The population of the US and most developed countries is aging rapidly and along with that comes the medical ailments associated with increasing age. This includes such things as back pain, graying hair, and hair loss. Some people don't believe that hair loss should be considered an ailment but, for people who are concerned about their looks, it can be a very big deal.

The US has been a culture based on youth ever since the baby boomers started driving consumer spending in the 50's. This was really the first generation in which the parents focused on the happiness of the children. Before this time, the old saying "Children should be seen and not heard," was definitely in play. Children were expected to do their chores and help around the house. The focus was on the entire family unit instead of the happiness of the child.

The baby boomers got used to being the center of attention and liked the idea of having fun all the time. Now that they are in their 50's and 60's they still don't want to grow up and that includes keeping a youthful look. This is why millions and millions of dollars are spent on hair restoration products and services each year. The boomers are going to stay young looking no matter what. This includes keeping a youthful looking head of hair.

There are really only a few ways to increase hair growth that work. There are two drugs that have been certified by the FDA as actually helping to re grow hair. They are Minoxidil and Finasteride. Of these two, only Minoxidil, marketed as Rogaine, has been OK'd as a way to increase hair restoration for women. The second drug is not recommended for women because of the potential for birth defects. In fact, a pregnant woman is not even supposed to handle the pills because the medication can be absorbed through the skin. Minoxidil shows some hair growth in about 50% of the population who use it.

There is also a new medical device being marketed as a way to increase hair growth that has not been certified. The Laser Comb is supposed to increase hair growth by stimulating the scalp with low level light therapy. As yet there are no scientific studies which prove this is the case. The FDA has said it won't do any harm but they have not certified that it will improve growth.

As the baby boomers age you can be assured there will be more and more hair loss treatments on the market. If you are in the need of hair restoration be sure to check out the FDA recommendations before purchasing a product.