Six tips to help deal with the effects of hair loss
Increase hair density
Look out for products containing minoxidil, which can be purchased over the counter and can help to improve blood flow to hair follicles and prolong the growing phase of your hair cycle. With continued use, the progression of hair loss is slowed and in some users, additional thickening is also noted. Also, look for formulations that combine minoxidil with anti-androgen and oestrogen drops, which directly target the hormones causing the problem.
Try hormonal tablets
For those with more advanced or rapidly progressing hair loss, hormonal tablets may be required. Some forms of the combined oral contraceptive pill contain anti-androgen effects and are protective against FPHL. If menopause-related, HRT can be considered although in both situations the potential risks of long term hormonal therapy needs to be discussed and weighed against potential benefits. Spironolactone, a diuretic medication, also has an anti-androgen effect and is used off-licence by dermatologists for women suffering from hormonal acne and hormonal hair loss. It’s always best to consult your doctor before taking any hormone tablets.