The hair loss industry is a multi-billion dollar market that has slowly been replacing myths and old wives tales with real scientific evidence and research. Nevertheless, unsuspecting hair loss sufferers continue to be “duped” in to buying hair loss lotions, potions and so-called “cures” by slick talking snake oil salesman. In this article, we will go over how to avoid falling victim to these snake oil con artists selling hair loss scams.
Avoid “Snake Oil” Advertisements
It seems that every day there is another lotion, potion and alleged hair loss cure on the horizon, but most of these “treatments” don’t do anything besides drain the bank account. The amount of questionable products being advertised and marketed as a “cure” on the radio, TV and internet is dumbfounding. These companies prey on naive and un-educated hair loss sufferers who are desperate to stop their hair loss and want a quick and easy solution. These scammers use marketing catch phrases such as “promote hair growth” and “all natural” to market their products to fool unsuspecting hair loss sufferers.
Stopping Hair Loss and Promoting Hair Growth Are Not The Same
There is a difference between treating androgenetic alopecia (genetic hair loss) and “promoting healthy hair growth”. Technically, getting adequate sleep and living a healthy lifestyle promotes hair growth and you don’t have to spend a dime to make these changes. Furthermore, several vitamins, minerals and herbs may promote healthy hair and skin, but promoting healthy hair does not treat hereditary hair loss.
Genetic hair loss is a condition that causes certain hair follicles on the scalp to become vulnerable to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main hormone responsible for triggering hair loss in men and women. While living a healthy lifestyle is great for overall general health, it does very little for hair restoration. In fact, plenty of healthy individuals still suffer from male and female pattern hair loss, because the condition is based on an individual’s genetic composition.
It’s easy to be fooled by the marketing catch phrases like “promote hair growth” and “all natural” because they sound enticing and promising. However, it is important to remember that promoting hair growth and stopping the progression of genetic hair loss are not the same. Additionally, these bogus products don’t have any scientific evidence or clinical research that back the bold advertisement claims. Furthermore, the ingredients found in many of these bunk hair loss supplements can be purchased separately at a ridiculously low price from any health supplement store. Hair loss sufferers should continue to use the only two FDA approved medications that have been proven to treat hereditary hair loss which are Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride). However, we advise speaking to a physician before using these medications.