There are many options for dealing with male pattern baldness. They range from completely free and straightforward to expensive and complex. However you decide to deal with going bald, you should make sure that you conduct adequate research ahead of time and if you are considering a procedure like a hair transplant, you should make sure you talk to several doctors and get multiple opinions.
Finasteride is the active ingredient in drugs like Propecia and Proscar. It works by inhibiting the enzyme that produces DHT, a hormone that effects sexuality and hair growth, among other things. It is considered an effective agent for treating hair loss because it actually addresses male pattern baldness at the root cause. That said, many guys experience negative side effects. If you are interested in finasteride, you should talk with your doctor about it.
Rogaine is one of the more popular hair loss treatment options. Rather than address hair loss at the root cause, Rogaine simply helps you grow more hair at once. For most men, it is effective in doing so, but it's important to understand that it will not stop you from going bald. Instead, it will just prolong the process.
Hair Restoration Surgery
Hair restoration surgery involves implanting follicles from the back and the side of the scalp to the front and crown of the head. It is costly and you'll be lucky is you pay less than $10,000 for an operation. Furthermore, many of the best and most qualified doctors will charge significantly more. On the plus side, if done successfully, you can restore a significant amount of your hair cover. On the down side, and this is in addition to the cost, if the surgery goes poorly, you may do irreparable harm to your scalp.
There are many herbal supplements on the market that supposedly stop hair loss. Take these promises with a grain of salt, however. As of Fall 2011, there still hasn't been any credible peer reviewed scientific studies that show the effectiveness of herbal supplements in stopping or slowing hair loss. Taking an herbal supplement may make you feel better on a psychological level, but it's not clear whether it will do anything to help your hair loss.
Topical Creams and Shampoos
Finasteride is an oral medication used to inhibit DHT, but there are many topical agents that purport to do the same thing. While there may be some benefit to using anti-DHT topical agents, they are not considered to be effective in any significant capacity. If you are trying to stop your hair loss at the root cause of DHT, you would likely have better luck using an oral medication with finasteride as the active ingredient.
Shave your Head
An often overlooked method of dealing with hair loss is to accept it and shave one's head. This is becoming an increasingly accepted look and many men find the experience extraordinarily liberating. What's more, it does not cost any money nor does it involve tinkering with your hormones.
If you do decide to treat your hair loss with a medication or a surgery, make sure that you consult a doctor before hand. In fact, it would be best to get several opinions, especially if you are considering something like hair restoration surgery.