Can Women Regrow Hair?
Men aren't the only ones who experience hair loss and baldness. But can a woman stop hair loss and even start growing hair back once it's started falling out?
Men aren't the only ones desperately seeking a solution to their thinning and balding domes, as ladies throughout the world are asking: "Can Women Regrow Hair?"
The short answer: YES! Keep reading to learn how.
While hair loss is normally attributed to men, it's by no means a "male only" problem, just ask the millions of women throughout the country who are desperately seeking a solution to their thinning hair. And they've got good reasons to be concerned.
Why Hair Loss Is Tougher On Women Than Men:
Men don't realize how lucky they are, even when it comes to going bald. Sure, it's not an easy process, and it can severely damage even the most confident man's ego, but the emotional pain is nothing like what women go through. Society doesn't look down on bald men the way it does bald women. And while very few men would intentionally desire to go bald, losing their hair isn't the end of their world.
What do Jason Statham, Sean Connery, Patrick Stewart, Vin Diesel, Andre Agassi and a whole host of other celebrities have in common? I mean besides being rich? That's right, they're bald! But more importantly, they're still considered "sexy" by most societal standards. How many celebrity women have embraced the hairless look? None. Well, unless they've done so for a movie roll. Even then, those rolls usually only involve the military (i.e. "G.I. Jane") or movies about life-threatening illnesses like cancer.
Long story short, guys have NO IDEA what it really means to lose their hair. They can come out of it looking better than ever, provided they shave it off and don't go for something cheesy like a comb over or toupee. Women don't have that luxury. So guys, if you're reading this and are concerned about going bald: Snap out of it!
Can Women Regrow Hair?
Finally, the part you've been waiting for, right? Well, to answer your question: Yes, women can regrow hair! That's the short answer. The long answer is a little more detailed, so bear with me.
It is possible for your hair to grow back, but it does depend on the conditions that caused it to start falling out in the first place. Here are the most common situations regarding why women lose hair:
Illness. Certain sicknesses can cause your hair to start falling out, and some of them can actually be quite serious - so it's a really good idea to meet with your doctor regarding your thinning hair, even if you're not necessarily talking about your hair problem. The last thing you want is to leave a potentially fatal illness undiagnosed while you're feverishly trying to make your hair fill back in. And like stress, once you tackle the illness, your hair will probably return.
Medicine. This is kind of related to the previous topic. Certain medications can actually make your hair fall out. The most notable example is probably Chemo-Therapy, which helps fight cancer, but there are others. For instance, I took Accutane when I was in college, and it instantly made my hair start thinning. It mostly grew back, but within a few years it started slowly falling out again. My dermatologist attributed this to the Accutane (which I took for acne).
Diet. While you probably won't read this in very many hair loss brochures, I'm thoroughly convinced that the foods and beverages you eat and drink do play a role in your scalp health. Even if the foods and drinks themselves don't directly lead to hair problems, they can lead to the other conditions I outlined above. For instance, if you're eating fast food and processed foods, your body might respond by becoming sick. And becoming sick usually adds stress. So now you've got two major contributing factors working against you. So in a way, diet might be considered a root cause of hair loss, rather than a direct cause. Don't worry, I won't go into detail about how to eat healthy, but I did want to mention this anyway.
How Can Women Regrow Hair?
Women have several options for regrowing hair, as I've outlined below. Remember that treating hair loss is most effective when you catch it early, so if you're noticing more hair than normal in your hair brush, now is the time to take action.
Here are some great ways to prevent your hair from falling out, and in most cases will even help it grow back:
Get Healthy. Change your eating habits to include whole foods. Say "no" to fast foods, processed foods and unnatural preservatives. Drink lots of water and skip out on sugary, preservative-ladded drinks like sodas and energy drinks. Get plenty of sleep and reward yourself with relaxation therapies like health spas and mediation. Exercise is also also important. I could go on and on, but I think you get my point.
Minoxidil, commonly distributed as "Rogaine." Rogaine for Women has been shown to help stop hair loss in the majority of women, and in most cases will even promote hair regrowth. It's an over-the-counter medication that is available at nearly any pharmacy, drug store or grocery store, and it's relatively cheap (about $15 to $20 for a one-month supply). It's also easy to apply, as it goes on topically. Minoxidil is the only FDA approved pharmaceutical medication for female hair loss.