Top 5 Hair Loss Treatments for Men – Fighting Male Baldness & Alopecia


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
In today’s video, we discuss the five best hair loss treatments for men. Recently,
while looking at the mirror, I noticed “Wow, it looks a little thinner up here”
so I actually watched the videos from 2015 and sure enough, I’m suffering from hair
loss. Hair loss is very normal for most men and it happens to us as we age.
Frankly, I don’t know of any man including me who is happy to lose their
hair. So the big question is how do you treat or even reverse hair loss?
Statistically speaking, 66 percent of American men sees some form of hair loss
by the age of 35. Even worse, 85% of all men will have significant thinning of
their hair by the time they turn 50. Hair loss can occur for many different
reasons including medical conditions or medications. In today’s video, we’re only
going to talk about male pattern hair loss which is a hereditary trait and not
tied to any medications or illnesses. I’m not a medical doctor and everything I
say here is based on my experience and my opinions. So the first place to start
when you notice some hair loss is your doctor. Talk to them to figure out if
anything is wrong so you can get to the real bottom of it. So of course the big
question is how can you treat hair loss or possibly even reverse it? Well, to
answer that, let’s look at what causes male pattern hair loss in the first
place. Male pattern hair loss, also known as the Androgenetic Alopecia, is the
result of a increased DHT in your body. DHT is a hormone which levels increase
as men age and as your DHT levels increase, the size of your hair follicles
decreases and shrinks until it can no longer grow any hair. That means your hair thins and shortens until it’s all gone. Because male pattern baldness is
hereditary, it pays to look at your relatives. As
long as you’ve ruled out other medical causes, it also means that you have to
play with the cards that were dealt to you. In my case, my paternal grandpa had a
full head of hair that was great. On my mom’s side though, my grandpa was
pretty bald. My dad, on the other hand, is also quite a bit bald and while he had
always very thin hair, my hair was very thick and much more like my dad’s dad so
I hope for the best. That being said, it seems to be a whole
lot easier to treat hair loss while you still have hair than once it is all gone.
Now, before we look at five hair loss treatment options, let’s talk about some
myths that are out there and are simply wrong. Hair loss myth number one, some people
argue that hair loss has something to do with the type of hat you wear or the
grooming you do but that is simply not the case.
Brushing your hair or wearing a baseball hat are totally fine and will have no
impact. Of course, you shouldn’t just rip on your hair and try to rip it out, that
may have an impact but short of that, general grooming and head wear will not
have an impact. So what about all the hair you see when you take a shower or a
bath? Well, the American Association of dermatologists says it’s normal to lose
about 50 to a hundred hairs on your head a day. Hair loss myth number two is to take
hair vitamins. The truth is there’s no such thing as a hair vitamin unless the
cause of your hair loss was a nutritional deficiency. There is no
proven track record of any hair vitamin reversing or treating or slowing down
any form of hair loss, there’s also not a single study out there that has proven
that the hair vitamin Biotin has any impact on hair loss. It’s often found in
shampoo and while it’s not proven to help, it likely also won’t hurt to have
it so you can still use your shampoo even though it contains Biotin. Number
three, hair loss also isn’t caused by any stress, a lack of circulation, or the sun
shining on your head. Last but not least, hair loss myth number four says that
guys who go bald have more testosterone and the increased testosterone has
something to do with the lack of hair in your head, not true! Studies have shown
that men who are bald have similar testosterone levels to men who are not
bald. Finally, there’s one connection to
balding that’s actually very true. Smoking makes your baldness more severe
and it’s just something to keep in mind next time you smoke that cigarette. So
without further ado, here are the five best hair loss treatments ordered from
easiest to probably most difficult but again, talk to your doctor about it to be
sure that it’s right for you! Seemingly, the easiest thing to treat
hair loss is a drug called Finasteride. Finasteride is a prescription drug also
known under the brand name Propecia. It has been on the market since 1997 and
you just take it orally in form of a pill every day. It treats hair loss on
your crown and the middle part of your scalp but not on other parts of your
body. So how exactly does it work? It blocks your DHT hormones by about 70%
thus slowing down the shrinkage and shortening of your hair and therefore,
you keep your hair for longer. Studies show that Finasteride has to be taken
consistently in order to see the impact of it. Results can be first visible after
three months but you have to continue to take it, otherwise, anything you’ve done
in the past will be gone after 12 months of not using it. Studies have shown that
80% of the men who took Finasteride kept the count of their hair follicles which
is quite promising. 64% of men even experienced some regrowth after two
years which is amazing. Additional studies have shown that after five years,
a hundred percent of men on a placebo had hair follicle loss while only 35%
of men who would take Finasteride regularly suffered from hair loss,
that’s a pretty significant difference. So how do you get your hands on it? Well,
you need to talk and consult with your doctor. It’s a prescription drug and as
such it’s the only way. Make sure to discuss the potential side effects. When
I did my research, I came across a site called PFS foundation which means Post
Finasteride Syndrome Foundation and there are lots of men who share
experiences about Finasteride and the side effects they experienced which can
include depression or impotence or other more severe side effects. It even seemed like lots of doctors from Europe including France, Germany, and Italy were
vehemently arguing against the use of Finasteride for hair loss
treatment versus in the US, it seems to be subject to less scrutiny. At the end of the
day, the choice is, of course, yours but in any case, talk to your doctor and I
always find knowing more about it helps me make a better decision. You may have
also heard of the drug Dutasteride which is very similar to Finasteride in
the sense that it blocks DHT even though it’s more effective in the sense that it can
block up to 90% of DHT versus Finasteride only blocks up to about 70%
of the DHT hormone. So obviously, it’s more effective but it’s not FDA approved
in the US for hair loss treatment. The second hair loss treatment is called
Minoxidil also known as the brand name Rogaine. It’s an over-the-counter
medication and FDA approved in the US for hair loss treatment. Interestingly,
it’s supposed to be used around the crown of your scalp only and nowhere
else. It’s basically a foam that you have to apply to your crown twice a day in
order to be effective. In my book, that’s a serious commitment. On top of that, this
tube that lasts for a month supposedly, costs $34 so that’s more than a dollar
a day. The good news is Rogaine or Minoxidil has shown to reduce the loss
of hair in men. In a one-year study, 62% of the male participants said that they
experienced a reduction in hair loss when they used it. 84% of the men found
it to be moderately effective for hair regrowth. The cons about Rogaine are if
you stop using it, everything goes downhill again. So if you start using it,
you have to keep using it twice a day which is just too much of a commitment
for me. Side effects include scalp and skin irritation. Once again, talk to your doctor about details. The third way to deal with
hair loss is hair transplantation. This is not a drug but it works actually by
moving hair follicles from areas where you have a lot of hair to areas where
you don’t have a lot of hair. Yes, it sounds like a lot of work and it is
because every single follicle from the back or from the side of your scalp has to
be relocated. Because of that, it takes a lot of time, is therefore very costly, and
can also cause a lot pain. Of course, there is a risk
associated with the surgery such as bleeding or scarring. Also, most men have
anywhere between two and four hair transplantation treatments so it’s not
just a one and done kind of deal. Now, what does it look like? Honestly, hair
transplantation has come a long way. In the early days, it looked more like a
field of corn with distinct rows. These days, it looks very very natural if
done properly. Many men who have hair transplantations take Rogaine or
Minoxidil afterwards to just keep reducing the loss of their hair. There are
many well-known men out there including Elon Musk and Kevin Costner who’ve used
it. In England, there’s also Wayne Rooney and when he did it, he started something
called the Rumi effect. So even many other soccer
players have hair transplants and if you look at the before
and after, it becomes very clear but it also looks a lot better.
The fourth hair loss treatment is laser therapy. It’s also known as low light
therapy or cold laser therapy and it works in the way that photons are
irradiated onto your scalp thus helping to increase the circulation on your
scalp. The idea is that the photons stimulate the circulation in your scalp
and therefore, help your hair growth. While more circulation is a good thing
for your hair, blood flow alone can reverse the shrinkage of your hair. To
see results, clinical hair laser treatments have to be done several times
a week, especially in the beginning. Over time, it’ll be less but it’s still quite
a time commitment and it’s also very costly. Typically, you spend several
thousand dollars a year. At the moment, there’s not enough data that
can show that laser therapy over a long term is very effective when it comes to
preventing hair loss. Even though there are some encouraging results, data is
inconsistent at best. Furthermore, long-term safety and effectiveness have
not been established yet. The fifth way to treat hair loss is to use scalp
micropigmentation. Now, this really doesn’t treat the hair loss, it is more
of a cosmetic procedure, think of it you are tattooing little
dots onto your head so it looks like you have a buzz cut that was intentional and
not forced because you’re going bald. It cost anywhere between $1000-$4000
depending on how many hair dots have to be tattooed onto your
scalp. It’s a fairly new procedure and it doesn’t give you any hair back, it just
makes it look like there is hair that could grow and you just decided you
don’t want to do that. Some companies also advertise hair powders that are
supposed to help your hair instantly. At the end of the day, it is just a cosmetic
thing and it doesn’t have anything to do with hair growth or hair treatment. So
even though it’s very inexpensive, it contains ammonium chloride which is
something you’ll find in hair dye but overall, it’s just a cosmetic thing and I
don’t think it should be listed under hair loss treatments. So what should you
take? Honestly, that’s a decision that you have to make. Just keep in mind that it’s
okay not to pursue any of those treatments and to just be confident
about it. Just think about Vin Diesel or Jason Statham, their lack of hair hasn’t
impacted their personality, their character, their confidence, or even their
masculinity. In fact, they’ve made being bald a key part of who they are. Being
proud of what you have should always be the goal because confidence is a look
that looks always great. So what do I take? Well, honestly, when I started the
research, I thought Finasteride was very
reasonable thing for me to do because it was just a pill a day that wasn’t too
expensive. Now, when I looked into the side effects and I came across the PFS
foundation’s website and read more about it, I realized there can be some serious
side effects and yes, even though it may just be a small number of people
affected, the severeness and longevity of the side effects really make me wary
of it and I probably won’t be taking it because I don’t want to risk getting
depressed or impotent or anything of that kind. Normally, you think if there are
any issues, I just stop taking a drug and everything is back to good but
apparently, that’s not the case for all the people who take Finasteride and
experience those side effects. So that’s just something to keep in mind.
At this point, I don’t have any issues with my crown, it’s full of hair
but even if I had issues with a thinning crown, I probably would never take
minoxidil or Rogaine twice a day, it’s just a lot of work, it’s not inexpensive,
and it’s just very impractical for my lifestyle. Between hair powder and
micropigmentation, hair lasering or hair transplantation,
I think the transplantation is something that I would most likely do. Yes, it’s a
surgery but there’s no hormone blocker involved, it’s just moving follicles on
my head to a different position so it’s basically cosmetic surgery or plastic
surgery and with it being so costly, maybe I do it at a certain point in time
but at this point, I don’t plan on doing it but you’ll certainly be able to see
it if you keep watching our videos. Frankly, I’d be curious to know what
you’re taking and what your experiences are. Please share with us in a comments
below. in today’s video apart from wearing hair
I’m wearing part of a suit it’s a grey flannel jacket double-breasted I’m
combining it with a black and white houndstooth pair of pants that is cuffed
with double pleats it has an interesting waistband with two buttons and I’m
wearing it with a white shirt that has a rounded club collar double cuffs that
I wear with cufflinks from Fort Belvedere
these are carnelian Silver Eagle Claw cufflinks which you can find in our shop
here the color is slightly orange and red which is picked up on my pocket
square which is a pocket square which you likewise can find in our shop
here and it works well with the tones of turquoise that can also be found in my
tie which is a printed tie on a jacquard background and it’s kind of turquoise
aqua blue and it’s just a cool tie that is unusual yet business appropriate but
also meant for more casual outings for a foot wear I chose chocolate brown suede
Chelsea boots that are not too high from Loke I like the look of grey dark brown
black and white because my tie my pocket square
a little louder my socks are shadow striped socks from Fort Belvedere which
I really love and you can find them in our shop here
just like all the other accessories

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