What Can I Do About My Thinning Hair?
If you're a man or woman who is experiencing hair loss it can be devastating. The first step to increasing hair retention, growing thicker, fuller, healthier hair, and improving your self esteem is understanding causes for the hair loss and the solutions available.
Many products have been created to help you fight hair loss and thinning, but which ones actually work?
Why Does The Hair Thin?
There are several reasons you may experience hair loss. Stress and medications are two factors that may cause temporary hair loss but the most common factors for permanent hair loss are the aging process and DHT. As we age our bodies circulation naturally slows reducing the blood flow in our system therefore reducing blood circulation in the scalp. DHT, or Dihydrotestosterone, is a naturally occurring byproduct of testosterone in the body. The body converts some of the testosterone into DHT which can affect the function of the hair follicle.
Over time, excess DHT impedes the hair growth within the follicle causing slower growth, thinner strands within the follicle, and eventually blocking the growth altogether.
What Can You Do To Help Regrow Hair?
Much research has gone into figuring out exactly how to thicken and regrow the hair. While there is no shortage of products on the market claiming to thicken the hair, thickening shampoos and volumizing styling products can provide a temporary increase in the look and feel of your hair but these are only cosmetics not treatments and can actually leave a coating on the hair or scalp.
The truth of the matter is that only FDA approved solutions are scientifically proven to work for true long term results.
When purchasing a product to treat your male or female pattern baldness, you need to use a treatment containing Minoxidil. Minoxidil is the leading FDA approved treatment for thinning hair. Minoxidil is a vasodilator, meaning it widens the blood vessels allowing more oxygen rich blood flow to the hair follicles to stimulate hair growth. Minoxidil also helps increase and restore the size of the hair follicles resulting in thicker hairs when it does grow. While Minoxidil cannot reduce the DHT production it can reduce the effects it has on your hair follicle. Regular use of
Minoxidil results in a thicker, denser head of hair.
How Is Minoxidil Used?
Minoxidil is designed to be used as part of your daily routine. Minoxidil is a topical solution which is applied and massaged directly into the scalp after shampooing.
The product is not rinsed, and you proceed with your styling routine. You can typically expect to begin to see results after approximately one month of use (normal hair growth rate is only about ½” per month) so consistency is the key to its use.