If Latisse Can Re-Grow Hair, Why Aren’t Bald Men Rubbing It All Over Their Heads?

K. Mathews on 20 Dec 2013 at 8:00am

Latisse thinning hair

If Latisse can help grow eyelashes, can it grow hair on top of my head, too? That’s a question several individuals have posed to the RealSelf doctors. And it’s no wonder: with an 85% Worth It Rating, Latisse has proven its ability to grow longer, thicker eyelashes. Unfortunately, the doctors don’t recommend putting it on your scalp… yet.

Even though Latisse is only approved for use on eyelashes, many patients have used it to grow fuller eyebrows. A number of doctors report success in that area. “In my patients… off-label use of Latisse for eyebrow hair has been quite effective,” reports Dr. Mitchell Schwartz.

So why can’t it grow hair on the head, too? “It certainly will not grow hair on the scalp of someone who is profoundly bald, because it requires the presence of a hair follicle,” explains Dr. Theda C. Kontis. “If hair is thinning, it may make it thicker, darker, and longer, but may not prevent the hair from falling out.” 

Latisse eyebrows

Furthermore it would be an expensive experiment for someone frustrated with hair loss. A bottle of Latisse contains about 100 drops costs around $100, as oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Nancy Swartz points out. Though that amount lasts a while when applied to the eyelashes, “it would not last very long using it on your entire scalp.”

In other words, even if it did improve your hair, it would be a high cost toupee… I mean, to pay. 

That doesn’t mean Latisse couldn’t become a solution for hair loss down the road.

Further research with Latisse appears to be in the works. “While there is no medication which works similar to Latisse for scalp hair loss, Allergan (the maker of Latisse) is conducting clinical trials using Latisse for scalp hair growth,” assures Dr. D.J. Verret.

In the meantime, however, your best bet is to try one of methods suggested in 5 Ways to Get More Hair

Have you tried Latisse? How has it worked on your lashes/brows? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Flickr user malehmann; Margaret weiss, MD