Fight hair loss
As you age, your hair loses bounce and shine. But for many women, those changes can be more severe: a widening path, thinning ponytail and excessive hair loss.
Get a growth plan
If you can pinpoint the reason for your hair loss with your doctor, you can take steps to do something about it for good.
1 Genetics is the most common cause of female hair loss
Before you go down a google hole of home remedies, know that “the only topical treatment with evidence-based efficacy is minoxidil,” explains Dr Neil Sadick, a dermatologist who specialises in hair loss. Be patient: it takes at least three months of daily use to yield results, so stick with it.
2 Stress and crash diets are the next most frequent culprits
“Three months after a major trauma, like surgery, you may have temporary hair loss,” says Dr Sadick. Biotin or zinc supplements can strengthen the hairs you have (so they look fuller) until the rest of your hair grows back in about six to 12 months.
3 Inflammation is a factor
Scalp inflammation is present in a majority of women with hair loss,” explains Dr Sadick, who suggests coupling a topical growth treatment with a prescription steroid solution. Weekly sessions of lowenergy laser therapy can also help.
4 Hormonal changes – from menopause or birth control pills – can mess with your hair
Spironolactone, a prescription drug that controls androgens, or a new birth control can put hormones into check to normalise.
How to bulk up fast
It takes time, about three months, for growth treatments to work. While you’re waiting, bring in reinforcements: volumising blowdry creams and lightweight mousses. Apply your blowdry cream to damp hair, working well from the roots to the ends. Comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. Flip your head over and blast dry, using a big round brush to add volume. Work through the mousse and set your hair in Velcro rollers to smooth frizz and add fullness. Finally, spritz with hairspray.