Hair Loss Treatments: Ratings of Sources
Total of 27 Sources
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Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me
by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentPaula Begoun explains how hair grows, why some people lose it and several treatments that are available to stop hair loss. She also lists some of the myths surrounding hair loss as well as a few product reviews. Begoun backs up her opinions with solid research and cites several medical journals and clinical trials. She claims that many hair loss treatments that are available are unsubstantiated and that even those that do work tend to exaggerate their claims.
Hair Growing Possibilities
by Paula Begoun
Our AssessmentIn this article, Paula Begoun discusses minoxidil, an over-the-counter treatment for hair loss. She points to studies that prove its effectiveness, especially in women. Begoun states that minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) is most effective in its 5 percent concentration for women even though only the 2 percent has been approved by the FDA. She, herself, uses a generic form of the medicine with great results. It is extremely safe, but may result in unwanted hair growth (on the face and other areas) in women who already have a tendency toward this problem.
Efficacy of 5% minoxidil vs. combined 5% minoxidil and 0.01% tretinoin for male pattern hair loss
by Shin, HS, et al.
Our AssessmentThis study, done at Seoul National University College of Medicine, compares the effectiveness of a traditional 5% minoxidil therapy applied twice daily, to that of a combination of 5% minoxidil and 0.01% tretinoin applied once daily. The study included 31 men, between the ages of 28 and 45, with pattern baldness. Results show that the combination therapy is just as effective as the traditional therapy. One shortcoming in this study is that its length is not clearly stated.
A randomized clinical trial of 5% topical minoxidil
by Olsen EA, et al.
Our AssessmentA 48-week study conducted at the Duke Dermatopharmacology Study Center compares the effectiveness of 5% minoxidil solution with that of a 2% minoxidal solution and a placebo. It includes 339 men with pattern baldness. At the end of the trial, the stronger 5% solution produced 49% more hair growth than the 2% solution. The study also showed that the higher concentration produced results sooner. In addition, the study revealed that irritation occurs more often with the 5% concentration, but most participants had no ill effects overall.
An open, randomized, comparative study of oral finasteride and 5% topical minoxidil in male androgenetic alopecia.
by Arca E, et al.
Our AssessmentThis study compares the effectiveness of a 5% minoxidil topical solution with that of a 1 mg oral dose of finasteride (the active ingredient in Propecia) in treating pattern baldness in men. At the end of the trial, both treatments are judged to be effective with relatively few side effects, but finasteride produced more hair growth over a 12-month period.
A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of 5% and 2% minoxidil solutions in the treatment of female pattern hair loss
by Lucky AW, et al.
Our AssessmentThis double-blind study of 381 women compares the effectiveness of a 5% minoxidil solution to that of a 2% minoxidil solution and a placebo in treating female pattern baldness. After 48 weeks, the 5% solution proved more effective, but both concentrations of minoxidil improved participants' social and psychological self perception.
Results of a randomized placebo-controlled study of dutasteride versus finasteride
by Olsen EA, et al.
Our AssessmentDuke Medical Center studies the effects of dutasteride, in various dosages, on male pattern hair loss. Results are compared to those of finasteride (Propecia) and a placebo on 416 men between the ages of 21 and 45. Results show that dutasteride is an effective treatment for male pattern hair loss and that the 2.5 mg dosage produces more growth than finasteride at both 12 and 25 weeks of use.
Finasteride in the treatment of men with androgenetic alopecia
by Kaufman KD, et al.
Our AssessmentA study of 1,553 men compares the effectiveness of finasteride to a placebo in treating men with pattern baldness. Results show "clinically significant increases in hair count" with the use of finasteride. Patients say that the finasteride treatment slows hair loss, increases hair growth and improves the appearance of hair.
Ketoconazole shampoo: effect of long-term use in androgenic alopecia
by C. Pierard-Franchimon, et al.
Our AssessmentThis study by the Department of Dermopathology at the University of Liege, Belgium, compares the effects of 2% ketoconazole (KCZ) shampoo to that of 2% minoxidil therapy. Results show that the KCZ shampoo may be just as effective as 2% minoxidil in treating pattern baldness, but further studies are needed. It is unclear from the synopsis of this study how many subjects participated or how long the study was carried out.
Women's Hair Loss: Treatments
by Editors of the American Hair Loss Association
Our AssessmentThe American Hair Loss Association provides lots of information in regards to hair loss, the various causes, and treatment options. This particular article discusses several treatment options for female pattern hair loss. There is only one FDA-approved treatment for female pattern hair loss (minoxidil 2% solution), but this article discusses several common off-label treatments as well.
by Jason Stevenson
Our AssessmentThis article provides information about some of the many hair loss treatments available today. The treatments are not ranked but dermatologists' opinions are given as to whether or not they are effective. Finasteride, minoxidil, dutasteride and follicular transplant surgery are given the most credence. Saw palmetto and pumpkin-seed oil are recommended for those that are reluctant to use drugs, but doctors interviewed warn that they produce a "tremendous placebo effect."
Grasping at Strands for Baldness Remedies
by Kim Painter
Our AssessmentThree dermatologists join with USA Today to discuss hair loss and possible treatments. They have differing opinions of HairMax, a laser comb that recently received marketing clearance from the FDA. Doctors say the only proven treatments are Propecia, Rogaine and hair transplant surgery. They agree that the latter treatment is the most effective, but don't usually recommend it as a first choice.
Are You Losing Your Hair?
by Jennifer Rapaport
Our AssessmentThis dated, but informative, article discusses the causes of baldness in women, including hereditary causes, stress, medical disorders and improper hair care. Various treatment options are discussed and information is given as to whom each treatment works best for. Treatment options include hair-care products, illusion styling, minoxidil, hair additions, transplants and Propecia. None of the treatments are ranked, rather each is recommended for those suffering from hair loss in varying degrees.
Hair Loss Treatments
by Editors of Regrowth.com
Our AssessmentThis webpage lists several treatments for hair loss categorized into groups such as FDA-Approved, Off-Label Treatments, Natural Treatments and Commercial Treatments. Each treatment links to specific information about that treatment, but none of them are ranked.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
by Brobson Lutz, M.D.
Our AssessmentBrobson Lutz, M.D. explains the various treatments for pattern baldness in laymen's terms. Minoxidil and Propecia are both viable options, but he says that the best results come from using a combination of the two. For permanent results, he says that hair transplants provide a natural look. He recommends finding a dermatologist with a lot of experience.
Propecia 5 Year Study Results Released
by Editors of HairLossHelp.com
Our AssessmentHairlosshelp.com is an informative website that discusses several treatment options for hair loss and includes a user-based forum. This particular article documents the results of a 5-year study of Propecia users. It shows that while Propecia continues to prevent hair loss over the course of treatment, new hair growth progressively declines after the first year. Placebo users, on the other hand, experienced an average loss of 220 hairs per square inch over the same period of time. The site also has lots of other information on hair loss and treatment, as well as a fairly active user forum.
by Anu Varma
Our AssessmentHair transplantation techniques are discussed at length in this article. The author mentions other treatments, such as Propecia and Rogaine, but points out that these medications must be taken continuously in order for results to last. Hair transplants, on the other hand, are a permanent, one-time solution. Due to advancing technology and research, they look more natural than they ever have, but the author warns that surgeons should be researched thoroughly in order to find a good one.
by Karyn Siegal-Maier
Our AssessmentThis article highlights the different treatment options for androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern hair loss. The cause of this type of hair loss is explained and good nutrition in touted as a possible form of prevention.
by Contributors to Drugstore.com
Our AssessmentConsumers can read and post reviews for products sold at Drugstore.com, which include several personal care items. Most of the hair regrowth products listed are only reviewed a few times, if any, but a few of them are reviewed upwards of 15 times and provide some insight into their efficacy. Rogaine products are reviewed the most often, with mostly favorable comments. There were 15 reviews of the HairMax LaserComb upon publication of this report, but they are split evenly between those saying it works and those saying that it doesn't.
Hair Loss Products
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com posts user reviews along with average user ratings for consumer products, including several hair loss products. Most, however, have very few reviews. Minoxidil products are reviewed most often and generally receive positive comments. Most complaints are based on the strong odor of the product or the messy application.
Hair Loss: Does Anything Really Help?
by Editors of Consumer Reports
Our AssessmentConsumer Reports discusses the various hair loss treatments and whether or not they are effective. Minoxidil, Propecia and hair transplants provide some degree of benefits to some patients but nothing can provide perfect results. Consumer Reports recommends that patients be realistic with their expectations or purchase a high-quality hairpiece. However, this article is rather old, and Consumer Reports has not revisited the topic of hair loss since.
Getting to the Root of Hair Loss in Older Women
by Cheryl Guttman
Our AssessmentThis article is written to help physicians diagnose the various types of hair loss in older women and to prescribe an appropriate course of treatment. It describes five different types of hair loss: female pattern hair loss, involutional alopecia, acute telogen effluvium, chronic telogen effluvium and postmenopausal frontal fibrosing alopecia. Treatments vary from topical applications to anti-inflammatory treatments and reassurance.
by Editors of WebMD.com
Our AssessmentThis article provides an overview of hair loss, from its causes to various treatments. Treatments covered include finasteride, minoxidil and surgery but none of them are recommended over others. Early intervention is recommended for best results.
Really? Smoking Can Cause the Loss of Hair
by Anahad O'Connor
Our AssessmentThis brief article cites a study of Asian men that shows a link between smoking and hair loss. The study suggests that risk increases with increased smoking, but it is unclear whether the hair loss is caused by tobacco toxins or as a result of severe disease, caused by smoking, that speeds the aging process. No treatments are discussed in the article.
Iron Deficiency, Hair Loss Linked
by John Jesitus
Our AssessmentThis article cites a review of 40 years of medical literature that shows there may be a link between iron deficiency and all types of hair loss. The information reviewed shows a relation between patients' iron stores and whether they experience hair loss as well as how well they will respond to treatment. There haven't, however, been any significant trials studying the link.
Handheld, low-level laser device gets FDA approval for men with alopecia
by Editors of Dermatology Times
Our AssessmentThis brief article announces the FDA's approval of Lexinton International's HairMax Laser Comb for the promotion of hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia. In a clinical study, 93% of participants saw some improvement of hair growth with the laser device. No other treatments are discussed or compared.
Five Ways to Predict Hair Loss
by Dr. Alan Bauman
Our AssessmentIn this press release, Dr. Alan Bauman, medical expert on hair loss and founder of the Bauman Medical Group, suggests that early intervention, with the help of a physician, offers the best protection for a healthy head of hair. He also suggests that it may be possible to predict hair loss before it ever occurs, so that early prevention can be implemented. The five steps he suggests are using a "folliscope" to get a microscopic view of the scalp, consider health factors, genetic testing, review of family history and see a health doctor to assess hair status and find reliable information.