The Before Photos: Fixing My Hair Thinning

by now you probably all read about the emotional meltdown i had over my sudden hair loss.  i went to the dermatologist and he called it 'excessive telogen effluvium,' in fact, in case you were curious.  most people lose about 50-100 hairs a day.  consistently losing over 150 a day is considered significant hair loss, and i was definitely over the 150.  hence the massive emotional meltdown.  he recommended Women’s ROGAINE® Foam (which is actually the #1 dermatologist recommended brand for hair regrowth.)  he expected me to freak out because it's something you associate with older generations, but i was willing to try anything, of course.  and turns out it's totally not something that's only common in older women.  1 in 3 women notice thinning hair in their lifetime and female pattern hair loss can start in your teens and 20s, with a 2nd noticeably large thinning in your early 40s.  for me, it started at 30, and it can worsen over time if you don't treat it.  so i'm treating it!

ROGAINE® products are for men and women with hereditary hair loss.  and Women’s ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol is the first and only FDA-approved once daily treatment specifically for women for hereditary hair loss.  is my hair loss hereditary?  who knows!  i'm adopted, remember?  but hereditary hair loss accounts for 95% of all hair loss, so it's very probable.  and based on a 6 month clinical study, women showed that with once daily use of Women’s ROGAINE® 5% Minoxidil Topical Aerosol, 81% regrew hair, with new hairs coming in up to 48% thicker than before.  my dermatologist did mention this; he told me not to be worried if it didn’t start working right away, because the hairs that would eventually come in would be thicker and healthier than the ones falling out.  basically, exactly the results i'm looking for.

i don't know why i'm pointing to it like you can't see it... you can see it!  this is the main spot that's making me crazy and i really want to fix it fast.  it is starting to move along the part further back, but that's the biggest spot, and it's where i'm concentrating the foam.

some points i've already learned about the foam:
- it doesn't leave any residue.  i can put it on morning or night and it doesn't leave a color or make my hair greasy or anything.  i usually put it on at night before bed, since you can put it on wet or dry hair.
- it's fine for my color-treated hair.  no issues. 
- it doesn't interfere with my styling.  because you know i've been using a million volumizing products.  i can still use all of those and it doesn't make them any less effective. (although, i'm thankful for the Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, since it's for fixing the problem and not just covering it up like the other products are.)
- it's really, really easy.  i just massage it in along my part that i showed in the photos, about half a cap full of it.  then wash my hands.  takes about as much time as putting on eye cream, no big deal.
- you don't need a prescription, it's over the counter.  i picked up mine at walgreens, but i've seen it at all drug stores and online.
- they do say 'most women will regrow hair in as little as 12 weeks and see visible results in 24 weeks' so i'll report back.

so with all of that said, i have pretty high hopes for the product.  number one being regrowing the hair in that spot i showed you.  my dad actually uses the version for men and since he started before i did, he already sees results.  i should get a picture of his head for you, you can see the hairs growing.  i'll do that, because i will have a follow up post in december so you can see if it actually worked, or if i need a hawkeye wig.

"is ok mom, i share my hair wif you"

Products were provided by the Women's ROGAINE® Foam. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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