Although there may be many contributing factors, the most common form of hair loss is hereditary, or androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness. A hormone within the body called DHT, attacks hair follicles causing them to shrink and eventually stop growing new hair.
There is no cure for male pattern baldness, but there are FDA approved prescription medications that have shown to slow hair loss as well as grow hair back in as little as a few months. Hair lost due to a medical condition, will generally grow back when the problem has been diagnosed and fixed.
Determining the type of hair loss you have may be a simple diagnosis, or tests may need to be run. A receding hairline, or slowly developing bald spot that worsens with age may be male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, there is no cure for male pattern baldness, however there are different treatments that may slow or in some cases grow hair back. A sudden loss of hair may be an adverse reaction to medication, a vitamin deficiency, or some other medical condition and it is recommended to seek medical attention.
There are several treatments that can help with thinning hair, hair growth and hair loss. Minoxidil, (generic Rogaine), is available Over the Counter and is applied topically to the scalp and helps stimulate new hair growth while also helping thicken hair. Biotin, is a form of Vitamin B, which has been shown to foster thicker and stronger hair and nails. Finasteride, generic Propecia, is a prescription strength oral medication taken daily, which has been shown to stop hair loss in 83% of men in some studies, while even starting to regrow hair in a large portion of men after just 3-4 months.
Finasteride is the generic version of Propecia, and is a pill used to treat hair loss in Men. Available by prescription only, finasteride is the most powerful hair loss product on the market. Finasteride is taken once daily by mouth and may have some sexual side effects.
While the FDA has approved finasterida and it is generally considered safe, as with all drugs there may be a risk of side effects. The most common side effect with finasteride, is the loss of libido and erectile dysfunction. During clinical trials, only 3.8% of users experienced some form of these side effects. If you experience any of these side effects, others more severe or that don't go away, please consult a medical professional. If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, including trouble breathing or hives, seek emergency medicall attention immediately. Finasteride is only for use by men, and should never be used by women or handled by pregnant women. In addition, finasteride can lower serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and may increase the risk of high-grade prostate cancers. See further possible side effects and other safety information here:
We generally recommend starting with the 3 month finasteride/biotin gummy plan, as most men will start to see positive results at or around the 3 month mark. You take 1 pill and 2 gummies daily, for best results. During months 1-2, you will likely see no visible changes, though there may be an increase in shedding. Months 3-6 are where your hair loss has noticeably slowed, and in some cases reversed. Remember taking pictures to monitor your progress is crucial. Months 6-12 are where your hair loss has considerably slowed or even stopped, and you may see signs of regrowth at the crown. DON'T LET UP NOW! Consistent treatment and use of finasteride is required to maintain your results, and to keep your best chances of regrowth.