Androgenetic Alopecia - Two words that strike fear into the hearts and minds of aging men everywhere.

If you're not sure what these words mean, grab yourself a medical dictionary and check this term out. For those that can't be bothered, androgenic alopecia can basically be summed up in two words - "Going Bald". It actually refers specifically to balding due to genetics but I think this is generally inferred when we talk about men "going bald". Sure there are other things like diabetes and lupus that cause hair loss but genetic baldness is the one that scares the crap out of men.

Now, you can often judge just how serious problems are by the number of solutions on the market. Think about things like acne and weight-loss. People battling these issues are desperate for solutions. This is why we see so many products in these markets. Male pattern baldness is another one of these markets. There are a ton of different products out there, all promising to stop hair loss and encourage new growth.

Where's a man supposed to start?

Well, fear no more my balding friends. In this article we're going to reveal the three best options you have.


The marketing department at Rogaine must have bought stock in Microsoft before Windows 3.1 came out. You can't sit down in front of a TV without seeing an ad for this stuff. For those of you that aren't familiar with this product, here's a quick run down. Rogaine is a topical based cream that men essentially rub into their hair. The magic ingredient in this stuff is minoxidil. Rogaine contains 2% - 5% of this drug and works to halt balding and, in some cases, promote new hair growth. It's most effective in men that are just starting to lose their hair. If you look like Homer Simpson or his father, Rogaine isn't the product for you. This is due to the fact that follicles that haven't housed hairs for a serious length of time can't be cured with a simple topical solution like Rogaine. If you're just starting to notice that hairline receding, give this product a try. It costs about $10 a month so you really don't have anything to lose.

The one thing you need to remember is that a lot of baldness remedies react very differently on different heads. What worked for your neighbor may not work for you. With Rogaine, you're best to try it for at least six months before deciding if it's right for you. Side effects are rare but some men do complain of dry and itchy scalps when using Rogaine. You'll never know until you try it though! The best place to buy this stuff is online.


This is another product that gets quite a bit of publicity. While people think that Propecia is a type of medicine, it's actually just a designer brand name for a drug called finasteride. Propecia is sold in pill form and only works for men. Women struggling with hair loss will have to look elsewhere because finasteride doesn't agree with certain parts of the female anatomy.

This product is a bit more expensive than Rogaine - rounding off to about $50 a month - but is more effective. Unlike Rogaine which really only benefits recently bald men, Propecia or a generic equivalent can work with anybody - even Grandpa Simpson. In a recent study, almost 70% of men noted considerable improvements on their head after 3 months of use.

The one thing about this product that you have to know is it stops working when you stop taking it. Any progress you see in the way of new growth will disappear once the intake of medicine stops. This, of course, means that once you're into it, you're into it for life.

The side effects of taking any sort of finasteride are rare. A small percentage of men experience impotence and depression but most are OK. Clearly if you experience one or both of these things, Propecia isn't for you.

Hair Restoration Surgery

This is about as good as it gets if you're serious about thickening the hair on your head. Rogaine and Propecia are decent baldness remedies but, as noted above, they aren't really permanent solutions. Hair implants are the real deal though - and they'll last forever. If you're not familiar with what this procedure entails, here's a brief overview. Hair follicles, which are basically the roots of your hair, are moved from the back of your head to the front. By grafting follicles to these new areas, the surgeon is essentially planting new hairs in your head. The hair will continue to grow in it's new spot. The cost of this procedure is roughly $5 per hair. When you consider the fact that most surgeries like this require about 2000 hairs, you realize that this isn't an inexpensive procedure. The average cost of a hair transplant is about $15000.

If you're considering this method, you'll obviously want to do a ton of research when selecting a surgeon. An sub par doctor can leave your head with patchy hair growth, or even scars. Check out the Internet for a list of reputable doctors in your neighborhood. There are a number of sites out there that can help you this as well. Don't be afraid to join a forum on hair loss. Ask a bunch of questions because you want to make sure you get this right the first time.


As you can see, the perfect baldness remedy depends a lot on you and you're specific needs. If you've just started going bald, slap some Rogaine on that dome of yours. Chances are you can use it for a couple of years - or until you're comfortable to stop treatment and let your bald head shine. Propecia, or some kind of alternative, is also good for men in this boat.

Obviously the best, most long term, solution to this problem is surgery. Are you prepared to spend over $10000 though? Only you can decide!

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