Stimulating Hair Growth
For women suffering from hereditary hair loss, stimulating new hair growth can be the key to them recovering some of their volume and enjoying healthy locks once more. So how do you go about stimulating those follicles that have become inactive?
How to stimulate hair growth
Scalp massage is one way to help stimulate hair growth – this increases blood flow to the scalp and ensures that your follicles are getting the nutrients they need to grow new hairs. You can also use essential oils like lavender and rosemary to make this process relaxing, as well as contributing to the overall health of your scalp.
Focusing on your diet is also very important in helping your hair to regrow. Your body must be getting the right balance of certain vitamins and minerals to ensure healthy hair growth. The human body is an incredibly intelligent being – if it’s not getting enough vitamins and minerals, it will concentrate its depleted vitamin resources on essential tasks like digestion and your immune system, rather than hair growth.
Stimulating hair growth with minoxidil and Women’s REGAINE®
The active ingredient in Women's REGAINE® is minoxidil. This ingredient was initially used as an oral treatment to help reduce high blood pressure – but researchers discovered that their patients all experienced increased hair growth while taking the oral version of minoxidil. An unexpected, yet very welcome side effect for those with hereditary hair loss!
Realising that they could have found a new treatment for hereditary hair loss, scientists converted minoxidil into a topical solution which could be applied directly to the scalp. Thus REGAINE® was born!
Hereditary hair loss is a combination of genetics, hormones and age, with all three of these factors joining forces to cause a progressive shrinking (or ‘miniaturisation’, as it’s known in the hair loss community) of the scalp follicles, and a shortening of the hair’s growth cycle. The growth cycle continues to become shorter, with hairs appearing smaller and finer, until eventually there’s no growth at all. This can lead to sparse areas, especially at the crown and the temples – two problem areas for many women with hereditary hair loss.
So how does minoxidil work to help combat hereditary hair loss? How does it work to spark follicles back into life and help give women the volume they’ve been dreaming of?
The exact mechanism of action of Minoxidil is still something of a mystery – however, researchers affirm that the ingredient fights hereditary hair loss on numerous fronts. It rejuvinates dormant follicles, forcing them into the growth phase, and it also helps to keep hairs in this growth phase for longer, resulting in longer, thicker locks.
As well as sparking these follicles into life, minoxidil helps follicles to increase in size, so that the hair produced is thicker than the one it previously shed. This boosts overall volume and offers extra coverage for the scalp, helping to prevent sparse areas from becoming apparent.
With more follicles in the growth phase, due to previously inactive follicles being nudged back into life, thicker hair will continue to grow through. Using Women’s REGAINE® Women don’t have to be reminded of their hereditary hair loss every time they look in the mirror. Hair appears more voluminous and healthy, with these positive effects continuing as long as Women’s REGAINE® is applied once daily to a clean, dry scalp.