Whether you’ve only recently noticed a thinning hairline or have made a baseball hat to hide your bald spot a wardrobe staple, you’ve probably tried at least one hair loss product or home remedy.
“The truth of the matter is that baldness comes down to your genes,” says Frederick Joyce, M.D., founder of Rejuvenate! Med Spa and a member of the International Society for Hair Restoration Surgery. “If you have the baldness gene, there are some natural remedies that may make your hair stronger and healthier to slow your hair loss slightly —but they won’t prevent you from going bald. Still, maintaining hair health by eating well and using the right products—combined with medical-grade treatments—can really work all together to help you have a fuller, thicker head of hair.”
While using stem cells to regrow hair is promising, it’s still years away from becoming available as a hair loss treatment. So here is the low-down on which baldness solutions available now are truly effective—and which hair-loss fighters are merely snake oil.