Welcome back to my blog we 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 watched the videos from 2015 and sure enough, I’m suffering from hair loss. Hair loss is very normal for most men and it happens to us as we age.
Frankly, I don’t know of any man including me who is happy to lose their hair. So the big question is how do you treat or even reverse hair loss? Statistically speaking, 66 percent of American men see some form of hair loss by the age of 35. Even worse, 85% of all men will have significant thinning of their hair by the time they turn 50. Hair loss can occur for many different reasons including medical conditions or medications.
In today’s blog, we’re only going to talk about male pattern hair loss which is a hereditary trait and not tied to any medications or illnesses. I’m not a medical doctor and everything Isay here is based on my experience and my opinions. So the first place to start when 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 of course the big question is how can you 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 is a hormone which levels increase as men age and as your DHT levels increase, the size 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 with you. In my case, my paternal grandfather 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 soI 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 is totally fine and will have no 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 headwear will not have an impact. So what about all the hair you see when you take a shower or 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 take 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 sun shining 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 are not 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 ado, 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. 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 that80% 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 studies have shown that after five years, a hundred percent of men on placebo had hair follicle loss while only 35%of men who would take Finasteride regularly suffered from hair loss, that’s a pretty significant 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. WhenI did my research, I came across a site called PFS foundation which means PostFinasteride Syndrome Foundation and there are lots 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.