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Your Best Bet Simply put, the treatments that are best to start with are those with FDA approval, or clinical trials proving their effectiveness at treating hair loss. The following treatments represent the ONLY FDA approved or clinically backed treatments for hair loss today. No matter what you read elsewhere, these are the ONLY products out there that have actually been shown to work in treating hair loss in men and women.
All of these treatments must be used religiously for 8-10 months at the very least before they will really begin to work well. Losing your hair is a slow process, so gaining it back or stopping it in its tracks is very slow as well. Propecia can take up to a year to work. A few of them can cause initial shedding as well, so the key is to stick with it no matter what. They work. They've been proven to.
Your Next Best Bet Moving on from there you have a class of treatments which do not have FDA approval, but contain ingredients which have been shown to inhibit DHT or stimulate hair growth in mice or in the lab. For the most part, these are the only *OTHER* treatments you should ever consider.
This set of treatments includes:
These products should only be considered if you have already used one or all of the FDA approved treatments for at least a year without any success. There is no reason why you should risk your wallet or your hair by trying these treatments first, unless you have some concerns about side effects, which have been shown to be minimal in the FDA approved products. Some like to use these treatments in conjunction with the FDA approved treatments. This is up to you.
"But what about _____ ?" So you heard about a product on the radio, or saw something on TV, and its not listed above. They claimed it works for hair loss. Guess what. It probably doesn't. We have researched all the possible products out there, and the handful listed above are the ONLY treatments with potential or proof to work for hair loss. Period.
Without a doubt, any other products you have heard of fit into this last category, most commonly known as Snake Oils. These comprise of a whole class of products that might work, but have little or no clinical evidence to back such claims. You should avoid these products like your hair depended on it, because quite honestly, it does.
Some final Tips...
Your best bet is to make yourself an informed consumer. This involves visiting reputable web sites that don't just promote one product. Sites that do are typically biased and not always trustworthy. Educating yourself on what really causes hair loss is your biggest defense against being fooled by a snake oil. If you find a product you're in question about, simply get a list of ingredients and see what science is backing them. Following these steps will enable you to avoid the the minefield of snake oils out there.
Print this page out. The next time you hear an advertisement on the radio for a hair loss treatment you're interested in, refer to this page and see if it passes the criteria. If it does, let us know about it If it doesn't you have our permission to call and verbally abuse them.
So Where Can I buy the Treatments that REALLY work, online?
We have provided them all here at HairlossTalk for you. Click the Image Below to get the *only* proven treatments for helping with your hair loss