By Olivia |
Though some people may crack jokes about receding hairlines and bald spots – shame on them! – hair loss is no laughing matter for the person who is going through it. Hair is such a big part of your appearance that when the strands start to go, your can feel as if your femininity or your masculinity is going down the drain with them. Fortunately, there are hair growth products that can come to your rescue.
Hair Growth Products
Minoxidil – Minoxidil was the first drug to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss. It is available over the counter under brand names such as Rogaine, Regaine, Avacor and Mintop. It is a topical solution that must have contact with the scalp in order to have an affect on your hair. Minoxidil is available for men – usually in a 5 percent minoxidil solution – and women – usually a 2 percent minoxidil solution, because it has been determined that this is the optimal level for women to experience hair growth. Twice a day application is recommended to achieve the best results.
Provillus – This hair growth product also makes use of minoxidil as an ingredient, but it adds vitamins for hair loss, to make it what they call a two-part system for growing hair. It comes in two formulas – one for men and one for women. The men’s topical solution is 5 percent minoxidil. The men’s hair vitamin supplement contains ingredients to nourish hair follicles such as vitamin B6, biotin, zinc, saw palmetto and a proprietary blend of herbs – nettle root, pumpkin seed, eleuthero ginseng, uva ursi extract and muria pauma. Provillus for Women consists of a 2 percent minoxidil topical treatment and a supplement that contains vitamin B6, biotin, magnesium, horsetail silica and PABA (para-amino benzoic acid).
Propecia – Propecia is another FDA approved drug for the treatment of hair loss. This pill works by lowering levels of the testosterone by-product DHT, which is a cause of balding. Propecia is available by prescription only and, sorry ladies, it is for men only. Women of child-bearing age are advised not even to touch the pill for the harm it can cause a fetus in the event she should become pregnant.
Biotin – Biotin is a vitamin in the B family that is essential for the growth of healthy hair. Biotin for hair loss is often prescribed by doctors to women with thinning hair. A typical dose is 2 mg a day, but can go as high as 5 mg daily for women whose hair loss is on the more severe side. Biotin is so important for the health of hair follicles that is a common ingredient in hair growth products. See other natural hair restoration options such as apple cider vinegar for hair loss and neem oil for hair.