Have you become a master of disguise to hide your hair loss? There are millions of Canadian women in the same boat. It may come as a surprise that 44 per cent of us experience thinning hair by age 49.
Many women are emotionally attached to their hair
It can be incredibly tough to lose your luscious locks, affecting your confidence and sensuality. Hair loss is linked with social isolation and depression. Some women give up fun activities like swimming because they don’t want people to discover their thinning hair. It can be devastating to see more hair than usual falling out in the shower or on your pillow when you wake.
Styling tricks may help provide camouflage
It helps to know styling tips for thinning hair. Maybe you’ve already tried experimenting with a perm, colour or highlights to add dimension. Perhaps you’ve cut your hair shorter, added bangs or layers, or turned to a pompadour to make hair look fuller. And then there’s all the delicate parting, combing, teasing, pinning and spraying it all into place.
Gadgets can mask the problem
Some women rely on strategically placed clip-on hairpieces, wigs or hair-volumizing inserts to mask their hair loss. Extensions are a no-no because the tension can lead to increased thinning and damage. There are colour sprays, hair-building fibres and makeup for concealing balding areas. Colourful scarves, headbands and hats can cover up hair loss in summer, but you may not want to wear your tuque inside all winter.
The right shampoo can’t fix thinning hair
No matter how great your volumizing shampoo smells, it won’t regrow your hair or prevent hair loss from worsening. These shampoos usually contain ingredients like protein that just temporarily coat the hair to make it look fuller.
Be wary of supplements and home remedies
You may have heard about using a coffee rinse, a hibiscus hair mask, or applying aloe vera gel or used green tea bags onto the scalp for hair loss. And there are plenty of supplements and vitamins that promise to regrow hair — but they aren’t clinically proven.
Hereditary hair loss is the most common
Hair loss can happen for many reasons, including severe illness, childbirth, surgery, certain diseases (e.g., diabetes or lupus), some medications or extreme stress. Hereditary hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss in women and it becomes more common with age. Over time, the hair follicles shrink, producing shorter, finer hairs. Untreated, hereditary hair loss is permanent and can progress with a widening part, receding near the temples or overall thinning. To prevent it from worsening, treatment is best if begun at the early signs of hair loss.
It’s possible to regrow hair with Women’s ROGAINE®
Women’s ROGAINE® is clinically proven to regrow hair. The #1 Dermatologist Recommended Brand* is the first and only 5% minoxidil hair regrowth treatment for women in Canada with hereditary hair loss. Researchers believe that the active ingredient, minoxidil, works by stimulating shrinking follicles to help regrow thicker hair. With once daily use, results may be seen in as early as 3 months but it may take at least 6 months for some women.
Add it to your daily beauty routine
Simply apply Women’s ROGAINE® once a day, at any time of day. Gently message the foam onto the areas of the scalp where there’s hair loss. This video shows how easy it is to use. Once it’s dry, you can continue to style with your usual products.†