT even though it’s more effective in the sense that it can block up to 90% of DHT versus Finasteride only blocks up to about 70% of the DHT hormone. So obviously, it’s more effective but it’s not FDA approved in the US for hair loss treatment. The second hair loss treatment is called Minoxidil also known as the brand name Rogaine. It’s an over-the-counter medication and FDA approved in the US for hair loss treatment. Interestingly, it’s supposed to be used around the crown of your scalp only and nowhere else. It’s basically a foam that you have to apply to your crown twice a day inorder to be effective. In my book, that’s a serious commitment. On top of that, this tube that lasts for a month supposedly, costs $34 so that’s more than a dollar a day. The good news is Rogaine or Minoxidil has shown to reduce the loss of hair in men.
In a one-year observations, 62% of the male members said that they experienced a reduction in hair loss when they used it. 84% of the men found it to be moderately effective for hair regrowth. The cons about Rogaine are if you stop using it, everything goes downhill again. So if you start using it, you have to keep using it twice a day which is just too much of a commitment for me. Side effects include scalp and skin irritation. Once again, talk to your doctor about details.
The third way to deal with hair loss is hair transplantation. This is not a drug but it works actually by moving hair follicles from areas where you have a lot of hair to areas where you don’t have a lot of hair. Yes, it sounds like a lot of work and it is because every single follicle from the back or from the side of your scalp has to be relocated. Because of that, it takes a lot of time, is therefore very costly, and can also cause a lot pain. Of course, there is a risk associated with the surgery such as bleeding or scarring. Also, most men have anywhere between two and four hair transplantation treatments so it’s not just a one and done kind of deal. Now, what does it look like? Honestly, hair transplantation has come a long way. Majority of those who have hair transplantations take Rogaine or Minoxidil afterwards to just keep reducing the loss of their hair. There are many well-known men out there including Elon Musk and Kevin Costner who’ve used it. In England, there’s also Wayne Rooney and when he did it, he started something called the Rumi effect. So even many other soccer players have hair transplants and if you look at the before and after, it becomes very clear but it also looks a lot better.
The fourth hair loss treatment is laser therapy.
It’s also known as low light therapy or cold laser therapy and it works in the way that photons are irradiated onto your scalp thus helping to increase the circulation on your scalp. The idea is that the photons stimulate the circulation in your scalp and thus , help your hair growth. While more circulation is a good thing for your hair, blood flow alone can reverse the shrinkage of your hair. To see results, clinical hair laser treatments need to be done several times every week , especially within the beginning. Over time, it’ll be less but it’s still quite a time commitment and it’s also very costly. Typically, you spend several thousand dollars a year. At the moment, there’s not enough data that can show that laser therapy over a long term is very effective when it comes to preventing hair loss. Even though there are some encouraging results, data is inconsistent at best. Further more, long-term safety and effectiveness have not been established yet.
The fifth way to treat hair loss is to use scalp micropigmentation.
Now, this really doesn’t treat the hair loss, it is more of a cosmetic procedure, think of it you are tattooing little dots onto your head so it looks like you have a buzz cut that was intentional and not forced because you’re going bald. It cost anywhere between $1000-$4000 counting on what percentage hair dots need to be tattooed onto your scalp. It’s a fairly new procedure and it doesn’t give you any hair back, it just makes it look like there is hair that could grow and you just decided you don’t want to do that. Some companies also advertise hair powders that are supposed to help your hair instantly. At the top of the day, it’s just a cosmetic thing and it doesn’t have anything to try to to with hair growth or hair treatment. So albeit it’s extremely inexpensive, it contains sal ammoniac which are some things you will find in hair coloring but overall, it’s just a cosmetic thing and that i don’t think it should be listed under hair loss treatments.
So what should you take? Honestly, that’s a decision that you have to make. Just keep in mind that it’s okay not to pursue any of those treatments and to just be confident about it. Just believe Vin Diesel or Jason Statham, their lack of hair hasn’t impacted their personality, their character, their confidence, or maybe their masculinity. In fact, they’ve made being bald a key part of who they are. Being proud of what you have should always be the goal because confidence is a look that looks always great. So what do I take? Well, honestly, when I started the research, I thought Finasteride was very reasonable thing for me to do because it was just a pill a day that wasn’t too expensive. Now, when I looked into the side effects and I came across the PFS foundation’s website and read more about it, I realized there can be some serious side effects and yes, albeit it’s going to just be alittle number of individuals affected, the severeness and longevity of the side effects really make me wary of it and I probably won’t be taking it because I don’t want to risk getting depressed or impotent or anything of that kind.
Normally, you think if there are any issues, I just stop taking a drug and everything is back to good but apparently, that’s not the case for all the people who take Finasteride and experience those side effects. So that’s just something to keep in mind. At this point, I don’t have any issues with my crown, it’s full of hair but even if I had issues with a thinning crown, I probably would never take minoxidil or Rogaine twice a day, it’s just a lot of work, it’s not inexpensive, and it’s just very impractical for my lifestyle. Between hair powder and micropigmentation, hair lasering or hair transplantation, i feel the transplantation are some things that i might presumably do. Yes, it’s a surgery but there’s no hormone blocker involved, it’s just moving follicles on my head to a different position so it’s basically cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery and with it being so costly.