Hair loss happens. It’s as common in women as it is in men. In fact, 20 percent of women in their 20’s experience a level of hair loss, while 30 percent of those in their 30’s and 40’s, and 50 percent for women in their 50’s and older notice hair loss. It tends to be a progressive, on-going condition that sometimes requires combination treatments depending on the cause and level of hair loss. Women’s hair loss may not be as noticeable as men’s because of the hair loss pattern. Men tend to lose their hair around the temple area, which then travels around to the back, and women tend to lose hair around the crown of their head. There could be several factors that cause the hair loss, whether it be an unusual side effect of a medication, stress or hormone fluctuations.
Rogaine is an over-the-counter option for men and women who experience hair loss. It takes about two to three months to start to see results from the topical treatment. This FDA-approved and clinically-proven treatment is a reliable hair-loss treatment. However, not all treatments will work the same for everyone. Prescription products, such as Propecia, show better results for men than they do for women. It works to slow down the hair loss and stop it in some cases. It has shown great improvements in hair re-growth as well. If women find they don’t have as much success with the female-strength Rogaine, they could try the male Rogaine. It is important to check in with your dermatologist first before trying a higher strength hair loss remedy.
In some cases, patients will not only experience hair loss on the top of their crown, but also in their eyebrows and eyelashes, which is more common for women. Latisse, is an FDA-approved topical 16-week treatment for eyelashes. If interested, as your dermatologist if the eyelash-growth treatment would be effective and right for you.