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Hair Growth Product Decisions – Different Options for Different People

Updated on June 22, 2009

If you find yourself with thinning hair and are wondering what kind of hair growth products might be available to you and you need to read this article. You want to be aware of the different varieties of hair growth products that are available out there. And depending on whether you're a man or woman, different hair growth products may be more or less appropriate for you. In addition, you may not even need specific hair growth products... there may be some simple lifestyle changes you can make to help you with your current this will be good for you to help you narrow down whether you want to go on track A, B or C. But in the end, you'll know what you want to do.

flickr image by Mrs. W
flickr image by Mrs. W

Among the first things will probably want to consider is whether you want to look into pharmaceutical grade hair loss products or if you'd prefer to go a more natural route. If you think you want to go the pharmaceutical route, of course you'll need to speak with the doctor. Another thing that you can do is go online and read up on the various products available. There is a lot of information available out there for you, and you're probably going to want to know about it before you start taking anything. 

For example, there is one oral medication that does work quite well and growing hair. However, it does create hair growth over the entire body. Taking that into consideration, most likely this is something that women would not be interested in taking.

If after reading up on a lot of the potential side effects of these drugs has you kind of freaked out, don't sweat it. There are plenty of “all natural” products that you can choose from instead. However, don't forget that even all natural products can have side effects. So be cautious. One thing to keep in mind when you look at various hair growth product claims is that if they're claiming to inhibit any future hair loss, it's probably not a valid claim. There is no legitimate product on the market with the ability to back this claim with a 100% guarantee.

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flickr image by cursedthing

Women's hair growth products are unique and different than men's hair growth products. While a man is safe using a hair growth product made specifically for women, the reverse is not true. It is highly recommended that before you start any course of treatment, you consult a physician. Because in fact, medication may not even be needed. Often times stress or insufficient diet can lead to hair loss. In such a case, there's no reason to start taking medication when a simple lifestyle adjustment may do the trick for you. For example, there are a couple of very common nutrient deficiencies that can easily be solved with over-the-counter supplements that have helped many women slow down, stop or even reverse the loss of their hair.

When it comes to hair loss for men, sometimes it's a different story. First of all, as male pattern baldness which is a genetic trait that you may not be able to alter no matter what you do. One nice thing about current “fashion”, is that it completely bald, shaved head is very much in style and is very acceptable for men of any age.

If you choose not to go with the shaved head look, you still have multiple options to choose from. Once again, there are prescription options for which you should speak with your doctor so as to be completely aware of any potential side effects. There are also over-the-counter treatments such as shampoos and salves that many men have had a lot of success with. If you don't want to talk to her doctor about it, you can probably get some good recommendations from either the pharmacist, or your hairstylist.

Also, just like with women, there are lifestyle contributions that you may be able to have an affect on. Vitamin supplementation, stress reduction, rest, proper diet and exercise can all lead to better overall health, including healthy hair growth.

Now you understand that there are numerous different options when it comes to hair growth products depending on you, and what path you prefer to follow. Both men and women have their choice of pharmaceutical or all natural hair growth products, oral or topical, as well as understanding that while hair loss may be a symptom, specific hair growth product may not be the thing needed. Instead, lifestyle adjustments may be indicated. Take a moment, step back, and assess for yourself if this is the case for you. If you do need a hair growth product, pick your path, go down it, and find your healthy head of hair again.


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      jazzuboo 9 years ago from Queensland, Australia

      I've gone the full monty on my skull - nice and cool in summer :-)


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