As generic a problem as hair fall may be, the reasons that trigger it in women and men differ. So to understand what treatment a woman must undertake to save her tresses, she must first know what’s causing it.
To begin with, get your blood tested to rule out any thyroid malfunction or autoimmune diseases. Since PCOD or PCOS also causes hair loss in young women, consult your gynecologist to check the health of your ovaries.
If any of these problems exist, then consult an endocrinologist or gynecologist, respectively. If not, and you’re not hitting menopause, then consider the following as possible causes: like medication, illness, infection, chemicals from hair styling products or androgenetic alopecia (which is genetic).
Minoxidil 2% is and FDA approved medication for female-pattern hair loss, and is available over-the-counter. While minoxidil does not grow new hair, it works by prolonging the growth phase of hair – providing more time for hair to grow out to its full density.
However, women should consult their dermatologist, who is experienced with the product, to off-set any known side effects — such as irritation or fine facial hair that could develop along the cheeks and jaw line.
The other drug recommended for hair fall in women is finasteride. This is exclusively for use by women of non-childbearing age. The anti-androgens spironolactone and flutamide work by blocking the male hormone testosterone at the cellular level of the hair follicle, thus promoting hair growth.
While this takes care of medication or illness-induced hair loss, women must not inflict torture on their hair with excessive use of hair products, demanding hairstyles like tight braids and cornrows, colouring and heat drying!