FOR MANY WOMEN, hair loss is hard on the psyche. “Our hair is like an accessory, it’s our crown. It’s so tied to society’s perception of beauty. So when you lose hair, it’s devastating,” said New York dermatologist Marie Hayag. “Of all the medical conditions I see in my office, hair loss, especially in women, causes the most tears.”
Before you max out your credit card on the dodgy “quick fixes” constantly advertised on Instagram, get to the root of what could be causing your hair loss, says Bridgette Hill, Palm Beach-certified trichologist and founder of Root Cause Scalp Analysis. , a virtual service specializing in hair and scalp problems. Common culprits: “It could be genetics, lifestyle, diet, medications, stress or hormonal imbalances. It could be a multitude of things and a combination of those things. That’s what makes [treating thinning hair] so difficult,” Ms. Hill said. But with the right treatment (or a combination of remedies), increased fullness is possible, she said. Just keep in mind that patience is required. “To see any changes, you may need a minimum of 90 days,” Ms Hill said. Here, experts suggest three ways to help boost volume.
go under the needle
If you’re not squeamish, injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) might be worth a shot. A dermatologist draws your blood and separates the platelet-rich plasma, which is made up of proteins that can stimulate hair growth. Plasma is injected into the scalp wherever there is hair loss. “It’s what we call regenerative medicine,” Dr. Hayag said. “Most people need three treatments spaced about a month apart. [to notice results]. After that, I bring them in every six months or so for maintenance,” she said. The price of PRP varies from city to city, but it usually costs up to $1,000 per treatment.
Ms Hill is a fan of Virtue Flourish’s herbal hair rejuvenation treatment. The kit includes shampoo and conditioner for thinning hair, designed to be used every time you wash. It also contains a drug-free serum spray for daily use that infuses the scalp with nutrients to help fragile new hair thrive. The product addresses “what’s happening at the follicular level while strengthening new hair,” Ms Hill said. $55, VirtueFlourish.com
FDA-approved minoxidil is the key ingredient in Women’s Rogaine Foam. “It increases blood flow to hair follicles and stimulates growth. I love it after PRP,” which does something similar, Dr. Hayag said. Although the drug is generally effective, it may not be suitable for all hair routines. You’re supposed to use Minoxidil on the scalp every day for three to six months, which can be tedious, Dr. Hayag explained. “I try to get patients to do it after work rather than in the morning, to avoid messing up their hairstyle.” It’s an adjustment that could yield great rewards: less loss and more compliments. Women’s Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, $110 for a four month supply, Amazon.co.uk
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