Alternative hair loss treatments for Women exist to help with mild to moderate hair loss. Vinci Hair Clinic’s team of experts can help you to recover your lost hair and give you a fuller head of hair.
Minoxidil (trade names: Rogaine and Regaine) is a vasodilator that relaxes smooth muscle cells in the blood vessels. It was first marketed for treating high blood pressure, but patients taking it noticed excessive hair growth as a side effect. It was then found that direct application of Minoxidil solution to the scalp could stimulate hair growth. Despite this finding, Minoxidil’s ability to promote hair growth is not fully understood. Some believe that it enhances hair growth by decreasing the flow of calcium in the cells, which reduces the growth of hair fibres. Minoxidil sulphate encourages potassium ions to enter the cells and inhibits the influx of calcium, facilitating hair growth. 2% Minoxidil solution is recommended for women rather than the 5% mostly used for men.
Finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) was first marketed to treat prostate problems in men. Currently, it has been proven to prevent production of DHT, a substance known to damage hair follicles. Although it was the first drug approved by the FDA for treating hair loss in men, it has never been approved for treating female hair loss. Finasteride is known to cause birth defects and is not recommended for use by women.
Ketoconazole (Nizoral) is used to treat fungal infections. It also has anti-androgenic properties and can cause a decrease in the production of testosterone and other androgens by the adrenal gland and ovaries. Because of these effects, it can be used to treat hair loss.