Have you seen more scalp than the hair on some parts of your head when looking in the mirror lately? You are not alone. Hair loss is a common concern faced by many women today. According to the American Hair Loss Association, the female population accounts for 40% of those suffering from hair loss, with almost half of all women experiencing some form of hair loss by the time they hit their fifties.
Hair loss is a much bigger problem for women than it is for men because hair is one of many symbols of femininity and attractiveness. Ask any woman how they feel about their hair, and you will realize how much it matters in making them feel confident.
Fortunately, if you are experiencing hair loss, there are several effective treatments out there to stop hair loss and encourage stronger and thicker hair growth. In this article, we will look at nine of the best hair loss treatments for women.
1. Shampoos and Conditioners Designed for Hair Loss
If you have just started experiencing hair fall, the first thing you should do is invest in a shampoo and conditioner designed to treat the condition. While shampoos cannot lead to regrowth, a good shampoo will decrease hair fall and make your hair look thicker and fuller.
If you have a dry and itchy scalp, you need to eliminate dryness as it increases hair fall. Moisturizing shampoos enriched with natural oils and protein are a good option as they reduce dryness and make your hair stronger.
2. Serums for the Scalp
Serums can improve the overall health of your scalp by providing it with the nutrients it needs for the growth of healthy hair. Loaded with rich ingredients such as keratin, biotin, and vitamins, serums are designed to treat hair by strengthening hair follicles. They are easy to use too — just massage onto your scalp and wash off with shampoo after a while. With a good serum, you should be able to see results within a few weeks.
3. Hair Building Fiber
If your scalp is visible in some areas, hair building fibers are a great way to temporarily cover it up. Available in a variety of shades, you are sure to find one that matches your hair color. The keratin-based fibers blend effortlessly with your hair, giving your mane a much thicker look. All you must do is spray it close to your roots wherever you need more volume and voila!
4. Derma Rollers
These handy devices improve the blood circulation of the hair follicles and stimulate the skin’s regeneration process. You need to use it on areas where the hair is thinning — use the roller from the front of your head to the back, focusing on one area at a time and repeating the process a few times. For best results, you can apply a good serum or minoxidil prior to it absorbing into your scalp.
Research shows that this drug stimulates hair growth when used on the scalp, which is why the FDA has approved a 2% and 5% minoxidil over-the-counter solution as a treatment for hair loss.
While minoxidil does lead to new growth, it takes longer to produce results — you are likely to feel the difference only after two to three months. Thus, it is a good idea to use it for a year to decide if it is working for you. Continuing the treatment is necessary, as stopping it can reverse results and lead to continued hair loss.
6. Hair Supplements
With our busy lifestyles, a lot of us do not have the time to ensure our diet is packed with all the protein, iron, and vitamins our body (and hair) needs. So, if your hair isn’t getting all the right nutrients, how can you expect it to grow? Supplements are enriched with iron, zinc, protein, and many other powerful nutrients your hair needs. Biotin is a particularly useful ingredient to look for as it helps extract nutrients from the food we eat, thereby assisting in various bodily functions, including hair growth. Just make sure to consult with your dermatologist before taking any supplements.
7. Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
This treatment involves extracting a person’s blood and processing it to separate the different components. The platelets are then removed from the blood and injected on areas where there is significant hair thinning. These platelets encourage hair to grow. Only a small amount of blood is needed – the same amount you would give for a blood test. However, the treatment does take around 4-6 sessions spread over six months.
We checked out Regrow Hair Centre and found that although PRP therapy is a comparatively new treatment for hair loss, studies show that it produces spectacular results.
8. Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is useful in treating certain medical conditions, but it’s also an excellent treatment option for hair loss as well. The FDA has approved laser helmets, combs, and other related products as a safe way of treating hair loss. These devices emit low-level lasers that stimulate cells to increase their activity, promoting hair growth. They also work to reduce the effect of a hormone referred to as Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes thinning of hair.
Although laser therapy is a little on the expensive side, it has proven to be useful in making hair look thicker and voluminous.
9. Hair Transplants
As one of the oldest procedures for treating hair loss, a hair transplant involves using a patch of scalp from the fuller part of your head to fill in a spot with little hair or baldness. First, the patch is divided into tiny portions and then planted so that small clusters of hair begin to grow by themselves, making the growth seem natural, instead of a full-blown new look.
Hair transplants, however, can only work if you have just a few bald spots. If your hair is thinning all over, the treatment may not be a viable option as the procedure is a bit heavy on the pocket.
The key to treating hair loss is to begin as early as possible. A lot of women make the mistake of waiting until it gets serious before they act. By then, the damage is already done, and often difficult to reverse. Consult a professional on which treatment will work best for you and flaunt your beautiful hair!
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