More than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have some form of hair loss, making the hair loss industry worth a whopping $3.5 billion. Unfortunately, many hair loss solutions are worthless.
"Most of the products and services that are being sold in this industry don't work," says Spencer Kobren founder of the American Hair Loss Association and host of The Bald Truth podcast.
It's often difficult to separate the snake oils from the solutions because many people advocating for or against different products tend to have stakes in the industry too. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about what causes hair loss and how it can be prevented. We dug into the hard science to expose the myths, truths, and important information you should know about what you can actually do to keep (or get back) your hair.
Hair Restoration Never Looks Natural: Myth
Hair restoration surgeries have had a questionable past but Kobren says that is an outdated reputation. "Most people still think of hair transplants as these plug-y, unattractive, cornrow-type of procedures," he says. "Those really don't exist anymore." He says that he has seen and heard of plenty of great restorations that have turned men's lives around.
However, he also says there is still bad work out there that can be devastating. In order to get the best result possible, Kobren recommends checking the credentials of everyone involved in your potential hair restoration team because the procedures are team efforts, not just the work of one doctor.
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