The History of Hair Loss Treatments: Finasteride, Minoxidil & Natural Treatments

The History of Hair Loss Treatments: Finasteride, Minoxidil & Natural Treatments

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So if you’re losing you hair in 2020, the good news is, there’s probably never been a better time to be going bald. The treatment options out there today would seem like science fiction a mere 100 hundred years. Hell guys, even 40 years ago, if you were diagnosed with male pattern baldness, that was it. There was nothing you could do but live with it or get a hairpiece.

How things have changed today. From hair transplants to medical and natural treatments, there are loads of options. In this video I’ll be telling you all about how we got here. The story of how the field of hair loss treatment started out, and all the major developments that brought us where we are now. In the end we’ll make an assessment of the progress made, and see what the future might hold.

You’re gonna love today’s video – stay tuned.

0:38 – Intro
1:12 – The beginnings of hair loss treatments
2:51 – Discovery of hair growth cycle
4:42 – First ever hair transplant
6:36 – Loniten
8:58 – Follicular Unit discovery
11:40 – Advent of FUE
12:35 – More about minoxidil
13:31 – Origins of Finasteride
18:30 – The arrival of internet
22:11 – Where does science of hair loss stand today?

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And let’s get straight into it.

Guys hair loss has been a problem for men, since, well, there were men. So unsurprisingly, we find all sorts of bizarre hair loss treatments in ancient texts.

The ancient Egyptians, for example famously applied a concoction made of various animal fats on the scalp. The fats came from crocodiles, hippopotami and snakes.
We don’t have any records as to how well the treatment worked out for them, but it’s not difficult to guess.

Now one of the most famous men in history to suffer from pattern hair loss was the father of medicine himself, the ancient Greek Hippocrates.

Hippocrates tried various formulas to stave off his hair loss. One included a blend of opium, horseradish, beetroot, various spices, and pigeons droppings. Yes, you heard that right, pigeon droppings.

While his hair loss formulas left a lot to be desired, we can credit Hippocrates with one very insightful observation. You can say that this single observation laid the foundation for all modern hair loss science.

Hippocrates noticed that eunuchs, men who had been castrated, never went bald. The And he came to this realization while observing the eunuchs of the Persian king, who were responsible for guarding his harem.

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Disclaimer

This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.