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What are some treatments for inherited hair loss?

The best treatment options for genetic hair loss include:

  • Learning to live with it (Talk to a professional counselor. It can help.)
  • A good hair stylist (a professional cut by an experienced stylist can make a big difference) and cosmetic techniques to even out hair loss
  • Some combination of hair additions (things like wigs or extensions) and hair replacement surgery

Many people with hair loss also use minoxidil, the only FDA-approved medication that offers safe and effective treatment of both male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness. Minoxidil is available in both oral (by prescription only) and topical (over-the-counter) forms. Generally it is more effective at slowing hair loss than at stimulating hair growth, but many people say they experience both.

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