If you’re thinking about paying for a commercial hair loss treatment read this article first. Most commercially sold treatments need to be used for six months before you can judge their results so it could cost you hundreds of pounds on a ‘supposedly’ cheap treatment before you can even judge whether it’s worth paying for.
Here’s a quick guide on how much it could cost you to treat your hair loss, for anyone who’s fairly new to the world of hair loss treatments – and whether you’ll actually get any results for your money.
Hair loss shampoos
These specialist shampoos cost between £5 and £50, with an average price of around £10. If you want a hair loss shampoo that works you’ll probably need to spend about £20 on something like Spectral DNC (see my guide to hair loss shampoos for more). This should last around two months costing you around £120 a year.
Shampoo is not likely to be enough to stop anyone’s hair loss. If you’re bothered enough about your hair loss to buy a specialist shampoo you’re probably happy enough to use a topical minoxidil product like Rogaine. Rogaine costs around £20 per month but you can buy a cheaper brand like Kirkland for about £20 for a three months supply. So that’s going to set you back an additional £60 per year.
Using shampoo and minoxidil will improve circulation in the scalp, which is a powerful way of boosting hair growth (see turbo charge circulation in the scalp to stop hair loss). However this isn’t enough for men suffering from androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
DHT is the primary cause of hair loss. So f you want to stop hair loss you’ll most likely need to reduce your body’s DHT levels and remove DHT from your scalp. You can achieve reasonable success at this using a liquid saw palmetto supplement. This could cost you up to £20 per month. With multi-buy discounts you might get this for under £10 a month, costing you around £120 a year.
Adding it all up
Even doing all of this I would say the average 30 year old male suffering relatively mild premature hair loss would have a 60% chance of preventing further hair loss. This is why there is a lot of money in the hair loss industry. Because even if you spend £300 a year you still only have about a 60% chance of maintaining your hair, let alone regrowing lost hair (which is what anyone buying a hair loss treatment really wants).
Conclusions and recommendations
Using an expensive hair loss shampoo, a topical minoxidil product and a DHT inhibitor may seem like a comprehensive strategy against hair loss, but it’s not likely to achieve more than maintenance in most cases. This strategy doesn’t take into account the shiny sebum based plaque that clogs the pores of many peoples scalps. Without removing this layer, the minoxidil and shampoo are less likely to be effective. Furthermore this strategy doesn’t deal with stress related hair loss or hair loss linked to poor liver efficiency.
The other problem with the shampoo, minoxidil and saw palmetto strategy is that it only works while you continue to follow it. As soon as you stop the hair loss will certainly start again.
You’re better off following a strategy like this:
Step 1: Remove the sebum based plaque and DHT from the scalp, clearing the pores
Step 1.1: If necessary reduce sebum production, using an inexpensive supplement
Step 1.2: Feed the hairs directly via the scalp
Step 2: Boost circulation to the scalp using some simple techniques
Step 3: Improve the efficiency of the liver to help used hormone and fat elimination
Step 4: Normalise hormonal balance by increasing ‘prostaglandins’
Step 4.1: Reduce DHT production further using inexpensive superfoods
Step 5: Feed the hair internally using some key superfoods
Step 6: If necessary train your mind to react calmly to stress, pressure and worry to stop stress related hair loss
Step 1 is a very important step for most people, which isn’t really addressed by any commercial hair loss treatment. If you haven’t completed this first step yet, your miles behind in your fight against hair loss.
The other steps can be completed in various orders. For people suffering from stress, it’s wise to get onto a mind training programme early as this can be followed while you complete the other steps.
DHT is obviously one of the primary concerns for any hair loss sufferer. Unfortunately supplements are often ineffective against DHT as the body has a hard time assimilating them. You’re better off using super foods that contain ingredients that do the same things as hair loss supplements but are more easily digested and of course a lot cheaper.
Making fighting hair loss easy
Fighting hair loss can be a complicated task. There are so many factors to consider – DHT, blood circulation, diet, stress and much more. You could easily spend hundreds of pounds on treatments that don’t even treat the specific cause of your hair loss. That’s why it’s a good idea to get informed.
By following the simple instructions in my eBook you’ll know exactly what to do to eliminate the key underlying causes of hair loss and get your body into a condition (with regard to hormonal balance, mental condition and nutrient intake) that promotes hair growth rather than causing hair loss.
Until your body is in ‘hair growth mode’ you will continue to lose hair, no matter what hair loss treatments you use.