Haircare

Written by Devin Flanigan
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The haircare industry has grown from modest beginnings into a multibillion dollar international industry. The average American spends hundreds of dollars per year on haircare alone. While these somewhat startling statistics are suggestive of a trend toward vanity, the truth is that people who don't take care of their hair tend to suffer in the business world. A proper coif can prove critical in terms of getting a good job, finding a mate, and sustaining self-esteem.

There are plenty of haircare companies that prey on the vulnerable and naive. Men and women who are losing their hair prove to be particularly ripe targets. Snake oil salesmen trying to make a dime off frustrated hair-loss sufferers abound. While not all snake oils are necessarily harmful, most--if not all--have never been successfully put through legitimate scientific trials.

Taking Care of Your Hair

The only two scientifically proven effective treatments for hair loss are minoxidil (found in products like Rogaine) and finasteride (found in the prescription drug Propecia). Minoxidil is a topical formula which is marketed over-the-counter in 2% and 5% strength. It is designed to retard future hair loss, but it's generally poor at regrowing hairs that have already been lost. Finasteride, on the other hand, has scientifically demonstrated some success in restoring hair loss in certain men.

If you've got a haircare or hair loss issue, you should speak to your doctor before rashly trying treatments. Before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars on dicey Hail Mary solutions for your hair problems, get the facts first. You can always purchase products to amplify the fullness of your hair and to highlight certain aesthetic assets.


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