From shedding to alopecia, there's a solution for you.
If you’re not sure what’s causing your hair loss, read Is Your Hair Falling Out? to try to determine the cause. Then, check out the products designed to address your issues.
If you’re dealing with breakage, Pasadena dermatologist Paul McAndrews, MD recommends lubricating products that prevent friction between hairs.
Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Hair Spray, $27: This leave-in conditioner uses coconut and monoi oils to moisturize strands and prevent them from rubbing against one another, which causes structural damage. Because it’s highly emollient, it works best on thicker, more textured hair types.
Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray, $13: If you blow—dry, flat iron or curl your hair using heat, you risk weakening the shaft with tension and friction. This product aims to form a protective barrier around hair so it’s less susceptible to damage; therefore ends are less likely to break off.
If you’re recovering from excessive shedding, getting your scalp in optimal condition can improve the speed and health of new hair growth.
Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner, $56: This cleanser removes buildup from the scalp, relieving itchiness and decongesting hair follicles of excess sebum. It also helps with dandruff.
Sephora ReTress Serum, $59: Peptides have been a buzzword in skincare over recent years for their ability to bind to moisture and help damaged skin repair itself. This serum is essentially a skincare treatment for the scalp, improving nourishment to and strengthening hair follicles, and reducing inflammation. In a 16-week clinical study sponsored by the manufacturer, 95% of women reported improvement in their hair density.
Male / Female Pattern Baldness
If your hair loss seems to be gradually getting worse, according to McAndrews, you’re most likely dealing with androgenetic alopecia, a hormonal problem. Products that block DHT—the androgen responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics—are the only way to halt progression.
4 Month Supply, Rogaine for Women Hair Regrowth Treatment Foam, $37: Minoxidil, also known by its brand name, Rogaine, was the first drug approved by the FDA for male pattern baldness. It comes in a variety of formulations; this 5% minoxidil unscented aerosol foam for women is the newest.
Propecia, available by prescription only
Finasteride, brand name Propecia, is an oral medication approved by the FDA to treat hair loss in men. Some dermatologists have also prescribed it to women suffering hair loss, provided they do not plan to become pregnant, as the drug can cause genital abnormalities in a male fetus due to its hormone-blocking mechanism.