Millions Of Men Worldwide Treat Hair Loss. Here’s How.



When it comes to hair loss, it’s important to know you’re not alone. Which you’re really, really not. 

Quite the opposite in fact. 50% of men will have experienced Male Pattern Baldness – the most common type of hair loss – by the time they reach 50. That’s millions and millions of people. Feel better now?

What’s more, of those millions of men a huge number are able to successfully treat their hair loss using a couple of trusted medications: Finasteride and Minoxidil, two treatments medically-proven to slow hair loss and in many cases encourage new growth. When used together they are effective in as many as 90% of cases.

At Manual, we only recommend tried and tested treatments. Like any good relationship, trust is everything. Fortunately, both Finasteride and Minoxidil have the backing of medical science and the popular support of millions of men worldwide. Here’s why…

How do they work?

In 95% of cases, hair loss is caused by Male Pattern Baldness. MPB occurs when the body starts producing a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, during and after puberty. We need DHT to encourage muscle mass and deepen our voices, but in a lot of men it has the knock-on effect of weakening their hair follicles, leading to hair loss.

Finasteride is a pill that works by blocking the production of DHT in the first place, reducing the amount in the scalp by as much as 60%. This gives your hair follicles the breathing space it needs to get back to growing hair. Studies have shown 9 in 10 men enjoy its benefits after consistent use.

Minoxidil, a topical lotion, works differently to Finasteride but to the same end. Rather than blocking DHT, it widens the blood vessels in the scalp, allowing them to carry more oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. When used alone it’s not quite as effective as Finasteride, promoting growth in closer to two-thirds of men who use it in the long-term.

When used together, they are a dream team: stopping MPB in its tracks and giving your hair follicles the support they need to deliver the goods.

How popular are they?

A quick internet search of available hair loss treatments should give you an idea of how popular Finasteride and Minoxidil are. Under a variety of different names and brands – all versions of the same treatment – they dominate the market. And for good reason. They are the only two FDA-approved treatments available, and the only two with a wealth of scientific research backing them up.

Some estimates figure Finasteride has been prescribed to a colossal 30 million men. That’s more than the population of Nepal. Minoxidil is just as popular. As the only FDA-approved topical treatment for hair loss – and one that doesn’t require a prescription – it’s over-the-counter sales are enormous. It’s global worth is expected to reach $1.2 billion by 2024!

Why are they so popular? 

There’s a simple reason these two treatments are so popular.

After centuries of grappling with how to treat hair loss – relying on everything from wigs to egg masks – Finasteride and Minoxidil are the first two medically-verifiable treatments for baldness. This means men no longer have to worry about hair transplants or laser surgery. Instead they can treat hair loss with a daily pill and a topical lotion, prescribed online and delivered discreetly to their homes by Manual.

And they can do so safe in the knowledge that there is an incredibly high chance both treatments will work. When used together, Finasteride and Minoxidil are effective in 90% of cases.

Losing your hair can be a strange and isolating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you decide to stick with the bald look or take matters into your own hands with a trusted treatment, never forget there are millions of men having the exact same conversation every day. Together, we got this.


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