A Closer Look at Popular Hair Loss Treatments

Find out which ones make the grade.

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Which Hair Loss Treatments Work? (2:53)

According to the American Hair Loss Association, around 99 percent of all products being marketed as hair loss treatments are totally bogus. With hair loss becoming such a pervasive problem, now more than ever people are looking for real solutions that work. Natural hair expert Curly Nikki has been working with our medical team, reviewing scours of research to determine which products and treatments actually work and which ones are better left behind. 

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Customizable Hair Products

Customizable serum and shampoo regimens have become extremely popular in Europe for this issue and are now making ways stateside as well. Every extract in these regimens is made up of nutrient-rich plants, fatty acids, plant proteins, and even cow milk. The exact combination of these ingredients is determined by your individual hair type and needs. There aren't any studies yet published on the efficacy, but the leading company has double-blind, placebo-controlled studies already conducted that they aim to publish in peer-reviewed journals within the next year. Time will tell if these regimens provide noticeable results.

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Ketoconazole Shampoo 

There's also an over-the-counter, more affordable option known as ketoconazole shampoo. The active ingredient (ketoconazole) was originally used in shampoos to reduce dandruff, but new research shows that its anti-inflammatory effects may also help with hair growth.

Laser Caps 

Laser caps and brushes might help hair growth as well, because they are thought to provide extra blood flow to your hair vessels, increasing the growth phase of the hair cycle to make your hair thicker and longer. However, only a few small studies have shown these methods to be helpful so far, so more research will be needed to determine the long-term benefits. If you would like to learn more, you can visit lasercap.com.

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Minoxidil 

The only product on the market that is absolutely proven to work and FDA approved is Minoxidil. If you go to your doctor, he or see can also prescribe you an anti-inflammatory to go with it. Dr. Oz recommends dropping the steroid onto the scalp, particularly around the hair part, which is where female pattern baldness tends to begin, in order to calm down the inflammation a bit. This creates a better environment for hair growth, to make Minoxidil all the more effective as it sinks down into the follicle itself and makes your hair grow.