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Answers to Top Five Thinning Hair Questions

Hair thinning is one topic that fills many women with dread. No one wants to be confronted with the idea of losing their hair, but in reality, many women develop symptoms of thinning during their lives. The problem is so widespread that I seem to receive more questions about hair loss and hair regrowth and thickening than nearly any other topic. Today, I want to provide answers to five questions that I received from readers regarding hair care for thinning.

1. I used to have thick, beautiful hair but now that I’m menopausal, it’s thinning. Why is this happening?

While hair-thinning problems can strike women of any age, menopause is one of the most common causes of hair loss in women. During menopause, the levels of your female sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone fall sharply, and the amount of androgens or male sex hormones in your body, like testosterone, start to rise.  For many women, testosterone has a negative effect upon the hair follicles, causing them to shrink. This makes the openings on the follicles narrow and the hairs that emerge from them less thick. As a result, you notice thinning on the scalp. If you’re experiencing hair thinning during menopause, talk to your doctor. Estrogen therapies, natural remedies or hair and scalp treatments may be able to improve the thickness and fullness of your hair.

2. What can I do to stop my hair loss? Is there any chance of re-growing what I have lost?

Yes, there are treatments available to help you slow down hair loss and possibly regrow your hair. There seems to be an endless array of topical hair care products on the market for treating female pattern baldness and other types of hair loss in women, but it’s important to note that of these, only minoxidil products like women’s Rogaine are FDA approved as medicinal hair loss treatments. Rogaine contains minoxidil, a medication that disrupts the effects of testosterone upon the hair follicles and allows them to widen. As a result, hairs can grow thicker on the scalp and regrow in areas that were previously bare. When selecting Rogaine products, be sure to choose one that is made especially for women like the Women’s Rogaine Hair Regrowth Treatment Topical Solution 3 Pack Unscented. Using a men’s Rogaine product is not recommended for women due to differences in the minoxidil dosage requirements.

3. I just started using Rogaine but is there a product that will make my hair look thicker today?

Women’s Rogaine does take several weeks to begin producing results, but you definitely can improve the look of your hair in the meantime. The Jan Marini Skin Research collection features products that help to improve hair’s thickness through a proprietary peptide blend. These peptides stimulate the scalp and add broadness to the hair strands, making them appear thicker. My favorite formula in the collection is the Jan Marini Hair Revitalizing Conditioner, which is clinically shown to visibly improve the thickness of the hair within as little as 2 weeks. By using a product like this, you can start to cosmetically improve the thickness of your hair while waiting for Rogaine to begin to encourage new growth.

4. I tried minoxidil but it makes my scalp itchy and scaly. Is there something else I can try?

Scalp irritation is a side effect of minoxidil that makes some women unable to continue treatment. If you’re among them, a HairMax LaserComb may be beneficial. HairMax products are FDA-approved for use by both men and women and use laser light to stimulate the hair follicles. For some women, this stimulation results in the growth of hair in areas of thinning on the scalp. In clinical studies, HairMax combs were shown to produce noticeable results for 90 percent of users within 3 to 4 months.  The basic model in the collection is the HairMax LaserComb Advanced 7, which is the most affordable way to get the benefits of the laser comb. You may also opt for the HairMax LaserComb Lux 9, which uses the same laser system, but has enhanced features like a digital display that tells you the amount of time remaining in your treatment.

5. I expected to lose some hair over the years but my eye lashes have also thinned. Is this normal? What can I do about it?

Unfortunately, thinning of the eyelashes is a common problem among women and occurs for many of the same reasons as scalp thinning. It’s not safe to use products like Rogaine on the eyelashes, so it is imperative to look for formulas that are designed for the eye area. Jan Marini makes a solution that uses a peptide complex similar to the one I previously discussed in this post. Called Jan Marini Skin Research Marini Lash, the formula is clinically shown to enhance the thickness of the eyelashes without the use of side effect-causing prostaglandins, which are found in some lash products. The product is available in both the regular size and the Jan Marini Marini Lash – Small. Another option is the RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, a topical solution that uses botanicals to moisturize the lashes and peptides to add strength and even potentially lessen the chance of the early fallout of lashes that haven’t quite possibly reached their resultant end.

I always love receiving questions from readers, so keep them coming ladies! I’ll be glad to answer anything on beauty and health related topics, including hair thinning, hair regrowth and general hair health.

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