For most women hair loss isn’t about going bald, it’s about thinning lifeless hair. There are lots of hair care products on the shelves promising to give women the volume and thickness they want but if you’re finding more hairs in your brush or running your fingers through thinner hair than you once had, it may be hair loss that you’re actually dealing with.
Hair loss is not limited to middle-aged men – look around and you’ll notice more and more women are experiencing thinning hair. In fact, up to 50 percent of women will be affected by hair loss by the age of 50 but many women don’t acknowledge it’s happening to them until it’s too late. It’s important to acknowledge female hair loss when it begins so it can be addressed early, comfortably and successfully.
Female hair loss differs from male hair loss in that it very rarely leads to baldness but rather results in overall thinning all over the scalp. Despite this difference, both male and female pattern hair loss are caused by the same thing. We think of testosterone as a male sex hormone, but women also produce it and when it comes into contact with an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase it converts to dihydrotestosterone. Hereditary hair loss is the result of a follicular sensitivity to DHT which causes genetically predisposed hair follicles to shrink and gradually, stop producing hair.
Propecia is the most effective hair loss solution as it stops the formation of DHT on the scalp but unfortunately the current formulation is not yet safe for women’s use yet as it can cause birth defects in male fetuses. Minoxidil is the only FDA approved medication that has been clinically and scientifically proven to treat hair loss on women. It is a circulation stimulant and encourages hair regrowth often producing excellent results but the effective treatment of female hair loss requires a combined approach, since DHT-blocking Propecia is out of the question, to stop and reverse female hair loss.
Treatment results are often far superior when aided by a HairMax Laser Comb – the only FDA ‘cleared’ drug-free alternative hair loss treatment clinically and scientifically proven to encourage hair growth – along with other hair loss products such as specially developed shampoos and conditioners and hair supplements. Hair Vitalics in particular is a specially formulated supplement containing a product that helps to block DHT as well as a number of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to ensure strong hair and healthy hair growth goes hand in hand with hair loss prevention.