Nearly 40 percent of women notice some degree of thinning by age 40. Whether stress, hormones, age, or genetics are to blame, the end result can be a real confidence sapper. The good news? We found new innovations that regrow hair — no matter the cause — for a fuller mane and a happier you!
Best New DIY
One key to restoring volume is to wake up follicles that have become stuck in the resting phase. A rosemary essential oil rub can help! The oil stimulates and strengthens circulation to the scalp so follicles get the blood and nutrients they need to shift them into, and prolong, the growth phase.
In fact, a recent study found rosemary oil to be as effective at regrowing hair as 2% minoxidil. To do: Mix 4 drops of the oil like GuruNanda Rosemary Oil ($5.94, Walmart) and 1 Tbs. of a carrier oil, like coconut oil. Rub onto your scalp for 1 minute; let sit 5 minutes, then rinse. Use every other day for results in 30 days.
Best New Supplement
Whether from age, stress or hormone flux, when the hair follicle–shrinking hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) increases, it can cause hair to grow in thinner and fall out faster. But recent research has found that supplementing daily with a mix of astaxanthin (an algae-derived antioxidant that halts DHT production) and fermented biotin (a vitamin that produces the amino acids needed to form keratin, hair’s building block), results in a noticeably thicker head of hair in one month.
A supplement that has both: New Chapter Perfect Hair, Skin & Nails Beauty Supplement ($31.42, Walmart).
Best New Rx
Since an over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all solution may not be strong enough to resolve every case of hair loss, dermatologists have created a way to tailor the fix specifically to you. The potent solution? Hairstim, which is a topical compound of study-proven prescription and natural hair growers.
How it works: After a scalp examination, your doctor determines what your hair-loss pattern is, then selects the ingredient blend that will best treat it, says New York City dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, MD.
First, a base is created from prescription-strength hair growers like minoxidil, topical finasteride and spironolactone (which were previously oral-only hair-growth medications) and retinoic acid (research shows it enhances ingredient penetration). Then it’s combined with natural ingredients like resveratrol, turmeric, and lavender that target root causes of hair loss like scalp inflammation or overproduction of DHT.
When applied to a clean scalp every night, you’ll see a substantial decrease in shedding and a noticeable increase in growth within two to three months!
This article originally appeared in our print magazine.
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