Products for Hair Loss

Reviewing popular and alternative haircare and hair loss products

Main Types of Hair Loss Products

Posted on | February 12, 2010 | No Comments

Hair loss affects the majority of human beings sooner or later in their lives. It may cause many social troubles and personal traumas. People refuse to be bald and at the first sights of hair loss symptoms many of us start searching for the cause of hair loss. It is necessary to realize that the 2 most common reasons that lead to hair loss and hair thinning are the high level of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT hormone) and lack of essential nutrients. Therefore, the most beneficial products for hair loss and thinning should be focused on these two causes.

We have a tremendous choice of products for hair loss that are in stores nowadays. So, it very hard to pick up the proper hair loss treatment without some knowledge of them. We offer you a short but rather comprehensive survey of hair loss products that you can choose from. Generally speaking, there are 3 options available:

  • Drugs for hair loss treatment
  • Natural, or herbal, hair loss products
  • Home products for hair loss

So, let’s speak of them in succession.

Synthetic hair loss productsSynthetic products for hair loss. There are quite many synthetic solutions that are available in stores nowadays and even more are being researched and tested. These products reduce certain chemicals levels in the organism that slow down the hair growth. As a matter of fact, most of them require a prescription, but some are still available over the counter. The most popular synthetic hair loss products are Rogaine, Minoxidil and Propecia. All of them are approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Rogaine (a similar trade name Regaine) has proved to be effective for both men and women. It significantly slows down or stops hair loss and promotes hair regrowth. The first thing that has to be said about Rogaine is that it is for genetic hair loss only. Minoxodil is the main active component in Rogaine. It reduces the level of dihydrotestosterone in the scalp preventing hair follicles from shrinking. It also opens and revitalizes shrunk ones. So, Rogaine, as well as Minoxidil, are the treaments that are applied topically on the scalp (commonly twice a day). Hair regrowth will usually starts in a few months and is more obvious on the crown of the head.

Contrary to Rogaine and Minoxidil, Propecia (also marketed as Proscar, Fincar, Finpecia, Finasteride, etc.) is not a product intended only for hair regrowth. It was initially developed as a synthetic antiandrogen that acts by inhibiting type II 5-alpha reductase, controlls DHT and shrinks the prostate. Surprisingly enough, this product has shown its ability to work even better then Rogaine and Minoxodil in regrowing hair on the back of the head. It also grows hair back on the front of the scalp as well.

Although, synthetic hair loss products bring quite good results in a short period of time, they usually has a number of side-effects because of toxic constituents in them. These components may result in some disorders and bring harm to other organs. Propecia, in particular, has been linked as a possible cause of erectile dysfunction. Propecia lawsuits have been filed by men who have sustained long-term sexual side effects. What is more, synthetic drugs are mainly focused on the activity of dihydrotestosterone keeping other hair loss causes, including deficiency in essential nutritious substances, on the background.

Natural products for hair lossNatural/herbal hair loss products. A lot of people don’t know that apart from the conventional treatments of hair loss, such as synthetic medicine, there is also the natural approach to the problem. The natural method is based on supplying certain organs with vitamins and nutritional substances to enhance their function and to increase the immune system of the body. Natural treatments for hair loss usually have few or no side-effects. Therefore, those who have preference for natural/herbal treatments may find them much more beneficial. There is one more advantage of natural hair loss treatments – they are often cheaper than chemically based products.

There are such natural products for hair loss as: saw palmetto, aloe vera, nettle root, pygeum, green tea, polygonum multiflorum, and many others. Some of these are taken in tablet form and some are made into preparations that you massage into your scalp. Some of them, for example, saw palmetto, has a DHT inhibiting effect and works in a similar manner as some synthetic inhibitors.

Home hair loss productsHome hair loss products and treatments. These are all kinds of products and home-made preparations, tips and methods that have been traditionally resorted to since ancient times. They belong to the so called folk medicine and sometimes are disregarded as something that can really work. But still some of these products and methods of treatment show positive results in stopping hair loss and promoting hair regrowth. Here are some examples of them: a mask of egg yolks with honey, solution of apple cider vinegar and sage tea, scalp massage with essential oils, aloe vera or coconut milk, all sorts of home-made shampoos, etc.

Summing it up, there is a great amount of hair loss products available on the market. Some of them are more effective, others are less. Some are safer, others are less. Some are more expensive, others are less. But we hope that this humble survey will help you choose if not a certain product but at least the direction.


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Welcome! With such a huge variety of hair loss products, finding an effective solution is always a matter of a thorough choice. Here you will find unbiased reviews of medications, as well as natural products for hair loss and haircare that are available on the market today. We sincerely hope you will find the one that suits you and your hair at best. Good luck!

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