Treatments

Whether you’re just starting to notice a few hairs facing out or you have MPB (male pattern baldness) hair loss is a touchy subject. There are many shady websites out there that say their secret remedy is the best or a certain brand explaining how good their product is. There are various different hair loss treatments out there, read this to help you consider which is the right choice for you.

What we’re trying to do is make it clearer for anybody wanting to find out what hair loss treatments are out there, what is the best and how much can you expect to pay for it. We compare different brands, treatments and let you know what is best for the stage you’re at.

Not all treatments that are out there work, and none are a magic cure to it. Any that are claiming so are lying.

The treatments available are dependent on what stage you’re at, if you’re only just showing signs of balding than a hair transplant would be completely unnecessary and if you have not stopped the balding you would be in the same place down the line anyway.

Before going forward, is your hair coming out in clumps? Has it started to happen all of a sudden? It could be something other than MPB and you should see your doctor.

Here are the treatments that are proven to work:

  • Minoxidil
  • Finasteride / Propecia
  • Caffeine Shampoo
  • Hair Transplants
  • Biotin – This does not regrow lost hair, however it helps new hair grow stronger and thicker
Different stages of hair loss
This image shows the different stages of male pattern baldness.

Minoxidil – We’ve gone into far more detail on what minoxidil is and how it should be used on another page. But here is a quick run down.

This is a topical treatment that is applied directly to the scalp via a liquid or foam. Depending on you and your circumstances depends which is better for you. Both have shown to work very well so it depends on the price you’re willing to spend and which method you prefer.

The foam is traditionally more expensive however it is easier to apply, and easier to style your hair afterwards as some of the liquids leave your hair greasy after.

Finasteride / Propecia – This a drug that you will require a prescription for here in the UK, this shouldn’t put you off as it is easy to obtain. You can either go to your doctors to request this or far easier is to approach an authorized online doctor and get a prescription.

Make sure it is genuine, I recommend a few examples on the finasteride page specifically. There are many people out there selling alternatives and it’s untested and not proven to work, it’s a scam. Make sure you buy this form genuine doctors.

The recommended dosage is 1mg a day, this is the optimal amount. Anymore will not results in better or more results but keeping to 1mg is a great way to minimize side effects. We cover side effects on out finasteride page also.

So what does it actually do? DHT is the hormone that promotes hair loss, people who have MPB create too much, what the drug does is lower this amount to a point where hair loss is completely stopped.

Caffeine shampoo – This has had less research than the above however it is important to treat your hair well and caffeine shampoo has been tested to increase the rate at which hair grows so it will help show your results quicker. We have covered this also on our shampoo page.

Hair transplant – The most extreme and expensive treatment out there, it is also the most effective and the quickest. However whenever you go for a consultation the doctor will require you to have stopped hair loss BEFORE you will be allowed to have a transplant.

If you do not stop the hair loss beforehand you will be left which hair where the transplant took place and no hair behind where your normal hair still recedes. You do this by using the treatments above.

 

Hair loss treatments - transplant
A transplant would be the only realistic option if you’re at this stage.

Biotin – This is a supplement available at most pharmacy’s and can be easily bought online. It is cheap and helps your hair grow stronger and thicker. It will not regrow lost hair however will strengthen any new hairs that the other treatments regrow.

This is the run down of all the treatments that have been proven to help with hair loss, if you go to an expensive hair loss centre this is the exact methods in which they will advise you. This can be done cheaper by sourcing it all yourself and this is what we recommend.

Not all treatments that are out there work, and none are a magic cure to it. Any that are claiming so are lying.