Male pattern baldness affects about 70% of the male population regardless of race, status or skin color. Baldness in men occurs when someone has a genetic predisposition to sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a potent androgenetic hormone. About 5% of testosterone is turned into DHT in the average male. For those with a sensitivity to DHT, it acts like a toxin to the hair follicle, causing progressive miniaturization until the follicle no longer produces hair. So, it should go without saying that rubbing food products onto your head isn’t going to help you get your hair back if it starts disappearing. Luckily there are a few options out there that actually work. They aren’t at-home remedies and they cost money, but they have shown good results.
The Pill: Finasteride (Propecia)
Finasteride is a drug that can be taken by men with baldness to help slow or even stop the hair loss process. It is not a complete cure for male pattern baldness, but it stops about 70% of the conversion of testosterone to DHT. It could have some side effects but has shown good results in stopping hair loss or even growing it back. It could take 3-12 months to see results with finasteride. Anything after that and you most likely won’t benefit from the use of finasteride. This medication does require continual to maintain results. This means that once you quit using the product you will most likely stop seeing results and even lose the hair that you regrew.
The Topical Cream: Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Almost everyone has heard of minoxidil thanks to all of the Rogaine commercials that used to air on TV. Minoxidil is basically a super fertilizer for your hair follicles. It’s a vasodilator that keeps your hair in its growing phase longer. Using minoxidil alone will only show results in some men and even fewer yet see true regrowth in their hair. However, using this product along with finasteride yields the best non-surgical results you can ask for in a cure for male pattern baldness.
The Surgical Route: Hair Transplant
This is the third and final treatment option available through modern science. Hair transplant surgery should be used as a last resort for those who suffer from hair loss, but it has been known to yield some amazing results for some men. It is crucial that if you are going to go this route that you research the surgeon who will be performing the surgery and make sure that you are going with someone who has good reviews and has seen good results with his patients. The surgery can get really expensive but for some men it can be well worth the money spent.
These options are the only medically researched options that have yielded true results so far. Scientists are continuously researching ways to stop premature hair loss in men. Don’t you think if rubbing peanut butter in your hair worked it would be in the news or all over the internet? Not to mention it would come from credible sources, like scientists who have been developing years of research on the topic. Do yourself a favor and make sure you do your research before you decide to start smearing food products in your hair or hanging upside down to try and help stimulate hair growth. The three options mentioned before have been known to see results and even though they aren’t a complete cure for male pattern baldness they can help you stop the loss and even regrow some of the hair you’ve lost.