It’s not just men who lose their hair. Women experience thinning and baldness, too. Before middle age, the most common causes of hair loss in women are over-styling, medications, or illness. Then, as a woman approaches menopause, she is likely to experience androgenic alopecia.
Androgenic alopecia, or female pattern baldness, happens when testosterone converts into DHT. This molecule affects hair follicles. The follicles shrink, producing finer strands, then none at all.
One of the easiest ways to prevent hair follicle failure is to begin using a DHT-blocker shampoo. These products have ingredients like saw palmetto and rosemary that naturally prevent DHT from doing damage.
In fact, many of the best shampoos for hair growth contain DHT-blocking components. Plus, they have biotin and moisturizers to support a healthy mane. But they rarely have sulfates which can dry out your scalp and locks.
If your hair loss is keeping you awake at night, why not try an over-the-counter medication like Minoxidil? You might know it better by the brand name, Rogaine. But be aware that once you start using it, you must continue. It’s not a one-time solution, but long-term maintenance against baldness. And it may take up to six months before you notice a difference.
Women who are not comfortable taking medication may prefer natural hair growth products. For example, studies show that low-level laser light stimulates recovery.
You can try brushing your hair with a laser comb or wearing a laser helmet for a few minutes each day. It’s not painful and has no side effects. But within a few months, you could see thicker, glossier hair.
Another option is to take vitamins or supplements that encourage hair growth. If you’re currently on medication, you’ll want to discuss this with your doctor to ensure that there’s no conflict.
In the end, the question of whether women need hair loss products is a personal one. You’ll have to ask yourself how much of an impact your hair’s appearance has on you. Then decide how much you’re willing to do to maintain or improve what you have.
To conclude, know that you have options to treat hair loss. The least expensive is to switch to a gentle shampoo and conditioner. Next, investigate supplements and vitamins, and consider topical treatments. Finally, although home use laser devices may initially seem expensive, they cost less than visits to a dermatologist.
No matter what you choose to do, it will take time (weeks to months) for your hair to recover. It might help you be more patient if you document the journey with photos. Then you can see how far your locks have come.