Men Go Bald. Like it or not, fellows, this statement is almost always spot on. True, there are a few men who naturally find a way to keep their hair as they age but they definitely aren't the norm. The majority of guys in the world start seeing hair loss sometime between their 20th and 30th birthdays. Now, due to the fact that being young and bald isn't exactly hip, there are a ton of different products on the market promising these men lush, full heads of hair. This is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it stands to reason that with so many options, chances are at least a couple of these products will be effective. On the other hand... Where the heck is a guy supposed to start?
The answer - Right Here! This article is far from being an encyclopedia of hair loss but it is a decent primer. You see, although companies want you to believe that the latest thing they're selling is unique and fantastic, the truth is there are really only two types of hair loss treatments. One of them prevents your hair from falling out and the other one encourage new growth in thin areas.
The best way to prevent balding is to nip any hair loss in the bud long before yo look like Lex Luther. If you're just starting to lose your hair, act quickly! The most effective way to keep the hair that you have is to use a DHT inhibitor of some kind. Without going into pointless details, DHT stands for dihydrotestosterone and is indirectly responsible for hair loss in aging men. Everyone has DHT in their system but some of our scalp's react more negatively to it than others. This sensitivity expresses itself in itchiness, flaking and hair loss.
There are a few products on the market that effectively limit the amount of DHT that works it's way into one's hair follicles. The most popular one is Propecia. It comes in a pill form and costs about $50 a month. By limiting the DHT levels in your system, Propecia encourages a more comfortable environment for your scalp and the hair follicles it houses. Less irritation, less itching, more hair! Note that Propecia is just a brand name. If you're comfortable using a generic version of this medicine, look for finasteride. Good prices can often be found online!
Another product out there that works in a similar fashion is S5 topical spironolactone lotion. As opposed to lessening DHT, though, this cream prevents it from reaching the follicles to began with. Any product that works in this fashion is known as an antiandrogen.
It doesn't really matter which one you opt for. Just remember that these products don't do anything to encourage new hair growth.
If your hair loss is a bit more advanced and you need to fill in a few ball spots, you should be looking for a growth stimulant of some kind. The one that everyone references is Rogaine. There is a reason why this stuff is so popular... It works! The magic ingredient in this product is minoxidil. In a recent study, about 85% of men noticed new hair growth after a 14 week trial with trial. This product isn't overly expensive either - running the average male about $20 a month.
Note that products like Rogaine won't stop your hair from falling out. This is why most guys will opt for a combination of both a growth stimulant and a DHT inhibitor in order to battle their hair loss issues.
What works for you? I'd love to know!