Best hair loss treatments for men

Hair loss seems to be more common than ever. Over 65% of men will suffer from some form of baldness by the age of 40, and 80% will suffer the same fate by the age of 50. Hair loss affects so many men around the world, and yet, cruelly, we still don't have a cure for it. 

However, now isn't the time to panic, because although there isn't a cure for baldness, the good news is, there are perfectly viable treatments on the market that can help slow down hair shedding, and even stop it. It's just a case of finding which ones work for your individual case. 

So, in this article, we'll go through some of the more viable options for hair loss sufferers. There has never been a more optimistic time to suffer from hair loss, so be sure to take advantage of the options available to you... 

Medically Approved Treatments for Baldness

There are just two medically approved (FDA approved) hair loss treatments on the market today. Finasteride (also known as Propecia) is a prescription only pill for men. It can reduce DHT and help stop further hair loss in men who suffer from early stages of baldness and thinning hair. 

Although results can be good, the risk of negative side-effects is high. Some common side-effects associated with Finasteride include: low libido, erectile dysfunction, and long-term impotence. Some users have even complained of having low energy, and mental health issues. 

The second medically approved treatment is Minoxidil (also labelled under a host of brands, most commonly known as Regaine/Rogaine). Minoxidil is the only topical treatment that is FDA approved. It can be purchased as a foam or a liquid, it depends on your personal preference. 

Minoxidil can help slow down the hair loss process, and in some cases, regrow hair - but only on a minimal scale. There are also some side-effects that can come with Minoxidil, such as headaches, dizziness, skin rash, and in extreme cases, weight gain.  You should speak to your physician before committing to either of these treatments. 

Multi-Vitamin Hair Growth Supplements

Multi-vitamin hair supplements are fast becoming the most popular treatment for hair loss among men (and women). The main reasons so many people are turning to multi-vitamin supplements is because they offer a safe and natural alternative to the harsh prescription drugs, and some of them can actually produce very good results. 

The market leaders are Viviscal and HR23+. Both contain a rich list of hair beneficiary ingredients that can help slow down shedding, and help increase the rate and speed of healthy hair growth. Multi-vitamin supplements are safe, and they also offer you good nutritional values, which means you're putting good ingredients into your body, while never compromising on your health. 

Related article: Top 10 Hair Growth Supplements 

Hair Transplantation

Hair transplants are becoming increasingly popular due to the fact they're more accessible than ever, and they're also more affordable. If you are suffering from more advanced stages of baldness, then hair surgery could well be for you. 

There are a range of options, from a simple hairline fill, to a more advanced procedure that would require more coverage. It really does depend on your unique situation. Hair transplants are becoming more affordable, with prices starting at £2,000 in the UK, and as low as £1,000 in Turkey. 

If you are considering a hair transplant, then be sure to look around, talk to surgeons, and make sure you see customer reviews testimonials, and case studies. It is important that you can trust the clinic, and rely on them to do a good job. 

Related article: Hair Transplants: Are They Worth It?

Scalp Micropigmentation

If you've given up on having hair, but would still like to have the perfect hairline, then scalp micropigmentation could well be for you. What is micropigmentation? Well, to put it simply, it is a tattoo. Yes, that's right, qualified clinics offer men the option to tattoo a hairline onto the scalp, creating the illusion of a full hairline/head of hair. 

If a shaved head or a shorter cropped hairstyle is your thing, then this procedure could well be the best option for you. The detail of the 'tattoo' is exceptional, making it look like you've got a great head of hair, but have chosen to keep it short. 

Related article: Skalp Micropigmentation Review 

Biotin and Saw Palmetto

Supplements like Biotin (Vitamin B7) and Saw Palmetto Extract, will do little to treat hair loss on their own, but when combined together with a host of hair beneficiary ingredients, they can work wonders with your hair. 

Biotin has been found to strengthen hair, and help it grow faster, whereas Saw Palmetto has been found to block the formation of DHT, thus  

As mentioned above, multi-vitamin supplements like HR23+ contain Biotin and Saw Palmetto, along with a host of other ingredients that work together to help slow down hair loss and promote stronger, thicker hair growth. 

Related article: HR23+ Hair Health Supplement Review 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) 

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a three-step medical treatment for hair loss. It is a process in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.

Parts of the medical community think that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. This procedure can be done alongside other treatments.

Research to prove if PRP is an effective hair loss treatment is still sparse, but results have been promising, so far. PRP therapy has been in use since the 1980s. It’s been used for healing ligaments and muscles injuries.

Related article: PRP Treatment for Hair Loss: Is It Effective? 

Micro-Needling Therapy

Micro-needling is also nicknamed skin needling, because of its effects on increasing collagen production in the skin. It's thought that this can result in new hair growth, or perhaps, it may thicken thinning hair as seen in androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness.

Clinical research on using the micro-needling method for hair loss has shown that a derma roller is effective in helping to repair hair loss, both with and without Minoxidil. Results showed that men, in particular, who used the derma roller with Minoxidil had significantly more hair growth than the men who used minoxidil on its own.

More studies are needed to back the claim, but with derma rollers costing under £10, it could be worth a try at the very least. To start, try a 0.5mm derma roller, and micro-needle the thinning areas on your scalp, no more than twice a week. 

Related article: Can Derma Rolling Promote Hair Growth?