Hair Loss Treatments? What is the
When I first started losing my hair in my mid twenties, I really became
concerned. The year was 1995. I was finishing up my last year of college and
I noticed from a group picture that I had taken with one of my marketing
classes that my hair line was receding. Yikes. I really had to start thinking
about some type of hair loss treatments since my dad was bald. It was in my
genes. There was no avoiding it.
Anyway, it took me a while to overcome the denial, and I really had to
address the fact that my genetic code was not going to allow me to escape
from losing my hair. On the positive side, I was actually one of the fortunate
ones. Some of my males friends had lost a lot hair - to the point that they
were crowning and it was very obvious they would be completely bald by the
time they were in their mid to late thirties. It was really time for me to think
about some type of hair loss treatments. Remember, this was 1995, and
Rogaine and Propecia were not quite as ‘accepted’ as they are right now.
Actually, even today, most men don’t advertise that they use these products.
We just know that they are common due to increased market share over the
years for these products. So I had to ask myself at the time - which hair loss
products work? And, which hair loss treatments are best for just a slightly
The first thing that I discovered was that these hair loss products were not
cheap. Back then, it cost a few hundred bucks a month. Here are a few hair
loss products I researched back then:
(1) External products applied to the balding areas of the scalp
From the late 1970’s through January of 1996, lotions or creams that were
applied to the balding areas were only available by prescription only. Aside
from surgery, these lotions were really the only type of hair loss product
available. In the 1970’s, these topical lotions were being used as an internal
medication for high blood pressure. One of the bizarre side of effects of this
internal drug was that it had the ability to reverse or slow down the balding
process. If applied externally to the balding areas which still had ‘peach fuzz’
on it, a 2% solution of minoxidil was shown to be able to start the hairs
growing longer and becoming thicker again. The results were only prevalent
in a small number of men. In other words, it just didn’t work for everybody.
It was only known to have cured or stifled hair loss in the ‘crown’ area. The
worst part of all of this it that all of the hair loss reversal or hair loss
prevention that these lotions produced would be all reversed within 60-90
days if you stopped using the product. At the end of the day, I realized that I
would have to use this hair loss product for the rest of my life. Another yikes.
(2) Oral medications
An oral drug was first introduced in the 1980’s as a treatment for an
enlarged prostate. It was not until the mid 1990’s that this drug was first
considered a hair loss product or a remedy to hair loss. It came in pill form,
which made it very simple to take and allowed you to avoid taking or
applying medication to the scalp on a daily basis. It seemed like the best hair
loss treatment on the market. After further research, I discovered that the
drawback or major side effect to taking this oral medication was that it was
shown to decreased libido in men. It is not generally prescribed to women
because it is known to cause birth defects in unborn male infants. As a
person who doesn’t like to take medications, I was not interested in
experimenting with this kind of hair loss treatment.
(3) Shampoos, mousses, and vitamins, toupees and wigs
Before topical lotions and oral medications, there were shampoos, mousses,
and vitamins that people took to slow down hair loss or grow new hair. As a
pragmatic person, I was pretty sure these products were not valid and my hair
loss treatment options beyond that would be toupee or even a wig. These two
hair loss products or carpets on my head were not an option.
In the end, I decided not to do anything about my hair loss until eleven years
later. My decision was to have a hair transplant in 2006. Now my first
thought about a hair transplant was ‘bad hair plugs’. But the reality was that
hair transplant surgery had come a long way.
If you want to know more about my hair transplant surgery, the costs of hair
transplantation, how to choose a surgeon, and some celebrity hair transplants,
visit my blog at Hair Transplant Facts. I even posted some before and after
photos. If you are going to move forward with a transplant, my site will
provide you some very good insight. Gone are the days of ‘hair plugs’. Hair
loss treatments are not permanent unless you actually have surgery. Once you
have the surgery, there is no more need for hair loss products.