It’s hard to deny that thick, lustrous hair is seen as a sign of youth, good health and attractiveness, especially in women. So when our hair starts to thin, it can really affect our self-esteem and confidence. Hair loss seems like a taboo subject, but it shouldn’t be because it’s actually quite common. Let’s get honest about hair loss.
You’re not the only one
It’s normal to shed up to 100 hairs a day, yet for many of us, the hairs don’t grow back the way they used to. One in three women may experience thinning hair. The most common cause of hair loss in women is heredity. Called female pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia, the condition is inherited from your mom or dad (or both). The genes can skip generations too. If a number of your close relatives have thinning hair, your chances of it increase. Signs may begin to show in your 20s or 30s. If you’re experiencing hair thinning or patchy hair loss and you have no family history of hair loss, check with your doctor to figure out what’s causing it.
It looks different from male baldness
Hereditary hair loss in women is different in terms of its pattern and severity. Male baldness is characterized by a front hairline that gradually recedes to form an M shape. The hair at the crown of the head also thins until eventually the hair’s in a U-shaped pattern around the sides of the head. Women mainly experience thinning on the top of the scalp, usually beginning with a widening centre part that resembles the shape of an evergreen tree. They rarely lose all (or nearly all) of their hair like some men do.
Blame it on the follicles
From the day you’re born, you have all the hair follicles you’ll ever have. Over time, hereditary hair loss causes the follicles to shrink. The hair may still grow; however, the quality of those hairs change, getting smaller, finer, and becoming less visible peach fuzz until the follicle no longer produces new hair. Without treatment, the follicles can lose their ability to grow hair completely, and hair loss may progress.
Shampoos won’t regrow hair
No matter how great your volumizing shampoo smells, it won’t prevent hair loss from worsening. Some shampoos may leave your hair feeling thicker because they contain properties to temporary swell the hair shaft or coat the outside of the hair, but cosmetic shampoos or conditioners aren’t formulated to revive your follicles or regrow your hair.
Get to the root of the problem
While you can’t take genetics out of hair loss, Women’s ROGAINE® gets to the root of the problem. It’s the #1 Dermatologist Recommended Brand* and is clinically proven to regrow hair. The active ingredient in Women’s ROGAINE®, minoxidil, is a non-hormonal topical treatment that’s available without a prescription. Women’s ROGAINE® is the first and only 5% minoxidil hair regrowth treatment for women in Canada. Researchers believe that it works by aiding the blood flow to hair follicles on your scalp and by helping restore the size of the shrunken follicles so that they can grow thicker, longer hairs.
Add Women’s ROGAINE® to your beauty routine
Simply apply it once a day, at any time of day. Massage the foam into the parts of your scalp where the hair is thinning. You can still use your regular styling products, and it’s OK to use on permed or colour-treated hair.† Clinical studies show that Women’s ROGAINE® regrows hair in as little as three months when applied once daily, though for some women, it may take at least six months.