An alternative for Men who want to explore a more natural way of blocking DHT is Saw Palmetto. Widely used in the treatment of enlarged prostates, a condition closely hormonally linked to hair loss, there is good scientific evidence that it significantly reduces free DHT and thus protects your hair.
Learn how Saw Palmetto acts to reduce thinning by disrupting the production of DHT. This can have a powerful impact on its own or it can be used to enhance the effect of other treatments as part of a combined program.
In the short-term Minoxidil will halt further loss in 95% of men after 3 months of a twice-daily routine. Over a few months, 60% of men will report significant regrowth, especially for those that act quickly to stop the loss. After a year of continuous use, you should expect the initial gains to stabilize as you hair bounces back and you get the thinning under control.The key to using minoxidil is to get into and stick with a healthy routine to get on top of your hair and maintain your gains.
The value of the global hair-loss treatment market is a $2.7bn USD in 2017, which is not surprising when you consider how widespread male pattern hair loss is. Unfortunately, a market that largely attracts not only serious research and clinically proven products, but also a host of more dubious “treatments” and, in some cases, completely unscrupulous “cures”. These can range from the seemingly well-intended but ineffective treatments to outright frauds.
Finasteride is one of two FDA-approved medicines for the treatment of androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair-loss). Developed on the back of insights around male sexual development it was released in 1997 after over 20 years of development. It works by blocking the production of a hormone which degrades your hair follicles and in large-scale studies, it has shown to help maintain and in some cases promote hair growth.
Whether or not you will experience male pattern hair loss comes down to a combination of your genetics and a male hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Genetics determines if and when receptors in the hair follicles become sensitive to DHT. The amount of DHT interacting with your hair follicles in combination with how sensitive your genetics makes the receptors determines how quickly your hair thins. The good news is there are FDA approved effective treatments which can limit the damage DHT does to your hair.
Over the last two decades, the enormous strides made in decoding the human genome have shed considerable light on the root causes of hair loss in men. Recent research points towards two distinct pathways for inherited hair loss, which should lead to novel, tailored treatments in the future. The complex genetics behind male hair loss explain why it is so widespread, but with safe, proven treatments available what's written in your genes doesn’t have to be your destiny.
Minoxidil is one of only two pharmaceuticals currently licensed by the US Federal Drug Administration as a treatment for hereditary hair-loss. With a surprisingly long history and after hundreds of studies and trials it has the demonstrated ability to slow hair-loss in the majority of and actively promote regrowth in up to a third of cases. Given its long track record of results and safety, it is a powerful tool to help you keep your hair fit and healthy.
Ketoconazole is a classic example of the solution to a problem being right in front of us the whole time. Widely marketed as a pharmacy-only shampoo for the treatment of dandruff and itchy scalp, a growing body of evidence suggests that men have accidentally been treating their hair loss with it for years. Although initially investigated based on its anti-inflammatory properties, more recent research has demonstrated ketoconazole directly acts to block the DHT impacting on your hair follicles. In combination with minoxidil and/or finasteride, ketoconazole deserves to be included in your hair fitness regime.