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Male Hair Loss and how to help deal with it.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Although my husband has not suffered any hair loss to date, it is a sensitive topic for many men and one that has affected some of our friends to a much greater degree recently.

With this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the options currently available to men who suffer from male pattern baldness in the UK, and publish the results of this research on my blog. This isn’t by any means a scientific analysis of course, just some information that I have collected and wanted to share with you, my online friends.


Are There Any Really Effective Solutions?


In the past, a wig was the only real solution to hide male pattern baldness and the quality of wigs on offer was variable to say the least. Thankfully, for men who suffer from this condition today, the quality of wigs on sale has improved considerably and there are even a couple of non-invasive treatments available that have been shown to be effective at stopping, and in some cases reversing, the process of hair loss in older males.


According to stories in the news, up to 50% of men will suffer male pattern baldness at some stage in their lives, which is why the solutions listed below have attracted so much attention in recent years.


• Rogaine – The foams and lotions bearing this brand name have one thing in common: minoxidil. This antihypertensive vasodilator can promote hair growth in both men and women but not in all cases unfortunately. Around 40% to 50% of men find it to be an effective solution, depending on which clinical trials and publications you believe. It must be applied to the affected area twice daily and takes from 3-6 months to produce results.


• Propecia – Formulated by the pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharpe and Dohme, the active ingredient of this product, which comes in tablet form and is taken orally, is finasteride. It can be purchased online with a prescription and is believed to be effective in up to 80% of cases of male pattern baldness. If you or your partner is not keen on approaching your GP about this issue, you can obtain a prescription on the Internet, from medical professionals such as a Lloyds Pharmacy online doctor. The fact that the whole process of prescribing and purchasing can be completed online makes it a particularly attractive option.


• Wigs – As I mentioned above, the quality of wigs for men that are on sale today is far higher in general than was the case just 10 or 20 years ago. For men who do not want to take pharmaceutical products or apply a lotion to their scalp every day of their lives, a good quality wig is a viable alternative.


Whichever option you or your partner chooses, I sincerely hope that you are happy with the results and would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have already tried any of these solutions for male pattern baldness.