Are All Hair Loss Treatments Scams?
Because hair loss is such an emotional subject, it’s not uncommon for guys who have fallen victim to fraudulent products to become cynical and start believing that the entire hair loss industry is one big scam. Thankfully this is not the case.
Yes – there are a lot of unscrupulous people in the hair loss industry who are just looking to make easy money by preying on the insecurity of others. However, there are genuine treatments for hair loss that have been approved by the FDA and are backed by science.
The Importance of Having Realistic Expectations
Knowing the cause of hair loss is an excellent way to avoid scams but just as important is having a realistic expectation to the outcome. When it comes to treating hair loss, you can generally expect to slow down the progress of hair your loss and keep your existing hair; or in some cases – you’ll experience moderate regrowth.
To put it another way – if your hair is only mildly thinning, then it’s not too unrealistic to hope to get a full head of hair back. However what is not realistic, or possible for that matter, is to go from very severe thinning, or even full baldness, back to having a full head of hair. There is no treatment on the market that enables you to do this.
Your hair grows in cycles and any positive effects you get from hair loss treatments will happen gradually, over a period of weeks and months. Being aware of this will help to avoid falling for hair loss scams that typically overpromise on the results they can deliver.
Which Products Should I Avoid?
Some hair loss treatments fall into a grey area, they might not be FDA-approved or have clinical studies backing them up but there is anecdotal evidence of guys having success with them. Ketoconazole shampoos would be a perfect example of this, as would products containing azelaic acid.
There are common hair loss treatments that are not recommended at all, though. The first would be laser combs. Laser combs are expensive, time-consuming to use and worst of all – come with very little guarantee of effectiveness.
The second type of product to avoid is herbal treatments. Herbal treatments can be taken orally or applied to the scalp in the form of a paste or shampoo. There are certain herbal products that can lower DHT to some extent but none have been shown to be effective in any significant way when it comes to combating hair loss.
Always consult with a reputable doctor before moving forward with any hair loss solution or treatment.