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.
Rogaine (Minoxidil) Works: Fact
Although few anti-balding solutions actually work, there are a couple that do. Rogaine is one of them. This foam or lotion, also called minoxidil, is effective for about 30-50 percent of the men who try it. Unlike other medications, Rogaine doesn't have many side effects but it does have to be applied twice a day, every day. It seems to work by making hair follicles bigger and stimulating hair growth, although scientists aren't entirely sure how.
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