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Thinning Hair Treatment

Several causes exist for thinning hair and both men and women can be victims. Some of the causes of hair thinning can include:

•Hormonal changes
•Some illnesses

There are treatments available – some are over the counter, some are by prescription only, which can help alleviate this frustrating problem.

Basic and Noninvasive Thinning Hair Treatments

If thinning hair is not advanced or if it is only mildly affecting the look and feel of hair, there are some simple hair thinning treatments available to help make hair look thicker and fuller.

Wash and condition hair on a regular basis. Oil in the hair weighs the hair shafts down revealing any thinning that may be occurring.
A volumizing shampoo offers added volume to the hair hiding thinner areas.

Another trick is to find a haircut or hairstyle that works best with thinning hair. You could also consider getting a permanent wave which can aid in making the hair look thicker.

Over-The-Counter Treatment for Thinning Hair

•Minoxidil (Rogaine)
Rogaine has been available over the counter for several years now and shows great promise for those suffering from thinning hair. Both men and women can use this product and it comes in several different strengths depending on the severity of the condition. Rogaine works best for regrowing lost hair but offers no help in stopping further loss of hair.
Read more about minoxidil here.

Procerin is clinically effective and an all-natural treatment for thinning hair and loss. It is a topical treatment. It works by blocking the accumulation of Dihydrotestosteron (DHT) in the hair follicles that causes hair loss.

Another natural remedy for hair thinning, ProFollica is essentially a three-step system consisting of a shampoo, a topical gel and a nutritional supplement. All three components work to make the scalp healthier and provide the best environment for hair growth.

Corvinex is another muliti-tiered approach in remedies for thinning hair. This treatment uses a natural food supplement, hair nurturing shampoo and follicle spray. Both men and women can benefit from this treatment.

Prescription and Surgical Thinning Hair Treatment

In more severe cases of hair thinning, it may be necessary to turn to a doctor to help. There are several prescription medications available and surgery may also be an option.

•Finasteride (Propecia).
This is a medication to be used only by men and has received approval by the FDA. Finasteride falls into a class of medications specifically called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by blocking the conversion of testosterone to DHT in the scalp. Initially it was used to treat a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) commonly known as enlarged prostate. When men were treated for BPH, they noticed a thickening of hair and new hair growth. Since then it has been used as a treatment for hair loss and thinning hair. Although it is not approved for use in women, some “off-label” use of this product have been used in women suffering from androgenic hair loss; hair loss as a result of the male hormone testosterone.
Read more about finasteride here.

•Surgery or hair transplants.
Hair restoration or hair transplant has improved tremendously over the years and is a more permanent treatment for thinning hair. Typically, this approach uses different techniques like FUT (follicular unit transplant), FUE (follicular unit extraction) or scalp reduction.