Hairloss is one of the few human conditions that doesn't lack available treatments. There's never been more pills, lotions, shampoos and potions available to treat hairloss then there are on the market today. It's a multi-billion dollar industry and that doesn't look set to change anytime soon. The most common mistake that people make is to just rush out and buy the latest and greatest hairloss treatment - the one they saw advertised on tv or in a magazine. They never to stop to ask the very important question "Is this treatment right for me?"
You need to ask yourself two distinct questions:
1. What type of hairloss do I have?
2. What is the best treatment for that type of hairloss?
Treating the right type of hairloss with the wrong product is a waste of both time and money. Proper diagnosis of your hairloss should be undertaken before any treatment begins. The diagnosis itself should be made by a trusted doctor or ideally a trichologist (hair doctor).
Male Pattern Baldness: Over 85% of men will experience some degree of hairloss during their lifetime and this is generally due to male pattern baldness. MPB normally makes its appearance either shortly after puberty or in your 20's - your hair becomes thinner, weaker and almost brittle as it recedes from your temples and thins on the crown of your head. The best available treatments for this type of hairloss are Rogaine (Minoxidil) in conjunction with Propecia (finasteride). Yes there are dozens of other treatments available but the one-two punch of Rogaine and Propecia seems to deliver actual visible hair regrowth; as opposed to the claimed effectiveness of other treatments.
Female Hairloss: The most important step for a woman with any form of hairloss is to find out what's causing it. Most women do everything they can to conceal their hairloss and sometimes they do this until it's almost too late. Once proper diagnosis of the cause of the hairloss has taken place then the most common treatments for female hairloss are Rogaine for women, steroid injections, HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and possibly oral spironolactone or other oral medications. The treatment will depend on the type of hairloss being experienced.
There is also the option of using a hair replacement system or hair transplant surgery but these are last resorts for most people and will be covered in future articles on those particular topics.
Always see your hairloss as something that's treatable and do so with hope. Just do yourself a massive favor and stick with medically proven treatments. Those "miracle cure" advertisements on tv, on the 'net and in magazines are normally a complete and total waste of your time and money.