Health and Fitness

    Hair Restoration Product

    There's a lot of money to be made in hair loss products, which is immediately evident if you pay any attention to TV or magazine adds. While there are many products out there that have actually been proven to help fight hair loss, there are just as many (if not more) that are nothing more than expensive snake oil. Being able to tell the difference between a reputable product and a hoax isn't always easy, but there are certain steps you can take to protect yourself (and your wallet) from predatory products.

    Choosing Hair Restoration Products

    The first thing you absolutely must remember before you buy any hair restoration products is that no product, no matter how "organic," "doctor approved" or "board certified" it might be, has even been proven to cause new hair to grow on a bald scalp. This can be a difficult thing to accept, but you must accept it if you want to avoid being taken for a proverbial ride. The best products out there have only been proven to stop or slow the thinning of the hair, so this is what you should look for--unless you're really feeling like you want to experiment.

    Male pattern baldness is caused by a by-product of testosterone in the scalp. This chemical is called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Most hair loss products attempt to block the DHT's destructive effects on your hair follicles. Some, like minoxidil (the name of the chemical in most brand-name hair loss solutions), have been proven to have positive effects.

    There are a great number of "natural" solutions out there that also claim to have an affect on DHT-related follicle damage. If you're thinking about trying one, look for medical or FDA certifications before you make a decision. It's also useful to consult with a doctor who is knowledgeable about hair loss and who can advise you what to buy and what to avoid.