Category: Hair Loss in Women

Hair Loss in Women is a growing problem. This may feel more like a male issue, but hair loss in women is catching-up. Hormonal problems, stress, bad diets, and an increase in the use of flat irons, wigs, tight hairstyles and other such stresses are causing this issue to grow.

Here on Hair Growth Pills we are well aware of the problem and are doing what we can to tackle it. Many of the articles you will find on the Hair Growth Pills site deal with this issue. This section in particular takes a very focused look at it. It centers on female baldness, potential cures and other such issues that women facing when their hair begins to thin or fall out.

This is a category, which means that you will find all of the relevant articles relating to it below. To search these, just scroll down and then click on each of the articles in turn. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, or if you simply like what you read, then you can also browse the rest of the Hair Growth Pills categories by using the sidebar options to the right of this page.

Receding Hairline in Women: Does it Exist? (Causes, Cures)

Receding Hairline in Women: Does it Exist? (Causes, Cures)

Receding Hair in Women

A receding hairline is considered to be a male issue and for the most part, it is. But this can happen to females as well. In this guide on Receding Hairlines in Women we will cover everything that you need to know to prepare yourself for this problem, to stop it from appearing, and to cure it if it does happen.

Receding Hairline in Women: The Basics

No one likes losing their hair. It’s something that all of us dread, even more than visible scarring, grey hairs, missing teeth and other problems that affect our outward appearance and, by association, our inner confidence.

Men are more susceptible to these issues. Male hair loss is common and comes in many forms, including receding hairlines. But these issues can also present in females. They are less common, they tend to be less severe and they rarely strike at a young age. However, these problems do exist.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are preventative measures, treatments and hairstyles that can help with the issue, whether by stopping it, curing it or hiding it. That’s what we aim to discuss in this extensive guide on Receding Hairline in Women.

Receding Hairline in Women: What is It?

In women, receding hair is known by the name, “frontal fibrosing alopecia“. It is a different ballgame to receding hairlines in men. However, they share some of the same causes and solutions and they also display similar symptoms.

The hair will begin to recede from the front of the hairline. It may recede a matter of millimeters, it may recede by as much as 5 or 6 inches. It tends to happen to a lesser severity than it does with men. But because women have a closer relationship with their hair and because their hair tends to be longer, it can look more severe and it can cause a greater degree of damage to the sufferer’s self-confidence.

Receding Hairline in Women: The Causes

Causes of Receding Hair in Women

There are a number of potential causes for a receding hairline in women. These vary in nature and they may trigger different degrees of hair loss and recession. Before you begin to cure the problem you need to understand what the cause is. This can be tricky to figure out yourself and it’s never advisable to rely on Dr. Google for medical advice.

So, we would always advice that you discuss this issue with your doctor and talk it through with them. To give you a little advice beforehand and to ensure you are prepared for what may be discovered, here are the causes of a receding hairline in women:

  • Hormonal Imbalances: Very common during pregnancy and the menopause.
  • Ovarian Tumors: A serious condition that will require treatment.
  • Adrenal Gland Tumors: Also a serious condition that will require treatment.
  • Autoimmune Disorders: Can include serious conditions, but this also describes alopecia areata.
  • Excessive use of Chemicals: This can include bleaches and dyes.
  • Excessive Pulling of Hair: A problem that can be the result of obsessive disorders or depression, as well as just a bad habit.
  • Infectious Diseases: This can include skin problems like eczema and acne, as well as fungal infections.
  • Trauma: If you have suffered a blow, a cut or a burn, the scar issue may stop hair growth.
  • High Testosterone Levels: Common as a result of certain medications and anabolic steroid abuse.
  • Birth Control Pill: This can deplete the body’s supply of zinc, which can cause all kinds of problems with hair loss.

When Does it Begin?

In men, receding hair can begin in the teens and the majority of men will experience some form of receding hairline by the time they hit thirty. In fact, it is said that as many as 50% will show symptoms by the time they hit 21.

Receding hairlines in women do not have an early onset and it is incredibly rare for it to begin in the teenage years or the early twenties. Most sufferers will begin to see the first signs as they go through the menopause, while many may not experience any symptoms until they are in their 50s or 60s.

How to Tell if Your Hairline is Receding

Cures of Receding Hair in Women

It may not always be obvious that your hairline is receding. We’re used to seeing our reflection every day and while you might think that this would make it easy to spot slight changes, the opposite is true. That’s because the process is so gradual, so we don’t really notice it until it’s too late.

Fringes and other hairstyles can also make it hard to spot. So, the only thing you can do is closely monitor your hairline. Peel back your hair and study the front of your head. Can you see hair follicles there? Is it patchy?

In extreme cases you will notice scarring and/or inflammation. But again, this is something that might not present until the issue has already become quite noticeable to you and to everyone else around you.

This is especially important if you are taking birth control pills, if you are pregnant, if you are going through the menopause, or if you can tick one of the many other “causes” listed above.

Receding Hairline in Women: The Cures

While this is a traumatic thing for a women to go through, there are some cures and lifestyle changes that can help. These work birth as preventative measures, as cures and as thing that can help to slow the hair loss down.

Shampoo for Receding Hairline

There are a number of hair growth shampoos out there for women. You can use a formula of Female Rogaine, or you can opt for something like Follinique or Keranique. The latter two are more expensive, but they contain what is essentially the same active ingredient: minoxidil.

These is not necessarily a shampoo (although Follinique and Keranique are). Instead, it is a medication that you apply topically. It is very potent and it has been shown to be very effective at curing a receding hairline in women and in men. However, it can be expensive because you need to use it for many months in order to see any results.

If that’s out of budget for you, then try one of the other methods and substances mentioned below.

Curing with Care

Receding Hairline in Women

One of the best ways you can stop and/or cure receding hairline in women is to look after your hair. You should look to condition your hair every time you shampoo it. That’s because shampoo washes out a natural protective oil that can be found in your hair, while conditioning basically puts this back in.

You should also try to avoid using bleaches, dyes and other extreme treatments. Most women will not hesitate to bleach, dye and then straighten their hair. But in doing this you are stripping it of the natural pigment and damaging the follicle, before you then heat it to a high temperature and further weaken its integrity.

It goes without saying that this is not healthy and if you do this often then you are constantly exposing your hair to damage and it will become thin and weak. Not only can this cause a receding hairline in women, but because your hair is thinner and sparser, it can also highlight the problem more.

Curing with Lifestyle Changes

If you eat better and drink plenty of water then you are giving your hair all of the nutrients that it needs to succeed. Many people, both men and women, groan when we mention this. That’s because we live in a quick fix society where we put our faith in quick-acting “miracle cures”, but dismiss anything that is natural and part of a regime we already have.

Vitamin deficiencies, processed foods, increased salt and fat, and dehydration can all damage your hair. The same goes for alcohol, nicotine and many other illicit substances. So, by removing these substances from your diet, by drinking plenty of water and by getting all of the vitamins you need you’re giving your hair a solid foundation on which it can grow to be long and healthy.

Multi-vitamins can also help, especially if they contain B Vitamins like Biotin, as well as Vitamin C, Zinc, Iron and other vitamins that are essential for hair growth and scalp health.

Olaplex Treatment: Hair Treatment Reviews and Other Info

Olaplex Treatment: Hair Treatment Reviews and Other Info

Olaplex Hair Treatment

Olaplex hair treatment seems to be a pretty big deal in the beauty industry right now. It is getting a lot of press and it seems that beauty bloggers just can’t shut up about it. We’ve been fairly quiet on that front. But in this article we’re going to offer our opinions on Olaplex treatment, answering the following questions that have been put to us by our readers over the last few weeks:

  • What is Olaplex Hair Treatment?
  • Does Olaplex Work?
  • Is Olaplex Safe?
  • What are the Olaplex Ingredients?

Olaplex Hair Treatment

Olaplex is a revolutionary kind of hair treatment, or at least that’s what the marketing says. And the marketing has done a pretty good job here. They have opted for a very clean and simple look on the label, which is why it has earned the moniker of the “Apple of haircare” amongst our editors and reviewers. This works though and it conveys the the message that this is a premium product, one that is clinically sound, scientifically proven and is definitely not snake oil.

That’s a lot for a simple branding to convey, but trust us, it works. Somehow.

But what about the product itself? Well, there is a good chance you will have heard the hype about Olaplex hair treatment. Much like Wild Hair Growth Oil, it seems to be the “in” thing right now. Everyone is talking about it and there are countless positive reviews out there. A lot of this is, again, down to the marketing of the product and the fact that the company sent out a flood of samples prior to its launch, making sure that all major beauty sites covered it.

To be fair, we’re a little late to the party. Although, that might have something to do with the fact that we never received sample (Olaplex marketers, take not). Still, we have finally gotten around to offering our opinion on Olaplex hair treatment and that’s what this guide is all about.

What Does Olaplex Treatment Do?

Olaplex Treatment

Firstly it’s worth noting that Olaplex treatment is not designed to help you grow hair or to limit hair loss. The goal of this product is to repair damaged hair, which is something that many sufferers of hair loss also struggle with. The stronger your hair is, the less likely it is to fall out or break off, so in a way it can help with hair loss.

It is endorsed by many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian (who admittedly doesn’t have the highest standard when it comes to snoring products). It is available as a kit, known as a “At Home” kit. Inside you will find three bottles, the Olaplex No1, Olaplex No2 and Olaplex No3. These all form part of a three-stage treatment process.

The goal of the Olaplex hair treatment kit is to to strengthen and protect, and it seems to be a pretty good job of this. The problem is, you have to pay for that, and the full kit can set you back a pretty penny. In fact, single bottles of Olaplex No3 are currently selling for around $30, and that’s far from the complete package.

Olaplex Bleach

Olaplex hair treatment is particularly helpful when it comes to protecting hair during a bleaching. It is also said to be very effective at conditioning the hair of people who regularly bleach. That’s because regular bleaching and coloring can damage your hair, weakening it and even causing breakage. By using a product like this you are adding some strength back into it, or at least that’s the theory.

It’s not just for bleached hair though. You can also get some use out of Olaplex treatment if you have thinning hair or hair that has been weakened through certain hairstyles, as discussed on our Causes of Hair Loss in Men and Causes Hair Loss in Women pages.

Olaplex Ingredients

Olaplex Ingredients

Make no mistake about it, Olaplex is not a natural product and the ingredient list makes for some very dull, and occasionally scary, reading. There is nothing here that isn’t FDA approved and there are also plenty of ingredients that you will find in other shampoos. But the fact that it is not a natural product is likely to put many people off.

There are a great number of natural hair loss products on the market. This industry has been led to believe that chemicals used in certain shampoos can actually cause hair loss (something no doubt worsened by scandals such as the WEN Hair Loss case) and while that is not really the case, there may be some truth to it. That’s why companies often go out of their way to make there products natural and to ensure they can label it as such.

Olaplex treatment has not done that, but then again, this is not a hair loss product and there seems to be more of a willingness to accept chemical-containing products in the shampoo and conditioner sector.

You can see a full list of Olaplex ingredients here.

Is Olaplex Safe?

Olaplex treatment should be safe. The only real issue you will face is if you are allergic to the ingredients used. You can see a list of these in the section above, which we advise you check before placing an order. In such cases the symptoms will include skin rashes, itchiness, burns and flaky scalp. Of course, there can also be many more serious conditions, but in all honesty the same applies to most shampoos and conditioners. In regards to safety there is nothing that much different here.

Olaplex Reviews: The Good

Olaplex Reviews

There are many good reviews out there for Olaplex. It received plenty of praise from top beauty sites and bloggers and for the most part, we agree with them. This product works, there is no doubt about that. It is also easy to apply and has a smell that is pleasant. It also works and we noted that our hair really did feel stronger after a few weeks. That’s not the most scientific of tests, but it’s still a positive.

It’s worth noting that we have no affiliation with this product and we weren’t even given any freebies (the travesty!) so we are by no means obliged to give them a positive review. Speaking of which, it isn’t all good. Below we will discuss some Olaplex bad reviews, offering our own opinions about the negative aspects of Olaplex hair treatment.

Olaplex Bad Reviews

One of the issues that we have with this product, and one of the issues that many users have with it, is that it’s very expensive. It is one of the most expensive we have reviewed here on Hair Growth Pills. It is considered to be a premium product and is sold in many top salons and stores. It’s expensive because it can be expensive—it’s all part of the brand.

People know it’s a premium product because of the labelling, the endorsements and the pricing. It helps to maintain that ideal and it also gets them a few extra dollars in their pocket. From the point of view of people who operate on a tight budget, however, it’s just not viable. If you’re used to spending a few dollars on a bottle of shampoo and if you reject the notion of things like Minoxidil because it’s too expensive, then you will likely run a mile when you see the price tag of Olaplex hair treatment.

WEN Hair Loss (Lawsuit, Ingredients, Complaints and Reviews)

WEN Hair Loss (Lawsuit, Ingredients, Complaints and Reviews)

WEN Hair Loss

WEN is a hair loss product that has a great reputation for hair loss. The problem is, it causes it, it doesn’t stop it. Or at least, it does if you believe the stories and the lawsuits, which we are inclined to do.

WEN Cleansing Conditioner is a product launched by Chaz Dean Studio, which is aided by the distributer Guthy-Renker (the same people behind Proactiv+). This is a name you may recognize, because it is a name that flooded social media not so long ago with reports that it was causing hair loss at an alarming rate.

There was speculation that these reports were fake and that the apparent lawsuit that followed was just as fake. After all, this is a brand you can still purchase and a brand that is going strong. So, just what is the truth behind this? We aim to find out in this article on WEN Hair Loss, answering the following questions and more:

  • Does WEN Cause Hair Loss?
  • What Ingredient in WEN Causes Hair Loss?
  • Why Does WEN Hair Loss Cause Hair Loss?
  • Is WEN Safe?
  • Is WEN Effective?
  • What Ingredients are in WEN?

WEN Products

Firstly, it’s important to note that there are many products under the Chaz Dean WEN brand. This is a complete salon brand, with styling products, shampoos and more. Many of these products seem to get dragged into the WEN hair loss debate, but it is the WEN Cleansing Conditioner that is the root of all problems. This product is also available for pets, although we have yet to see reports of bald pets filing law suits against Chaz Dean. Unfortunately.

What is the WEN Hair Loss Case

WEN Hair Loss Case

In 2015, a class action lawsuit was filed against Chaz Dean and WEN. A collective of clients had formed the suit under the guidance of a lawyer and they were suing for apparent hair loss. The complication in this case arose following a mass of retweets, rewrites, blog posts and more.

As is usually the case with viral social media stories like this, it was a little late to the party (the mass of online activity didn’t really begin until 2015) and it got a lot of facts wrong. It seems that many salons and competing haircare brands were quick to retweet and write about the issue, so much so that they didn’t get their facts right.

That’s not to say that WEN doesn’t cause hair loss, but that it’s probably not as bad as you read, especially if you got your information from a Facebook or Twitter post.

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss?

Does WEN Cause Hair Loss

The short answer is yes, the truth isn’t quite that straightforward though. There are many customers who have reported drastic hair loss after using this product. In 2014 one such customer, who would later file a claim, reported that she lost an “abnormal amount of hair” during use and that this continued long after use. In fact, the customer continued to lose hair for many weeks after she finished using WEN Conditioner.

A few months later, a Dallas-based customer reported similar problems. She reported that “handfuls” of hair had fallen out and that many months later it had still not grown back. This customer claimed to have lost a third of her hair, causing all kinds of stress and panic, as you can imagine.

These are not the only ones to have filed a lawsuit against the brand, nor are they the only ones to report such issues. You only need to search for “WEN Hair Loss” on Google to see how far reaching these problems are. So, what is the problem?

What Ingredient in WEN Causes Hair Loss?

The main issue with all of these complaints and scare stores are that there is nothing to suggest they are unique to the product. As reported by Snopes there isn’t really anything that is extraordinarily unique in WEN that could cause it to trigger hair loss more than other products.

As you probably already know from reading our Hair Growth Pills and Hair Growth Products articles, many of the products out there use the same ingredients. They are copycats of one another. They use the same combination of ingredients, often in different amounts and with different fragrances, but with the packaging being the only real difference.

WEN ingredients used to be available on the website, but following the lawsuit they were taken down. Luckily, many sites have them and they posted them. You can see all of them below:

Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Hydroxycitronellal.C960

Why Does WEN Hair Loss Cause Hair Loss?

There are some nasty chemicals in there, but the same can be said for many products that we apply to our skin, and even products that we consume. There are petrochemicals and there are some nasty additives, along with what are pretty innocuous ingredients. One of this chemicals is actually banned in the EU, while others have been recommended for exclusion by certain organizations.

That doesn’t sound great, but you can pick apart any non-organic and synthetic product on the shelves and write scary things about it. The most important thing to note is that none of those are known to cause hair loss. So, it’s likely that the people who have suffered from hair loss after using WEN are allergic—knowingly or not—to one of these ingredients. It could also be that there’s an issue with the way one of those ingredients was processed or that there is something else in there not on the list.

Either way, this will likely come out in time. But as of 2017, a good three years after reports of WEN hair loss first circulated, no one has conclusive evidence to pinpoint a particular hair loss ingredient.

WEN Hair loss Case: Where is it Now?

WEN Ingredients

So, just where is the WEN hair loss situation now? Well, in 2015 200 women joined a class action lawsuit against the brand behind the product. In late 2016 settlement approval was granted and a figure of $26 million was applied. As of 2017, this is still ongoing and an agreement has yet to be reached, but it means that anyone who has used in product could be entitled to a substantial settlement.

That means that millions of people out there could be entitled to a fee of between $25 and $20,000. It all depends on the amount bought and used and on the damage (if any) that the product caused. The FDA also began investigating this case and if they concluded that this product does indeed cause hair loss then they could impose further fines and conditions and it will likely be very bad news for Chaz Dean.

It’s worth noting that many of the products sold by this brand are still on the shelves, including some of the ones involved in the law suit. This is likely to cause problems down the line if the suit goes against them, but the company is standing by this decision, claiming that their products are perfectly safe and having complete trust in the legal system.

Chemotherapy Hair Loss (Timeline, Treatment, Causes, Prevention)

Chemotherapy Hair Loss (Timeline, Treatment, Causes, Prevention)

Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Chemotherapy hair loss is unlike any other and it must be treated as such. This is not a time when you should really be focusing on hair loss and there are clearly other more important things to worry about. But it’s still not exactly pleasant and it’s something that can drag a cancer sufferer’s self-esteem down, making life even more difficult than it already is and seriously lowering their mood at a time when it is already low.

So, chemotherapy hair loss is still something that needs to be discussed. And while it’s not something that can be treated or stopped, there are solutions. We will look at them in this article. We’ll tell you what to prepare for and what to do when it happens. We’ll also aim to answer the following questions:

  • Does Chemotherapy Always Cause Hair Loss?
  • How Soon After Chemotherapy Will Hair Grow Back?
  • What is the Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline?
  • Which Chemotherapy Drugs Cause Hair Loss?
  • Is There a Treatment for Chemotherapy Hair Loss?

Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?

Why Does Chemotherapy Cause Hair Loss?

Cancer is essentially a rapidly growing cell that has mutated and is growing out of control without resistance from your body. The chemotherapy drugs stop these cells by attacking them. However, they are not selective. They attack all rapidly growing cells, including the healthy ones. This is essentially what hair cells are. They are constantly growing, constantly evolving, and these drugs attack them.

So, chemotherapy hair loss is not just just limited to the head, it happens all over the body. In most cases, someone about to go through chemotherapy will shave their head in advance. This is done to ensure that they don’t go through the traumatic experience of having one’s hair fall out in clumps, or waking up to find a pillow full of hair. It is also done to stop the hair from falling out in patches, leaving uneven clumps of hair in place.

Which Chemotherapy Medication Causes Hair Loss?

Not all chemotherapy drugs cause hair loss. Many of them will do it it some extent, but some are worse than others. If this is something you are worried about then you should discuss it with your doctor. However, you shouldn’t avoid one type of medication simply because you are concerned about hair loss. As discussed below, your hair will grow back in time, and it’s okay going a little bald for a few months if it means doing all you can to beat this horrible disease.

To learn more about hair loss causes, and to discover the many other issues that you can face, read our articles on hair loss in men and hair loss in women.

Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline

Chemotherapy Hair Loss Timeline
So, how soon after chemotherapy will your hair grow back? Well, it depends on the medication, but it will typically begin between 2 and 4 weeks after you start treatment. This is a slow onset, but chemotherapy hair loss can be quite dramatic when it happens. So, you may want to consider shaving your head after a week or two. If you wait until the first strands of hair begin to fall out then you may be in for a shock before you get the chance to shave.

After it has fallen out your scalp may also be very tender, which is why it is important to shave it off beforehand as opposed to shaving it off afterwards when nothing but clumps have been left. Six months after treatment has finish there should be few to no signs of chemotherapy hair loss and you should have a full head of hair back. It’s not unusual for hair to grow back in a different way or even as a different color. It might be straighter, it might be curlier. It could be white or it could have lost all of the white that you had.

This change is one of the most unusual aspects of chemotherapy hair loss and of this treatment on the whole. In some cases patients are pleasantly surprised to discover that they have the hair they have already wanted.

Treatment for Hair Loss after Chemotherapy

Once the treatment has finished then it may take a few weeks before the hair begins to grow back. At this point you may be prescribed certain hair regrowth treatments by a doctor, such as minoxidil or finasteride.

Again, this is something you should discuss with your doctor as it may not be suitable for you. If nothing else then you should be able to take some vitamins and supplements. These can help you to support your hair follicles and strengthen your scalp. And because they are naturally sourced vitamins they can also help to improve your overall wellbeing, which is essential when you have just put yourself through such an ordeal.

Preventing Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Unfortunately there is no way to stop chemotherapy hair loss, nor is there a way to limit it. Even if you were to take hair growth drugs during treatment, which is not advised, they just wouldn’t be strong enough to stop the hair loss from taking place.

This is a difficult time for anyone to go through, but with a little patience and with a little inner strength, it’s one that you can get through safely and with your health intact. You may want to purchase a weave or toupee in order to help with your confidence, especially if you have always been very particular about your hair. It will lessen the shock factor and may help to keep your spirits up.

Chemotherapy and Permanent Hair Loss

The good news is that chemotherapy hair loss is rarely permanent. The drugs attack the cells during the course of treatment but basically leave them alone afterwards. So, providing no damage has been done, those cells will continue to work and will continue to grow healthy, strong hair. There are many ways you can speed it up if you feel it is too slow and there are also ways to fix any issues that might arise.

Of course, if you were bald or balding to begin with, then don’t expect to regain a full head of hair after the chemotherapy has finished.

Spironolactone for Hair Loss (Weight Loss, Dosage, Acne, Side Effects)

Spironolactone for Hair Loss (Weight Loss, Dosage, Acne, Side Effects)

Spironolactone for Hair Loss

We’re hearing more and more about Spironolactone for hair loss. This is now a question on the lips of many patients with alopecia and other forms of baldness. But can you use Spironolactone for hair loss, is it effective, is it safe, and what are the side effects?

In this guide we will answer all of those questions and more. We will show you what Spironolactone is used for; what the correct dosage is; and what people who are using this drug are saying.

What is Spironolactone Used For?

You can use Spironolactone for hair loss and it does seem to be commonly used for that purpose. However, that’s not the main purpose of this drug.

Prescribed under the brand name “Aldactone”, the main purpose of Spironolactone is to prevent the build-up of fluid, which, if left unchecked, can lead to serious problems like heart failure. Spironolactone is also used to stop excessive hair growth in women.

This goes against what you might expect for this drug. So, what what is going on and is Spironolactone for hair loss really a thing?

Spironolactone for Hair Loss

The type of hair loss that Spironolactone is said to cure is very specific. It is female pattern hair loss in particular, which is much rarer than male pattern baldness but is caused by many of the same factors. It is also used to treat certain conditions that can trigger hair loss, including polycystic ovary syndrome.

There are many experts prescribing Spironolactone and advising for its use, suggesting that it has helped with receding hair lines as well as alopecia and female pattern baldness. But there is very little actual research out there to suggest that this is a genuine treatment. One of the few studies that has been conducted on Spironolactone for hair loss concluded that as many as 30% of female patients may be able to experience some form of hair growth.

The women tested had suffered from female pattern baldness and a third of them noticed very prominent results, while a slightly higher proportion were able to limit further hair loss in the future.

However, it’s important to note that this test was very small, that it was one of the only ones performed and that there is nothing to suggest that these effects will remain over the long term. The fact that it can be used to stop excessive hair growth suggests that there could actually be some hair loss on Spironolactone. However, this hasn’t really presented itself in enough cases for it to be a problem.

Spironolactone Dosage

Spironolactone Dosage

If you have been prescribed Spironolactone for hair loss then you should take the amount that your doctor recommended. This will likely be between 25mg and 100mg up to 2 times a day, but it all depends on the condition being treated, the severity of the issue and any previous attempts that have been tried and have failed.

Many dermatologists recommend that you begin with just 25mg taken twice a day and that you increase the dose to 100mg taken twice a day if there are few positive effects. As with all hair loss treatments, Spironolactone will take some time before it starts showing results, so be prepared to wait a few weeks at least and several months at the most.

Spironolactone Side Effects

Spironolactone Side Effects

There are many Spironolactone side effects. These should all be considered before you think about taking this drug. If you have been prescribed it for a medical reason then the side effects are worth the risk; the issues that may rise without the drug are likely to cause more problems.

However, while it is important to weigh up risk and reward, the side effects for Spironolactone are actually very minimal. And the ones that are a concern are very rare. These can include hyperkalemia. This condition can be fatal. An increase in prescriptions for Spironolactone has actually caused an increase in hospital admissions with hyperkalemia.

Women taking this drug can also experience problems with the breast tissue, including an enlarging of the breasts. Other Spironolactone side effects include:

  • Infertility
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Erectile dysfunction

To limit Spironolactone side effects you should pay close attention to the label. One of the main issues with this drug is an excessive build-up of potassium, which can cause renal problems and even renal failure. As a result, patients are asked to limit their intake of potassium-containing foods. So, no multi-vitamins and supplements that contain potassium; no prune juice, melons, bananas, sweet potatoes and other potassium-rich foods.

Spironolactone Reviews

So, what are users of Spironolactone saying? Spironolactone reviews are not exactly in plenty supply, especially when it comes to Spironolactone for hair loss. However, we have spoken with a few people who have tried Spironolactone for hair loss and the results are as varied as the studies have suggested.

Some have reported huge benefits, with disappearing bald patches and thickening of the hair. This is more notable in women who have suffered from female pattern baldness and have many noticeable bald patches and patches of thinning hair. The same can’t be said for men with thinning hair, male pattern baldness and other common issues. In fact, we haven’t heard many success stories from men who have taken Spironolactone.

That’s not to say that it’s not effective in them but that it just might be more effective in curing female hair loss. On average, it seems that at least half of he women who use Spironolactone for hair loss report some positive results. But there is still a long way to go before we determine whether this really is the answer and before we know enough about it to start recommending it.

More tests need to be done; more studies need to be completed. We need to gain a better understanding of what the long-term effects of Spironolactone use are. Until then, this is a drug that holds a lot of promise, but one that you should avoid unless you have been specifically prescribed it by a licensed physician.

Medications that Can Cause Sudden Hair Loss

Medications that Can Cause Sudden Hair Loss

Sudden Hair Loss

There are many medications that can cause sudden hair loss, some to a greater degree and with a greater frequency than others. This is never pleasant but mostly irreversible. However, that’s not always the case and there are times when damage is done and can not be undone.

The focus of this article is medications that can cause hair loss, and more specifically sudden hair loss. By this we don’t mean that your hair will fall out as soon as the first pill is swallowed, but that the hair loss will be substantial and will occur within a short timeframe.

Can Medications Cause Sudden Hair Loss?

Us humans are pretty vain creatures. The majority of us will look at a side-effects label on a medication prescription and zero-in on things like hair loss and acne. It’s not that we’re less worried about those than we are about side effects like “death” and “coma”, it’s just that we seem to think, “those things will never happen to me, but hair loss…that would be just my luck”.

Unfortunately for many of you, that bad luck has struck. Every gathering you attend, and indeed every health-based message board, is awash with stories of people waking up with their hair on their pillow. This strikes a chord will all of us. It’s a fear we all have and one that many of us will (thankfully) never experience.

If you avoid certain medications, including those on this list, then you can avoid it as well. Just don’t put the fear of sudden hair loss ahead of the symptoms or diseases that these medications can fix. This list of medications that can cause sudden hair loss was designed to help you and inform you, not scare you. Although, like every health article on the internet, it will probably do a bit of both.

Progesterone and Hair Loss

Progesterone Hair Loss

There are many medications on this list that probably don’t cause hair loss. There are also medications that can cause sudden hair loss in very rare circumstances. However, with progesterone, it really can cause hair loss and it’s not all that rare.

Progesterone and hair loss is closely linked and it is actually one of the main causes of hair loss in women. However, it’s not a guarantee that you will experience loss or damage to your hair when using this medication and it should grow back when you stop.

Where hormones are concerned, the hair loss stems from a lack of growth. We lose around 100 hairs everyday, and if new ones do not grow to replace them, then over time you will notice bald patches. That’s essentially what happens with this medication. When you stop taking it you are restarting that growth process.

Invokana Hair Loss

Invokana Hair Loss
It seems that there is a link between Invokana and hair loss. This drug is prescribed for type 2 diabetes and hair loss in patients taking Invokana has been quite common, especially for a side effect that is listed as rare.

There are many other side effects that can present with Invokana, and these are just as concerning. However, it’s important to remember that these are still fairly rare and the only reason they seem common is because this is a popular drug.

The good news is that your hair should return when you stop taking it. Of course, if your diabetes is not under control then you may not have that choice. So, first discuss the issues with your doctor and then see if you can come to a reasonable conclusion. Just bear in mind that your doctor is unlikely to tell you to stop a drug because you think you are losing a little hair. If they believe it is curing your diabetes, which is a much more serious issue, then nothing short of all your hair falling out will convince them to stop it.

Gabapentin and Hair Loss

Gabapentin Hair Loss

There is nothing on the label that warns against hair loss with Gabapentin. You will see countless threads related to Gabapentin and hair loss on hair loss forums, but the science doesn’t really back it up. We’re not doctors and we can’t talk for individual cases, but there is a chance that patients taking Gabapentin are more prone to hair loss because of other reasons and that this is purely coincidental.

Gabapentin is often prescribed for nerve pain, which in turn can be triggered by everything from stress to skin problems, both of which are common causes of hair loss in men and women. Gabapentin may also be prescribed for certain mental health issues. We know that anxiety can lead to hair loss while depression can lead to a poor diet and lifestyle, which itself also triggers hair loss.

Gabapentin and hair loss are probably two separate and unrelated things. If anything it shows us why we should always dig deep to uncover the cause and that we should never point fingers at a medication or an activity just because we have recently taken it up.

Antibiotics and Hair Loss

Antibiotics Hair Loss

Although it is uncommon, antibiotics can cause hair loss. This is very rare and most people will not experience any noteworthy side effects from taking a course of antibiotics. More importantly, they are often prescribed for a serious and potentially life threatening condition, so if you do experience hair loss it’s probably something that you simply have to live with.

Antidepressants and Hair Loss (Seroxat, Prozac, Lexapro)

There is quite a significant link between antidepressants like Seroxat and hair loss. Again this is quite rare, but most users of antidepressants will experience side effects when using these drugs and for many, this is quite common. The hair loss in this instance is not alopecia and is actually something known as “Telogen Effluvium”.

This is basically a stress-induced form of sudden hair loss. It can come as a result of poor nutrition, anxiety, illness and other high-stress conditions. When you use antidepressants you are often in a highly emotional and stressful state of mind. The other side effects may increase this, as can the anxiety you might feel at starting a course of treatment.

All of this can lead to your hair follicles going into a state of rest, during which little to no hair is produced. As mentioned above, when they are not growing new hair then you begin to lose more hair than you gain and bald patches appear.

Best Hair Loss Shampoos for Women (Hair Growth Formulas)

Best Hair Loss Shampoos for Women (Hair Growth Formulas)

Best Hair Loss Shampoos for Women

Looking for some hair loss solutions? This list of the best hair loss shampoos for women might be able to help you.

We have combed through the best products on the market and have pieced together a list of the shampoos that standout the most for us. These shampoos have been listed below in no particular order and are typically available all over the world. However, there may be some restrictions with some of these shampoos depending on where you live.

Minoxidil for Women

We have covered this product extensively in our Minoxidil for Women article, so we won’t repeat that here. Needless to say, this is a high quality, FDA approved and clinically proven product that does seem to work, but doesn’t work for everyone. It is available as a generic product, as Women’s Rogaine, and as a formulation in products such as Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment.

As good as it is (or rather, can be) it’s not the ultimate product. It can cause side effects, it doesn’t work for everyone and it can also be expensive. Visit the linked page to learn more about this product, the many forms that it comes in and what we think about it. It does deserve to be on a list of the best hair loss shampoos for women, but there are also many other top products out there that deserve a little discussion. And because we’ve already focused heavily on Minoxidil for Women, it’s now time for those other products to shine.

Argan Oil Shampoo

Hair Loss Shampoo for Women

This oil is used as an ingredient in many high-end shampoos. You can also buy it in its pure form. When choosing an argan oil shampoo it’s important not to be swayed by marketing claims and to look at the actual ingredients. Anything can call itself an “Argan Oil Shampoo” if it contains just the smallest amount, but you need it to be a main ingredient if it’s going to do you any good and if it’s going to deserve a place on any list of the best hair loss shampoos for women.

Argan oil works because it is an effective moisturizer. It helps to lock moisture into the roots and the hair itself. Like ingredients such as castor oil, it is also high in Vitamin E, which is great for your skin and for your hair. Argan oil is also easy absorbed into the skin and does not leave any kind of greasy residue, which is why it is often used in skin creams and why it works well on its own as a moisturizer.

One of the best hair loss shampoos for women that has argan oil as a main ingredient is the simply named Argan Oil Shampoo by Art Naturals. This consists mainly of argan oil, but there is also some aloe vera and rosemary in there for balance.

Pura D’or

This deserves to be on any list of the best hair loss shampoos for women and makes it near the top of ours. It is an all-natural and organic shampoo that contains many of the hair grow vitamins we have discussed here on Hair Growth Pills. These include Vitamin B compounds like Niacin and Biotin, both of which have been proven to help strengthen, repair, condition and grow your hair. What’s more, a deficiency in these compounds can actually trigger hair loss, so this shampoo helps you to top up (although, in truth, you should be consuming these vitamin in the food you eat or as a supplement).

There are no harmful ingredients used in the creation of this hair loss shampoo. No parabens, no sulfates. It’s all natural, it’s all organic and it’s all exactly how it should be. It may not be the most effective hair loss shampoo on the market, but those natural ingredients mean it is safe to use everyday. It may also be safe to use in combination with other hair loss treatments.

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex

Reviews of Hair Loss Shampoo for Females

Created by the haircare experts at Avalon, this product aims to help build your strands from the root to the tip. It is on our list of the best hair loss shampoos for women because it is effective, it has a variety of uses and it is also very cheap. Like Pure D’or above, it may not be the most effective shampoo for hair loss you will come across, but it can also be used as an everyday shampoo.

And let’s be honest, once you move away from treatments like Minoxidil, the effectiveness declines somewhat. So, you’re really only looking for a shampoo that offers some form of benefit, and a shampoo that also aids with conditioning and strengthening, as opposed to s shampoo that can perform miracles. Because if it was that easy to cure hair loss with a few vitamins, minerals and fancy oils, then there would be no bald people in the world.

If you like this shampoo then we would also recommend some other shampoos from the Avalon range. There are a number of these out there, all with different purposes. These is one of the better ones we have encountered in the range, but there are others, including the Rosemary Volumizing Shampoo.

Waterman Grow More

This is a hugely popular product. It is one of our favorites and a good way to round off a list of the best hair loss shampoos for women. There are a host of effective hair loss vitamins, minerals and more packed into this shampoo. Some of them have been proven to assist with hair growth, some of them are all marketing hype. But it’s nice to see a shampoo that brings all of these together.

This means that along with ingredients like argan oil, rosemary extract and biotin, this formula also contains caffeine, vitamin B7 and more. They claim to have tested it on many different hair types and hair styles, all with positive results. We’re not sure about that, but we have experienced some positive feedback and it certainly seems to be able to get the job done.

What’s more like all the other products on this list of the best hair loss shampoos for women, it’s natural, it is composed mainly of vitamins and minerals, and it is therefore relatively harmless. There are no parabens or other nasty ingredients either and there are also many extracts and vitamins in here that you won’t find in the products mentioned above. So, even if it doesn’t work, at least the only thing you stand to lose is a few dollars.

Lyme Disease Hair Loss (Causes, Treatments, Hair Growth Solutions)

Lyme Disease Hair Loss (Causes, Treatments, Hair Growth Solutions)

Lyme Disease and Hair Loss

Looking for information on Lyme Disease and hair loss? Then you have come to the right place. Here on Hair Growth Pills we focus on both the causes and the cures; in this guide we’re going to turn the spotlight on this horrible disease.

Lyme Disease has been in the global spotlight for the last few years. A number of celebrities have talked about their struggles with this disease. That has thrust it into the mainstream, with many people now beginning to understand what it is, what it can do and how damaging it can be. Because of the connections between Lyme Disease and hair loss, it’s something that we have also decided that there is a desperate need to cover.

Lyme Disease and hair loss go hand in hand. Many sufferers of this disease have experienced it and it is one of the many damaging and upsetting symptoms. So, let’s take a look at Lyme Disease in full as we ask why are Lyme Disease and hair loss so closely linked and what can you do about it if you experience it?

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is caused by a bacteria, which is transmitted via a tick. This tick carries the bacteria and then passes it to humans. The tick in question is the backlogged deer tick, which is the most common tick in the United States and is typically present in long grass. The disease causes all kinds of unpleasant symptoms and while it can be treated with a short course of antibiotics, some people with the disorder experience symptoms for the rest of their lives.

It is a very difficult disease to diagnose and typically presents with symptoms that include fever, headaches and fatigue. One of the side effects of this disease is hair loss, and it’s one of the most unpleasant. Because while it’s not dangerous or life threatening, it can be very difficult for the patient and can damage their confidence.

Lyme Disease and Hair Loss: The Causes

Lyme Disease and Hair Loss Cause

While we know that Lyme Disease and hair loss go hand in hand, we don’t really know how the disease triggers hair loss. It can make the hair dry and brittle. It can make it fall out in clumps. All of this way know, but medical professionals have yet to determine just what the reasons behind this are.

Some suggest that it could be the result of a build-up of toxins. As discussed on our Causes of Hair Loss in Women and our Causes of Hair Loss in Men articles, bad nutrition can play a huge role in hair loss. There are vitamins out there that can play a role in keeping your hair strong, shiny and intact, and a lack of them can have the opposite effect. So, there is a chance that Lyme Disease and hair loss could be the result of the disease damaging the way that the body processes vitamins.

It could also be related to stress, it could be related to the treatment, and to the way the bacteria responds to it. It could even be a combination of all of these things.

Lyme Disease and Hair Loss: The Cures

Lyme Disease and Hair Loss Cures

While the cause of hair loss in Lyme Disease is not quite clear, the ways that you can counteract it and regrow your hair is a little clearer. The first thing you should look to do is to make sure you are eating well, consuming the right vitamins and minerals and that you are avoiding stress. Take a look at our Best Hair Vitamins and our Vitamins for Hair Growth articles to find out what you should be consuming.

You can also try some supplements and shampoos. Some of these, like Keranique Hair Regrowth Treatment, contain medications that are designed to speed-up the hair growing process. There are also medications such as Finasteride, which also goes by he name “Propecia”. However, these can cause side effects and if you are recovering from this disease then you may be more exposed to them than you would usually be.

One of the best things you can do is look into some simple, safe hair growth remedies. We have discussed these many times already, but to give you a quick rundown take a look at the next section.

How to Regrow Hair After Lyme Disease

Here are some treatments that are typically used to regrow hair on your eyelashes and eyebrows, and can also be adapted for your scalp:

  • Aloe Vera Gel and Castor Oil: We love castor oil here on Hair Growth Pills. It is loaded with essential oils and Vitamin E. It has some anti-fungal properties as well. By adding it to the aloe vera gel you are creating a substance that can easily be rubbed on your scalp and you are also benefiting from those soothing effects.
  • Olive Oil: You can also add this to the aloe vera gel, or just apply it directly. Olive oil is a great lubricant and it is also full of healthy fats and vitamins. It is a natural and safe way to cleanse and soothe and may be able to help with hair growth. It is already being prescribed to treat skin conditions and have been used to clear ear wax blockages for many years.
  • Lemon Peel: This may sound like an odd inclusion, but it does work. If you create your own lemon peel mixture by adding the peel to olive oil and letting it sit, you can create a substance that is sticky, gloopy and perfect for rubbing on your hair. It will soothe and strengthen.
  • Coconut Oil: Another favorite of ours, this is popular with many users worldwide. It has found a place in countless kitchens and medicine cabinets. You can apply it directly, leaving it in and then washing it out hours later. The results should be instant, but they will increase over time. The coconut oil will nourish and protect. It will keep damaged hair away from the stresses of the outside world, allowing it time to grow back to normal.

Further Help with Lyme Disease

Help With Lyme Disease and Hair Loss

Looking for more information about this horrible disease and all of the damage that it can do? Then make sure you checkout the following links. These don’t focus on Lyme Disease and hair loss as we have done in this guide. Instead, they discuss the disease in more detail. They will point you towards ways that you can receive help and treatment in the United States and further afield.

Knowledge is essential and in this article we have hopefully helped you with that. But having support and guidance is also just as important and these links should be able to fill in the gaps that we have left:

Resources for Lyme Disease Support

  • CDC: Where better to learn about the symptoms of a disease than the Center for Disease Control? They have warned about this illness many times over the years. They are now working hard to bring down the numbers of sufferers, while helping those who have been unfortunate enough to catch the disease.
  • Gov.UK: Do you live in the United Kingdom? If so, then this page can help. It can point you in the right direction and allow you to seek help from the NHS. This is not as much of problem in the UK as it is in the US. But many people still catch it. What’s more, because the health service isn’t as used to dealing with it, they may be oblivious when you report the symptoms to them. So, make sure you are informed about your own symptoms so that you can keep them informed as well.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: This organization has a full guide devoted to Lyme Disease. It covers all symptoms (including hair loss) and helping with each and every one of them.
  • MedicinePlus: Another great resource, this one focuses on the available treatments for Lyme Disease. They are not as focused on hair loss and hair conditioning as we are in this article. But they encompass everything. And after all, as big of a problem as hair loss is, it’s far from the worst thing that can happen when you contract this disease.
Best Hair Loss Solutions (Baldness Cures, Hair Growth, Eyebrows, Eyelashes)

Best Hair Loss Solutions (Baldness Cures, Hair Growth, Eyebrows, Eyelashes)

Best Hair Loss Solutions

Suffering from hair loss? Worried that this is the beginning of a long, difficult and depressing process that ends up with you losing all of you hair? Don’t worry, because there might be something that you can do about it. In this article we will try to help you out as we look at the best hair loss solutions available to both men and women.

FDA Approved Medication

FDA Approved Hair Loss Solutions

If you are a man, then you can safely use a product that goes by the name “Finasteride” or the brand name “Propecia”. This works by reducing the amount of DHT in your body. This is the chemical that attacks your hair follicles and stops them from growing hair. By limiting the amount of DHT in your body, you can limit the amount of hair loss you experience.

This is easily one of the best hair loss solutions for men, but it has not been approved for women. There are issues with birth defects and potential hormonal problems, so women should avoid it. There is an FDA approved medication for females though and that’s Minoxidil. This is a topical solution that works over the course of many months and can help to ease hair lost through alopecia and female pattern baldness.

To learn more about this, pay a visit to our Minoxidil for Women page. You should also take a peek at our Keranique Hair Growth Treatment Page. This is a shampoo that contains 2% Minoxidil, the main active ingredient.

Vitamins and Minerals

Your hair loss may be the result of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Therefore, one of the best hair loss solutions for you is to simply discover what this deficiency is and then make sure you get enough of that vitamin/mineral going forward.

If you are not getting enough iron, then your hair will suffer. The same may apply to Vitamin D. However, the vitamin that causes the most problems when you don’t get enough of it is zinc. This can actually cause hair loss, so if you are not consuming adequate amounts, your hair will begin to fall out. It will also become brittle and prone to breaking.

In our Best Hair Vitamins article and our Hair Growth Vitamins articles we also discuss how extra amounts of certain vitamins can work wonders for your hair. These are also discussed in our Foods for Hair Loss page, where we discuss how you can get these vitamins in their natural source.

Simply put, if you get a complete vitamin profile every day, then you are drastically increasing your chances of experiencing hair growth. A good diet and a good vitamin profit is therefore one of the very best hair loss solutions for both men and women.

Supplements

Hair Loss Solutions for Men

There are hair growth supplements out there and many of these can help. However, most of them just contain a bundle of vitamins and minerals that you pay over the odds for. Manufacturers basically add simple hair loss vitamins into one tablet, give it a fancy name and design, market it like crazy, and then hope you pay inflated prices for it.

If you break the ingredients down and buy them separately, some of the highest priced supplements will cost you just a tenth of their retail price. However, there are others that use rarer ingredients and specialist formulas. Such is the case with Viviscal. Typically, we would be dismissive of such products. However, this actually seems to work. Reviews are very good and the majority of people who use it seem to experience some kind of hair growth, making this one of the best hair loss solutions by far.

It might not work for you, of course. But the same can be said for everything out there. The good news is that this is relatively safe and if it doesn’t work, the only thing you have lost is a few dollars. The price is a issue that many will not be able to get over. So, it all depends on your budget and on how desperate you are. Don’t worry though as there are other options. Our list of the best hair loss solutions is not yet over.

Better Care

We’re not going to judge you for your routine, but if you are experiencing hair loss then there is a good chance you are doing something wrong. At the very least there is a chance that you could do something better. One of the best hair loss solutions is to stop the hair from being damaged or from falling out in the first place.

For this, you need to understand what the cause might be. So, be sure to check with our Causes of Hair Loss in Women and Causes of Hair Loss in Men articles. You might be able to find a cause that you can undo. For instance, if it’s hormonal, then a simple course of medication can fix it; if it’s pregnancy related, then it’s just a matter of time; if it’s related to hairstyles, then find a new style!

We’re always quick to look for an easy fix. We would rather take a magic pill and have our issues go away than work hard at getting them fixed. However, in many cases it just takes a little care and attention and the problem will resolve without the risk of side effects and without incurring a great expense.

Home Remedies

Hair Loss Solutions for Women

And finally for our list of best hair loss solutions, there are ways that you can speed up hair growth at home. You can use everything from castor oil to coconut oil and more to help. These are topical solutions that you apply direct to the source of the problem. They work in a number of ways depending on the ingredient, but typically they attack microbes that are limiting growth; they provide nourishment to your hair; and they soothe the scalp.

We have countless articles on DIY Hair Growth here on Hair Growth Pills, so take a look around and see if you can find anything to your liking. Just remember that these don’t work for all causes of hair loss. And if the cause is an infection, then you might be doing more harm than good by applying a product to the source of hair loss.

Minoxidil for Women / Rogaine for Women (Does it Work? Side Effects, Results)

Minoxidil for Women / Rogaine for Women (Does it Work? Side Effects, Results)

Minoxidil for Women

If you are experiencing hair loss as a woman then it may feel like you don’t have many options. In fact, Minoxidil for Women is one of the few options that you do have. Prescribed as a treatment for female pattern baldness and alopecia, this is the only hair loss treatment that has been approved by the FDA for use in women.

Minoxidil for Women is widely available and has been used by a number of women already, with many of them reporting results. However, it’s not all positive. There are side effects, risks. It can also be quite expensive and it’s far from a completely safe product. In this guide we’ll look at this product in full, answering all of your questions and hopefully alleviating your concerns regarding Minoxidil for Women.

Hair Growth Treatments for Women

As mentioned above, there aren’t really that many options for women when it comes to hair growth. Rogaine for Women was therefore launched into a wide open market. It had the “FDA Approved” label, it had the backing of a brand that had already proved with the male market. As a result, Rogaine for Women was an instant hit and many generic copycat formulas began to appear on the market.

The only other options that women have are hair growth vitamins and supplements, which we have already discussed extensively here on Hair Growth Pills. These are natural and safe. They are not FDA approved, but they are not medications and most of the ingredients they use are commonly found in food anyway.

There are also treatments that resolve around using certain tools or beauty treatments. Such is the case with the Dermaroller, which we have already covered. However, while this might have some (debatably) positive results when used on the skin it is unlikely to produce similar results on the hairline or scalp.

In other words, if you want something that will work more times than it will not; something that has worked for countless of people already; and something that has the scientific studies to back it up, then Rogaine for Women, or generic formulations of Minoxidil for Women, is your only option.

Hair Loss in Women

Rogaine for Women

In previous articles we have explained how there can be many causes of hair loss in women. These relate to hormonal issues, trauma, infections and more. What’s more, hair loss is actually more common than you think. Not only does it affect more than 30 million women in the United States alone, but we all lose around 100 hairs every single day without any underlying problems. For women who have alopecia, which is one of the more damaging causes of hair loss, that figure increases to a minimum of 150.

So, don’t worry if you’re noticing a lot of hairs in the plughole or on the brush, it’s common. Instead, you should be on the lookout for bald spots, thinning hair, a receding hairline and any other noticeable hair loss. If you notice a problem then make sure you discuss it with a doctor so they can rule out a number of potentially serious conditions (and provide more effective treatments for ones that are not) before you start using Rogaine for women.

Minoxidil for Women: Does it Work?

Minoxidil for Women, Does it Work?

It does work for many women, but not for all. The rates of success are high, but you need to use it correctly and for many months at a time, and even then you may not experience the effects that you expect. However, even users who don’t get the full hair growth they have been expecting still experience some form of growth, thickening or conditioning of their hair.

Minoxidil for Women may also go by the name “Minoxidil 5”. The “5” in this case refers to the strength of the formula, as it contains 5% Minoxidil. Some hair growth formulas only contain 2%. The product should be effective in both cases, with the lower concentrations the directions may require you to use more of the product. At the same time, you may need to be more careful when applying the higher concentrated product.

Rogaine for Women: Side Effects

There are a number of side effects to look out for when using Women’s Rogaine, as well as generic formulations of women’s Minoxidil. Many of these are the result of an allergic reaction. But that doesn’t mean they should be dismissed. We’re sure we don’t need to tell you that allergic reactions can cause serious medical complications and that they may even kill you, so don’t take these lightly if they do occur.

  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pains
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Feeling faint and dizzy
  • Sudden unexplained weight changes.
  • Facial hair growth.
  • Swollen hands or feet.
  • Rash that lasts for a long time

If you experience any of these you should look to stop treatment and then speak to a doctor. These are rare, not common. And you should only look to continue treatment indefinitely or for an extended time if you experience no side effects at all.

Minoxidil for Women: Pros and Cons

Minoxidil for Women Side Effects

To help you make up your mind about using Women’s Rogaine or generic formulas of women’s minoxidil, take a look at these pro and cons. Just bear in mind that these are our opinions. We have taken a neutral stance on this issue and on all treatments discussed on this site. As a potential user, you need to enter this with a neutral, yet open, mind as well. If you start looking for it as a product that can help you and even “save” you from your problems, then you will be less inclined to pay attention to the warnings.

At the same time, if you are negative about using women’s Minoxidil before taking the plunge, then you will likely pay more attention to the cons than the pros.

Pros

  • Results: Rogaine for women has proved to be as effective, if not more so, than any other product on the market. This is also true for the generic formulations of this medication, such as Keranique Hair Growth Treatment. It has not proved to be as effective of a hair growth treatment as Finasteride, but that has only been approved for use by men due to the complications regarding birth defects and other potential hormonal issues.
  • Availability: It’s one of the few hair loss treatments for women that has actually been approved by the FDA. It’s also widely available, both as a generic formula, as the brand name and as something that can be found alongside the best hair growth vitamins.
  • Easy to Apply: Minoxidil for women is very easy to apply and the fact that it is a topical solution as opposed to a tablet makes people feel more at ease regarding its use. The truth is, side effects still appear regardless of how it gets into your bloodstream, but it does make it more accessible.

Cons

  • Side Effects: You could argue that the side effects are minimal and rare, which is a positive. But when you compare those side effects to the hair loss treatments, they are actually much more common and much more serious.
  • Price: Minoxidil for women is fairly cheap over the short-term. But you need to be using it for many months at a time to see results. Once you start purchasing in bulk the price goes up and you might need to spend over $100 before you start seeing any results.

Rogaine for Women: Conclusion

We can’t tell you whether you should or should not use this medication. It might be able to help you, it might not. It might be cost effective, it might leave you broke and frustrated. It’s up to you to determine if it’s a good option. But before you dive into it, you should make sure that you discuss it with your doctor, try to find the cause of your hair loss and then carefully study the side effects and the pros and cons above before making your decision.

You can also find many more articles that can help you here on Hair Growth Pills. So, take a look around, learn more about hair loss, about women’s minoxidil and about alternative treatments that can help you without needing to use this medication.