Hair Loss Treatments

Written by Michael Federico
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Hair loss treatment ads are so popular that commercials for other products have actually begun to parody them. A lot of the hair loss treatment products advertised are well packaged and well marketed. However, it is not always made clear exactly how a product works, how long it takes to work, or even how much it costs.

Treatments come in the form of topical creams, natural or medicinal supplements, and shampoos and conditioners. There are even some treatments (if they can be called treatments) that simply produce hair from a spray can. People who are losing their hair will often try whatever options are available to them. This can, unfortunately, cost a considerable amount of money without ever producing results. Before choosing between hair loss treatments, it is important to understand what causes hair loss and what a particular product does to stop it.

What Makes Hair Loss Treatments Effective?

Pattern hair loss (androgenic alopecia) generally occurs when testosterone is transformed into DHT (dihydro testosterone). DHT connects to hair follicles and reduces the span of growth cycles. This results in smaller, thinner hair, which eventually leads to less scalp coverage.

Successful hair loss treatments block the production of DHT. DHT blockers, whether they come in topical or internal form, will help a person keep his hair for a longer time. Many products that do not stop DHT creation can stem hair loss and even regenerate hair growth. The problem, though, is that after a short amount of time, these products cease to be effective. Hair begins to fall out again, and patterned baldness occurs.

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