Be On the Look Out for Hair Loss Treatment Scams
Be wary of hair loss scams that prey on your desire for a thick, full head of hair again.
Most everyone who is suffering from hair loss is looking for a way to get his or her hair back. Unfortunately, these desperate feelings provide unscrupulous companies with an opportunity to take advantage through hair loss treatment scams. When considering your hair loss treatment options, keep your eyes open and avoid these common hair loss scams.
Vitamins that "regrow" hair
No mixture of vitamins is going take you from bald to flowing locks. It's impossible. So don't let scam companies convince you that a combination of vitamin E, zinc and other nutrients will regrow your hair. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and take a daily multivitamin for your overall health. Don't take high doses of vitamins in a futile attempt to regrow your hair.
Products that increase the number of hair follicles
Nothing is going to increase the number of hair follicles on your scalp. You are born with a certain amount of hair follicles -- and no shampoo, lotion or pill is going to change that. So don't fall victim to any hair loss scam that involves vitamins, supplements, topical creams or other concoctions claiming they can increase the amount of hair follicles that you have and deliver more hair growth.
"Secret" ingredients and formulas
Anything that involves a revolutionary secret formula is a scam. If this hair loss secret were really a safe, scientific breakthrough, it would be approved by the FDA, patented and sold by dermatologists and other legitimate providers around the world. It wouldn't be advertised exclusively on late-night TV, in the back of magazines or on fly-by-night websites.
Hair loss concealers
We've all seen the advertisers that claim their spray-on hair is virtually undetectable. These concealers aren't complete scams, but they aren't miracle products either. Hair concealers generally come in a spray-on aerosol formula, granular sprinkles or a brush-on solid. Although they can't take you from completely bald to a voluminous head of hair in a matter of minutes, concealers can be a quick solution for those with very limited hair loss -- especially hair loss on the top of the head that is hard to detect anyway.
What really works for hair loss ... sometimes and for some people
According to the American Hair Loss Association, 99 percent off all products being sold are a total scam or questionable at best. "It’s important to understand that there have only been two FDA-approved medical treatments for hair loss," the American Hair Loss Association blog says. "They are Minoxidil and Propecia (Finasteride). There is no other product on the market that has been approved by the FDA to treat hair loss!"
Propecia is a brand-name prescription medication that is taken orally and prescribed to men only. Approximately 86 percent of those who use Propecia (finasteride, generic) see some results. Half of those actually experience regrowth, while the hair loss merely stops advancing for the others.
Rogaine (minoxidil, generic) is a topical product that is applied to the scalp. It is sold over the counter and can be used by both men and women. Rogaine is less effective than Propecia, with about half of users seeing any results.
One main thing to keep in mind is that with both of these hair loss medications, hair loss will resume if you stop using the medication.
Products that you may read about on the Internet, such as Herbal H, Ookisa, Provillus and Profollica, aren't legitimate. Some products may combine minoxidil with herbal ingredients, but that doesn't mean that they are safe or that they work. Protect yourself from scams that prey on your desperation to get your hair back. If something seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Trust your dermatologist, not the Internet. Many hair loss treatment products are sold online. They bolster their business by creating fake review websites that secretly support the scam brand sponsoring the site. Customers are tricked into buying products that are just modern-day snake oil.
Skip the scams and consider all your true hair loss treatment options, such as medications, hair replacement systems (including wigs and hair extensions), laser hair therapy and hair transplant surgery.
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