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The Hair-Loss Product Market–What Works and What Doesn’t

Hello All! I’m writing from sunny and hot Florida on a short, but much-needed break with my family!

For millennia, people have been trying to sell products — whether natural-based or medicinal/pharmaceutical-based to individuals who are upset about the potential for losing their hair, or who are already in the process of hair loss. I’ve heard it all when it comes to the latest “cures” for hair loss…head massages, herbal treatments, non-presciption “DHT blockers”, rubbing onions on your scalp (yes, that’s right, onions!) and I can tell you, as a professional, that these do not work.

Hair can be restored through the process of hair transplantation surgery, but there are virtually no natural treatments that truly work to prevent hair loss — it’s a hereditary and progressive condition. There are, however, some medical treatments scientifically proven to treat and stop the progression of androgenetic alopecia: Propecia® (finasteride), Rogaine (minoxidil) and low level laser light therapy.

To protect the public from being misled and to save thousands of their dollars from “snake oil salesmen”, aside from these three medical treatments, there is no miracle product out there that will stop hair loss in its tracks and leave you with a full head of thick hair. It’s that simple. As far as hair care products are concerned, I recommend shampooing daily — ideally with one containing copper, which can be helpful to maintain healthy hair follicles. We have our own line of shampoo, conditioner and hair spray that we use — it’s called HairDR and is available at my offices.

I’ll talk more in-depth about some of the medical treatments for hair loss and how they work in my next posting.

–Doc