If you’ve ever been in the shower washing your hair and noticed globs out of it coming out, you’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 3 women will experience hereditary hair loss in their lifetime, and it can start as early as your 20s. Most of us lose between 50-100 hairs a day, which is considered normal. However, consistent loss of 150 or more hairs a day is considered excessive. In addition to your genetics, hair loss and thinning can be caused by multiple factors including aging, stress, hormones, heat tools, bleaching/highlighting, and poor nutrition.
“Thinning hair doesn’t have a single source or cause,” explained Jill Crosby, celebrity hairstylist and Women’s ROGAINE® brand ambassador, “I suggest looking into your lifestyle to answer some of the obvious reasons why you may be experiencing loss, such as stress, diet, illness, lack of exercise etc. Also, talking with a dermatologist and/or a stylist to get an opinion from a professional source can always help.”
If you have noticed your hair is thinning significantly, it’s best to check in with your physician to see if it’s caused by an underlying health problem. Once you’ve ruled out a serious medical condition, and you’ve confirmed that your hair loss is caused by hereditary, it’s time to get started on both temporary and long term treatments.
Minoxidil / Women’s ROGAINE® Foam
One proven, effective product for visible hair growth is Women’s ROGAINE® Foam. It’s the first and only FDA-approved once-a-day treatment with 5% minoxidil proven to regrow hair in 81%* of women with new hairs growing up to 48%** thicker than previously. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is non-drippy, easy to apply to dry or damp hair, and you only need to use it once a day. It’s also safe for chemically processed or color-treated hair and it can be used along with your favorite styling products.
Unlike topical hair thickeners which are temporary, Women’s ROGAINE® Foam actually helps prevent further thinning by regrowing thicker hair, so you’re treating the source of the problem, not masking it. Most women start to see regrowth of hair in as little as 12 weeks, with visible results in 24 weeks. With over 25 years of proven results and multiple clinical trials, ROGAINE® brand is the #1 dermatologist-recommended product for hair loss, so you know you’re getting an effective product.
*Results based on a 6 month clinical study of once daily use of Women’s ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol
The best defense against hair loss is both topical treatments and inner nutrition. In addition to using Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, we recommend taking a hair growth supplement that contains Biotin, Zinc, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin A. These nutrients have long been used to help strengthen hair, skin, and nails from the inside out. Your diet is also important, so cutting out refined sugars, fast food, and other junk food is vital for maximizing hair growth.
Topical Thickening Products
There are plenty of topical thickening products that can help add temporary volume to your hair, but more is actually less -you don’t want to weigh your hair down. Jill Crosby also shares our sentiments of keeping it simple: “I feel like women tend to try too many products to answer their hair care needs. Keep things simple with a good shampoo and conditioner which are low in chemicals and be careful with styling tools.” Opt for a shampoo and conditioner that is labeled as “volumizing.” By using appropriate thickening cleansing and conditioning products you will give your hair a layer of volume. Next, skip the serums or creams and go straight for a powder product like Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder. Powder products are way more effective and will not weigh your hair down like cream, gel, or serum volumizing products. They do the best job to help thicken the hair, pump up the roots, and soak up excess oil.
Avoid Heat Tools
Heat tools tend to damage and thin the hair out, so it’s best to avoid them as much as possible. Instead, allow your hair to air dry and if you want to add curls or texture, put your hair in a loose braid before going to bed while it’s still wet. By morning, you’ll have gorgeous, beachy waves without the damage of heat tools.
Deposit-Only Color & Glosses
“Winter is a great time to let your hair color rest a bit , meaning maybe not as many highlights,” recommends Jill. And if your hair is thinning, it’s best to avoid lifting color, highlighting or bleaching your hair all together. Instead, use a deposit-only color or gloss, which adds color and volume to the hair without stripping it. Deposit-only colors and glosses are great because they actually help fill the cuticle, cutting down frizz while making your hair thicker for up to 6 weeks.
Overnight treatments are also a great way to help the thickness and health of your hair. And, you don’t even need to go out and buy expensive products to get a deep treatment. You can use various kitchen products like avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and even mayonnaise! For more DIY hair masks, check out our article here: 7 Super Healing Homemade Hair Masks For Damaged Hair.
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