Hair Loss Treatments : Ratings of Sources

Updated February 28, 2014
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Hair Loss Treatments: Ratings of Sources

1. Topical Agents for Hair Growth Promotion, Omar S. Shamsaldeen, MD; Thamer Al Mubki, MD; and Jerry Shapiro, MD, FRCPC, 2013
This rigorously researched article discusses the wide array of topical treatments available for androgenetic alopecia, including: minoxidil, prostaglandins, fluridil, ketoconazole, spironolactone, melatonin and estrogen. Minoxidil receives the most attention, and the article cites numerous studies attesting to its efficacy.
2. Annals of Dermatology Successful Treatment of Temporal Triangular Alopecia with Topical Minoxidil, Chan-Yi Bang et al., Aug. 13, 2013
Researchers successfully treat a girl born with temporal triangular alopecia (TTA) using 3 percent topical minoxidil. They conclude that minoxidil is a suitable solution to TTA; however, researchers note that each time they discontinue treatment the subject's hair loss returns.
3. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology Efficacy of 5 Percent Minoxidil Versus Combined 5 Percent Minoxidil and 0.01 Percent Tretinoin for Male Pattern Hair Loss: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Comparative Clinical Trial, H.S. Shin et al., 2007
This study, conducted at Seoul National University College of Medicine, compares 5 percent minoxidil therapy applied twice daily, to the combination of 5 percent minoxidil and 0.01 percent tretinoin applied once daily. The study included 31 men, between the ages of 28 and 45, with pattern baldness. Results show that combination therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy. Study length isn't listed.
4. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology A Randomized Clinical Trial of 5 Percent Topical Minoxidil Versus 2 Percent Topical Minoxidil and Placebo in the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia in Men, E.A. Olsen et al., September 2002
A 48-week study conducted at the Duke Dermatopharmacology Study Center compares the effectiveness of 5 percent minoxidil solution to 2 percent minoxidil solution and a placebo. It includes 393 men with pattern baldness. At the end of the trial, the stronger 5 percent solution produced 49 percent more hair growth than the 2 percent solution with placebo. The study also showed that the higher concentration produced results sooner. In addition, the study revealed that irritation occurs more often with the 5 percent concentration, but most participants had no ill effects overall.
5. International Journal of Dermatology An Open, Randomized, Comparative Study of Oral Finasteride and 5 Percent Topical Minoxidil in Male Androgenetic Alopecia, E. Arca et al., 2004
This study compares the effectiveness of a 5 percent 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.
6. Dermatologic Therapy Finasteride, 1 mg Daily Administration on Male Androgenetic Alopecia in Different Age Groups: 10-Year Follow-Up, A. Rossi et al., 2011
This 10-year follow-up study assesses the effectiveness of a daily dosage of 1 mg of finasteride in balding men. The scope and length of the study make it a valuable indicator of finasteride's efficacy over time. The majority of the patients maintained or improved the hair growth they achieved in the first year of treatment.
7. International Journal of Trichology Finasteride 5 mg/day Treatment of Patterned Hair Loss in Normo-Androgenetic Postmenopausal Women, R. Oliveira Soares et al., January 2013
This study explores the safety and efficacy of finasteride in women, as the drug has yet to receive FDA approval for female patients with AGA. The study lasted 18 months, and researchers took data at six months, 12 months and 18 months. The majority of test subjects displayed significant improvement, and most didn't have any side effects, although older patients were more prone to a negative response to the drug.
8. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology The Importance of Dual 5Alpha-Reductase Inhibition in the Treatment of Male Pattern Hair Loss: Results of a Randomized Placebo-Controlled Study of Dutasteride Versus Finasteride, E.A. Olsen et al., December 2006
Duke University 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.
9. Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-Perceived Thinning Hair, Ablon Glynis, MD, FAAD, November 2012
This study enrolled healthy women with thinning hair between the ages of 21 and 75 to assess the efficacy of an oral dietary supplement on hair regrowth. Some of the patients were given a placebo. The study concluded, "The daily administration of a proprietary nutritional supplement significantly increased hair growth after 90 and 180 days. Self-perceived improvements after 90 days were increased after 180 days of additional treatment, suggesting continued improvements may occur with ongoing treatment …."
10. American Hair Loss Association Women's Hair Loss: Treatment, Editors of American Hair Loss Association, Not Dated
The American Hair Loss Association provides lots of information about hair loss, its 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 percent solution), but this article discusses several common off-label treatments as well.
11. American Hair Loss Association Understanding Hair Transplants, Editors of American Hair Loss Association, Not Dated
This in-depth article (reviewed by Paul J. McAndrews, MD) discusses the scientific basics of hair transplant surgery and answers some frequently asked questions about transplants and visual considerations. The American Hair Loss Association also details the best candidates for hair transplant surgery. In addition, the website links to helpful articles about how to find a qualified physician.
12. American Hair Loss Association Future of Surgical Treatments, Editors of American Hair Loss Association, Not Dated
In this article, editors of the American Hair Loss Association discuss the anticipated next step for hair-loss surgery: hair cloning. The article delves into a scientific explanation of why the duplication of human hair follicles is so difficult.
13. USA Today Grasping at Strands for Baldness Remedies, Kim Painter, March 19, 2007
Three dermatologists discuss hair loss and possible treatments with USA Today. 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.
14. American Society of Plastic Surgeons Hair Replacement: Surgical Hair Transplants, Editors of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Not Dated
This article on surgical hair transplants discusses the types of hair transplant techniques, the best candidates for such a procedure, safety information, questions to ask the surgeon before treatment, and how to find a reputable practitioner.
15. Men's Fitness 6 Best Fixes for Hair Loss, Holly C. Corbett, Not Dated
In an effort to clear up which hair-loss remedies actually work, Holly C. Corbett consults Frederick Joyce, MD, founder of Rejuvenate! Med Spa and member of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. She discusses the effects of good nutrition, Nioxin shampoo, laser light therapy, hair replacement surgery, Propecia, and minoxidil on men with alopecia. Transplant surgery, Propecia and minoxidil are recommended as the most effective options, but Corbett warns of the side effects of each.
16. All Regrowth Treatments, Contributors to, As of March 2014
Consumers can read and post reviews for products sold at, 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.
17. Hair Loss Products, Contributors to, As of March 2014
Credibility: posts user reviews along with average user ratings for consumer products, including several hair-loss products. 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.