For years, men who were losing their hair had only one option: commit to a daily combo of Rogaine and Propecia for life and hope for the best. Those who were already balding could spend a small fortune on plugs, shave their heads, or, well, deal with it. Nearly 50 million men have hereditary hair loss, and according to the American Academy of Dermatology, half of all guys will develop the condition by the time they’re 50.
So why don’t we have a solution for going bald? “Keeping hair on all heads is a tall order, because it’s not just fixing hormones, or genetics or nutrients — the process of hair growth is a multifunctional cycle of growth, loss and regrowth, and it’s a different cycle for each individual,” says Dr. Paul Jarod Frank, a dermatologist in New York City. And while there’s still no magic pill to suddenly transform a bare head, there are cutting edge innovations that doctors say could keep the hair you do have, and bring some follicles back to life.