I’m a woman with alopecia in two areas of my head. I would like to know what I can use to regrow hair in these areas. I have tried Rogaine but it gave a lot of itching. I herd there is a shampoo for hair loss. Does it work?
Rogaine (minoxidil) is the best hair loss treatment currently available for females with thinning hair. Which Rogaine product did you try? If you were using men’s 5% liquid, I would first suggest trying Rogaine for Women (2% minoxidil) as it you may find it less irritating. Another option you may wish to investigate is Rogaine Foam or a generic minoxidil foam. These foam-based products do not contain propylene glycol which can cause itching, irritation and redness.
There are no shampoos clinically proven to treat androgenic alopecia. However, there is some evidence that suggests Nizoral dandruff shampoo with the active ingredient ketoconazole may be as effective as minoxidil for treating hair loss.
For more about the possible benefits of ketoconazole, see the following article on our Hair Loss Q&A Blog: Does Ketoconazole Work as a Hair Loss Treatment?
Most importantly, there are several causes of female hair loss. If you have not yet done so, I highly recommend consulting with a dermatologist in order to determine if your balding is genetic or non-genetic.
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