The Best Hair Loss Treatment

The Best Hair Loss Treatment
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The 30-Second Review
Bad news: There’s no cure for baldness. Better news: There are a few ways to keep your thinning hair from getting any thinner. According to the hair loss specialists we spoke with and the clinical studies we read, 5 percent minoxidil foam is the best hair loss treatment to start with — it’s safe for both men and women; it really works; and you don’t need a prescription to use it.

Several of the most commonly cited “causes” of hair loss have no scientific backing.
Wearing a hat can make you go bald. Nope. As Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration notes, hair follicles get their oxygen from the bloodstream as opposed to the air, so go ahead and rock your favorite team’s cap every day. On second thought, you might want to consider washing it at some point…
Bald guys have more testosterone. No, but they do have a higher percentage of hair follicles genetically susceptible to DHT. It sounds a lot less sexy when you put it that way. BBC Future did a whole investigation into this myth, proving once and for all that Bruce Willis is no more virile than Fabio.
Hair loss is passed down from your mother’s side. Actually, both parents may contribute genes that may make you more susceptible to hair loss, as this great video from AsapScience illustrates.
Using too much hairspray or gel can cause hair loss. No, but it may make people think you’re a time-traveler from the ‘80s. This was just one of several myths debunked in an entertaining 2011 report by US News.
Only men lose hair on their scalp. As our research makes abundantly clear, plenty of women suffer from hair loss, too. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that as many as 30 million women in the U.S. suffer from hereditary hair loss.

Best for Men

Men’s Rogaine Unscented Foam
We were surprised to discover Men's Rogaine Foam is the exact same formula as Women's Rogaine Foam— even though the men's says "Not for women" on its label and the women's is $10 more. The only difference is in the directions: Women are instructed to apply once a day instead of twice.

Others to Consider
Kirkland Signature Regrowth Treatment Minoxidil Foam for Men
Best bulk buy: Costco's treatment also has 5 percent minoxidil for less than half the price of Rogaine.
HairMax Professional 12 LaserComb
Coolest gadget — and it works!

The Bottom Line
Because there’s no cure for baldness (yet), there’s no hair loss treatment that’s going to leave you totally satisfied. With that said, there are three FDA-approved treatments — minoxidil, finasteride, and lasers — that can stave off hair loss for the foreseeable future. Use them together for best results.

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