If it’s too good to be true…
Your Dad always told you: “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
But Dad never had to contend with a dizzying array of infomercials, faux medical research and trumped up claims of effectiveness touted by today’s hair products and cures. To help you weed through hair restoration product claims, we recommend you ask the following four questions before you buy:
1: Is the product FDA approved? FDA approval assures you that both product effectiveness and product safety have been rigorously investigated in clinical trials and these trials and evidence have been reviewed by the FDA as well. Products not FDA approved can only offer dubious claims of scientific rigor.
2: Is a medical examination recommended before use of the product? While inherited tendency for hair loss is the most common cause of baldness, there are other causes that may require medical treatment prior to hair restoration. Be skeptical of a product claim that says you can use the product without medical supervision. Doing so may skip an important step crucial to your overall health.
3: Does the product advertising or packaging discuss side effects? Most medications have some side effects. Granted, many of these are minor but it’s best to know beforehand whether a side effect is significant to you and your health. FDA-approved medications must list known side effects of the product. If the packaging or advertising does not fully disclose these, you have a right to be skeptical.
4: Is the product really just a hair thickener? Most products are capable of making temporary chemical changes in hair that thicken each hair strand and create an effect of a fuller head of hair. Hair thickeners do not slow the progression of hair loss and do not stimulate hair growth, but they may produce a temporary cosmetic improvement in thinning hair. An ISHRS physician can counsel you on the use of hair thickeners and whether those products are right for you.
What is the most outrageous claim you have seen on a hair product advertising or packaging?