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Not wanting to be seen by anyone I knew, I ducked into a store quite a distance from our house, heading straight for the product I sought. I had been eyeing it for years, but until this moment, couldn’t rouse the courage to actually buy it.

Tucking the box under my arm so the name wasn’t obvious, I grabbed a few more items to further hide it and headed to check-out, trying to act nonchalant about my purchase…


My husband had been cutting my hair for a few years, but this time I sensed something was wrong. He would touch a section with the scissors, pull back, comb another section, let it fall.

This went on for awhile before he finally explained, ”Your hair just keeps getting thinner and thinner! I’m not sure how to cut it anymore! But don’t worry,” he added, seeing the forlorn look on my face, I’ll love you and think you’re beautiful even if you’re completely bald.”

Sigh.

My grandmother wore her hair short, in soft curls maintained with regular perms and a nightly hair-rolling ritual. When she combed the curls out, spreading them across her scalp, it helped disguise the fact that she was slowly but surely going bald.

The illusion of thickness. That’s what it’s all about when you’re dealt thin, and thinner-by-the-minute, hair.

I’ve always had baby fine hair, but didn’t realize I’d inherited Grandmother’s thinning-hair gene until ten years ago or so. I wish I’d inherited her ample bosom, or at least her gardening and sewing skills, along with it.

No such luck. Just the thinning hair.

As my hair continued to thin – and to require shorter and shorter cuts – I began researching the problem, refusing to just give in and start wearing my hair in Grandmother’s curls.

I tried an internal solution… eating healthier (lots of Omega 3), exercising (increased circulation to the scalp) and adding supplements like Flaxseed Oil, Vitamin E and Biotin that were rumored to help. I ultimately dropped 15 pounds I had long ago given up on losing, but didn’t notice a change in my hair at all.

I voiced my concerns to my doctor. At my request, he checked my thyroid function (twice!) but everything was normal. He just blamed hormones – I was in the beginning phases of peri-menopause at the time.

I’m sure menopause is a big factor, but the thing is, I remember way back when I was pregnant and taking prenatal vitamins that I never got the noticeable hair and nail growth most women experience. I suspected there was something blocking the absorption of whatever made them grow, but had no idea how to find out what it was.

Hitting that dead end, I focused instead on the illusion of thickness. I refused to perm my hair or roll it up each night on tiny rollers like Grandmother, but through my research discovered other tricks, like

1) Getting highlights in three slightly different tones for the illusion of depth

2) A “modified bob” cut with just the right amount of layers. Too many and it lies flat. Too few and, well, it lies flat.

3) An angled side part, so at least you don’t have to see how wide it’s getting and how much scalp is showing.

4) Tucking it behind your ears (unless you’re skilled with a round brush and a can of hairspray, which I’m not.)

5) Volumizers and products made specifically for thin hair

I found a hairstylist who understood thin hair, but he didn’t come cheap. Feeling guilty over the expense, I ”broke up” with him and played the field for a year or so with other talented hairdressers, but could never find another one who just knew what to do with my hair.

So I’ve returned to Michael. I’ll cut corners with cheap makeup and thrift store clothing… perhaps sell one of my children… but I’m going to stick with him as long as possible.

Just kidding about the children, of course.

Ah, vanity. Some people fight aging with Botox injections, breast implants or tummy tucks. I can ignore my wrinkles, can live with my small breasts and my “mommy” roll – the pain and expense of surgery just aren’t worth it for me. But I’d prefer not to see my scalp when I look in the mirror.

My friend Ann called a few weeks ago to tell me about a shop in Galveston that has beautiful wigs. She knows I expect to get one eventually. Ann has luscious thick hair. I know it annoys her when I voice envy, but she tolerates it, reminding me how thick hair presents its own problems, like taking forever to dry. I believe she’d share hers with me if she could.

But a wig is a last resort. Just thinking of wearing one makes my head feel hot and itchy. I don’t want to give in without grabbing every last straw and that’s why I visited an internist yesterday. She discovered my gynecologist didn’t run a full thyroid test, so she ordered one plus some other blood tests.

Turns out, they’re all normal. I’m grateful to be healthy, of course, but it means whatever is causing my hair to thin will remain a mystery. It could simply be genetics; it could be working thirteen years in a hard hat; it could be three pregnancies, medications I’ve taken, or just menopause. It could be all of them or none of them, as far as anyone knows, it seems.

I guess next time I visit Ann in Galveston, I’ll run over to that wig shop and have a look. Maybe try some on. I wonder if they have any that are highlighted in three tones of blonde, cut in a modified bob and styled behind the ears? No long flowing manes for me – when and if the time comes, I don’t think I want anyone to know and that would be a dead giveaway.

Well, maybe one long blonde one, just for fun. Because blabbermouth that I am, I’ll tell everyone I’m wearing a wig anyway.

In the meantime, I’m following one of the internist’s suggestions…

Not wanting to be seen by anyone I knew, I ducked into a store quite a distance from our house, heading straight for the product I sought. I had been eyeing it for years, but until this moment, couldn’t rouse the courage to actually buy it.

Did you guess? I’m trying Rogaine.

Oh, I hate to even say it. It feels like I’m in one of those before and after commercials with the men smiling into a mirror, admiring themselves. It sounds so desperate and last resort-ish.

But between yesterday and today I decided, why the heck should I be ashamed or try to hide it? I am desperate. I am down to last resorts. And obviously there are other desperate women trying to figure out what to do about their own thinning hair so I might as well share my experience and perhaps help someone else. I only wish I’d started it sooner.

I know I’ll never have hair like Ann’s (I never did!) but I’m hoping Rogaine will at least stop the thinning and perhaps even help a little grow back.

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

P.S. I’ve received no compensation from Rogaine for this post.

(If you have thinning hair, share your success and failure stories with me. I’m still open to suggestions!)

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  1. Generic Image DiDi says

    Everything I read about rogaine indicates it works for some men and rarely for women. I will be interested to know if you see any results.

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      It’s not dramatic… and might be my imagination… but I really think I see baby hairs and more density overall. Jury’s still deliberating, though :) One thing my doctor pointed out was that even if it didn’t grow new hair, it would stop the thinning. At this point I’d be satisfied with that (and wish I’d started sooner!)
      I’ll give an update in a few weeks, though.

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    • Generic Image jan thomas says

      I tried Rogaine – men’s – my dermatologist said use the cheapest and its the men’s at Costco.  (generic)  It itched after awhile.  So I told him and he said as soon as I was definitely past my periods – no chance of pregnancy, he would prescribe to my husband finasteride or proscar 5 mg.  Take 1/2 of a pill daily.  My hair has come back – it works.  In Europe, women take it all the time but its not allowed here.  So go to your dematologist.

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      • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

        Thank you so much for suggesting the medication! I’ll ask my doctor about it!.

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    • Sharyna Sharyna says

      I have been using generic (Walmart) Rogaine for almost 6 months.  I noticed the difference at about 4 month but recently, my husband commented on “how full” my hair looks.  Hope that helps…

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      • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

        I’m at about the 4 month point now and think I see something, but it’s hard to tell. Your comment gives me encouragement! Thank you!

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  2. LaurieAnnH1 LaurieAnnH1 says

    Barbara, I’m in the same boat as you with what I think is genetically thin hair.  I tried Rogaine about 7 years ago.  Used it for approx. a year, and all I got was extremely itchy scalp.  No noticible re-growth.  I think you are wasting your money, as the stuff is not cheap! The only hope for gals like us is transplant.  I also was a Hair Club member for about a year, another huge expense, major hassle, inconvenience, bad hair cuts (which don’t grow out) high maintenance hair!!  Good luck.  I have just resigned myself to the exposed scalp look.

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Thank goodness I’m not getting the itchy scalp! I hate that it didn’t work for you – I realize it doesn’t work for everyone. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed it helps with mine, although I don’t expect to have long, lush hair. As long as it fills in my scalp a little and slows down the thinning, I’ll be happy. And it’s cheaper than a wig or transplant! (Although I guess that depends on how long you use it!)

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  3. Florafauna1 Florafauna1 says

    Barbara your photo shows you to be a very attractive woman with an engaging look of intelligence and warmth. Your writing reflects all of that. I share your fine and thinning hair, and mine is also stick straight. But I have to wonder as I look at your beautiful pic if we could borrow a fine attitude from certain gorgeous men who also have hardly any hair. I’ve often wished that a shaved head would look great on me but knowing I just couldn’t go there, what of the bold attitude is left? Lately I’ve purchased extra hair in the form of clip on pony tails and elastic anchored curls, I’ve been perming my chin length hair and dying for effect, as you described. And still there is my scalp shining like a lake in the moonlight. Before I go buy the spray that will camouflage my scalp I have to ask this question: What would it look like to embrace this situation that so many of us are experiencing? We maybe need one highly visible role model to show us what this looks like. Someone like Ellen DeGeneres or Susan Sarandon? OR maybe we need several thousand lovely women everywhere to just make it look good. Step out in that trim and exercised bod, great makeup, put together outfits and, uh, HATS. No, really, short hair cuts with gleaming scalps and one dynamite, glowing, self-satisfied smile. Maybe teeth are the correct investment.

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Flora, don’t worry! Even though I’m trying these things, I don’t let my hair (or the lack thereof!) keep me from Life! Besides having such thin hair, I also inherited excessive sweating on my head from both parents!! I love to dance, so after just one or two, you can imagine my hair is plastered to my head. I admit I’ve wished I had a wig for those nights, but I’m not going to let it stop me from having a great time. I think of my hair the same as the rest of my body – I’ll do what I can to stay in shape and slow down the aging in moderation, but will also accept and love what I can’t change. (Thanks for all your sweet compliments, by the way. And I think your hair looks great!)

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  4. PattiP PattiP says

    I feel your pain Barbara. My mother wore wigs for too many years to keep her scalp covered. I have spent LOTS on products, styling, advice & gotten a lighter wallet. My hair looks okay with lots of product/grooming and it lasts until the first good wind. You are doing the best you can and so am I. Good luck to you! I will keep trying as long as I can too.

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      It’s funny – my mother had wigs when I was growing up but it wasn’t for a thinning scalp, just for style! It’s only been in recent years that her hair has begun thinning. Have you tried wigs yet? I wish more was known about what causes the thinning so perhaps it could be avoided! Thanks for the good luck wishes – good luck to you and please let me know if you discover the magic solution!!

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  5. Generic Image FrenchyNH says

    I have the thinning hair on top but a decent amount in the back.I have resorted to wigs and am having a great time.I belong to a wine tasting group and wear a different wig to  the parties.I get a kick out of meeting “new” people each time.A few have caught on and remember me .They think the wigs are great.Worked for Dolly!!!

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Frenchy, I am so tempted to buy a wig. If they weren’t so expensive, I’d already have one! Would you mind telling me where you get yours, about how much they cost and what to look for? Also, are they hot? My head already tends to sweat a LOT!

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      • Generic Image Abbott says

        Barbara, thiis is the first time I have send a comment on VB but I think it is destiny that you are the person I am sending this message to!  I had chemo and lost all of my hair and did some research on wigs.  Although there are numerous wigs out there I must say that the best deals and most comfortable wigs I tried were made by Raquel Welsh at wigs.com.  The customer support is amazing and you can return or exchange them with no hassle.  The one thing I did do is to find a person who has experience in cutting wigs…although they look good out of the box, a little trim and thinning here and there makes it look completely natural.  You also do not need to purchase all of the “special wig shampoos and sprays” etc.  Whatever worked on real hair will work on wigs!  On note, human hair wigs are not always the best wig to buy.  The do not last as long and tend to frizz.  Good luck and if you have any other questions feel free to contact me at clfluff@yahoo.com.

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  6. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    Abbott, thank you so much for the information! I’m so glad you saw my post and decided to leave your comment. I really appreciate it. On a side note, I hope the chemo worked and you are cancer-free!!

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  7. LaurieAnnH1 LaurieAnnH1 says

    Barbara,
    Yes wigs are H O T !!  Imagine wearing a wool hat all the time, even in hot weather.  Even the best wig cap and mesh construction will still make your head sweat.  ANd I reiterate Abbots advice about finding someone who specializes in cutting wigs, as they will NOT grow back from a bad cut.  As a hair club member, I was basically wearing a 3/4 wig, and suffered all of the above bad experiences.  Good luck!

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Yikes. Well, at least my hair wouldn’t be slicked down flat when I started sweating! lol I didn’t see anything on the Hair Club site about wigs – do they supply them, too? So much hassle – I think I’ll give the Rogaine a little while longer, maybe get a wig for when I go out dancing :) and otherwise just continue living with thin hair. Sounds like there are lots of us out there!

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  8. LaurieAnnH1 LaurieAnnH1 says

    the Hair Club is a system whereby they make a piece like a toupee and glue it onto your head.  It blends in with your natural hair.  You then go in about every 6 weeks and they rip it off, and re-do it, since your hair has grown out.  After a whle of that, I changed mine to one that you could clip on and off, but in the end, the hair breakage, the heat, the itchy scalp (you cannot wash underneath it very well), the bad haircuts (they hire people that can’t make it in the real world of hair styling), the insane upkeep, the astronomical cost (you have to get a new one twice a year as they start to look bad) I just said forget it and I live with the thin hair and exposed scalp.  It’s better to wear a full wig, people can usually tell you are wearing something.  Have you seen the white woman on Real HOusewives of Atlanta?  she wears a Hair club piece.

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  9. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    Oh, that sounds like so much trouble and so uncomfortable! I think I’d stick to my exposed scalp, too, or go with a full wig.

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  10. Generic Image janm says

    I was on the verge of getting a wig after trying Rogaine, Bosley products, etc. I found a hairdresser who let me try Dermmatch. It is makeup for your scalp. It comes in several shades, applies easily and stays on until i wash it out. An added bonus is that it gives my hair some texture. A $30. package is said to last about a year. It gave me peace of mind for now anyway.

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  11. Generic Image Ladyhawc says

    Having had the hair thinning problem when going through menopause, my hairdresser recommended Nioxin which worked great and I stopped it once my hair returned to almost its pre-menopause thickness.  Now, at 63, my hair is once again thinning and I have picked up a package of Nutri-Ox – Sally’s Beauty Supply’s brand.  It is a 3 step process and seems to be working again, although it has only been about 10 days.  Of course the real trick is will all those baby hairs stick around.  It is under $30 for a month supply and is definitely worth a try!

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      What Nioxin products were you using? I’ve been using the shampoos and conditioners but haven’t noticed much of a difference. Please let me know what you used that worked! Thanks!

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  12. Sharyna Sharyna says

    All I can say is Walmart (Equate) “Rogaine” for $18 for a 3 month supply.  Affordable, and it works for me.

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  13. Generic Image sm22026 says

    I have been using Extra Strength Rogaine for Men for about 10 years.  I won’t say it’s made my hair thick, but it has improved the texture and it stopped the hair from falling out which was my main goal.  My hairdresser says I’m the poster child for Rogaine!

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m at the point where I’ll be happy if it just stops thinning (but it would be nice to have thick hair for a change! lol)

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  14. Generic Image Caren Cantrell says

    I’ve had baby fine and thin hair all my life. I finally found a stylist like your Michael who knew exactly what to do. Frustrated with never being able to find a “one stop” place for information – Melissa and I decided to write a book specifically for women with thin/fine hair. It was published in October. It’s called “Fine-ly Fabulous! A Survival Guide for the Fine-Haired Girl” and you can find it on Amazon.com. I learned a lot while doing research for the book. You might find it helpful.

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  15. Generic Image Katielli says

    On one of my daily Email subscriptions (All Women Stalk), I saw an Article for Mira Hair Oil. It is an organic hair oil and there are great testimonials for the product. I haven’t tried it yet, but am thinking about it. If not satisfied, you can return the unused portion for a full refund. Couldn’t hurt.

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  16. cindycyn cindycyn says

    I don’t have clinically thinning hair; but it has always been *fine*.  There was one experience, however, when it was falling out in bunches.  I had moved to a new community apartment.  My hair fell in clumps in the shower.  Horrifying!  Fortunately I was only there five months and the hair loss ceased as soon as I moved!  There was something amiss with either the water, pipes, or shower head.  You could try replacing your shower head. Start with the simplest.
     
    I’m very pleased with the products that are helping the inherent fine hair.  Nature’s Gate Biotin shampoo is great.  Hair feels thicker.  Also, supplement with Horsetail herb.  I am getting my lashes and brows to thicken up by applying hexane free castor oil.
     
    I like earthclinic.com for natural remedy suggestions.  If you do a search there for “thin hair”, the first search return goes into how fungus can cause hair loss.  You’ve come this far.  It might be worth a read over there.
     
    Please do let us know your progress.  My heart goes out to you.  I have other aging issues and know how important understanding support is (to me).
     
    Cindy
     
     

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Whew – how scary that must have been when your hair was falling out in clumps. It’s great that it stopped once you moved! Food for thought! I’ll take a look at earthclinic.com – I’ve suspected something like that. And thank you for your support!

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  17. Generic Image JanieB says

    There was a HUGE clue about what is causing your hair loss when you said your doctor tested your thyroid and said it was “normal”. Because that means your doctor tested your TSH, and that can be “normal” for years while you suffer from hypothyroidism at the same time. The TSH is THE WORST way to diagnose hypothyroidism. Read this: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/tsh-why-its-useless

    i.e. you may NOT be normal, thyroid-wise. 

    And being hypothyroid is a HUGE reason why we lose hair. Additionally, being undiagnosed hypothyroid means your iron is going to fall lower and lower due to the fact that you make less and less hydrochloric acid in your stomach, which means you don’t absorb nutrients well. In turn, you’ll start to have acid reflux, which is NOT caused by too much stomach acid, but too LITTLE.

    Also, if you are on Synthroid or any other T4-only medication, you tend to lose hair because you are STILL hypothyroid on these lousy medications. Read: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/t4-only-meds-dont-work

    Read this patient-to-patient site: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Janie, thanks so much for your comment and for all of the links. I’ve been reading up on them and plan to call my doctor to find out specifically what tests she ran and then request the ones you mentioned if she didn’t run them. It all certainly makes sense!

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  18. Generic Image JanieB says

    Forgot to give you the link for the particular tests which patients know are far more important: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/recommended-labwork And this page explains how to read your results: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/lab-values

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  19. cindycyn cindycyn says

    I happened across this information while browsing today.  (I am still dealing with ‘age related’ color and style decisions.)
    http://www.easy-aromatherapy-recipes.com/natural-hair-loss-products.html
    Happy New Year!

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  20. Jane Barnes Jane Barnes says

    My new hairstylist (expensive but great with baby-fine hair like mine) told me that women with thinning hair usually do the following:-
    1.  Wash their hair in hot water
    2.  Scrub their scalps vigorously with their fingertips when washing it.
    And, yes, I do both!   Now I wash my hair in barely warm water and rinse with cool.  I shampoo the ends of my hair gently with circular motions (lets face it, even doing this is going to cleanse the roots because my hair is so fine) and after only a few months I can see new hair growth.  Either that or it’s the power of suggestion (and I’m happy with that if it gives me more hair).
    I’ve struggled with my super fine hair all my life so anything that helps is a bonus.  If you do either of the above, then you have nothing to lose by changing how you wash your hair.  And you never know…
    Cheers,
    Jane

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Those are easy changes I’ll be sure to try! It’s funny because I’ve been noticing lots of the products require you to massage your head for several minutes, and I was wondering if the massage was the key to it all. But maybe not, from what you’ve told me!

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  21. Generic Image lorele says

    I just turned 62 and my picture was taken 6 months after. It looks thick but actually it is fine and thin.  I just cut it this summer and my scalp shows from the top towards the back.  I bought the Shiseido Hair Energizing Formula, but so far I don’t see any new growth.  I will try Rogaine and hopefully this will solve my problem too.  Good luck to all who have thinning hair problem and I will keep on reading the inputs.

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    • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

      Thanks for sharing about the Shiseido product. There are so many products out there but the results are pretty up and down. I’m going on my 5th month of Rogaine and I think I see a difference. I’m holding out another month before I post an “official” update. Good luck to you and keep me posted!

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  22. Hawk Lady Hawk Lady says

    My  hair is thin (I can see my scalp) at the crown due to medication I take post Breast Cancer.  I have been using a product called “Toppix” that is made from Keratin.  It really helps.  Research it – they have a website.  I buy mine online through Sally Beauty.

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  23. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    Thanks! I’m going to look it up right now!

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    • JanJoy JanJoy says

      Maybe we’re related?!  Both of my grandmothers had very thin, fine hair.  I remember one used to wear wigs and the other made herself weird little caps from braided string (she was born in Poland and never became truly “American”  although she did live to be 101! – I hope I inherited that gene!!).  Any my head sweats too, so exercising happens in my house or with a baseball cap on (I also wear a cap to the pool).
      I’ve been using generic Rogaine for years (Target, but was interested to read Walmart has one too).  I think it’s helped a lot!  Although my hair is by no means thick and I have to avoid heavy conditioners, I can enjoy my life without the self-consciousness I used to feel.
      I asked myself, if “Rogaine” had been available to my Grandmother (the wig one, not the weird string cap one), would she have tried it?  and my answer was: Yes!, of course!  Also, my doctor recommended it after I asked her for female hormones to help my thinning hair.
      I can’t grow my hair long, and it has more texture when it’s professionally colored, but I would say stick with the Rogaine.  I started with the women’s dose, then gradually added some of the men’s formula.  Now, I mix two bottles of men’s formula with one of women’s.  Sometimes my scalp gets a little itchy, but I try to use scalp friendly shampoo. Frankly, my bra makes my back itchier!  Also, once your hair is thicker, you can buy the men’s formula without embarrassment – everyone will think it’s for your husband!
      I think there’s a need for hair-stylists who can work with fine hair and provide a cut that’s attractive and not old-ladyish.  I wish I could find one!
      Good luck and please keep us posted on how things are working!
      PS – if you want to see if you’re growing any hair, part your hair in the center and smooth the long hair down – you’ll hopefully see short, new baby hairs sticking up all along the part!
       
       
       
       

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  24. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    I would love to see what one of those little caps looked like! I agree with you – I wish there were more hairstylists who knew what to do with thin hair. And I wish more doctors knew what to do! 
    Thanks for sharing your experience with Rogaine. I ended up jumping straight to the men’s – fortunately I’ve had no itching. I’m coming up on the 6th month mark and see my hairstylist next week – I’m curious to see if he notices a difference at all. I think I can see one. Like you, I know I’ll never have long, luxurious hair, but then, I never did before! I just hope to fill in the gaps! lol I’ll keep you posted and thanks again, so much!

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    • LaurieAnnH1 LaurieAnnH1 says

      Ladies, I think there’s a reason why they have the 2 different Rogaine formulas…I’m not sure if it’s horomonely (sp?) safe to use the mens formula.  Better read the insert cover to cover…just saying.

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      • Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

        Laurie, when my doctor suggested using the men’s formula, I had the same concerns, but she assured me it was safe. Just in case, I read through the paperwork. It’s actually the same formula as the women’s, just a little stronger. There are warnings against use by pregnant or nursing women, but otherwise the only side effects are itching scalp (I haven’t had that problem) or hair growing on your face, etc. But that can be remedied by washing your hands after application. It won’t grow where you don’t apply it.

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  25. JanJoy JanJoy says

    What about eyelashes?  Now all of a sudden we have to worry about our eyelashes, since Brooke Shields is doing the commercials for the eyelash stuff.  If she needs it, I probably do too!  (Don’t even mention the tooth whitening – I can’t keep up!)
    Do you think it’s Rogaine for your lashes?  What if we just used a q-tip?
     
     

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  26. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    I hadn’t paid attention to my lashes until I saw that commercial myself! Argh! There’s too much to worry about! Right now mascara is sufficient for mine, but at least there are false lashes if the day comes when mascara won’t do. I don’t think I’d try Rogaine there! (Although I might for my eyebrows. Thanks for the idea! :)

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  27. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    Sounds like it’s worth looking into. I’d love to find something that strengthened my nails! Thank you!

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  28. Barbara Shallue Barbara Shallue says

    Yikes… just spotted where the doctor on the thyroid link you sent me has been fined and given an ‘F’ by the BBB. Don’t think I’ll order those, but it’s an interesting theory on iodine, though, that I’ll ask my doctor about!

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