Do Hair Growth Treatment for Women’s Thinning Hair Work?
If you are having a hair loss problem, you are not going to have a head full of lush black hair again but won’t you like to hang on to what you’ve got? Let us see if there is any hair growth treatment for women to stop thinning of hair, barring transplant. There are treatments by which you can slow down or stop thinning of hair and if you are lucky maybe grow back some hair you thought were gone forever.
Let us explore some medications, and see, what works and what not:
Minoxidil is the only over-the-counter medication for hair loss that is approved for use by both men and women by top medical bodies. While Minoxidil does not rescue a receding hairline, it does stimulate hair growth, the reason behind which is unknown.
Minoxidil is available by the brand name of Rogaine or Theroxidil and in its generic form. The product is sold as a liquid or foam in two strengths—2% and 5%.
Finasteride stops the body to generate the hormone, which is at the root of male pattern baldness, dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride is available under the brand name Propecia. It is handy, which can be deduced from the result it shows. It slows or stops hair loss in 90% of the individuals using it. Again, about two-thirds of the individuals that use Finasteride also regrow some hair.
Finasteride is a pill that is very easy to use. You usually take the pill once a day, but the intake is dependent upon recommendation by your dermatologist. He/she may recommend using Finasteride with Minoxidil.
Like minoxidil, Finasteride does not cure hair loss. Thus, if you stop taking the pill, you lose hair again. Finasteride has some major side effects like it can cause erectile dysfunction and other such side effects. The side effects likely clear out as you stop taking it.
Apart from Minoxidil and Finasteride, there are other hair growth treatments for women too. You can use laser combs, caps, brushes, hoods etc. to stop hair loss. It is maintained that as hair follicles absorb laser light, it stimulates the hair follicles to grow. Still, there is no evidence that these tools prevent balding or restore hair.