Brand Name vs. Generic Hair Loss Products

One question that a lot of people seem to have regarding hair loss products has to do with the idea of buying a brand name versus generic product.  There are many different treatment methods out on the market today that go by familiar brand names such as Rogaine and, similarly, there are many products that go by names that are less familiar. Are generic products that contain the same ingredients as the brand name products actually useful?

For the most part, people tend to go with the brand name over the generic product since it is something they have heard of. However, the problem is compounded by the fact that the generic product is almost always going to be less expensive than the brand name product.  Because it is less expensive and contains the same ingredients, many people feel safe in getting the generic products and saving a little money in the process.

There are two schools of thought in this debate, and the first of those is the science front.  In the science front, buying generic hair loss products is not really different from buying their brand name counterparts.  Consider what you purchase for headaches.  Tylenol is a brand name, while acetaminophen is the ingredient that actually does the trick.  If you were to purchase a generic acetaminophen drug that was cheaper than Tylenol, you would have purchased a drug that had the same ingredients, but did not have the brand name attached to it.  That was why you got the drug cheaper, and at the end of the day, it will really be the same drug.  Taking that analogy back to the realm of treatment methods for hair loss will make you realize that from the scientific point of view, the ingredient will work regardless of the name it happens to be sold under.

That having been said however, hair loss products are not only beholden to the science front, they are also beholden to the practical front.  Purchasing a hair loss treatment involves a fair amount of practicality in order to determine which one is best for you at that particular time and from a practical point of view there might be problems with making this particular purchase.

Brand names in products to end hair loss are like brand names anywhere else.  When you purchase the brand, you also purchase support, refunds and replacements along with the brand and you can feel safe and secure in those deals because you know the brand is trustworthy.  With generic hair loss products, on the other hand, you really know nothing about the brand.  This is why purchasing generic products can seem good from a science standpoint, but has problems from a practical standpoint.  Depending on the type of person you are, this could be a concern noted and promptly ignored or it could make you seriously stop and think about whether generic hair loss products are worth it.  You do save money on the purchase however, so the final decision as to whether you want to take that trade-off is really up to you.

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