Beginner’s Hair Loss Guide

Welcome to the Hair Loss Starter’s Guide.  Here you will find all the information you need to become educated about hair loss and the different options you have in dealing with it.  Each section of the Starter’s Guide covers important information you will need to know to understand why we lose hair, what we can do about it, and how to avoid wasting money on products that won’t work.  You will also be able to diagnose your own hair loss and receive information and tips about what to do for your degree of hair loss.  To get started, simply click on the section from the list below you are most interested in.


Introduction to Hair Loss

This section contains the basic information you need to know about hairloss, including what hair is and why we lose it. Knowing how hair grows and what the true causes of hairloss are will help you avoid products or treatments that won’t work.

Hair Loss Option: Do Nothing

The cheapest and simplest method of dealing with hairloss, although it won’t help you grow or keep your hair.

Hair Loss Option: Propecia

Propecia is the most recently approved treatment for hairloss in a pill form.

Hair Loss Option: Rogaine

Rogaine and Rogaine Extra Strength were the first treatments for treating hairloss using a topical lotion.

Hair Loss Option: Other Hair Loss Treatments

There are hundreds if not thousands of other treatments sold for hairloss throughout the world that are sold commercially and not regulated as medicines.

Hair Loss Option: Hair Transplant

A hair transplant moves hair from the back of the scalp to the top and front of the scalp to reduce or eliminate the appearance of hairloss.

Hair Loss Option: Non-Surgical Hair Replacement

Non-surgical hair replacement, also known as hair systems, hair pieces, wigs, or toupees, are a non-surgical and non-medicinal way to conceal hairloss using real hair.

Hair Loss Option: Cosmetic Concealers

Cosmetic concealers are another non-surgical and non-medicinal way to conceal hairloss by making your existing hair appear fuller and thicker without adding hair.

Buyer Beware: Avoiding Hair Loss Scams

There are many products sold that do not work for hairloss. This guide will help you avoid them by telling you how to evaluate advertisements and product information.

Diagnose Yourself: Using the Norwood Hair Loss Scale

This scale is the most commonly used way to measure the degree of hairloss in males. By clicking on the degree most closely matching your own, you will see’s tips for the options that may be most appropriate for your degree of hairloss.

Diagnose Yourself: Using Other Hair Loss Scales

There are other scales for measuring hairloss, including the Ludwig scale for measuring female hairloss and the Savin scales for measuring the degree of density, frontal hairloss, midpattern hairloss, and vertex hairloss.

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