Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just men who experience balding. Women experience it too. In many cases, women experience overall balding rather than spot balding like men. Medical experts believe that genetics is the main cause for severe hair loss in women.
If you’re experiencing serious hair thinning, especially as you age, doctors will usually prescribe a type of medicine called Minoxidil.
What is the science behind hair loss?
Individual strands of hair are rooted in a shaft on your scalp. In women with thinning hair, the shaft area begins to shrink. This may have several causes, including lack of blood vessels and blood supply. As the shaft becomes smaller, it eventually ceases to support any more hair follicles.
How does Minoxidil work?
Basically, Minoxidil increases vasodilation, which increases the blood pressure and supply to the scalp. This prevents the hair follicle shafts from shrinking and losing its functionality. There are many brands of Minoxidil in the market, and you can always make your purchases at the pharmacy.
Minoxidil is often applied after shampooing. It can be massaged into damp hair. Minoxidil is often dispensed either in liquid or foam, but foam is the more common way it is dispensed. After massaging it into your hair, leave it on for the entire day for at least 8 hours before washing. In fact, the best time is to use it at night before bedtime.
Remember that you must consult either a doctor or pharmacist before using it as there are restrictions, especially for those under 18 years of age. Minoxidil has to be used regularly for at least 4-6 months before you see any results.