Approximetely 45% of men will suffer some form of severe hair loss and almost everyone's hair will thin as they get older.
This article explores the best products on the market for treating hair loss. A hair loss regime doesn't need to be complicated or expensive, with only a few products that actually work.
Hair loss can be treated, especially if you catch it early enough.
Dr Richard Blake, a hair transplant doctor from London, walks us through his hair loss story and recommends the best hair loss products for men that are scientifically proven to work.
'I was 22 when my girlfiend noticed that my hair was thinning. I was instantly mortified. Luckily I acted quickly and started to research all the options available to try and fix the problem. It was also the reason I specialised in hair transplants.
From the research I did online it seemed that there was no miracle cure and a hair transplant was one of the only ways to reverse hair loss completely. It's really difficult to re-grow hair that's 'dead' but you can save the hair you do have.
By acting quickly and using FDA approved products, you can stop hair loss and avoid having to get an expensive hair transplant.
Now at 37 I still use a combination of products to help stop hair loss.'
Minixodil (Rogaine US / Regaine UK)
Minixodil is the other hair loss treatment that has been proven to reverse balding.
There are only two scientifically proven hair loss treatments out there and Minixodil is one of them. The other is Finasteride (Propecia).
Rogaine is a foam that is applied to the balding areas of a patient's scalp. Rogaine should be applied once in the morning and once at night.
'Regaine is actually the first product I started to use when my girlfriend first told me I was thinning', explains Dr Richard Blake.
'It works best when it's applied whilst a patient is on Finasteride.'
Finasteride basically blocks DHT, whereas Minixodil helps open up your hair follicles so your hair can grow through easily.
Rogaine can be used without Finasteride but the results are moderate.
Must be applied directly to the areas of balding twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening.
Best results come when used with Finasteride.
Doesn't require a perscription and can be bought online.
Results can be seen after 6 months. But if the treatment is stopped then the results can reverse.
The best hair regrowth shampoo and conditioner on the market.
Packed full of natural hair boosting ingredients, Watermans Grow Me shampoo & Condition Me conditioner are a great supplement to any hair growth regime.
Dr Richard Blake has been using Watermans shampoo and conditioner for 2 years now:
'The best thing about this shampoo and conditioner is the affordability. You only have to use a tiny amount every other day to get the full results. Each bottle lasts around a month to six weeks, which is amazing for a set that actually works.'
Hair loss shampoos and conditioners don't actually reverse hair loss themselves, but can help keep hair strong and healty when other hair loss preventing products do.
Use in conjunction with other hair loss preventing products.
Keeps hair healthy and strong to prevent hair loss and help new hairs stay.
No harmful chemicals.
Cruelty free with recycled bottles.
Lasts for 1 month to 6 weeks if used every other day.
You only use a pea sized amount, and leave on for 5-10 minutes.
The best hair loss concealment product available.
Although not a hair loss preventing product, Toppik hair fibres are a miracle that instantly give you thicker and fuller hair.
If you have signs of balding or thinning then Toppik can really help conceal the problem and give you a ton of confidence whilst you begin your hair loss regime.
Toppik uses Keratin proteins that are nearly identical the human hair so they blend naturally and are undectable.
You can also buy them in the same colour as your hair so they blend completely.
A powder that you can put on your thinning areas to make them appear thicker.
Can buy Toppik in the same colour as your hair for easy blending.
Last all day and can be used with other hair products.
Comes with really useful attachments so you can insert at the front of your hair.
Comes in different sizes, including travel sizes.
Best volumising hair styling product for men with thinning hair.
Similar to Toppik, Gorilla slick isn't a hair loss preventing product, but is an amazing solution for those with thinning hair.
'Gorilla slick is amazing for thickening up and styling your hair if it's thinning.
Patients should include a small amount of Gorilla Slick to their hair whilst wet using their fingers. Then, using a hair dryer, run a comb through your hair, you should notice your hair is thicker already.
Now you can apply your Toppik to the areas that are thinning or balding. Next, sprinkle some more Gorilla Slick by tapping the bottle directly onto the hair. Style appropriately.'
Slick Gorilla Powder is natural looking and volumising.
Strengthens hair and makes styling easy.
Should be used with Toppik for the best results.
The best shower head for thinning hair.
Hard water isn't good for thinning hair.
Consider changing your shower head so you can convert hard water into soft water.
'The Ionic shower head is easy to install and works perfectly', recommended by Dr Blake.
'The shower head head not only saves your hair from hard water, but it also neutralises all of the nasties that's in common water supplies, like Chlorine and Fluoride.'
Saves 50% of water use.
Prevents hard water from irratating newly grown hair.
Removes nasties from water.
Easy to install.
Derma rollers are scientifically designed for hair regrowth in balding areas.
Derma rollers work by rolling the 0.5mm micro needles painlessly over balding areas to penetrate the skin and stimulate the natural production of collagen, elastin and keratin.
This leads to fuller hair because it helps new hair grow through.
'I use this in conjunction with Minixodil. For best results use the derma roller before your Rogaine application, day and night. This helps the Minixodil get into the skin,' explains Dr Richard Blake.
The best treatment for male pattern hair loss.
'Finasteride is great because you only have to take one pill a day. It's the most effective hair loss treatment because it stops what's causing hair loss from the source (DHT)', states Dr Richard Blake.
'Even when you get a hair transplant, doctors will ensure you have been on Finasteride for at least a year before. Then once you've had your transplant you will have to remain on Finasteride so no other hairs fall out (usually up to the age of 60).'
Finasteride will basically re-grow your crown area. Whereas a hair transplant can help with the crown, a transplant will mainly target the hair lost at the front of a patients head.'
Finasteride is also inexpensive and can be found at most pharmacies. You will need a doctors perscription to be able to go on it.
Maintains existing hair in 83% of patients after two years.
Can regrow hair, especially in the crown region.
Is FDA and scientifically proven.
Can take 6 months to 1 year to see any results.
Propecia is the most popular brand of Finasteride, but patients can use any Finasteride as long as it's FDA approved.
The medication you have to take for life when you get a hair transplant.
There can be some side effects for a small percentage of men. These include decreased libido, erectile dysfunction and decrease volume of ejaculate. Patients should try Finasteride for 2 weeks to see if any side effects occur. Side effects will stop immediately once a patient stops using Finasteride.
Available at most pharmacies.
Price: £80 for a 6 month supply
With a combination of these products you can prevent further hair loss and regrow some hairs.
If your hair loss is severe, then the only way to completely reverse hair loss is to get a hair transplant.
A decent hair transplant can cost anywhere between £2000 - £18,000.
The vast price difference depends on the experience of the surgeon. A decent surgeon will give you a more natural hair line and carry out the surgery safely and effectively.
Even when you get a transplant you will still need to treat your hair with Finasteride. Minoxidil can be stopped and the other products are optional.