Top 5 Hair Loss Treatments for Men - Fighting Male Baldness & Alopecia

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette! In today's video, we discuss the five best

hair loss treatments for men. Recently, while looking at the mirror, I noticed

"Wow, it looks a little thinner up here" so I actually watched the videos from 2015

and sure enough, I'm suffering from hair loss. Hair loss is very normal for most

men and it happens to us as we age. Frankly, I don't know of any man

including me who is happy to lose their hair. So the big question is how do you

treat or even reverse hair loss? Statistically speaking, 66 percent of

American men sees some form of hair loss by the age of 35. Even worse, 85% of all

men will have significant thinning of their hair by the time they turn 50. Hair

loss can occur for many different reasons including medical conditions or

medications. In today's video, we're only going to talk about male pattern hair

loss which is a hereditary trait and not tied to any medications or illnesses. I'm

not a medical doctor and everything I say here is based on my experience and

my opinions. So the first place to start when you notice some hair loss is your

doctor. Talk to them to figure out if anything is wrong so you can get to the

real bottom of it. So of course the big question is how can you treat hair loss

or possibly even reverse it? Well, to answer that, let's look at what causes

male pattern hair loss in the first place. Male pattern hair loss, also known

as the Androgenetic Alopecia, is the result of a increased DHT in your body.

DHT is a hormone which levels increase as men age and as your DHT levels

increase, the size of your hair follicles decreases and shrinks until it can no

longer grow any hair. That means your hair thins and shortens until it's all

gone. Because male pattern baldness is hereditary,

it pays to look at your relatives. As long as you've ruled out other medical

causes, it also means that you have to play with the cards that were dealt to

you. In my case, my paternal grandpa had a full head of hair that was great. On my

mom's side though, my grandpa was pretty bald. My dad, on the other hand, is

also quite a bit bald and while he had always very thin hair, my hair was very

thick and much more like my dad's dad so I hope for the best.

That being said, it seems to be a whole lot easier to treat hair loss while you

still have hair than once it is all gone. Now, before we look at five hair loss

treatment options, let's talk about some myths that are out there and are simply

wrong. Hair loss myth number one, some people argue that hair loss has something to do

with the type of hat you wear or the grooming you do but that is simply not

the case. Brushing your hair or wearing a baseball

hat are totally fine and will have no impact. Of course, you shouldn't just rip

on your hair and try to rip it out, that may have an impact but short of that,

general grooming and head wear will not have an impact. So what about all the

hair you see when you take a shower or a bath? Well, the American Association of

dermatologists says it's normal to lose about 50 to a hundred hairs on your head

a day. Hair loss myth number two is to take hair vitamins. The truth is there's no

such thing as a hair vitamin unless the cause of your hair loss was a

nutritional deficiency. There is no proven track record of any hair vitamin

reversing or treating or slowing down any form of hair loss, there's also not a

single study out there that has proven that the hair vitamin Biotin has any

impact on hair loss. It's often found in shampoo and while it's not proven to

help, it likely also won't hurt to have it so you can still use your shampoo

even though it contains Biotin. Number three, hair loss also isn't caused by any

stress, a lack of circulation, or the sun shining on your head. Last but not least,

hair loss myth number four says that guys who go bald have more testosterone

and the increased testosterone has something to do with the lack of hair in

your head, not true! Studies have shown that men who are bald have similar

testosterone levels to men who are not bald.

Finally, there's one connection to balding that's actually very true.

Smoking makes your baldness more severe and it's just something to keep in mind

next time you smoke that cigarette. So without further ado, here are the five

best hair loss treatments ordered from easiest to probably most difficult but

again, talk to your doctor about it to be sure that it's right for you!

Seemingly, the easiest thing to treat hair loss is a drug called Finasteride.

Finasteride is a prescription drug also known under the brand name Propecia. It

has been on the market since 1997 and you just take it orally in form of a

pill every day. It treats hair loss on your crown and the middle part of your

scalp but not on other parts of your body. So how exactly does it work? It

blocks your DHT hormones by about 70% thus slowing down the shrinkage and

shortening of your hair and therefore, you keep your hair for longer. Studies

show that Finasteride has to be taken consistently in order to see the impact

of it. Results can be first visible after three months but you have to continue to

take it, otherwise, anything you've done in the past will be gone after 12 months

of not using it. Studies have shown that 80% of the men who took Finasteride kept

the count of their hair follicles which is quite promising. 64% of men even

experienced some regrowth after two years which is amazing. Additional

studies have shown that after five years, a hundred percent of men on a placebo

had hair follicle loss while only 35% of men who would take Finasteride

regularly suffered from hair loss, that's a pretty significant difference.

So how do you get your hands on it? Well, you need to talk and consult with your

doctor. It's a prescription drug and as such it's the only way. Make sure to

discuss the potential side effects. When I did my research, I came across a site

called PFS foundation which means Post Finasteride Syndrome Foundation and

there are lots of men who share experiences about Finasteride and the

side effects they experienced which can include depression or impotence or other

more severe side effects. It even seemed like lots of doctors from Europe

including France, Germany, and Italy were vehemently arguing

against the use of Finasteride for hair loss treatment versus in the US, it seems to

be subject to less scrutiny. At the end of the day, the choice is, of course, yours but in

any case, talk to your doctor and I always find knowing more about it helps

me make a better decision. You may have also heard of the drug Dutasteride

which is very similar to Finasteride in the sense that it blocks DHT even though

it's more effective in the sense that it can block up to 90% of DHT versus

Finasteride only blocks up to about 70% of the DHT hormone. So obviously, it's

more effective but it's not FDA approved in the US for hair loss treatment.

The second hair loss treatment is called Minoxidil also known as the brand name

Rogaine. It's an over-the-counter medication and FDA approved in the US

for hair loss treatment. Interestingly, it's supposed to be used around the

crown of your scalp only and nowhere else. It's basically a foam that you have

to apply to your crown twice a day in order to be effective. In my book, that's

a serious commitment. On top of that, this tube that lasts for a month supposedly,

costs $34 so that's more than a dollar a day. The good news is Rogaine or

Minoxidil has shown to reduce the loss of hair in men. In a one-year study, 62%

of the male participants said that they experienced a reduction in hair loss

when they used it. 84% of the men found it to be moderately effective for hair

regrowth. The cons about Rogaine are if you stop using it, everything goes

downhill again. So if you start using it, you have to keep using it twice a day

which is just too much of a commitment for me. Side effects include scalp and

skin irritation. Once again, talk to your doctor

about details. The third way to deal with hair loss is hair transplantation. This

is not a drug but it works actually by moving hair follicles from areas where

you have a lot of hair to areas where you don't have a lot of hair. Yes, it

sounds like a lot of work and it is because every single follicle from the

back or from the side of your scalp has to be relocated. Because of that, it takes a

lot of time, is therefore very costly, and can also cause a lot

pain. Of course, there is a risk associated with the surgery such as

bleeding or scarring. Also, most men have anywhere between two and four hair

transplantation treatments so it's not just a one and done kind of deal. Now,

what does it look like? Honestly, hair transplantation has come a long way. In

the early days, it looked more like a field of corn with distinct rows.

These days, it looks very very natural if done properly. Many men who have hair

transplantations take Rogaine or Minoxidil afterwards to just keep

reducing the loss of their hair. There are many well-known men out there including

Elon Musk and Kevin Costner who've used it. In England, there's also Wayne Rooney

and when he did it, he started something called the Rumi effect. So even

many other soccer players have hair

transplants and if you look at the before and after, it becomes very clear but it also

looks a lot better. The fourth hair loss treatment is laser

therapy. It's also known as low light therapy or cold laser therapy and it

works in the way that photons are irradiated onto your scalp thus helping

to increase the circulation on your scalp. The idea is that the photons

stimulate the circulation in your scalp and therefore, help your hair growth.

While more circulation is a good thing for your hair, blood flow alone can

reverse the shrinkage of your hair. To see results, clinical hair laser

treatments have to be done several times a week, especially in the beginning. Over

time, it'll be less but it's still quite a time commitment and it's also very

costly. Typically, you spend several thousand dollars a year. At

the moment, there's not enough data that can show that laser therapy over a long

term is very effective when it comes to preventing hair loss. Even though there

are some encouraging results, data is inconsistent at best. Furthermore,

long-term safety and effectiveness have not been established yet. The fifth way

to treat hair loss is to use scalp micropigmentation. Now, this really

doesn't treat the hair loss, it is more of a cosmetic procedure, think of it you are

tattooing little dots onto your head so it looks like you

have a buzz cut that was intentional and not forced because you're going bald. It

cost anywhere between $1000-$4000 depending on how many

hair dots have to be tattooed onto your scalp. It's a fairly new procedure and it

doesn't give you any hair back, it just makes it look like there is hair that

could grow and you just decided you don't want to do that. Some companies

also advertise hair powders that are supposed to help your hair instantly. At

the end of the day, it is just a cosmetic thing and it doesn't have anything to do

with hair growth or hair treatment. So even though it's very inexpensive, it

contains ammonium chloride which is something you'll find in hair dye but

overall, it's just a cosmetic thing and I don't think it should be listed under

hair loss treatments. So what should you take? Honestly, that's a decision that you

have to make. Just keep in mind that it's okay not to pursue any of those

treatments and to just be confident about it. Just think about Vin Diesel or

Jason Statham, their lack of hair hasn't impacted their personality, their

character, their confidence, or even their masculinity. In fact, they've made being

bald a key part of who they are. Being proud of what you have should always be

the goal because confidence is a look that looks always great. So what do I

take? Well, honestly, when I started the research,

I thought Finasteride was very reasonable thing for me to do because it

was just a pill a day that wasn't too expensive. Now, when I looked into the

side effects and I came across the PFS foundation's website and read more about

it, I realized there can be some serious side effects and yes, even though it may

just be a small number of people affected, the severeness and longevity

of the side effects really make me wary of it and I probably won't be taking it

because I don't want to risk getting depressed or impotent or anything of

that kind. Normally, you think if there are any issues, I just stop taking a drug

and everything is back to good but apparently, that's not the case for all

the people who take Finasteride and experience those side effects. So that's

just something to keep in mind. At this point, I don't have any issues

with my crown, it's full of hair but even if I had issues with a thinning

crown, I probably would never take minoxidil or Rogaine twice a day, it's

just a lot of work, it's not inexpensive, and it's just very impractical for my

lifestyle. Between hair powder and micropigmentation, hair lasering or hair

transplantation, I think the transplantation is something

that I would most likely do. Yes, it's a surgery but there's no hormone blocker

involved, it's just moving follicles on my head to a different position so it's

basically cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery and with it being so costly,

maybe I do it at a certain point in time but at this point, I don't plan on doing

it but you'll certainly be able to see it if you keep watching our videos.

Frankly, I'd be curious to know what you're taking and what your experiences

are. Please share with us in a comments below.

in today's video apart from wearing hair I'm wearing part of a suit it's a grey

flannel jacket double-breasted I'm combining it with a black and white

houndstooth pair of pants that is cuffed with double pleats it has an interesting

waistband with two buttons and I'm wearing it with a white shirt that has

a rounded club collar double cuffs that I wear with cufflinks from Fort

Belvedere these are carnelian Silver Eagle Claw

cufflinks which you can find in our shop here the color is slightly orange and

red which is picked up on my pocket square which is a pocket square

which you likewise can find in our shop here and it works well with the tones of

turquoise that can also be found in my tie which is a printed tie on a jacquard

background and it's kind of turquoise aqua blue and it's just a cool tie that

is unusual yet business appropriate but also meant for more casual outings for a

foot wear I chose chocolate brown suede Chelsea boots that are not too high from

Loke I like the look of grey dark brown black and white because my tie my pocket

square a little louder my socks are shadow

striped socks from Fort Belvedere which I really love

and you can find them in our shop here just like all the other accessories