Avoiding Hair Loss Scams

Hair loss potions, lotions, creams, and rubs are a multi billion dollar industry worldwide – it has been this way for years, and will continue to be so. Everyone wants your money, and the old adage that ‘a fool and his money are easily parted’ is never more true than when you think how many companies make a tidy profit from hawking cheap ‘miracle cures’. The sad truth is that many, many people are desperate to find a solution to their hair loss and will grasp at anything that looks remotely likely to solve their hair loss problems. There’s very little money to be made in the truth when it comes to hair loss, so that’s not the direction many marketers take when it comes to selling you their products. Hair loss products have been estimated to be in excess of $1 billion a year industry, and that figure alone should give you some idea as to the bone-fides of hair loss product claims. With such money at stake, if there were truly a product that could stop your hair loss and regrow your lost hair, everyone would know about it – it would be very, very big news indeed. Small advertisements in obscure sections of newspapers would not be the likely domain of a product with such earning potential if it were capable of delivering results.

Think before you buy. Look for any product guarantees and make sure to read any claims that the product manufacturers make. Don’t be taken in by those ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos that seem to be the main staple of hair loss product advertising. Any 1st year graphics student can doctor a photo to make someone look like they have a fuller head of hair, and any 1st year marketing student can come up with phrases like ‘makes your hair look thicker’, so don’t be fooled by the product’s blurb. Take a good look at the claims, and don’t make any impulse buys – impulse buys are what keep the hair loss scammers in business and making tidy profits.

The good news is that in the U.S., the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) both have waged war against unscrupulous peddlers of products that make false claims, particularly in the case of hair loss products. You can find a lot of information about products that may have warnings against them at their respective sites, FDA (www.fda.gov) and FTC (www.ftc.gov) - just use their on site search facilities with the term ‘hair loss’ and you’ll see just how much information you can uncover (they are actually very good resources for general information about hair loss products). You can also log complaints with these organizations if you feel you have been the victim of a scam. One comforting fact is that as America is one of the biggest consumer blocs in the world, chances are that any product worth experimenting with is sure to be available in America. If it is, then it falls under the jurisdiction of the FDA. If the product doesn’t meet it’s advertising claims, then at least you have some recourse with the FDA.

What’s the easiest way to avoid being taken in by a scam? Knowledge. The more you know about the causes of hair loss, the more you’ll be able to identify a legitimate product when it comes along. The simple fact is that there is no complete cure for baldness or hair loss at this time, and given the known causes of hair loss there is unlikely to be one single ingredient that can cure hair loss. There are products that tackle DHT, and DHT is known to trigger hair loss, and that’s really about how far we have come. The Internet can be one of your most valuable tools when it comes to hair loss products and their claims. Remember, nearly 40% of men will suffer from hair loss at some point in their lives, so there is a good chance that someone, somewhere, has an opinion on the product you’re thinking of using. Good or bad, you’ll find plenty of opinions on the net and you should seek out as many of them before you part with your hard earned money.

Remember, if it seems to good to be true, especially when it comes to hair loss treatments, it probably is.