Are we any closer to finding a cure for hair loss?
'Cure for hair loss' is the most widely searched hair loss related term on Google, and with 60% of men and 40% of women set to suffer from thinning hair by the age of forty, it is easy to see why.
Losing your hair is probably the most soul-sapping thing a man or woman can go through in life. That is why millions of people are searching for effective solutions every single day, and that is also why the hair health industry is reportedly worth over £1.5 billion.
Although there is no cure for baldness just yet, the question is: Will there ever be a cure? The way science is developing, it would be little surprise to see a cure on the market within the next few years, but nothing is ever guaranteed. Dr. James Hellson doesn't think we will have a cure for baldness any time soon, "I am rather cynical when it comes to finding a cure for hair loss. I believe there are already a number of cures for baldness, but many major companies stand to lose a lot of money if a cure was to be released. If something is cured then how to you make money on something that merely treats it?".
What alternatives are there?
Multi-vitamin hair health supplements like HR23+ are the most popular choice of treatment on the market. They are safe, and contain a potent mix of hair beneficiary ingredients that can prevent the pattern of hair fall and increase the rate and speed of growth.
If you're brave enough to risk some unwanted side-effects, then FDA approved treatments like Finasteride (branded as Propecia) and Minoxidil (branded as Rogaine/Regaine) could be options for you to try. Be warned though, side-effects from Finasteride can include erectile dysfunction, low libido, drowsiness and paranoia. Side-effects from Minoxidil can include itchy scalp, severe headaches, weight gain and skin rash.
Another option to take, if you have a bit of money to spend, would be hair surgery. Hair transplants are becoming ever more popular with men (and women) who have exceeded the point of no return - Norwood 4+. Expect to pay in the region of £10,000 - £30,000 on a decent procedure. You will also be required to take ongoing medications after the transplant.
Infrared hair laser combs and brushes could be another product type to consider for treating baldness. More tests are needed to back the claims made from these companies, but many people have experienced good results from usng these types of devices. They don;t come cheap, but the good news is you only need to purchase once - therefore they are cheaper in the long run.