7 Fixes for Thinning Hair
Photo: Laspata Decaro, from the book Metamorphosis
Treatment: Minoxidil, the only topical ingredient that's FDA approved to regrow hair in women. Rogaine has just launched a 5 percent minoxidil foam for women ($30; drugstores). (Previously, the only option for women was 2 percent.) Sadick also suggests in-office red-light laser treatments, which can increase the number of hairs as well as the diameter of the hair shaft.
Treatment: Switch birth control pills. Or if you're past childbearing age, your doctor may suggest a prescription antiandrogen medication, like spironolactone (brand name Aldactone) or finasteride (brand names Propecia and Proscar) off-label, says NYC dermatologist Fredric Brandt, MD.
Treatment: A prescription topical steroid or a zinc shampoo, in addition to the treatments listed on slides 2 and 3.
Treatment Adjust your diet or add supplements. First talk to your doctor, who can then prescribe a supplementation program tailored to your level of deficiency.
Treatment: Switch meds if possible.
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