Women and Hair Loss
As a kid I thought that only men went bald. At the same time, I was certainly aware that my great aunts and grandmother wore wigs to the holiday dinners. It wasn’t until later that I put two and two together. Yes, women do experience hair thinning and in fact, it’s quite common.
While there are numerous medical reasons that may explain hair loss in women, the most common source is genetics. Genetic hair loss, which can be passed down from the mother or father, usually involves overall thinning that’s most noticeable at the crown.
I certainly shouldn’t have been surprised to see my mother start to experience serious hair-thinning in her 50s but it was still alarming since it was a reminder of what I will be facing myself one day. It’s too bad that my grandmother and her sisters were never able to benefit from recent advances in hair restoration. My mother is still young enough to have hope.
After enjoying a huge success from its men’s treatment, Rogaine recognized a new and eager audience when it launched Rogaine for Women. All Rogaine products contain FDA-approved minoxidil. The women’s version just contains a lower strength. Although the men’s product states that women should not use it, I have heard that it’s safe for women. They just need to keep it away from their faces so as not to experience facial hair growth.
My mother did try Rogaine for her hair loss but could not tolerate the strong chemical component. After suffering with scalp irritations, she abandoned the product. While minoxidil has worked wonders for many, those with sensitive skin often experience burning, stinging and rashes.
She then tried Nioxin, a natural hair revitalizer. I have had hair stylists recommend the Nioxin line to me for my fine hair. Although my mother didn’t experience any scalp irritations and thought the whole line of hair products was pleasant, she didn’t see much of a change and didn’t feel it was worth the heavy price tag.
Then a few months ago I managed to acquire a bottle of Jan Marini Age Intervention Hair Revitalizing Conditioner. This is from the same line as the very successful Age Intervention Eyelash Conditioner that Karen has talked about. After about three months, my mother has tufts of new hair and her crown is beginning to fill in. Although she’s far from having a full, lush head of hair, there’s a definite difference and it is very encouraging.
I really need some reader input on this one. I know there are quite a few hair-loss products out there so please share you experience if you have tried any. Also, has anyone tried other forms of hair restoration?