What are the best hair loss treatments for men?

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Written by Nigel Simpkins

If you are one of the millions of men who suffer from hair loss, you might be on the lookout for an effective way to deal with this slow-creeping dilemma.

Luckily there are actually a few effective treatments to consider, so here is a quick look at the best of the bunch available at the moment.


While it may not be effective in every case, minoxidil is a medically proven hair loss treatment that can stimulate follicles, improve regrowth rates and prevent your hairline from receding further.

You can buy minoxidil safely online and achieve good results with application twice daily, although it is worth noting that in order to ensure that the effects are enduring you need to keep using this drug in the long term. If you stop using it, hair loss will become a concern all over again.

Finasteride is another drug which can be used as a treatment for hair loss in men, although like minoxidil it is not available on the NHS and so needs to be purchased and used by the patient according to their own needs and budget.


It is possible to combat hair loss through the careful application of steroids to the affected area, either through the form of an injection or a cream.

Steroids are usually used in the case that the hair loss is localised to a given patch of the scalp, and they can only be used for shorter periods as well as coming with a range of potential side effects which need to be taken into account.

It is always worth consulting your doctor before buying and using any kind of drugs, including steroids and other treatments for hair loss.

Hair transplants & scalp reduction surgery

Surgical treatments for hair loss are becoming increasingly popular and there are a surprising variety of options in this area, with transplants being perhaps the highest profile and most effective.

Since this is considered to be cosmetic surgery, you will need to cover the cost of the procedure yourself, with costs ranging anywhere up to £3000.

The transplant process can either involve skin from the back of your head being grafted to the affected area, or individual follicles being removed and repositioned.

There are also artificial hair transplants available, in the case that you do not have enough of your own hair to be moved to cover up balding areas. It will take a year or more for natural hair transplants to be fully effective, so this is not a quick fix process, but it does deliver impressive results, as attested to by the numerous celebrities who have undergone this type of treatment.

Another surgical hair loss treatment option is scalp reduction surgery, although this is much less widely used and is even seen as archaic by some. It is rumoured to be the approach adopted by current US president Donald Trump and involves cutting the scalp and stitching sections together so that portions without hair are eliminated.

Of course if you do not want to opt for any of the more invasive treatments, a wig can be the most effective long term solution to hair loss.