Let’s face it guys (men). There’s not a lot of things you can do for hair loss – a lot of it has to do with your genetics. But the greatest thing you can do if hair loss is a concern is to SEE YOUR DOCTOR! And here is why:
- Time is ticking. There is one medication in mind (finasteride and possibly dutasteride in the future if it becomes officially indicated) that can halt or reverse hair loss in men, but you really need to start sooner rather than later. It may take up to 6 months to see any benefit. The more you wait, the more hair falls out and not to mention the stress that comes with seeing fallen hair on the floor or in the shower drain – its really disheartening.
- Stop spending money on unnecessary so-called hair nourishing products including supplements. Sure, it’s important to use good shampoo and conditioner, but you don’t need to spend 2-3 times the cost of regular shampoo because the benefit is so minuscule. See your doctor as soon as you can so you don’t waste any more money on crap supplements like biotin, collagen or expensive argan oil shampoo that your scalp can’t even absorb let alone get into circulation.
- What gets you the best results is a prescription medication called finasteride (trade name Proscar). Its shown to reduce hair loss in 80-90% of patients treated. (Note: I do not have any affiliations to the drug). Most private insurance companies will not cover this medication if taken 1mg once daily because they know it’s only for cosmetic purposes. Here in Canada, a 1-year prescription of generic finasteride will cost around $100 CDN if you don’t mind cutting 5mg tablets into quarters. That’s not bad, but this is why its better to see a doctor first before wasting a whole bunch of money on expensive supplements and “hair loss” products that lack evidence.
- Your doctor can decide if you should add on a topical agent to finasteride. Combining therapies may boost the efficacy. The two products that have good quality evidence when combining with finasteride includes minoxidil or ketoconazole shampoo. Both of which you can purchase over-the-counter.
So if hair loss is a concern for you. Go straight to the doctor’s office. Don’t waste your time and money on products that you see online these days –> they don’t work.
Kleiman, N. Hair Care and Hair Growth. CTMA. 2019.