What Women Can Do about Thinning Hair and Hair Loss

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It's estimated that more than 50% of women experience noticeable hair loss, but how do you know if your hair is falling out at a higher rate? You might see more hair fall out daily on your brush, the floor, in the shower, or on your pillows. You might see noticeable patches of missing hair or your part may get wider, or see your scalp through your hair. 

What causes hair loss? There are three main types of hair loss: Anagen effluvium, telogen effluvium, and female pattern hair loss or FPHL. 

  • Anagen effluvium is caused by medications like chemotherapy that poison a growing hair follicle 
  • Telogen effluvium is caused by an increased number of hair follicles reaching the telogen phase, which is the stage where hair falls out. This can happen due to fluctuating weight, hormones, and stress. 
  • Female pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia is the most common. Hair thins over the top of the head and on the sides.

Ricki Lake recently opened up to The Doctors about her battle with hair loss that was brought about by fluctuations in weight and stressful periods in her life. She also thinks years spent on hormonal birth control has contributed to her hair falling out. Ricki shares, "You actually can feel the hair shedding. In the shower, there'd be a clump of hair in the drain, it would cause almost PTSD," candidly adding that nothing helped her until she found Harklinikken

While any woman at any age can lose her hair, it's most common for:

  • Women over 40
  • Women who have recently given birth 
  • Women who have had chemotherapy and those who have been affected by other medications
  • Women who often have hairstyles that pull on the hair (like tight ponytails or tight braids) or use harsh chemicals on their hair
  • Menopausal women

Are you worried your hair may be thinning? There are lots of things you can do to help maintain the health of the hair follicle, but what are your options to actually regrow hair? The Doctors have rounded up some popular treatments, starting with Ricki Lake's favorite -- and they are all available online. 

 

Harklinikken 

Harklinikken 

Ricki Lake very candidly shared her hair regrowth journey with The Doctors and shares that nothing worked for her until she found Harklinikken. 

 

Nutrafol

Nutrafol

Formulated for women experiencing hair thinning due to stress, dieting, overstyling, and environmental toxins. 79% reported feeling more confident after six months. In a clinical study, 86% of women reported improved hair growth and 84% saw stronger hair after six months.
$88

 

Women's Rogaine

Women's Rogaine

2-month supply of a topical treatment for women's hair regrowth. 
$24

 

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Shampoo

85% reported increased hair volume and strength. This color-safe, anti-thinning shampoo features the exclusive Regeniplex blend of Kakadu plum, pea peptides, clover flower, turmeric and ginseng to stimulate the scalp and provide fuller, thicker hair. Helps add volume by thickening each strand.
$20

Briogeo Scalp Revival

Briogeo Scalp Revival

Scalp Revival Shampoo is formulated using potent natural ingredients that provide relief for dry, irritated, itchy, flaky scalps and help remove impurities. 
$42

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

Kiehl's Magic Elixir

This pre-shampoo treatment for all hair types promotes a healthy scalp environment, leaving hair looking and feeling healthier.
$42

 

Hers

Hers

The topical solution that can stop hair loss, and may even help you regrow hair. 
$30-$44

 

Viviscal Advanced Hair Health

Viviscal Advanced Hair Health

Viviscal offers scientifically formulated products that promote healthy hair growth from the inside plus gorgeous hair on the outside.
$30

Vegamour Gro Hair Serum

Vegamour Gro Hair Serum

Apply daily to visibly increase hair density with, while reducing loss from combing and washing with visible results in as soon as 90 days!
$52