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Hair loss can happen to both men and women at almost any age. Many men experience a receding hairline during their early twenties and women begin to notice a thinning right behind their hairline from a very early age as well. Most people begin to see dramatic hair loss during their middle age years and become desperate to find an effective hair loss treatment. There are many different opinions on whether or not there are actually products that can reverse hair loss. Most will agree that hair loss prevention is more likely to be possible, but an effective hair loss treatment is something that has many skeptics and few optimists.

The search for an effective hair loss treatment became more than just an idea during the 1980ís when a comprehensive understanding of how the genetics and pathology effect a personís hair loss. With this understanding came a new hair loss treatment industry that is heavily funded for both research and marketing. Scientists working to create an effective hair loss treatment came to discover that it is possible to forestall the aging process of follicles that can lead to hair loss than it is to make hair grow again from follicles that are already inactive. There are a number of products on the market available with or without a prescription that can help individuals retain their hair and prevent additional hair loss.

Another popular hair loss treatment is through surgery to change the progress of hair loss and balding. It is considered by many to be an incredibly length to go to reverse hair loss as well as incredibly expensive. The way surgery works as a hair loss treatment is through hair transplants, where small sections of skin with hair are taken from one part of the scalp to another. Another form of surgery as a hair loss treatment is called scalp reduction, where the excess skin on the scalp is removed and then the remaining parts with hair are stitched together again. When surgery is used as a hair loss treatment, people need to be aware that the procedure could cause extreme scarring that could become visible if hair loss continues over the rest of the head.

The future of research for hair loss treatment may lie within stem cell research. Stem cells have been found to be in hair follicles and select researchers believe that further research on the stem cells from the follicles could bring about successful hair loss treatment for baldness through something called hair multiplication or hair cloning. The way this hair loss treatment would work would be to reproduce the stem cells from the already existent follicles in cultures and then imbedding the new follicles into the scalp. Researchers hope to be able to send a signal to follicle stem cells in order to help them regenerate new hair growth.

While no one treatment is guaranteed to work for everyone, many individuals, both men and women, have had success with hair loss treatment. From over the counter and prescription drugs to extensive surgery procedures, the impact a personís appearance has on the way they feel about themselves is seen in the number of hair loss treatment options available to everyone.



Hair is the fastest growing tissue of the body, made up of proteins called keratins. Every strand of hair is made up of three layers: the inner layer or medulla (only present in thick hairs); the middle layer or cortex, which determines the strength, texture, and color of hair; and the cuticle, which protects the cortex.

Hair grows from roots, which are enclosed in follicles. Below this is a layer of skin called the dermal papilla, which is fed by the bloodstream carrying nourishments vital to the growth of hair. Only the roots of hair are actually alive, while the visible part of hair is dead tissue, and therefore unable to heal itself.

It is vital then to take care of the scalp and body in order to perpetuate hair growth and maintenance. Expensive treatments that claim to treat the visible hair and nourish it therefore are usually no more than bogus claims made to sell products.

Hormones called androgens, usually testosterone, can cause hair follicles to shrink, causing thinning of hair or eventual hair loss. Reportedly only bone marrow grows faster in our body than hair does. The average scalp contains 100,000-150,000 hair follicles and hairs, with 90% growing and 10% resting at any given time.

Hair actually grows in three stages:

  1. Anagen
  2. Catagen
  3. Telogen

The anagen phase is the phase where hair is actively growing, and of course this phase is longer for follicles in the scalp than anywhere else on your body, and lasts longer for women than men.

It is natural for follicles to atrophy and hair to fall out, and this is called the catagen phase. This phase is only temporary, and eventually the follicle enters the telogen phase where it is resting. These are the 10% at rest mentioned above.

Normal anagen phases last approximately five years, with catagen phases lasting about three weeks, and telogen phases lasting approximately 12 weeks. As you see it is natural to lose some hair. Natural hair loss is considered to be in the range of 100 hairs per day. It is not apparent to most people that hair is actually being lost until more than 50% of a person's hair is actually lost.

Although both men and women can suffer significant hair loss, over 50% of men will suffer with Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), also known as androgenetic alopecia, at some point in their lives. The reason behind hair loss is a genetically inherited sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and 5-alpha-reductase. The enzyme 5-alpha-reductase converts testosterone, a male hormone, to DHT, the substance identified as the end-cause for hair loss.

Despite any genetically inherited sensitivity, it is possible to lessen the amount of hair loss some people will experience; this done through use of supplements and hair cleansers that eliminate excessive DHT. Also, taking vitamins and minerals that strengthen hair will slow down the inherited tendency for hair loss. Finally, watch for stressful situations that last for months and take counter measures by increasing you hair supplements.



The hair loss treatments outlined here cannot provide definitive cures for all hair loss conditions, but they do represent regimes that many sufferers have found useful. In other words, they are examples of potential solutions that many patients have chosen after honestly assessing the causes of their hair loss together with their expectations.

  • A drugs based approach for those who don't mind taking strong medications.
  • A commercial product approach for those who prefer a non-drug solution but who still want a treatment that has a track record.
  • A natural remedy approach for those who prefer to follow the natural route.
  • A nutritional approach for those who wish to adopt a more holistic perspective.

It remains a fact that only two hair loss treatments have been approved by the FDA and both can be classed as strong drug-based medications. Propecia (finasteride) is the treatment of choice for many men with good reason - it tends to work! It is a powerful drug that inhibits the formation of DHT in the system, eventually to a level that is sufficiently low to encourage a normal growth cycle. Rogaine (minoxidil) acts differently in that it stimulates hair growth in both men and women by overriding the prevailing hair loss symptoms. These drugs can be used either on their own or in combination. Women should seek professional medical advice before using Propecia.

The world of commercial hair loss products is much less clear cut and it is here that many scamsters ply their trade to rip-off unsuspecting customers. The best advice I can give here is research, research, and more research! Many useful products are available on the market but none have been approved by the FDA. Probably the best, and certainly most popular, commercially available products are those containing natural ingredients that have been shown in field trials to reduce hair loss and encourage regrowth.

Increasingly, people are turning to natural hair loss remedies as they seek to combat thinning hair. This has an obvious appeal for many sufferers and there is growing evidence to support the view that some natural remedies may be effective in curtailing hair loss. The most popular ingredients of natural hair loss treatments include ginko biloba, green tea, he shou wu, pygeum, saw palmetto and stinging nettle. Each of these is described in more detail in an supplementary article entitled "Herbal Remedies That Offer Hope".

It is becoming increasingly evident that poor nutrition and modern lifestyles can have a negative impact on health, and hair loss is no exception. At the most basic level, improved nutrition can minimize shedding and support other treatments that encourage regrowth. This can be achieved by:

  • eating adequate amounts of protein.
  • eating appropriate levels of useful carbohydrates.
  • achieving a healthy balance of dietary fats.


Doctors distinguish between different types of hair loss. The male pattern hair loss is totally different from Alopecia Areata.

Male pattern hair loss (also known as common baldness, male pattern baldness or permanent pattern baldness) is the most common one for males. In fact, It is inherited. It usually involves baldness on the top of the head and a receding hair line.

On the other hand, Alopecia Areata involves patchy hair loss over the body and the head. It can involve one or more patches and even full body baldness in rare cases. Its causes are still unknown and in most cases hair regrows within first 5 years after the first patch appeared.

There are some treatments for Alopecia Areata but the proper treatment could be decided only after visiting the doctor and undergoing some blood tests.

Some of the treatments used to cure Alopecia Areata are Rogaine (minoxidil), Aloe vera gel, some herb and other natural treatments.

The treatments for male pattern hair loss are much more reliable. There is a variety of natural treatments and chemical treatments which suppose to treat hair loss.

The most recommended treatments are Propecia and Revivogen.

Propecia works on the main cause of hair loss by significantly reducing the amount of DHT. DHT is a a chemical that shrinks the hair follicle until no hair grows. Propecia actually inhibits the formation of DHT in your scalp. Lowering DHT inhibits the further shrinking of affected hair follicles. Propecia re grows visible hair and reduces further hair loss.

In the longest hair loss clinical study where the results were measured by actual hair counts, in average more than 2 out of 3 men on Propecia re grew hair. whereas all man in the study who talk other pills lost hair.

Revivogen Scalp Therapy works by decreasing the levels of DHT in the scalp. This allows the hair follicles to rejuvenate and produce thicker and stronger hair, creating a fuller and healthier head of hair.

The combination of both remedies is the most recommended way of treating hair loss.




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