Women’s Hair Loss in Midlife

This is not a sponsored post. I almost wish it was because this stuff isn’t cheap. One bottle is affordable enough, but if it works, I’ll be using it forever, and it’ll be priceless.

I’m not sure if my hair loss is because of menopause or the stress of my last eight months. I suspect a little of both. Whatever the reason, my hair has gotten so thin, I decided it needed help and finally bought some Rogaine.

Apparently up to 40% of women over 50 struggle with hair thinning and loss. Some begin to notice it in their 30’s.

What resources do women over 50 have who're losing their hair?


I toyed with the idea of clip-in extensions, but they seemed like too much trouble. I also considered all-over hair dye because it swells the hair, making it seem fuller. But I’m not ready to commit to the upkeep, yet. That left Rogaine.

I’ve always had baby fine, thin hair but it’s never been quite as thin as now. I expected my hair to become coarser as it turned gray, but haven’t been that lucky. My brother tried Rogaine years ago when it first came out. He was hoping to stop his male pattern baldness from advancing. I don’t know if it helped him or he just got fed up with using it.

I remember wondering why he was bothering with it. In hindsight, it seems so obvious. If you don’t like what’s happening and something is available to potentially help you, why not try it?

Up to 40% of women over 50 struggle with hair loss.


I bought the 5% foam for women. I expected it to be icky and gross. It’s not. I apply it to my scalp in the morning before I blow dry my hair. It isn’t greasy and doesn’t change the texture of my hair one bit. Then I add mousse and dry my hair as usual.

The foam is lightweight and odorless. The instructions say I may initially have more hair loss as it stimulates the hair follicles. Wait, what?! Not something I’m looking forward to. Results can show up in a few months but usually in 6 months’ time.

They say it helps 60% of women grow hair back. I have my fingers crossed I’m one of them. The downside is once you stop using Rogaine your hair reverts to its former thinness. If it helps me, I’ll just keep using it because it’s very easy to incorporate into my morning routine.

I expect the results to be subtle. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Do you struggle with thinning hair?

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  1. Lauralee Willis
    August 13, 2020 / 3:22 pm

    I am 68 yrs. old. ten yrs. ago I began losing my hair so much so I saw a dermatologist. I am on Synthroid but no other reason to loose my hair. He told me “if you were my mom I would put you on Rogaine (men’s strength is fine and that’s what I use) and he told me to just buy the Wal-Mart brand as it contains the identical ingredients and is much less expensive. I am happy with the results. Of course, I would love it if my hair were so thick it needed thinning, but I didn’t get those genes!

    • Jennifer
      August 13, 2020 / 9:47 pm

      I’m glad to hear the men’s formula is working for you too. My doctor told me there was no reason to limit myself to the weaker woman’s version.

  2. Carolyn
    July 24, 2020 / 4:21 pm

    You look so lovely! I wanted to share the most random tip that has been helping me. I ended up starting a postpartum hair vitamin (I know I know I’m not postpartum) but its meant to replenish vitamins and nutrients shed after having a baby and its max strength and has a ton of really good ingredients for hair growth (www.babyblues.care) made my hair so less thin feeling and I do have regrowth. just wanted to share.

    • Jennifer
      July 24, 2020 / 6:58 pm

      I’ve heard that prenatal vitamins are very good too! I’m glad you’re seeing done growth. I need to take them.

  3. Debbie Most
    September 12, 2019 / 7:39 pm

    I too am experiencing thinning of hair immediately in the front bang area I am pretty see through. The cause being medication/heridity. I’ve been using a powder product Toppix to try and camoflage the color of the scalp, it works okay. I’ve been taking biotin, and massaging essential oils onto my scalp, warm a towel in the dryer and wrapping around my head. I’ve had some luck until a stressful time and now like I said, in the front bang area I’m pretty see through. I bought a wig (which I love) and wear occasionally. I’m not quite ready to try Rogaine just yet. I am just starting Black Jamacian Castor Oil, I’ve read good things about that online, which I will use the warm towel method. If I have good luck, I’ll let you know. (I always give it a couple months). I enjoy your blog!

    • September 12, 2019 / 8:09 pm

      Please do report back and let me know. Good luck! This is so hard to deal with.

    • Cynthia Johnson
      August 10, 2020 / 7:59 am

      I have this struggle too. Partly hereditary, partly poor health. I dispair.

  4. Sheryl
    August 17, 2019 / 12:37 pm

    I want to comment about hair loss. I had a few months of hair loss after a stressful year with my town being involved in the Camp Fire and going through radiation, etc. for breast cancer. My blood test showed I had adequate vitamin B12, but on the low side. My doctor suggested I increase the B12. It may have been other factors I faced, but after increasing B12, I saw improvement in about 2 weeks. Also, I am trying Andalou Shampoo for thinning hair. They use stem cell research in most their products. It’s something to look in to if you are suffering with hair loss.

    • August 17, 2019 / 5:15 pm

      Thanks for sharing. I’ve had low levels of B12 too we should look at everything

  5. Eliana
    April 13, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Hi thank for your advice, where you purchased the product and how much cost.
    Thank you

    • April 13, 2019 / 3:48 pm

      My pleasure. Good luck.

  6. Terry
    May 29, 2016 / 11:22 am

    I feel your pain, Jennifer. I, too, noticed a receding hairline less than a year ago. Mentioned it to derm that I assumed it was menopause related and she said, no, I don’t think so. Did a biopsy and it’s scarring alopecia -hair never to return. That biopsy opened a can of worms which led to diagnosis of two autoimmune diseases. I assume I’ll be in a wig before it’s all over. I have very fine hair that I color for body. Limp as a noodle if I don’t. I’ll try dry shampoo to avoid washing daily or every other day. I feel fortunate that I’m retired (62) and don’t have to worry about looking great every day. May I ask which dry shampoo you are having success with?

    • Jennifer
      May 29, 2016 / 11:38 am

      I’m so sorry to hear that Terry! My husband has Alopecia Universalis…no hair at all. It’s so much easier for a man to deal with. People think he shaves his head! He treid steriods for a while which helped but are so bad for you long term.
      I am really liking Klorane with Oat Milk. Sometimes I’m fortunate and find it at the local pharmacy. If not, I order it online.
      On another note, although they’re hot to wear, wigs have come a long way. Good luck and thank you so much for sharing!! xx

  7. March 26, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Have any of you tried MONAT? It is a much healthier alternative to all of the products listed above as well t is chemical free.

    • Annemie Crews
      June 8, 2020 / 5:52 pm

      Monat is where my hair loss started, was great at first, but then the burning and itching started and then hands-full of hair coming out. Don’t even start that!!

  8. Margaret
    February 3, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I have always had fine hair but found it thinning with menopause. One year ago I started using men’s extra strength generic Rogaine twice a day and it has made a HUGE difference. One $20 package lasts three months. My hairdresser even noticed and said it was working better than the very expensive treatment sold at the salon.
    Go for it!

    • Brenda
      May 9, 2020 / 12:00 pm

      Margaret, how long did it take to notice your hair is thickening?
      Thanks, Brenda

  9. Kim
    February 1, 2016 / 6:15 am

    I can so relate to all this Jennifer! I’m 51, with rapidly thinning hair and male pattern baldness. I had surgical menopause at age 40. My dermatologist has had me on Spironolactone for about 3 years now. Initially it was for adult acne which it cured immediately. When I asked about going off of it, he said if I did I’d probably lose more hair. I was using men’s 5% Rogaine foam on his advice and perhaps noticed a bit of super fine baby hairs sprouting, but then my scalp became very irritated and he had me stop the Rogaine. Now I wonder if I’d have had better results using the liquid rather than foam as another person commented. I use Nizoral shampoo Mon-Wed-Fri and Head & Shoulders the other days, both of which he recommended to me. In 2013 I was taking Biotin 8000mg and couldn’t tell it was helping at all. I eat a very healthy diet. For me at least, there’s a huge genetic component. My father was bald by 50 yrs old and my mom always had very fine, thin hair. You could see her scalp through her hair even when she was in her late 30’s. I remember her wearing a wig for a while but then I think she just gave up. I don’t want to do that! Thanks for bringing up this hair loss subject and thanks to all the commenters for recommendations.

    • Kim
      February 1, 2016 / 6:17 am

      I meant to also add that the men’s 5% Rogaine is actually cheaper than the women’s in that you get a greater volume of product for less money. That’s why my derm had me get it and there’s no difference in the product. 🙂

      • Jennifer
        February 1, 2016 / 10:18 pm

        I just bought it today.

        • Alicia
          May 21, 2020 / 12:46 pm

          Thank you everyone for sharing. I just turned 40 and I have lost 75% off my hair in less than a year
          My Dr is having me put through tests including bloodwork. Im praying it’s something very minor that I will be able to get most of my hair back. I ALWAYS had to have it thinned because it was too thick and now I cry cause I have just enough hair to cover my scalp
          Im going to bring up the Rogaine to my Dr and see what she thinks. Thank you all again and best wishes to all of you!

          • Jennifer
            May 21, 2020 / 2:22 pm

            Hang in there Alicia. I hope you get some answers!

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2016 / 9:17 am

      Thanks for sharing Kim. I may try the liquid next just to see if I can get better contact with my scalp. I’m also upping my Biotin and getting some nizoral shampoo!

  10. Linda S.
    January 31, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    Jennifer, I’m a little late to post a comment but I have had hair woes for the last 7 years. Mostly a change in texture. My hair never used to get frizzy and wasn’t dry ever, but now days I go through periods of it looking lifeless, dull and dry. I have also gone through cycles of my hair shedding like mad but then it would grow back in. (thank goodness I had thick hair to begin with) I will get to a good place where it’s behaving only to have the cycle start up again. I also went through a stressful period about 7 years ago so I think between that and hormones it did a number on me. I’m afraid my hair will never be the same ever, unless I want to take hormones. (but I don’t)

    I hope the Rogaine helps you, having that much hair loss would be so frustrating. I’m only 58 so who knows what the future holds for my hair. :/


    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Hormones does wreck havoc on our hair. Stress is a fact of life but perhaps you could find a pampering, intensive moisture pac that would help with your texture. We have to make the best of what we have. Good luck.

  11. January 30, 2016 / 3:48 am

    Hi Jennifer, I have the very same problem..have you had your iron levels checked? I found I was terribly anaemic last year and took an iron prep containing vit C and L-lysine, which helped no end and my hair started to grow again. I stopped taking the tablets recently and the thinning problem has returned so I must start taking them again. Ditching the dye has saved the texture of my hair, it’s much softer and bouncier now and I get compliments on the natural highlights. I also used to lose loads of hair directly after colouring. Condition is far more important to me now than maintaining the colour but I’m lucky, the grey is growing through in a pretty way, imho. Spironolactone works as an anti-androgen which can make hair grow again and grow longer if you have a hormone imbalance and are sensitive to androgens. It worked for me several years ago. Certain HRT’s can help too, a lack of oestrogen causes hair to stop growing..but maybe we have to accept this as part of ageing and try new styles, new ways to decorate our hair, hats, scarves, turbans, many older women embrace their hair, I’m thinking Judi Dench, Beatrix Ost. Hope you find something that works for you Jennifer, it’s so distressing watching your hair ‘shrink’, keep us posted on your new regime.
    All the very best,

  12. January 27, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    Ditto – I have the type of hair as you: fine and blonde. I kept it long until 50 when I decided it would look more flattering to have it cut into a bob. It did for a while but in order to look good – a lot of styling (i.e. heat appliances) needed to be used on a daily basis. My poor hair was in very bad shape and too short to tie back. As soon as it was long enough I started to tie it back and use a variety of clip extensions (buns, ponytails, etc.,) to give the illusion of length and fullness. This works for me but I am comfortable with my hair pulled back in a bun, and do understand that some like to have hair framing their faces. It took some doing but I now only wash my hair once a week, use a conditioning treatment (Oplex) regularly, and only blow-dry it when I visit the hairdresser. While no one is going to ask me to become a hair model anytime soon, it looks much better and is the only way forward I can see to “good hair” days in the future. I use the simplest clip in extensions at home but have a set to take to hairdresser where they can create some marvelous creations, such as my plait crown that I wore to a wedding recently. I resisted clip in hair extensions for such a long time because of the ‘stigma’ but even the inexpensive ones look very effective now!

  13. Marilyn
    January 27, 2016 / 9:40 am

    I noticed my hair thinning after I turned 60. Actually, my husband commented on my hair shedding on the furniture wherever I had sat. My doctor suggested I try Rogaine. I have been using it for the past three years and have been pleased with it. I may not have quite as much hair as I had 10 years, but it certainly improved over what it was just before I began using Rogaine. I do remember it took a good three months before I saw new hair growing. Occasionally I have shedding at my temples, but nothing like before Rogaine. As for the price, I look for it on sale and usually buy 6 months worth.

  14. Helene Cohen Bludman
    January 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I am so heartened to read this post and all the comments. My hair has gotten terribly thin and my hairline has receded dramatically. I tried Rogaine years ago but stopped using it because I wasn’t sure I saw any improvement. Maybe I didn’t give it enough of a chance. Perhaps I will try again. Interested about the top cap idea as well. Thank you for this!

  15. Barbara Wilson
    January 26, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Try clip in extensions by Toni Brattin. I use them all the time and I think they look great. My hair is thinning and has for 20 years. I also use Toppik and that helps tremendously. Pull your hair back and use a hairpiece. No, you won’t look like you’re entering a beauty contest with big hair. Hope this helps.

    • January 28, 2016 / 2:17 pm

      I totally agree with you Barbara. If you can wear your hair off your face then this is the ideal solution!

  16. January 26, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Well, I’ve been taking notes on every comment and YES there are so many theories out there. I’m in my sixties, am blonde with fine, thin hair. But within the last two years I have had noticeable thinning like my mom. It’s genetic. I have blood pressure problems too, so I have stayed away from Rogaine, Nioxin worked for a while, but no longer. I saw a specialist and she suggested Ketonconozole shampoo. I have used it for two years now–you have to use it every other day. I’m not in love with it — but I do think the thinning has stopped. No new growth–it doesn’t insure that. Then I did more research and found this: http://www.amazon.com/Lipogaine-Hair-Loss-Prevention-shampoo/dp/B004N1EQNO/ref=sr_1_16?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1453847615&sr=1-16&keywords=hair+shampoo Again, it simply helps me keep what I have, I love the idea of a cap and might look into that. Thanks for doing this post. Beth

  17. January 26, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    My hair was never thick but, it’s gotten thinner with age. I’ve been using John Frieda’s Volume products for a couple of years and they help. The latest one has been particularly helpful, 7 day volume, which you put on in the shower and leave on for a few minutes then rinse. I’ve noticed a difference. I use the shampoo, conditioner and mouse, too.

  18. Janet
    January 26, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Jennifer. Give Minoxidil a chance! I am the poster girl for a Minoxidil miracle. About 20 years ago my hair started thining (my mid-40s) and I tried every vitamin, supplement or treatment I could find. Even mail ordered some tablets from China. I was so desperate I took them without even being sure of what they contained. My next step was getting a wig. Then the doctor suggested Minoxidil. I tried it for a bit and so no results and quit. But the hair kept falling out so I tried again. I followed every step to the letter, watching the videos on how to use it so I was sure I was doing it right. About 3 months later I noticed my scalp looked funny . . . it turns out a new crop of hair was growing! Eventually I was back to normal — even if normal for me is fine, thin hair. For minoxidil to work you must be dedicated and have patience. I use the 5% liquid now (not the foam) and only once a day, in the evening. Yes,my scalp goes through itchy phases, but that is a small price. Also, the instructions say to wash your hair every day. I always have so I continue to do that. Just be gentle. It has to get to the scalp to work and for me the foam was ending up more on the hair and not on the scalp. I buy it from Costco (they do mail order) so the price is low. Losing your hair is a devastating experience.Good luck in finding a solution.

    • Maureen
      January 26, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Minoxidil is Rogaine. Rogaine or Regaine are brand names for minoxidil .

  19. January 26, 2016 / 11:22 am

    Oh, I’m super curious about this. My hair started thinning about a year ago and it happened so quickly! I hope it works. I wonder what the track record is with men? I suppose it working or not depends a lot on ones “personal chemistry.” Fingers crossed.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      I think mine snuck up on me. One day I looked in the mirror and my forehead was WAY higher. Freaked me out. I think the track record with men is similar. Around 60%+. Fingers crossed.

  20. Bobbi
    January 26, 2016 / 10:47 am

    I am 66 with very fine, thin, straight hair, high forehead. Sadly menopause made it worse; thinning hair.

    I have tried various over the counter supplements and hair products as mentioned. Rogaine did work (after about one year); too messy and inconvenient,.

    My female gynecologist suggested a prescription drug called spironolactone. Saw initial results in 6 weeks with fine baby hairs sprouting. It has been one year seeing new hair growth continuing with some thin spots filling in/some still need work. Hair is very shiny and healthy.

    Note: Spironolactone is also used for high blood pressure and is a mild diuretic. I had to adjust my 50 mg. dosage to 25 mg. (side efforts – heavy leg feeling; tired). Still eliminate lots, need to drink lots of water. So far worth it!

    Hope this helps and good luck!

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      I had read how messy the original Rogaine was to use. This new foam is a breeze. Simple and clean to use. If what you’re doing works, stick with it! I’ll report back with my results.

  21. January 26, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I suffered hair loss as a teen so am ultra-sensitive to thinning. I use olioplex when I colour and then use Purely Perfect un-shampoo and wash it the least amount I can get away with (which is still a lot since I’m at the gym many days.) I am eager to hear how this works for you!.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Dry shampoo has saved me from losing a lot of hair. Hopefully this Rogaine will be the icing on the cake. I haven’t heard of olioplex. I’ll check it out. Thanks Jen!

    • Dee J
      October 4, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Do you mean Olaplex…they make a shampoo & conditioner now too…excellent choice…no more breakage and splitting!

  22. Cornelia
    January 26, 2016 / 7:58 am

    According to Paula Begoun (Paula’s Choice Skincare) Minoxidil is the only product proven to stimulate hair growth. I use Wal-Mart’s no-name version in the men’s strength, but only once a day. It has helped some, but I do not have the same wonderful hair that I had 20 years ago. I do not like hair extensions at all; to my eye they are too much, and I also do not want to have to go to that much preparation just to get out of the door in the morning.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:37 pm

      I read Paula’s review before I plunked down my money too! I agree extensions would be too much trouble for daily use. It might be fun to clip on a ponytail occaisionaly. ?

  23. January 26, 2016 / 7:14 am

    I hope you areNOT washing your hair daily?The washing and blow drying are not helping.
    I never knew there was a HAIR DOC!
    The things we learn on the BLOGS!
    Mine has just started to fall out when I wash it…………………………..so I wash about once a week.Let me know how you like this product!Lets give it a months time…………….

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      I wash it every other day. Which is a big improvement over everyday. Which I’ve done my entire life, up till last year. At which time I discovered dry shampoo which allowed me to stretch it. We’re just on a short holiday to the sunshine state. Which is having a cold snap!

  24. January 26, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Due to steroids, I’ve lost approximately 3/4 of my hair which has been devastating to say the least. Rogaine is something my husband has been using for years (the 15% strength version which is only available on eBay and, on occasion, Amazon) and it appears to work very slowly but it DOES work in encouraging the growth of baby hairs. It did not help very much at all in terms of stopping the loss of what was already on his scalp though. That’s something we addressed with supplements such as Biotin and Collagen. I’ve been taking those too as well as Viviscal. I also experimented with several shampoos because hair loss happens quite a bit during the washing process and have been blessed to find Rahua, the Voluminous line. When I use that, I lose no more than 5-10 strands. Yes, I counted 🙂 so with all those elements combined (and the use of cool air when blow drying), I am so so happy to report that my hair is not only starting to grow back, I am also losing less in day-to-day activities 🙂

    I really hope yours is on the path too xoxo

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you Sheela! I hadn’t heard that using a cooler hair dryer setting would help. I’ll do that right away. I haven’t seen the Rahua shampoo. I’ll check it out. I don’t doubt you counted the hair loss. It’s really disturbing to see it clogging the drain. Thanks for the info!

  25. January 26, 2016 / 5:42 am

    I have the same texture, thin and fine hair as you. I’ve had it all my life but I can see that as I age it is becoming more noticeable.

    I tried Rogaine. I think it might have worked but it made my scalp very dry and flaky. I had the choice of looking like I had terrible dandruff or going back to thinning hair. I decided on the thinning hair and gave the rest of my stock to someone else.

    I hope it works for you.!


    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 12:26 pm

      Oh, oh. I’ll be on the lookout for dandruff. If it’s not one thing it’s another! I’m not sure which would be worse.

  26. Donna
    January 26, 2016 / 5:41 am

    It is a very lovely picture of you! Blonds tend to have baby fine hair. I’ve had thinning or balding spots for years, due to stress. Pinterest is full of “grow your hair back” posts. After doing some research, found that saw palmetto is a supplement to try…it’s not just for men. I take that and B vitamin complex, zinc, evening primrose oil, and biotin. It’s early days so hopefully I’ll see some results in a few weeks. I am sixty-six with grey/blond fine hair.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:17 am

      Please keep me posted! I had
      not read about using Saw Palmetto. It actually makes sense since the lack of androgen (male hormone) seems indicated in hair loss.

  27. Caroline
    January 26, 2016 / 4:57 am

    I also take Biotin, and have for many years. At best, it is not helping enough! I tried Rogaine a few years ago, but by day three, I developed an excruciating headache. I rarely get headaches, and the few that I have had were nothing like this in character (sharp, searing pain) or intensity. So I immediately stopped using the Rogaine. But of late my hair loss has been so severe that I am tempted to give it another try… I look forward to reading about your progress!

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Rogaine contains the ingredient used in blood pressure medication. Perhaps that was an issue for you. This new foam is quite easy to use and so far I’ve been lucky and not had side effects. My Dr suggested I try it so although I’m already on blood pressure medication I felt comfortable giving it a try. I’ll let you know.

  28. January 26, 2016 / 4:19 am

    I haven’t but one of my very dear friends is and has for about five years. It’s been diagnosed as stress (from her daughter, I know – as does she). I’ll pass this information on to her. Thanks for the tip and I wish you success with it…keep us posted.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:09 am

      Stress is a killer in many ways. I’ll report back. Xx

  29. annie vanderven
    January 26, 2016 / 3:55 am

    I have been using it for 20 years, I am 75 years old,I also colour my hair. My Mother had started to lose her hair at 50 and I followed suit. When Rogaine came on the market I was desperate, I have not looked back. Can I say if I stopped I would keep my hair? will not try. I had breast cancer and of course chemo made me bald, was told my hair would grow back wiry, no such luck, So back to Rogaine I went. At least it should stop the fall out and you’ll keep what you have now.

    Wishing you all the best.

    Annie v.



    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Thank you Annie!! I’m so glad it worked for you. I hope I get relief too. If it just stops falling out at the rate it is, ill be thrilled!!!

  30. Kate
    January 26, 2016 / 2:11 am

    Just commented but it didn’t seem to go through.
    See a trichologist and you might get a prescription for low dose minidoxil.

  31. Kate
    January 26, 2016 / 2:09 am

    My daughter lost her hair from chemo and has been to a hair doctor (trichologist). He prescibed minidoxil, very low dose, and her hair has grown back, very slowly. So go to a specialist as over-the-counter things don’t work very well and there are more myths about hair growing methods than most things… Good luck.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:04 am

      Thank you Kate! It’s the only thing I’ve read is clinically proven to help. Sending healing thoughts to your daughter!

    • Dee J.
      October 4, 2019 / 3:20 pm

      Rogaine IS minoxidil…comes in different strengths. I used it for a couple of years, twice daily with no visible resulta, except to my pocketbook. Now I take a lot of B vitamins, primarily Bioxin, eat a nourishing protein diet and keep my fingers crossed. The hair loss began with an autoimmune disease for which I took a supplement daily and it cleared up for awhile…actually improved and my hair was even THICK for some time. However, stress is a major problem that can cause disease as well as hair loss and THAT I’ll never escape from! lol

  32. January 26, 2016 / 12:33 am

    I am currently using something called Nioxin, recommended by my hairdresser. Not sure it is making that much difference. Will be interested to hear your results. Do you have to wash your hair everyday because I only wash mine twice a week.

    • Rebecca Hively
      January 26, 2016 / 6:21 am

      My hairdresser also sold my Nioxin and while I have used it for some months now, I notice no difference. I have gray/blonde fine thin hair also and it is very frustrating!

      • Jennifer
        January 26, 2016 / 11:00 am

        I tried Nioxin too. Expensive shampoo that did nothing for me either.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 11:02 am

      No, you don’t have to wash your hair everyday. I’ll let you know. My fingers are crossed.

  33. January 25, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I could have written this post. You and I have very similar hair. I, too, couldn’t wait to go gray because I thought it would be courser. At 60 I have almost no gray so I’m still waiting and hoping. I will be very interested to hear how Rogaine works for you. Do you have to use it every day? Since I’ve retired, I don’t wash and style daily (and my hairdresser says that my hair looks healthier because of it).

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 10:59 am

      Yes, it’s used once a day. I don’t wash my hair everyday anymore. So
      I just rinse my hair in the shower, then apply. I do style it every morning. Because if I didn’t, it would look like a skull cap:)

      • Kim
        June 18, 2018 / 9:52 am

        I started women’s 5% Rogaine foam a little over 2 months ago as my dermatologist recommended it as i have early stages of female patter hair loss(also using viviscal extra hair supplement)…i started the dred shed the 2nd month and still shedding for at least month now 🙁 i mean ive always been a shedder so not sure ifs its all the Rogaine causing it.?(Its more so in the shower) anyways i read some post that people use it on wet or towel dry hair…but direction say to use it on dry hair?? confused…im also not sure how long the shedding period last for ..i read 2 weeks it should stop and some say 2 months im freaking out i dont what to do any
        help would be great tysm

        • June 18, 2018 / 6:02 pm

          I apply mine with damp hair in the morning and dry hair in the evening. I’m sorry you’re in the shedding phase. That is terrifying. I also massaged my scalp when it was at it’s worse, but I’m not sure if it helped or not. The Rogaine should not cause it to shed but I would check back with your dermatologist just to be sure.

  34. January 25, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Biotin only makes your hair and nails grow faster. It doesn’t stimulate growth where there is none. Been there, done that for over six months. While I haven’t researched this link, what if anything that stimulates the growth of “fast growing cells,” like hair and nails, can stimulate the growth of cancer cells as well… also, “fast growing cells?” I had breast cancer 11 years ago, so I wonder about those cause and effect scenarios. xoxox, Brenda

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 10:55 am

      Great points Brenda. This is reported to be the ingredient used in blood pressure medication. I’ve not heard of it stimulating cells. Just hair follicles. But it’s a good idea to check into this. Thanks my friend. Xx

  35. allison Jones
    January 25, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    My hair at 62 has totally changed texture and suddenly became very thin. I always had thin blonde hair but nothing like this !!! My first attempt was hair extensions that were great for about a week, I was so excited that for the first time in my life I had hair !!! Well they ended up taking out more hair when they needed to be tightened and totally made matters worse. I would never recommend extensions to anyone! I was desperate, my friend recently met an women who suffered from alopecia and had a gorgeous wig and she suggested I try that route. Well after much shopping I bought a top cap hair piece,from German of human hair. It only took a week to get used to it and you would never be able to tell !!! I love it and wished I did it years ago. I actually have hair on my shoulders. the cap piece is so much more comfortable than a wig. I spend half the time on my hair !!! I highly encourage anyone to try one. Just find a good wig salon. Not the internet !!!

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 10:52 am

      I had a feeling the extensions would cause more damage, than help. Sort of a quick, temporary fix with bad consequences. I have recommended top caps to clients. They can be a miracle fix. Thank you for mentioning them Allison!

  36. January 25, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I have been taking diatomaceous earth for the past few years ( not for hair growth) and my hair is still thick and luscious. D.E is full of silica which is great for hair skin and nails.
    I started going bald at a particularly stressful time in my life. I had just turned thirty, had a baby and was going through a divorce when my hairdresser noticed tow bald patches at the front of my hairline. thankfully with lots of B group vitamins and self care this cleared up. I have noticed that my hair falls out in handfuls when I under a lot of stress.
    A good mineral supplement, D.E and b groups would go a long way to helping your hair.

    • Jennifer
      January 26, 2016 / 10:47 am

      I’ve just been reading about DE! Funny coincidence. I’m checking into it. Thanks for sharing

  37. Sharon
    January 25, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Have you tried Biotin supplements?

    • Jennifer
      January 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      I had read Biotin was helpful so I’ve been taking them for years. Not helping enough 🙁

      • January 26, 2016 / 4:20 am

        What a lovely picture of you, by the way!

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