August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, and the time is right to talk about this sometimes-taboo topic. Whether due to hormones, stress or a medical condition, hair thinning and hair loss in women is quite common. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that 40 percent of women experience hair loss by age 40.
“We’re seeing more hair loss as of late for various reasons,” says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, board-certified dermatologist and LovelySkin CEO. “As it gains attention, people are becoming more aware of treatment options and their increased effectiveness. A spike in hair loss could be due to the effects of hormonal treatments, but we simply don’t know the exact cause. The plastic in water bottles could be one possible cause, so I’m urging my patients to avoid these and other hormone disrupters. Not only does this encourage a healthier lifestyle, but it pressures companies to take unsafe products off the market.”
When it comes to combating hair loss, there are an array of technologies out there that promote healthy hair regrowth, from peptide-packed shampoos to biotin-powered oral supplements to follicle-stimulating laser gadgets. Here’s a look at six options.
Hair Growth Supplements
What they are: A drug-free vitamin for hair growth in tablet form that you take orally with water, once in the morning and once at night.
What they do: Strengthen thinning or weak hair with biotin, vitamin C and apple extract and also encourage new growth with an exclusive marine complex called AminoMar. *
How they work:* Nutrients make their way through your bloodstream to nourish your hair follicles at the source. A minimum of 3 to 6 months of treatment is recommended for best results.
What they are: A dietary supplement in capsule form that you take orally (four capsules daily with food).
What they do: The two-pronged formula—featuring a polypeptide complex plus a hair health complex of fruit, tea and seed oils and extracts—helps keep your scalp healthy and boosts hair growth.
How they work: As the capsules dissolve, the active ingredients help block hair loss and spur new hair growth to return both stronger and thicker. In a clinical study, an impressive 91 percent of users said their overall hair growth improved.
Therapeutic Shampoos for Hair Loss
What it is: A shampoo that promotes healthier hair growth.
What it does: Stimulates your scalp with rich botanicals to cleanse your hair while helping it look fuller and thicker.
How it works: Ingredients such as baicapil, apple stem cells and other antioxidants increase circulation and penetrate the scalp to strip away impurities that block growth in the hair follicle, such as DHT, a hormone that can make hair growth sluggish. Refreshing eucalyptus oil and aloe vera also calm and soothe any itching or flaking.
What it is: A soothing shampoo that is one part in a four-part regimen.
What it does: Soothes the scalp with cooling menthol and promotes new hair growth that’s healthy and strong with botanical ingredients.
How it works: As the first step in the four-part Surface Awaken Regimen, this shampoo and its complementary conditioner, scalp spray and hair treatment strengthen strands with vegan proteins and block DHT, which leads to hair loss. What’s more, it’s even safe for color-treated hair!
The Best At-Home Device for Hair Loss and Thinning
What it is: A headband-shaped, medical-grade laser light apparatus for both men and women.
What it does: Shines 82 laser light beams onto your scalp in three 30-second treatments: one for the front of your scalp, one for the middle and one for the back—a total of ninety seconds.
How it works: The light energy from the lasers stimulates growth factors in your hair follicles, which helps reboot the growth cycle. That translates to fresh hair growth and a boost in hair fullness and density.
The Best At-Home Treatment for Hair Loss and Thinning
What it is: A liquid hair treatment you apply with a nozzle-like applicator and massage into the scalp three times a week for three months.
What it does: Reduce hair loss and promote new growth at the root using a four-part formula.
How it works: Capucellpro delays hair loss by prolonging the life of existing hair while herbal oils (think sage, lemon, rosemary and cypress) and solanum promote healthier hair bulbs beneath the surface of your scalp for healthier new growth. Grape procyanidins and canaga oil strengthen hair strands too. After sixteen weeks of use, 79 percent of users reported an increase in growth (by 39%) and a reduction in hair loss (by 24%).
Looking for more options? Browse our full stock of dermatologist-approved treatments for hair loss and thinning hair.