Although not all men lose their hair, it's more common to have hair loss, especially after the age of 40. For those who don't embrace the receding as well as Tom Ford, using an effective hair loss treatment that won't put a big dent in the pocketbook is the way forward. So, let's take a look at three products that have been tested for years and produced good results for most of the men who use them.
Finasteride – An oral medication
Not all hair loss treatments are topical solutions that you apply directly to balding areas. Finasteride, a type II 5A-reductase inhibitor, is an enzyme that will convert testosterone into DHT or dihydrotestosterone, indicated in several studies to be a common root source of most male pattern baldness for those whose hair follicles are sensitive to DHT. Propecia, one of the brand names that finasteride is known as, can reduce as much as 70 percent of DHT, which studies have confirmed can slow, halt, and even reverse common hair loss in many men. This is a product that is best prescribed by a primary care doctor or dermatologist. The dosage of the product should be carefully monitored by your doctor, but in general, taking a 1 mg pill once daily is a common treatment. Although individual results vary, most users tend to see results within three months of taking finasteride.
Minoxidil – A topical solution
Minoxidil is an efficient hair loss treatment for men and has been a top-selling product for years. Originally, this product was prescribed for high blood pressure. However, when patients started to notice aggressive hair growth on various parts of the body, the minoxidil topical solution was born. Minoxidil is a topical solution that comes in both a liquid and foam version and it can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. The product is marketed under different brand names, including Rogaine, Foligain and even private label products from retailers like Costco's Kirkland Signature product line. Most men who use this product see results anywhere from two to five months.
Nizoral – A shampoo-type product
Like Minoxidil, Nizoral was originally formulated for a different purpose; in this case, it was a prescribed anti-fungal shampoo. However, it has an active ingredient called ketoconazole which can help to treat men with male pattern baldness. It's not as powerful as the two solutions above, and it is usually taken in conjunction with one of them, particularly with Finasteride to produce the best results. This is a shampoo type of product, so you simply use it in place of your regular shampoo. I've actually used Nizoral for women to improve some hormonal/cyclical thinning in one part of my hairline. I did notice it looked much thicker afterward. Obviously that's more of an instant, cosmetic effect but it does make you feel better in the meantime. Over time my hair did correct itself as it usually does so I can't really comment on actual hair regrowth effectiveness, but as said, it did make my hair look thicker after each wash.
If you're concerned about hair loss you should consult your doctor first. Also be sure to follow the instructions exactly as recommended by the product manufacturers and review any side effects associated with each product before trying. Results will vary for each individual, so it may take a few tries to find which product is best for you.