Can’t figure out a Father’s Day gift that doesn’t involve a tie or a “best Dad ever” mug? Perhaps it’s time to go the uber-useful route, and by useful, we mean giving your father some hair products that’ll combat thinning hair and provide him with new locks, locks his balding head didn’t know it could still will to fruition.

Thinning hair is a problem for men and women alike, but by age thirty-five, two-thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss, and by fifty 85% have significantly thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Association. We’ve done our fair share on hair growth products here at TIA, so we thought it best to compile a list of some products for men in time for Father’s Day!

Osmotics makes a thinning haircare line that they've formulated by working with cancer specialists. The result: FNS shampoo, ($24), conditioner ($26) and serum ($69), of which Marta liked that the shampoo and conditioner were chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants. Most notable were the laminaria cloustonii, a kelp that acts as an antioxidant and source of vitamin E, as well as C, niacin, and beta carotene. While her initial experience with the serum was underwhelming, her second go provided results - and she saw herself growing real hair, not just wisps! It may be kudos to the 18 amino acids all present in this serum, along with tetrahydrocurcumin, an antioxidant common in Osmotics products.

We've discussed emu oil's benefits before, but in the hair growing realm, once or twice just doesn't cut it. Because emu oil is very close to human sebum, the skin is easily able to absorb and process it. All the better, since this viscous liquid contains linolenic, linoleic, oleic and palmitic fatty acids, which have resulted in growth of thicker hair, a thickening of existing hair shafts, and a re-awakening of dormant ones. In one study, 80% of dormant hair follicles were woken up and began growing hair. Impressive, no?

For balding men, a prescription drug may be a good alternative. Finasteride is a pill that prevents hair loss by inhibiting dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Marta's husband was able to stop his balding in it's tracks with this one. Marta says he hasn't grown back hair at his hairline, but his existing hair has gotten thicker. This is consistent with clinical trials, which show that the drug is more effective for hair at the crown rather than the hairline. And only 14% of men treated with finasteride had further hair loss after 12 months of treatment, compared with 58% of placebo patients.

Copper peptides are also able to help with hair growth, which was discovered when hair follicles around treated wounds were exceptionally large. Hair Signals uses these copper peptides, which increase follicle size and decrease programmed follicle cell death. It also backs the copper peptides with a variety of ingredients thought to inhibit DHT, including tea extracts, saw palmetto oil and pygeum africanum.

Some food for thought:  New research from a Swedish team of researchers has shown that activation of the gene Lhx2 leads to increased hair growth. Leif Carlsson's research team showed that Lhx2 is functionally involved in the formation of hair; hair follicles in which Lhx2 has been inactivated cannot produce hair. It should be interesting to see how these findings are used to formulate new products or if there are certain ingredients that can somehow emulate this gene.

In the meantime, take on a growth product of your choosing this Father's Day, and cheers to a healthier head of hair!

Ingredients in FNS shampoo

Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel,Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben

Ingredients in FNS Conditioner

Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerine, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium E

Ingredients in FNS serum

Purified Water, SDA-40 Alcohol, Nylon-12, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, D-Biotin (Vitamin H), Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Folic Acid, Myo-Inositol, Nicotinic Acid (Niacinamide), Paba, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Alpha-Tocopherol Phosphate, Vitamin B12, L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine, Inorganic Salts, Tetrahydrocurcumin, Carbomer, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (Cinnulin PF®), Oleth-10, Sodium Bicarbonate, Bergamia Essential Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Oleth-10, Nisaplin, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine

Ingredients in Hair Signals Cream

Water, aloe vera gel, copper peptides (soy protein peptides and cupric chloride), octyl palmitate, squalane, crodamol PMP, stearic acid, PEG 100 strearate, glycerol monostearate cetyl alcohol, extra virgin olive oil, germaben II-E, tea extract, beta-sitosterol, saw palmetto oil, lavender oil, pygeum africanum, leucine, polysorbate 80, allantoin, vitamin E TPGS, retinyl palmitate, vitamin E isomers, tocotrienol isomers, coenzyme Q10, leutin, lycopene.