Be careful when shopping for hair growth products, as some falsely claim to help your locks, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, a number of products that can boost your tresses and perhaps your self-esteem are out there; some come recommended by the Mayo Clinic as well as publications like “Essence Magazine,” “Glamour Magazine” and “Marie Claire Magazine.” So whether you hope to make your hair grow longer or want to stop female pattern balding in its tracks, you might be able to find a few top products without visiting a doctor’s office.
Chemical-free shampoos are essential for hair growth and maintenance, according to “Glamour Magazine” and “Marie Claire Magazine.” Those shampoos with natural ingredients are less likely to cause unwanted tress stress, including hair loss. Recommended brands include Lavett & Chin, Matrix Biolage Delicate Care Shampoo, Ojon, Aveda, Phyto and Rusk Sensories Wellness Heal Restorative Shampoo.
Once you find that great shampoo, be sure to only wash your hair two or three times a week to promote maximum hair growth. On the days you don’t shampoo, you can still keep your mane shiny and clean by rinsing the entire head with lukewarm water and applying a deep conditioner to the ends if needed.
Vitamins, Vitamins, Vitamins
All kinds of vitamins can help boost hair growth, according to “Essence Magazine,” “Marie Claire Magazine” and the Mayo Clinic. Biotin supplements taken daily can help resolve nutritional deficiencies that might cause hair loss. If you try this, it’s a good idea to take only 2.5 milligrams (mg) each day as you can take too much of these water-soluble B vitamins. Daily multivitamins with plenty of antioxidant blends and vitamin B also come recommended by UCLA dermatologist Harold Lancer. The Mayo Clinic also notes that vitamin C foods and supplements can greatly enhance your overall health, including hair growth potential.
Sometimes, female pattern balding happens despite a woman’s best efforts to grow her hair longer, according to the Mayo Clinic and “Essence Magazine.” You can try using over-the-counter (OTC) minoxidil, best known as the brand Rogaine, to help promote hair growth. The topical cream must be used twice daily to prevent additional hair loss and hopefully increase hair growth. However, it can take up to six months for Rogaine to work. Unfortunately, it may not work at all. If Rogaine doesn’t work, you might ask your doctor for the prescription ointment anthralin, commonly marketed as Dritho-Scalp. This treatment must also be applied each day and also may not work.
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