Hair loss is a source of stress and anxiety for many people. Luckily, many products have been developed that are on the market today to combat hair loss in men and women. With so many hair loss products to choose from, picking one can be a daunting task. Some of the most commonly recommended options are Rogaine and Propecia. Hairpieces and transplants are also viable alternatives.
It is important to see what research has been done on a product so that you can judge its effectiveness. View the product testimonials and ask your doctor’s opinion of the product you are considering. A hair loss product’s effectiveness varies with the pharmaceutical company’s ingredients. Find out what the active ingredients are in the product before purchasing it.
Rogaine for men has been available since 1988. It is a 2% minoxidil topical solution that works on hair follicles to reverse their shrinking process and to stimulate new growth on the top of the scalp. It is also available in extra strength formulae, with 5% minoxidil. Rogaine products go to the root of the hair follicle to revitalize miniaturized hair follicles and re-grow new hair. Rogaine must be taken continually. If you stop using Rogaine, your hair will start to fall out again in two to four months time. Rogaine products can be found in most food and drug stores and can also be purchased online.
Propecia (finasteride) is a hair loss medication that is taken orally in pill from. It is available only by prescription and is not usually covered by health insurance. Propecia was approved by the FDA as a prescription drug in 1997. Propecia works by blocking the male hormones that contribute to hair loss. Propecia must be taken continually or hair loss will begin again.
Some people do not want to use chemicals to treat their hair loss. A more natural alternative would be using a hairpiece or wig. Hairpieces and wigs can be made from synthetic or natural hair. Depending on the quality of the hairpiece and whether it is made from natural of synthetic hair will determine how expensive it will be. Real hair is obviously going to be more costly than synthetic hair. Hairpieces need to be replaced periodically and are not usually covered by health insurance.
Hair transplants are the most extreme option available today to create a natural looking head of hair. A hair transplant involves removing the healthy hair follicles and transplanting them to balding areas of the scalp. Since this method involves surgery, it is costly and involves some risks. You will have to consult with your doctor before you can even think about choosing this procedure, and it is not usually covered by health insurance.
As you can see there are many choices available today to combat hair loss. I suggest you do a sufficient amount of research on your own before you choose the method that is right for your hair loss condition. Hopefully this article has given you some information to get you started in your research. Hair loss is a problem for many people, but there are a variety of options available today that can help you improve your appearance and possibly grow back your hair.