M.D.S reveal the best cures for hair loss!
If your part is expanding or the thickness of your ponytail is shrinking, you’re not alone: Some 65% of us will have experienced some significant degree of hair loss by the time we reach 60! Is there any way to stop—or reverse it? Yes, say our medical exp
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It’s still minoxidil, better known by the brand name Rogaine. “Think of minoxidil as an anti-aging cream for your scalp,” says dermatologist Melissa Piliang, M.D. “Just as you apply anti-wrinkle cream to your skin at night, every night consistently apply 5% minoxidil foam, which is gentler than the liquid formulations that can cause itching.” The key word: consistently! “My patients often say, ‘ I tried it for a month and nothing happened, so I stopped,’ ” says hair loss specialist Marc Avram, M.D. “Most people see results after six to nine months of using minoxidil, so don’t give up.” One option: Women’s Rogaine Unscented Foam, $21.55, Walmart.com.
Shampoo more, not less!
One mistake Dr. Piliang says her patients often make? “A lot of them cut back on how often they shampoo because they think it’ll make shedding worse. No so! “It’s so important to shampoo regularly to ward off dandruff, which can clog
follicles, exacerbating hair loss,” she says. It also removes DHT, a hormone that blocks hair regrowth. Choose a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione and/or ketoconazole, such as Nizoral A-D Anti Dandruff Shampoo, $ 8, Amazon.com.
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Two more essential hair-growth nutrients? Vitamin D and zinc, says Dr. Piliang. Vitamin D helps reset the hair cycle from shedding to the growth phase. “And zinc keeps hair follicles healthy.” A daily multivitamin should satisfy your zinc needs, and, with your M. D.’s okay, take 600 IU of vitamin D daily. One option: Solgar Vitamin D-3 600 IU, $11.39 at Vitamin Shoppe.com.
Cue the protein!
“If hair were an animal, it would be a lion, not a lamb,” says Michael Lorin Reed, M.D. In other words, your hair craves red meat! “Protein is essential for healthy hair, and red meat, in particular, contains elements that encourage growth such as iron, manganese and magnesium.” Vegetarian? Protein-rich picks include egg whites, Greek yogurt, almonds and whey protein powder.