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Ready to stop your hair loss?  Here are some first steps to take that will get you on the road to taking control of this very unenjoyable dilemma.


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Its very important that you remember one thing above all else in this process:  Educate yourself.  If you made it this far then you are on the right track.  Its important that you take a serious look at all of the possibilities out there.  Propecia? Minoxidil? Rogaine? Fortunately (and unfortunately) there are really only a good couple handfuls of viable options, which will make research a little easier, however it is still important that you take a look at each of the treatments, understand what their claim to fame is, and the good and bad about each.  This is what we want to help you do.

For those of you who are just starting to see some receding, every single day you can buy, and every day that goes by that you have kept your hair, gets you one day closer to a newer better treatment.  Others of you who have already allowed your hair to thin and you've lost a substantial amount can have a bit of comfort in this too.  For some, it's not always about just regrowth.  Its can also be about holding back the storm until a better treatment comes.

Enough babbling, let's get to work!

 

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Step 1 - Understand why it's happening

 
Its extremely important that you start off by knowing what is happening in your body.  Unfortunately it's never as simple as one would like it to be.  It is in fact still mostly not understood what causes it, however in the past few years we've made great strides in identifying the major factors.  Please note that our explanation is going to address only balding in men.  In time, we hope to add sections for women's hairloss.  It is also understood that you have ruled out any medical conditions or medications that may be responsible, with your physician.

Old Wives Tales

First lets just get this out in the open and respond to those things you *know* you're wondering.  The following old wives tales are very commonly believed, but many times very illogical and downright wrong.  A good rule of thumb - if it didn't make you bald when you were 15, it's probably not making you bald now.

  • Stress - Possibly.  However in order to cause a significant amount of fallout on your head that reaches proportions which reveal skin where there was none prior, you would have to be under extreme emotional turmoil for several months on end.  We're talking extreme. This also is not universally true, as most people deal with stress and do *not* go bald.  Stress is one of the most commonly assumed reasons for hair loss, and while it does happen, if you are a male in your 20's-30's, the chances are near 100% that stress is not the culprit.  Think about it, did you ever stress in high school?  Were you bald then?  No.
  • Bad Circulation - Extremely doubtful.  Standing on your head or massaging your scalp is an act of futility.  Some swear by it, but there just is not enough evidence to label circulation as a cause.  Keep in mind there are always medical conditions that can do such a thing.  Aside from that, did you need to rub your head every day in high school to keep your mane?  No.
  • Increased Sebum/Sweat Production - possible contributing factor, but again, not enough evidence to call it a major cause.  Sebum is the natural oil on your scalp, and some maintain that overproduction of this can clog and kill your follicles.  Sweat more and you're destined to be bald!  Wrong.  Cleansing shampoos can help reduce Sebum/sweat, and of course this can only help your scalp.  It's part of a healthy regimen for living life, but you sweat in high school didn't you?  Were you bald then?  No.
  • Wearing a Hat - Once again, any extreme condition can cause abnormal things to happen, but no, wearing a hat is not the reason, even if you wear it daily for years.  If you just noticed you're receding, it is because conditions started changing in your scalp fairly recently.  We all wore hats in high school, and no, we didn't go bald.
  • Long hair (Weight) / Pony Tail (Pulling) - No.  The weight is not a burden on your follicle, and ponytailing it will not make it fall out either.  Women have long hair and ponytails, and they definitely aren't bald.

So obviously there's something going on here that people aren't telling us!  Why can women sweat, have bad circulation, stress, wear hats, have ponytails and not go bald, but we do?  Because hair loss has little or nothing to do with any of those things.

The REAL causes of hair loss

As mentioned above, science has yet to prove what is truly responsible.  What they do know is the following:

DHT

DHT is a naturally occurring hormone which assists with sexual development during puberty.  When a man begins to undergo that second "change of life", DHT becomes some a follicle's worst enemy.  Follicles at the front, top, and upper back of the head in most men are genetically programmed to become susceptible to DHT at some point in the man's life.  Those follicles which cover the sides and bottom back of the head typically are not.

When a person starts to see thinning, DHT has begun to treat your follicles as foreign objects in your body.  Similar to an auto-immune response, it slowly begins to reject the follicles.  This is an extremely long process, and the cycles for the growth phase are typically about 3-9 months for balding men.  Each time it cycles, the follicle will become thinner, shorter, and ultimately it will not grow back in.

Propecia works to stop the creation of DHT in your system.  It had an 83% effectiveness rate in stopping thinning, and 64% effectiveness at spurring regrowth, so one could say that Science has given us an 83% chance that DHT is one of the most major factors.  Obviously there is genetic preprogramming going on here as some follicles would never become susceptible to DHT in the first place, were they not programmed to.  Likewise, when DHT is attacking a follicle, increased sebum production can aggravate the environment for a dying follicle, and therefore "cause" further balding.  Sweat and Stress could possibly also affect the situation, whereas they may not otherwise hurt a healthy follicle.  See how this works?  This is where people get these ideas.  20% truth, 80% misunderstanding.  But now you're informed!

Step 2 - Evaluate your Situation

Type of Hair Loss

Take a look in the mirror.  How is your hair changing?  Odds are, its in one of four different ways.

  • General thinning throughout top and/or back of head
  • Receding hairline above the temples, giving you that U shaped look
  • Balding spot in the Vertex (top/back of head)
  • Any combination of the above

Based upon the type of balding you have, there are very specific *proven* treatments you can take which will be most effective.  For example, Propecia is good for maintaining, Rogaine is good for regrowth.  Once again, these treatments each have their own "claim to fame".  Some are better for thinning, some are better for receding temples, etc.

Other Important Factors

There are other major factors related to the level of success you may have:

  • How long have you been thinning or receding?.  The sooner you catch it, the greater chance there is that you will see results.  There is much truth to the theory that the longer you wait, the longer the follicles have been dormant, the harder it will be to "wake them up".
  • Age.  This theory is yet unproven, but there is evidence that supports the idea that the younger you are, the better chance you have.

"She's holdin' steady - slight regrowth, but nothing to write home about"
~ yes but this means you're winning the fight!

 
Step 3 - Educate Yourself on the Available Treatments

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As of May 2000, there are a handful of products out there that we know for certain work.  The basic theory with hair loss treatments is as follows:  There are a LOT that don't work, a bunch that might work, and only a few that are proven to work.  On top of this, everything is based on the person.  Where one treatment may work for one person, the same treatment may have no effect on another person.  This is why the proven treatments are so valuable.  They took not just 2 people but 1,000 people, evaluated the responses, and can give you a % chance that it will work for you based on those 1,000 men.

Treatment that have not had enough success to cause a stir:

Fabao 101
Dr. Lewenberg's Formula
Anything you don't see listed below <grin>

Products that have worked for some:

Anything unproven.  This doesn't mean they don't work.  What it means is that they do not have the FDA trials and tests to back them up that other products may have.  Some of them have their own personal trials done however.  This is where our web site comes into play.  We have direct contact with hundreds of people who use many of these unproven treatments and can give you first hand information on whether it did or did not work for them.  Our Chat Transcripts are a great place to find this info, and in the near future we will be adding a contact database for you to directly Email people who have tried certain products and get their feedback.  Below is a list of unproven products that some have had success with:

Revivogen
Crinagen
Folligen
Tricomin
Proxiphen and & Proxiphen-N

Xandrox 12.5%
Community Drug 15% Minoxidil
Spironolactone

Products proven to work for *most* people:

Propecia 1mg (also commonly referred to as Proscar (5mg version), Finasteride, Fincar)
Minoxidil 2% and Minoxidil 5% (also commonly referred to as Rogaine, Regaine)


"There are a LOT that don't work, a bunch that might work, and only a few that are proven to work."

 
Step 4 - Decide which Treatment is Best for You

 

There are several ways to do this.

You may be the type who hates to read, or you may be the type who doesn't mind doing research.  I will be completely up front with you on this, and hear me loud and clear:  If you want to keep your hair, you're going to have to read.  And read a lot.  My goal for you and for this site is to get all the pertinent information to your fingertips, and leave out the baloney.

Anyone who has tried to research this on the net knows there are tidbits of information everywhere, but very little specific direction on what you can do for your situation with your type of hair loss.  So what would you like to do?

 

 

 

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