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.
Natural Supplements Can Help Hair Loss: Myth
When Kobren wrote The Bald Truth: The First Complete Guide To Preventing and Treating Hair Loss in 1998, he included a chapter about natural ways to battle hair loss, such as saw palmetto, pygeum africanum, and stinging nettle. While these herbal supplements seem to reduce DHT, it appears that doesn't translate to hair.
Since his book came out, Kobren has changed his thinking about natural remedies to hair loss. "I've told people on my show for years that there has been no clinical data showing that any of these natural supplements actually help with hair loss," he says.
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