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.
You Can Prevent Hair Loss: Myth
For most men, hair loss is caused by miniaturization. This process occurs when hair follicles are triggered – by dihydrotestosterone (DHT) – to grow for shorter and shorter periods, making the hair very weak and small. For now, there is no way to keep miniaturization from starting. "The only preventative measure that a guy can take is early intervention," says Kobren.
There are, however, quite a few things a man can do to address balding once it has begun, like medications and surgery. And with medication, some men can turn the hair clock back as much as five years.
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