At present only two medications have been approved by the FDA
for the treatment of hair loss, namely finasteride (Propecia)
and minoxidil (Rogaine). While both of these continue to prove
their worth to many patients, some individuals are disappointed
with their results and seek other forms of treatment. Often they
turn to drugs that have not been approved for the treatment of
hair loss, but which have shown themselves over time to have a
positive effect in dealing with this condition.
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When you think of hair loss it's natural to assume that it's a
condition that predominantly affects men. Some experts however
suggest that as many as one in four women will experience hair
loss at some time in their lives. So why don't we see and hear
more about it? Perhaps the answer has something to do with one
or more of the following:
- Women are better at disguising hair loss.
- Women's hair loss is generally less extensive in terms of
- Women's hair loss tends to be spread ...Read more »
Minoxidil is one of only two FDA-approved treatments for hair
loss and is the only anti-baldness drug approved for women.
Originally introduced as a medicine to treat high blood
pressure, it was noticed that users began to grow extra hair. It
is now available without prescription as a topically applied
liquid in solutions like Rogaine, but cheaper generic versions
are also available. A 2% solution is marketed as a treatment for
both men and women, but a 5% version is approved only for men.
The ...Read more »
Much has been said and written about modern day hair loss
treatments but this tends to relate almost exclusively to men.
Do these same treatments offer solutions to women suffering from
hair loss or is there a completely different category of
remedies available? It really depends on what is causing hair
loss in the first place and as the most common causes of hair
loss are the same as those that affect men, the treatments
available are pretty similar.
In an earlier article we concluded that the ...Read more »
One of the most common reasons why men and women lose their hair
is due to poor cosmetic grooming. The unfortunate thing about
this is the fact it is so preventable. Fortunately there are
some steps you can take to put right some of the damage caused.
Speaking at the American Academy of Dermatology's 2004 summer
conference, Dr Zoe Draelos offered a number of recommendations
to improve the hair care regime:
1. Itching associated with seborrheic dermatitis can weaken and
damage hair over a period ...Read more »
Hair transplantation as a means of treating hair loss has been
around for a long time. Unfortunately, some clinics today still
use methods that are outdated and can cause pain, scarring and
less than presentable results. This article highlights some of
the hair transplant methods that you should avoid like the
Round / square grafts - this is the original method that leaves
patients with a scalp that resembles that of a plastic doll. It
involves taking a number of smallish grafts with a ...Read more »
The recent development of improved hair transplant techniques
ensures that patients can now benefit from pain-free surgery.
Unlike the older techniques that could be painful and cause
unsightly scarring, the Woods Technique of Follicular Relocation
is minimally invasive, painless and leads to hair restoration
that looks and feels completely natural.
Under this technique physicians transplant only the hair
follicle and not the excess tissue that is common with other
transplant techniques. This ...Read more »
Most hair loss sufferers seek solutions from Western medicine or
turn to remedies derived from local traditions. Some experts
however argue that the ayurvedic system of medicine has much to
offer in dealing with hair loss conditions.
Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine practiced in
India and Sri Lanka. It is a complete approach to health care
designed to promote a way of life rather than an occasional
treatment. As a holistic system of medicine ayurveda focuses on
our uniqueness and ...Read more »
1. Eat adequate amounts of protein.
Protein is composed of the amino acids essential for the
building of new cells, including hair. Five amino acids are of
particular relevance to hair growth - cystine, cysteine,
methionine, arginine and lysine.
Inadequate protein intake over a lengthy period can force hair
into the resting phase with shedding a few months later. It is
obvious then that sufficient portions of protein rich foods
should form part of your daily diet. The best sources of ...Read more »
Could it be possible that our ancestors got it right with some
of their traditional hair loss remedies? Folklore tells us they
certainly went to great lengths to find solutions to thinning
Although each culture had its own approach influenced by local
conditions, there seem to have been many examples of common
practices. Nettles, for example, formed an important element of
traditional hair loss remedies throughout the world.
The samples outlined here have been sourced from the ...Read more »