As a New Zealand women, I’ve grown up with the notion that much of my sense of self (and sometimes even self-worth!), is intrinsically associated with my appearance and how others, or more importantly, how I feel about my appearance at any given point in my life.
As normalised/wrong/gender biased as this may seem to some, for me, it’s simply a fact. I am a 37-year-old product of my environment and my physical characteristics and how I choose to present myself to the world do play a strong role in how I identify with my heritage, my family, my friends as well as strangers.
The body positive movement is forcing many of us to ask some hard questions about this very topic, about why the size or shape of our thighs should have any impact on how kick-ass we deem our femme-selves to be. But, our physical self is made up of much more than thighs, bums, mum-tums and bingo-wings (what remains of my triceps!). We love – or should try to love – our skin, our noses, our teeth, our big foreheads we inherited from our dads and, we probably do love our hair, at least on that one day each month we have time to wash and blow dry it!
Much is out of our control. We can go to the gym, exhibit full, disciplined control over what we eat and drink but we can’t control when our hair will begin to grey or if we will be the 1-in-3 women who will experience hair thinning or hair loss after age 30. Many women identify strongly with their hair, it can ground us and remind us of our heritage, styling it – or not styling it – can make us feel empowered, or simply……..beautiful. Our hair as females can make a statement, we can use it as a symbol of our beliefs and what we stand for, or in protest against what others feel we should believe in and stand for.
As such, female hereditary hair loss can be a devastating experience for many women. I was researching this piece whilst travelling, and amongst the crowds in airports and in close quarters on planes, I began to notice just how common it was among women.
Hereditary Hair Loss Facts
- Most people lose between 50-100 hairs a day, which is considered normal hair loss; a consistent loss of 150 hairs a day is considered significant hair loss.
- Can resemble an Evergreen tree pattern with the most extensive hair loss occurring on the top of the head and along the part.
- If untreated, hair thinning can worsen over time.
Treating Hereditary Hair Loss
Don’t despair, ladies, there is help available and it’s an easy, quick addition to your daily beauty routine and doesn’t require expensive specialist appointments.
Women’s REGAINE® Foam is the first and only once daily foam clinically proven to regrow hair in women.
Once daily. At home. Available in pharmacies without a prescription.
Sounds amazing right? But how does it work?
Launched in 2016, Women’s Regaine works to reactivate hair follicles and stimulate hair growth with the added bonus that new hairs can be up to 48% thicker than before. Active ingredient Minoxidil 5% works to increase the supply of blood and nutrients to hair follicles, resulting in strengthening existing hairs and encouraging them to grow.
Clinical studies show results in as little as 12 weeks but if you can’t wait that long, the amaze stylists and hair professionals at Frenchie & Co have shared some of their go-to methods for styling thinning hair;
- Create volume by backcombing around the crown of the head and part where female hereditary hair loss is most apparent.
- Use your straightener to lock that volume in by clamping hair at the root with your straightener set on low heat – try 150°
- Use products such as powder grip, dry shampoo and hair spray to maintain lift throughout the day.
- Lighter colour hairy creates the illusion of more volume
- Avoid a centre part
- Lobs, bobs and side fringes work well
How to Care for Thinning Hair
- Avoid tight, pulled back styles
- Give your hair a break! Try a ‘gentle hair day’ once a week
- Use sulphate free shampoos that don’t open the hair follicle
- Avoid over-processing hair
- Comb when wet, not dry
Women’s REGAINE® Foam is available from pharmacies nationwide RRP $85.99 for a 2-month supply, $129.99 for a 4-month supply.
This post was sponsored by Women’s REGAINE® Foam, all opinions expressed are my own.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.