The grey hair & hair loss industry generates worldwide annual revenues of several billion dollars but the vast majority of products, especially hair loss remedies promoted on the web, are a scam. If one grew a single hair with each remedy out there, they would fill the entire head. Useless rubbish is not only bad for the wallet, it also wastes valuable time while the hair loss continues. And needless to say it undermines the confidence of many sufferers in all treatments. The situation is less tricky in regards to grey hair products but caution is required here, too. A good thing about them is that time does not matter so much as the greying process, given that the currently available treatment options can not be, in most cases, halted or reversed. A bad grey hair product is only a waste of money and confidence.
Identifying the Hair Scam
The key to successful treatment is to find a suitable product. This task may not be so straightforward given the current level of hair fraud. Hence, the first step in separating the grain from the chaff is to identify 'snake oil', in order to avoid wasting your time and money. Besides conducting an in-depth internet research of user references, you will need to understand the role of the various active ingredients and examine each product's promotional campaign. This takes time but will spare you from a lot of frustration and disappointment.
Science vs Alchemy
Hair fraud is especially frequent among cosmetics products that are less well regulated than pharmaceuticals. Their promoters can make promises that pharmaceuticals producers would never dare to make. The science behind them is a kind of alchemy and this is particularly true in regards to natural remedies. Their marketers often prey on the consumer's fear of pharmaceutical drugs, exaggerating their potential side effects and exploiting their freedom from regulatory constraints. A typical approach is to identify substances that, due to their use in traditional folk medicine, could be considered as natural substitutes for proven medical drugs and mix up as many of them as possible to formulate a novel natural remedy.