Hair loss affects 6.5 million men in the UK alone. Sadly, there isn’t a ‘miracle cure’ for hair loss – but that doesn’t mean hair loss can’t be treated.
There’s a flood of misinformation across the internet on the subject of hair regrowth – namely, how to make hair grow faster. We’ve reviewed the best options available for hair regrowth and have put together a few hair growth tips you can depend on:
Our number one hair regrowth tip: try prescription treatments Propecia or its generic equivalent Finasteride. These are the most effective hair loss treatments available in the UK, and 90% of men who use Propecia and Finasteride experience improved results (including hair regrowth and and reduction of hair loss). That’s a remarkably high success rate. Propecia must be taken once a day and benefits might not be visible for 3 – 6 months. But bear in mind that it is a treatment for hair loss, not a cure – if you stop taking Propecia or Finasteride then hair loss will resume within a year.
Medicated hair lotions (Regaine)
Now be careful here: any supposedly ‘miracle’ hair tonic is almost certainly a waste of money. However, the hair lotion Regaine (the brand name of minoxidil) is a clinically proven treatment for hair loss. Regaine must be applied twice daily to the scalp. Only 15% of men who use Regaine will experience hair regrowth, considerably less successful than Propecia or Finasteride. Still, Regaine remains one of only two treatments advocated by the British Association of Dermatologists – and unlike Propecia you don’t need a prescription to purchase it. Once you stop using Regaine, your hair loss will resume.
An expensive treatment but potentially highly successful. Numerous celebrities such as Wayne Rooney, Callum Best and James Nesbitt have undergone hair transplants and professed delight at the results. Nesbitt even claimed his two transplants had “changed his life.” If successful, a man can enjoy an improved head of hair without the need to continually take medication. The catch? Not all hair transplants take successfully – you’ll have to pay even if it’s not effective. Whereas the likes of Rooney and Best can afford multiple hair transplants, not everybody is so fortunate. You risk wasting a lot of money for no results. Our article Is a hair transplant worth the cost? examines the question in detail.
Wigs / Hairpieces
Obviously a wig won’t help your hair to regrow. However, it can do a very efficient job at hiding the effects of hair loss. The modern hairpiece is extremely sophisticated and realistic. Not even your nearest and dearest should be able to tell the difference from the real thing. Furthermore the vast range of hairpiece styles and colours available give you a near-infinite choice. Wear a different head of hair each day if you so choose! Hairpieces are much, much cheaper than a hair transplant and often much more durable. Your hair loss will continue but far less noticeably (at least until you remove the wig).
There is no magic cure for hair loss. Many people waste a lot of time, money, and effort trying to reverse a natural condition experienced by millions of men – indeed pretty much every man given time. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t seek treatment if you so wish – simply that treating hair loss isn’t an obligation. A common recommendation to those experiencing hair loss is to shave the head entirely, thus making baldness a lifestyle choice rather than an imposed condition.The proudly bald include Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Zinedine Zidane, Andre Agassi, Samuel L Jackson – multiple stars of sport and screen proudly rock a shaved head. Some even question ‘Are bald men more virile?’ Alternatively, none other than our future King William shows no shame in his receding hairline. Who you are as a person is infinitely more important than what you have on your head.
For more hair growth advice and information on treatments, visit our Hair Loss Treatment page.