Dr. Proctor’s Hair Loss FAQs

Introduction

This is the hair loss treatment FAQ. It is an attempt to ask many of the questions commonly asked on the newsgroup alt.baldspot. Before asking questions in alt.baldspot, please read the FAQ to make sure the question is not answered herein. This FAQ is by no means complete, and if you see something missing, be   …Continue Reading

What Is Hair, Really?

“The adult human body averages five million hairs, of which 100,000 to 150,000 are on the scalp. Hair is composed of keratin, the same protein that makes up nails and the outer layer of our skin. The part seen rising out of the skin is called hair shaft or strand. Each strand consist of three   …Continue Reading

Scientifically Researched Hair Loss Treatments

Minoxidil (Rogaine) Minoxidil, known as Rogaine in the US and Regain(e) in other parts of the world (the FDA wouldn’t let Upjohn use the name Regain for obvious reasons!), is the only FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved treatment for hairloss. In addition, the FDA has banned advertising substances as treatments for hairloss unless they   …Continue Reading

Hairloss Treatments Being Researched

There are many treatments currently being researched for hairloss. Unfortunately, most are not expected to be available for a few years and while they are supposed to be BETTER agents for treatment, they are not cures for baldness. Dual 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors These treatments are based on the same theory as Propecia, which is inhibiting   …Continue Reading

The Less Researched Hair Loss Treatments

The following drugs (except for the ‘natural’ treatments) are drugs which were intended for a purpose other than hairloss and don’t have as much ‘hard science’ behind them as the well researched Minoxidil, Retin-A, and Proscar. Unlike Retin-A and Proscar, however, they are not as commonly prescribed for hairloss and treatment for hairloss is not   …Continue Reading

Other Hair Loss Causes

Many companies advertise products designed to fight other “causes” of hairloss. They ignore the genetic and scientifically researched causes of hairloss, citing these as the causes. Blood Circulation Poor blood circulation has been listed as a cause of hairloss, especially since Minoxidil came out, which is a increases blood circulation. Unfortunately, Minoxidil does not grow   …Continue Reading

How to Read Hair Loss Advertising

Most of this applies only to the US, but may apply in other countries. In the late 1980s when Rogaine was first approved, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) outlawed the advertising of products that grow hair unless they are approved by the FDA. The reason for this was obvious. For hundreds of years, people   …Continue Reading

The Future of Loss Treatment

It’s clear that if there’s a cure in hairloss, it will not be from drug formulations. No drug is 100% responsive in all people, and almost all drugs have side effects in some people. Also, male pattern baldness seems to have multiple factors (hormone and immune related), so finding one treatment effective in all factors   …Continue Reading

General Questions from the Regrowth Web Site

What is the best product, if any, for the front, or horseshoe effect of the head, if you have no problem with the top of your head? There is no product currently available which has been well tested on the frontal portion of the head. Certainly any product that works elsewhere on your head should   …Continue Reading