What can help a woman with thinning hair?

Dealing with thinning hair can be a challenge (not to mention an emotional letdown), but thankfully there are some tricks to make the most of what you’ve got.
  • Try an over-the-counter topical solution of 2.5 percent minoxidil, which is both the generic and chemical name for Rogaine. If you don’t see results after using it twice daily for six months, give it up, and ask your physician about other options available by prescription. Remember, hair loss can have an underlying medical cause. Your doctor can test to see if you are anemic (have low iron) or have an underperforming thyroid. Other medication you may be taking and stress can also partly be to blame.
  • Find a great hairstylist. Be open with him or her about your hair loss (you won’t be the first person to admit it!).
  • Try coloring your hair. Adding highlights can move attention away from your thinning areas. In addition, it can give your hair shaft a boost, plumping it and enriching its volume.
From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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