When it comes to hair loss, men seem to get all the attention, but the fact is that women 1 in 3 women will notice hair loss and struggle with loss of self-esteem because of it. In fact, women worry more about their appearance than they do about finances, their health, relationships, family and success.
At a recent Women’s Rogaine event in NYC, I had the opportunity to sit down with NYC-based board certified dermatologist Doris Day, MD. She explained how aging impacts the hair and scalp in the form of loss of color pigment, less moisture and oil production in the scalp, change in hair texture, less dense strands and inactive hair follicles. This combo can take a toll on your head of hair and the sooner you pay attention to it the better. She stresses that it’s easier to treat it early than to try to play catch-up later.
Hair loss can occur due to heredity, stress, medication, illness and more but there’s a lot you can do to improve the situation. Dr. Day believes that in the next 5 years there will be stem cell and hair cloning solutions for game-changing results but in the meantime in-office help in the form of cortisone and laser therapies can make a world of difference.
If you’re one of the many women who are experiencing hair loss talk to your dermatologist who can help you figure out the underlying cause of it and offer the solutions that are right for you. There’s also a lot you can do at home to help prevent further loss and make the most of what you’ve got:
GET STYLE SAVVY: Your stylist can help you have the appearance of fuller, thicker hair but while regular trims and avoiding hair extensions (which can pull on your natural strands and increase thinning) is good advice for all, when it comes to style solutions what works for one person’s head of thinning hair doesn’t necessarily work for all. Options include subtle yet strategic layers, a change in your part for added volume, bangs, and blunt ends.
TREAT YOUR HAIR RIGHT: Avoid brushing your hair, especially when wet. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb and work out the tangles at the bottom first before working your way up to the roots. You’ll also want to steer clear of tight braids, severe updos or other tightly pulled-back styles that cause repeated pressure on your strands. Instead, wear your hair loose or gently pulled back.
USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS:
- Rogaine for Women ($29 for a 2 month supply) is the solution for those suffering from hereditary loss or hair thinning. It works by stimulating the inactive or weakened hair follicles to lengthen their growth stage and increase the follicle size so that thinning strands actually grow in thicker as well. Dr. Day also likes it as “a preventative treatment to help maintain a thicker, healthier-looking head of hair.”
- Julien Farel Anti-Aging Haircare (starting at $23) utilizes the advanced technology of A2B (Anti-Aging Balance) to maintain hair and scalp health so it’s primed for re-growth that can thrive. The company likens it to a tree that grows new branches explaining that hair that is intensively nourished in this way ensures its health is maintained and protected against daily damage and hair loss.