Our hair frames our face. Hair is one of our few physical characteristics we can voluntarily control, through hair length, style, and color. Our hairstyle is often a nonverbal expression of our personality. Male and female patterned hair loss affects 50% of men over 50 years of age and nearly 50% of women. Countless Internet sites and late night infomercials claim to have discovered a "miracle" cure for male and female pattern hair loss. Unfortunately, these "curse" are nonexistent and only serve to create cynicism and further stress for patients. Fortunately, there are safe, effective medications available to treat male and female pattern hair loss.