Hair Loss Products: Do They Work?
I just finished a phone consultation with a gentleman from North Carolina that prompted me to write this blog article. He saw a hair clinic chain that sold him a special product that contained minoxidil (Rogaine) along with other vitamins for several hundred dollars. He was also sold a shampoo service for $2000 for which he had to come in monthly. Are you kidding me?
The practice of hair restoration is a multi-billion dollar business but what disturbs me is the charlatans out there trying to hoodwink a prospective individual with overly expensive Voodoo treatments that have no scientific backing. The reason that the product with the minoxidil works is the fact that it has minoxidil in it, which you can buy at Costco for a few dollars.
Am I saying that no products other than the two FDA-approved medications, finasteride (Propecia) and minoxidil (Rogaine) work for hair loss? No, not at all. In fact, my mother tried a product, some kind of Chinese remedy, that she swears has thickened her hair. We sell a product in our salon that is a pro-thickening shampoo for like $15. So I am not opposed to things that could help in addition to FDA medications, which have been proven to help. However, I am opposed to people charging hundreds if not thousands of dollars on hair-loss solutions that are unproven and do very little other than rip a customer off. Ok, I shall get off my soap box now.