It used to be that women who were beginning to experience hair loss were told to simply “deal with it,” and were offered few answers as to the cause or even a diagnosis of an actual medical issue that could be the cause of the problem. It is estimated that nearly 40 % of all women experience some hair loss by the time they reach 40, says the American Academy of Dermatology. Fortunately, there are now a number of options and alternatives for women experiencing hair loss as well medications and procedures that lead to hair restoration for women.
As with all medical conditions, some lifestyle changes may aid in helping with hair restoration for women. Eating a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables and whole grains assists in overall health and this is reflected in the vibrancy and sheen of the hair cuticles. Foods touted to be particularly helpful in protecting and nourishing hair include salmon because of its richness in omega-3 fatty acids; dark green vegetables for vitamins A and C; and beans and legumes for protein and biotin.
Starting with the most basic hair care products, there are now a number of shampoos and conditioners that are designed to help strengthen hair, lock in moisture and repair damage caused by styling techniques like hot irons and blow dryers. Hair is largely a protein called keratin and has 21 different amino acids in its makeup. Some recent research has indicated that adding some of these amino acids to hair products actually does repair hair by restoring amino acid balance.
Conditioners have always been designed to make hair smooth by smoothing the cuticles thus sealing the hair shaft and lessening breakage. Many firms are now adding skin care technology techniques to hair products. Just as with skin moisturizers, anti-aging ingredients like collagen and peptides can help as an aid to women’s hair restoration.
Just as for men, 2% minoxidil, which goes under the trade name Rogaine, has proven to be effective in re-growing hair when pattern baldness is the problem. Pattern baldness is hair loss that is centered around the temples and on the top of the head. Minoxidil is applied to the scalp and has few side effects, as the amount absorbed into the bloodstream is very small. It is necessary to continue to use minoxidil on a daily basis in order to continue to reap the benefits of hair growth. If the treatment is stopped, the growth will stop too.
A new product on the market that just received FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is called a laser comb. The approval was based upon a clinical trial of a comb that demonstrated its ability to stimulate hair growth in men. However, a professor of dermatology at Columbia University is on record as stating that the comb may actually work better in women.
Handheld laser combs are available online and they use infrared light to stimulate hair growth. It is not entirely clear exactly what makes this happen but FDA approval indicates that clinical studies under strict guidelines have demonstrated that this medical appliance safely accomplished its stated mission. Laser combs range in price from just over $100 up to well over $500.
Not all of the above options may achieve complete hair restoration for women but many offer promise and non-invasive options for slowing hair loss. Some even hold great promise for re-growing hair. It is well worth exploring these prior to looking into more costly and painful surgical restoration techniques.