Male pattern baldness is a hereditary condition and is the most common cause of male baldness. It can start as early as puberty or develop much later in life. It often occurs gradually and in predictable patterns, affecting the temples and the front of the middle of the scalp.
The American Hair Loss Association recognizes that hair loss is an extremely emotionally distressing disease that can make those afflicted particularly vulnerable. For this reason, The AHLA recommends against purchasing any hair loss product that is not approved by the FDA or recommended by The American Hair Loss Association.
in clinical studies of mostly white women aged 18-45 years with mild to moderate degrees of hair loss, the following response to minoxidil topical solution 2% was reported: 19% of women reported moderate hair regrowth after using minoxidil topical solution 2% for 8 months (19% had moderate regrowth; 40% had minimal regrowth). This compares with 7% of women reporting moderate hair regrowth after using the placebo, the liquid without minoxidil in it, for 8 months (7% had moderate regrowth; 33% had minimal regrowth).
Platelet rich plasma obtained from the processed whole blood of male patients with pattern hair loss and then reinjected into their own scalp has been suggested as an adjuvant treatment. The efficacy of this form of therapy is currently under investigation.
I’m still not bald enough. I would like my hair to recede a little more off the sides and the back and end up with a smaller fringe of hair. And I would like to lose that last bit of thin ‘peach fuzz’ I still have on top. It is almost invisible and I can hardly feel it, but I know it’s still there.
Minoxidil was first used in tablet form as a medicine to treat high blood pressure (an antihypertensive). It was noticed that patients being treated with minoxidil experienced excessive hair growth (hypertrichosis) as a side effect. Further research showed that applying a solution of minoxidil directly to the scalp could also stimulate hair growth. The amount of minoxidil absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream is usually too small to cause internal side effects.
If you’re a lady and can remember the one difference in directions (or just scope out the instructions online) we recommend saving the cash. Similarly, you could go generic with Equate Hair Regrowth Treatment for Men or Costco’s Kirkland Signature Hair Regrowth Treatment Minoxidil Foam for Men. These alternatives offer the same percentage of active minoxidil and near-identical inactive ingredients for as little as half the price — a great option for both genders unless you want in on Rogaine’s Real Results Program and iPhone app, which are designed to help men stay motivated via daily reminders to use the product, plus advice, support, and a tracker for encouragement (think: Fitbit for your hairline).
Your time with your doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions will help you make the most of your time together. List your questions from most important to least important in case time runs out. For hair loss, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
Both emotional and physical stress (such as a serious illness or recovery from surgery) have been associated with hair loss. It is possible that stress induces hormonal changes that are responsible for the hair loss, since hair loss is a known consequence of other hormonal changes due to pregnancy, thyroid disturbances, or even from taking oral contraceptives.
Try Chinese hibiscus flower that may help promote hair growth, cure dandruff, and thicken hair. Mix flowers with coconut oil, heat until charred and strain to collect the oil. Apply to the scalp at bedtime and leave it on for overnight. In the morning, wash your hair and repeat a few times a week.
A supplement of capsaicin, the compound in peppers that make them hot, was found to stimulate a growth factor associated with hair growth after 5 months, says a study published in Growth Hormone & IGF Research. (People took a 6mg supplement daily.) Talk to your doctor about incorporating the supplement into your diet, or try your hand at the spicy recipes in our Healthy Recipe Finder.
But in November, after 10 years of research, Rogaine introduced a new 5 percent minoxidil formulation for women. It’s a mousse (instead of a liquid) that needs to be applied only once a day instead of twice, which means that it can be more easily incorporated into a woman’s evening skin-care routine. Teal replaces the blue and silver palette of the men’s Rogaine, and the packaging bears a lotus flower. (Also last year, Pantene introduced its Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women, which is 2 percent minoxidil.)
Hair loss in women is a rather common condition that can lead to a lot of emotional distress and uncomfortable situations. It can also be an indicator of some major underlying health condition and, therefore, should not be ignored. Protein deficiency, stress, autoimmune disorders are some of the reasons that can cause hair loss in women.
There’s no cure for baldness, but there are ways to hold on to what you’ve got. The hair loss specialists we spoke with and the clinical studies we read agree: 5 percent minoxidil foam is the best hair loss treatment to start with. It’s safe for both men and women, it really works, and you don’t need a prescription to use it.
This is a small or localized hair loss area caused by repetitive or persistent pulling or traction on hair roots. Tight braids and ponytails can pull hard enough on hairs to make them fall out. If this happens, it’s best to choose hairstyles that put less tension on hair. The sooner this is done the better to avoid permanent damage.
This is the most common misconception people have about hair growth. Split ends are present at the hair tips. Your hair grows from the hair follicles present in your scalp. The split ends simply cannot stop hair growth. However, they do reflect that your hair is in bad health and needs extra nourishment.
How worried should men be about the sexual side effects of finasteride? “What I tell men is that it’s not something they should stress about,” says Dr. Wolfeld, “but it is something they should be aware of.” In his experience, he notes only a roughly 5 percent incidence of sexual dysfunction reported by patients who take the medication.
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“We all shed around one hundred to one hundred fifty hairs per day,” says Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist in Vallejo, CA, who specializes in hair disorders. But if you’re losing more than that (you can tell if you see clumps of hair in the shower drain), your part is getting wider, or your hair has become significantly finer, you may be dealing with female pattern hair loss, a genetic condition that affects 30 million American women. Although FPHL (also called androgenetic alopecia) can begin as early as your 20s, it’s most common after menopause. “Multiple genes play a role, and they have an equal probability of being inherited from your mother’s or father’s side,” explains Dr. Mercurio.
What minoxidil does is it stimulates your hair follicles to grow anywhere you apply it on your body. It works by widening blood vessels, allowing more oxygen, nutrients, and blood to the follicle. However, it does nothing to prevent the DHT from shrinking your hair follicles.
Hi since everyones level of thinning can vary some do see results in the hairline but studies show it most effective in the crown area. Most report hair loss slows with regrowth in early to moderate stages of loss. It takes 2-3 months to see results
If you are able to determine what causes your hair loss, you’re more likely to treat it successfully. An experienced hair stylist and a medical doctor may be able to help you decide if you don’t know the cause already.
With those pinned down, it wasn’t hard to determine which don’t actually work. Pretty much all the “active” ingredients listed in ineffective treatments — from biotin and zinc to emu oil and saw palmetto — have never been proven, and are instead marketed based on logical-seeming correlations. It would make sense that biotin, a B vitamin readily found in hair, skin, and nails, could help hair grow more quickly. And caffeine is a stimulant that works in coffee, so rubbing some on your scalp might wake some of those sleepy follicles… right?
The comment about Dutasteride causing more side effects is not correct. All studies performed to this date actually sight that Dutasteride has lower side effects. Especially in regards to decreases in sex drive. The only time Dutasteride has been shown to have greater side effects is when the dosage of Finasteride was well below the recommended dosage of 1mg. In comparison 500mcg of Dutasteride has been shown to be more effective than 2.5mg of Finasteride and 1mg has shown to be more effective than 5mg of Finasteride, the dose used to treat BPH. The research has clearly shown that Dutasteride reduces serum DHT levels much faster and has much higher success rates.
Bought this for my 86-year-old mother, who has experienced significant hair loss in the past two years. She was about ready to buy a wig. We heard about this product and decided to give it a try. The results have been amazing. I must admit, I was skeptical, but not any more. Hair is growing where it once was not…no more bald spots. We purchased the same brand shampoo because a hair dresser said you really must use a shampoo that is all natural or it defeats the purpose.
That said, it seems that spot treating with minoxidil does work (even for the front of the hair), but my concern is that I read that after a few months minoxidil can cause shedding in other parts of the hair, even when not applied to those sections. Do you know anything about this?
At this point, the only truly effective medically proven way to arrest the hair loss process is to lower DHT levels. The American Hair Loss Association recommends finasteride as the first line of attack for all men interested in treating their male pattern baldness.
If you’re going to use supplements with your hair in mind, tell your doctor before you start taking them. That way, your doctor can watch out for any possible side effects, including interactions with other drugs you’re taking.
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There are several health conditions that can lead to hair loss, including stress, thyroid disease, anemia, and medications for heart disease. Talk to your doctor to make sure it’s not one of these other issues.
Avodart is essentially a much stronger Propecia. It reduces significantly more serum DHT, but it has a higher occurrence side effects. Dutasteride inhibits both Type 1 and Type 2 5-α reductase, while finasteride inhibits only Type 2.
Was wondering if you have a solution for nails. I had acrylics on for some time have taken them off and would like to bring my natural nail back to good health. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.