Finding The Best Hair Loss Treatment for Men Can Be A Daunting Task

There are few things more unsettling for a man than to wake up each day and find you have less hair than the day before. Who really knows why this is the so disturbing, after all it is only hair. Perhaps one reason this natural process is so troubling is the inevitability of the outcome. Or perhaps it is the realization of lost youth fading into the sunset. Who really knows, perhaps it is different for each of us.

If you have just now started searching for a hair loss treatment for men you will be surprised at how many different options are available. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands that claim to re-grow hair. The question in picking a hair loss treatment for men is will any of them actually work.

I can't speak for all these products, but I have tried quite a few over the years. Some have worked, while others have been a total waste of time and money. A number of years ago I tried a highly recommended hair re-growth product that was a combination shampoo and scalp cream that was quite expensive, and showed no results. On the other hands many of the herbal formulas containing saw palmetto extract and/or essential oils have been the most effective.

Why? It is a great question and one that I wish someone would have answered honestly for me before I wasted a great deal of time and money searching for a hair loss treatment for men that showed results!

The truth of the matter is that if you are losing your hair the chances are well over ninety percent that it is not with the hair shaft itself but with the follicle that produces the hair shaft. The follicle is shrinking. Some follicle contraction is natural, occurring with age, but really shouldn't come into play until a man is in his late fifties. And even then it should not represent severe balding.

What is happening is the naturally hair loss process which is being mediated by the enzyme 5 alpha reductase type 2 is accelerating through a complicated process of conversion and accumulation. The conversion takes place when testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone. The accumulation takes place as the dihydrotestosterone accumulated on the hair follicle causing it to begin to contract. The longer it goes, the more follicles affected, and the higher the level of accumulation, the greater the hair loss, balding, or thinning.

To be effective any hair loss treatment for men must be able to block the conversion process or be able to re-open closed or contracting follicles. If a hair loss treatment for men can do both you will see excellent results. If it accomplishes one out of two you will see above average results.

What Next? There are currently a handful of hair re-growth products which have been proven to be effective both in blocking harmful hormones and bringing the all important dead hair follicles back to life. These specially formulated treatments can be used both as a preventative tool, starting before hair loss becomes severe, or after loss of hair has become noticeable. Whatever the level of balding or thinning you are experiencing these products could be just what is needed to overcome this latest life challenge.

About the Author
R.D. Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of natural health products and natural living with over 10 years experience in the field. Learn more about natural remedies and natural health at Purchase Remedies.com

Hair Loss Treatment Review For Men & Women

Ever since men and women started losing hair, there have been 'remedies' to stop or reverse the process, and many a con-artist or trickster happy to make a quick buck through the misery and misfortune of others. I can imagine one of our distant ancestors buying a toupee fashioned out of twigs only to be ridiculed by the rest of the tribe.

Indeed potential cures have ranged from Wiccan magic spells to getting various animals, commonly cows in India to lick the scalp of a balding man. An eighth century Chinese remedy which involves catching a green grass snake and pounding it to death in a bag of silk and then boiling the remains and rubbing them into your scalp and the Native Americans had a similar remedy, replacing the snakes with scorpions, nettles and the urine from a pregnant woman!

On a more serious note, bearing in mind all causes of hair loss as discussed in my other articles, there are only two types of treatments are going to work, those which address the hormonal sensitivity, or treatments that stimulate growth despite it. And as it happens there are only two drug treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for male baldness: Minoxidil and Finasteride. And we will begin by looking at Minoxidil today.

Minoxidil (more commonly known by its trade names Rogaine and Regaine) is a vasodilator medication which was first used exclusively as an oral drug to treat high blood pressure. However those using it will noticed an interesting side effect, namely increased growth and darkening of fine body hairs.

Seeing the potential of this Upjohn Corporation produced a topical solution that contained 2% minoxidil to be used to treat baldness and hair loss, under the brand name Rogaine in the United States and Canada, and Regaine in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. Treatments are available in 5% concentration solution for men and 2% concentration solutions for women.

How Minoxidil works is still not fully understood but studies have shown it is effective in preventing hair loss and may help attain some regrowth. One particular study in healthy males aged 18-50 years with male pattern baldness found that compared to a baseline of 103 to 106 hairs/cm2, those who applied of a 5% solution of minoxidil for 32 weeks increased their hair counts by an average of 39 hairs/cm2, in contrast to 5 hairs/cm2 in subjects who received a placebo.

It should be noted that Minoxidil has shown to be more effective in younger men (18 to 41 years of age) and has shown to work only in the central vertex are, so will not help those with a receding hairline.

As with most medicines some side affects should normally be expected however Minoxidil fares pretty well in this department.

The most common side effect of topical (i.e. external use) is in fact an itchy scalp, dandruff and hair loss. Yes you did read that correctly, hair loss is a common side effect of minoxidil treatment, however manufacturers and users say this is part of the shedding and regrowing effect. However there is no guarantee that the new hair loss will be replaced with hair growth. Regardless Minoxidil remains one of the most widely used treatment of balding in the world today. It is my personal recommendation for slowing down the balding process before you consider hair transplant.

About the Author
Michael is Practice Manager at the Australian Institute of Hair Restoration, AIHR and Advance Cosmetic Beauty Clinic. Call 1300733092 for a free consultation. Hair transplant & other cosmetic surgery can be arranged in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne - Australia.

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