Hereditary hair loss affects both men and women and for females, hair loss is particularly distressing because it affects the way women look and consequently the way they feel about themselves. It is amazing to think that five million women in the UK suffer from hair loss and thinning, medically termed androgenic alopecia, when baldness is usually associated with men. Hereditary hair loss often starts gradually and will progress the longer it is left untreated and usually other family members tend to have a history of hair loss. Some women manage the situation through concealment by using hair extensions, magnetic fibres that stick to the scalp and resemble real hair but now it is possible to really ‘grow’ back your own hair.
Regaine for Women Regular Strength is a hair loss treatment specifically for women and is proven to help reverse hereditary hair loss in women between the ages of eighteen and sixty-five. Regaine for Women contains 2% Minoxidil which is the only ingredient proven to work in cases of hair loss. Minoxidil was first used in tablet form as a medicine to treat high blood pressure (hypertension). It was noted that patients being treated with Minoxidil experienced excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis) as a side effect of the medication. Further research showed that hair growth could also be stimulated by applying a solution of Minoxidil directly to the scalp. Minoxidil dilates the tiny blood vessels in the scalp thereby increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles and it is thought that this stimulates the hair growth.
Clinical trials demonstrate that Regaine for Women solution has helped stop further hair loss in four out of five cases and can regrow some hair in three out of five women within thirty-two weeks. Regaine is easy to use and should be used twice daily for a period of four months for best results. It can quickly become part of your morning and evening beauty routine. Two to six weeks after starting treatment, you may notice after using Regaine for 2-6 weeks that you lose more hair than you started. This is normal. you have started treatment that you are losing more hair than before you started treatment. This is completely normal and is a positive sign that the treatment is actually working. It is caused by your hair follicles changing from a dormant phase to an active growing phase; as new hair growth begins, your old hair is released and falls out.
Continue to use Regaine for Women Solution twice a day as directed and your thinning hair should stablise. Some women see results in as little as sixteen weeks but for other women, it can take longer as everyone is different. If you hair starts to re-grow, it will probably be soft, downy and barely visible. After continued treatment, this new hair should become the same colour and thickness as the rest of your hair. If you do not continue to use Regaine after the initial period of treatment, the hair that has re-grown may disappear after a few months causing further balding or hair loss.
Most women first notice hair loss around the centre parting and this may best be demonstrated with the following pictures; if your hair loss resembles the images shown below, then Regaine for Women may be a suitable product for you.
Seven causes of hair loss in women
One in four women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives and here are some of the reasons why:-
Hereditary influences are without doubt the most common cause of hair loss in women. Hereditary hair loss or female pattern hair loss is described clinically as Androgenetic Alopecia or AGA. This is an inherited condition which results in a reduction in the time that your hair spends actively growing. AGA causes the hair follicles to become smaller and slowly, over time, thinner lighter hair replaces your usual hair. The most prominent area that the hair is lost from is on the top of the head and along the centre parting.
Stress or a traumatic event can also cause temporary hair loss called Telogen Effluvium. The effects of stress can be to push a significant number of your hair follicles into a resting phase. In the case of sudden shock, hair loss may become noticeable one or two months later after the event. Stress-related hair loss does not have to be permanent. Your hair may grow back when you control your stress.
During pregnancy, the changes in hormone level can cause hair loss in some women. A fall in oestrogen levels may cause more hair follicles to go into the resting phase; this is known as post-partum alopecia. This type of hair loss is usually short lived. Some women experience an unusual amount of hair loss after preganacuy but this returns to normal after about six to twelve months.
Crash dieting can be another trigger for hair loss in women as it causes follicles to go into a resting phase. However lack of appropriate nutrition such as iron or protein in the diet can also cause hair loss in women. When dietary deficiencies are corrected, hair may grow back again over the course of several months.
- Alopecia Areata
This describes another type of non-hereditary hair loss which is caused by an autoimmune malfunction resulting in totally smooth round hairless patches on the scalp. This can occur quickly and can lead to total hair loss. You should consult your doctor if you begin to experience this type of hair loss and there is no history of hair loss within the family.
- Over styling
Braids, ponytails, cornrows and extensions can all pull on your hair, resulting in hair loss that can lead to a condition known as Traction Alopecia. Try and opt for hairstyles that put less tension on your hair in order to avoid permanent weakening of and damage to the hair.
- Thyroid Issues
Some women experience hair loss resulting from changes in their hormone levels. The thyroid gland regulates hormone levels and therefore some women with thyroid disorders can sometimes experience hair loss. Effective treatment for thyroid disorders should result in regrowth of the hair in the majority of cases.