In the age of clickbait, it is no surprise that milliions continue to get fooled by ridiculous hair loss gimmicks. Catchy phrases and headlines captivate readers and viewers, but how can you distinguish what is a gimmick and what is the real deal? In this article, we will be going over common hair loss gimmicks and marketing tactics.
#1. Regrow All of your Hair in ___Amount of Time
Unfortunately, this tactic continues to be successful because frankly, who woudln't want to regrow all of their hair just in time for a special occasion. However, that is not how androgenic alopecia (genetic hair loss) works. Sadly, there aren't any treatments that can grow hair back in a few days or even a few weeks. Most effective treatments take months to treat hair loss and hair restoration can take up to 18 months.
#2. Put __on Your Head To Stop Hair Loss
The amount of treatments balding individuals are told to put on their head is astounding. Anything from avocados, onions, garlic and even animal droppings. These so-called treatments are usually passed down from a continously perpetuated myth or old wives tale', If hair loss could be stopped with an ingerdient found in the kitchen, there would no one going bald.
#3. Hang Upside Down To Regrow Hair/Stop Hair Loss
Sadly, this myth continues to rear it's ugly head even in the 21st century. The thought is that hanging upside down improves blood circulation on the scalp. Thus, giving those dying hair follicles an abundance of blood supply and oxygen. Unfortunately, there is no truth to this myth and anyone who tries this is wasting their time. This gimmick has been around for ages and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Thanks to modern science and medicine we have been able to conclude that hereditary hair loss is genetic condition that is triggered by hormones. The main hormone responsible for trigerring genetic hair loss is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The only medication on the market today that is proven to inhibit the production of DHT is Propecia (finasteride). Propecia (finasteride) is also one of the two medications on the market today that have been approved by the FDA to treat androgenic alopecia. The other medication that has been approved by the FDA is Rogaine (minoxidil). Rogaine (minoxidil) was initially created to treat blood pressure, the exact mechanism responsible for Rogaine (minoxidil) working is still relatively unknown. However, many believe that Rogaine (minoxidil) works by prolonging the hair follicles anagen (growth) phase. Therefore, significantly delaying the balding process.
Written and published by,Melvin- Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator for the Hair Transplant Network and The Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physician
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