Styling my hair is something I’ve always enjoyed doing. That was until I noticed my usually full hair becoming increasingly thinner. Although aware that it’s common to lose between 50 and 100 strands of hair each day, I found the amount of thinning I experienced to be quite alarming. But I’m not alone. As many as 60 percent of women will experience some type of hair loss in our lifetime. Fortunately, 8 in 10 women can experience regrowth if immediate action is taken. Here are some ways to effectively prevent or reverse hair loss and thinning.
Diet and Nutrition
Adequate iron intake is essential for growing and maintaining healthy hair. If you live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, or suffer from anemia, it’s important to make iron-rich foods a part of your daily diet. Eat foods that are high in iron, such as spinach, collard greens, kale, beans, liver, lean red meat, tofu, egg yolks and raisins.
Nothing increases blood flow and circulation to the scalp better than a great massage. And since many dermatologists believe regular scalp massages infuse nutrients into the hair follicles responsible for thinning hair, you have a great reason to spend several minutes daily making your scalp feel good. Apply a natural oil like coconut, vitamin E, argan or extra virgin olive oil to your hair, and use the pads of your fingertips to work the oil into your scalp.
Although most styling products typically cannot help you regrow hair, many can prevent breakage and thicken thinning hair. Look for products specifically formulated to help with thinning like Keranique Solution for Women. Keranique is also sulfate free which is great for reducing the stress on your hair follicles. You should also limit your use of heat styling tools which can impede hair growth and cause thermal damage.
Minoxidil is currently the only FDA-approved medication for treating hair loss in women. 2% minoxidil is specifically shown to work for women with thinning hair. Keranique carries a complete regrowth set, that features the Minoxidil solution. The system improves hair volume, texture and shine. Although Minoxidil is the most effective treatment for hair loss and thinning, it does have a downside. The medication must be taken twice daily for the rest of your life. If you discontinue use of Minoxidil, your hair will revert to the state it was in before you begin using it. Most women who use Minoxidil experience regrowth in about six months.
Although there are currently no FDA-approved prescription medications to treat hair loss in women, some doctors may prescribe Finasteride — a medication used to treat male pattern hair loss; most often sold under the brand names Propecia and Proscar. Since Finasteride is known to cause birth defects, it is generally only prescribed to postmenopausal women. Like Minoxidil, Finasteride must be taken every day for the rest of your life, and only regrows hair while you are taking it. A 30-day supply of Finasteride costs about $70, while a 90-day supply costs nearly $200.
If your hair loss is concentrated in a specific area, such as your hairline or crown, you may benefit from a hair transplant or laser treatment, as a last resort. Hair transplants can cost as much as $15,000, while the FDA-approved HairMaxLaserComb costs over $500.