Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP
Written by Our Editorial Team
Last updated 10/07/2020
Coming to terms with male pattern baldness is something that’s difficult for a lot of us to accept. For many guys, the initial response to hair loss is frustration, sadness and denial. For others, they start researching different methods to stop their hair from thinning further.
The most challenging thing about male pattern baldness is that there’s a lot of incorrect information out there.
Along with the few FDA-approved treatment methods that have withstood clinical trials and scrutiny from the scientific community, there’s nearly twice the amount of con artists trying to sell you some fake hair loss remedy.
Many of the treatment programs that are advertised as "holistic, all-natural, and homeopathic" are little more than pseudoscience. They’ll have you doing things like rubbing honey, ginseng and garlic on your scalp three times a day to promote hair growth — and you’ll never see any results.
When looking for viable treatment programs for male pattern baldness, you want to into treatments that have been tested in a clinical setting.
They are going to be the ones that can help you stop from going bald; not the one-a-day turmeric tablet that’s advertised as the secret weapon against hair loss.
So, where does this leave hair building fibers? Are they legitimate in the fight against male pattern baldness?
The answer to that question really depends on what you’re looking for exactly.
If you want a solution that’s going to stop baldness and fill in those thinning areas so that you can carry that same luxurious head of hair with you throughout life, then no — they don’t work.
But if you’re looking for a quick solution that may help thin-haired areas appear fuller, in the same way that makeup covers up blemishes, then hair building fibers do work.
What’s important to remember about hair building fibers is that they do nothing to stop the cause of balding. Instead, they act as a concealer.
So when you apply hair building fibers to your head, you’re binding fibers (synthetic or natural, depending on the brand) to your scalp and existing hair.
Generally speaking, these fibers will stay in place until the next time you wash your hair and are a good way to give your hair a temporary volume boost.
But don’t expect hair building fibers to do anything else other than hiding your bald spots; they’re no more effective at preventing male pattern baldness than wearing a wig.
If you’re looking for something more effective than masking your hair loss, there are a wide range of products on the market that have been tried, tested, and guaranteed to help in the fight against male pattern baldness.
Two of the most popular treatment methods are medically tested and FDA approved, meaning that their effectiveness at fighting baldness has been well-researched in the medical community. The first of these products is minoxidil, a topical ointment that’s applied to the scalp twice a day. Since the 1990s, minoxidil has been proven to help prevent male pattern baldness for the majority of users.
The other top treatment method is a once-a-day tablet known as finasteride. This pill works by blocking the production of DHT, a hormone linked to male pattern baldness.
In clinical trials, nearly 86 percent of the men who took finasteride were observed to have maintained the hair they started with. In other words, it stopped their hair loss dead in its tracks.
Moreover, more than 60 percent of the guys who took finasteride also reported significant hair regrowth during the first three months of usage.
In addition to these two forms of hair loss prevention, a vitamin B substance known as Biotin has been linked to stronger, faster-growing hair.
While Biotin probably isn’t enough to stop your male pattern baldness on its own, making it part of your overall regimen is a good way to ensure success in your fight against baldness — especially if you’re experiencing a biotin deficiency.
The truth is that the majority of us don’t take action against hair loss until our hair is noticeably thin. If this is you, hair building fibers may be an effective way to hide your thinning hair – especially if it’s something you feel self-conscious about. But if you want to stop male pattern baldness at its source, you’re going to need to follow a treatment program that’s designed specifically to treat hair loss.
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