7 Reasons Women Lose Their Hair

January 26, 2015 11:32 PM

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Your ponytail is shrinking...or your part's getting wider...or there's more hair in the shower drain. Take heart -- you're not alone. According to New York City dermatologist Neil Sadick, MD, up to 80 percent of women will have some hair thinning in their lifetime, even if only temporarily. It's normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day, says NYC dermatologist Doris Day, MD. If you're losing more than that, a doctor's visit is in order. Here are some common causes and treatments.

Cause: Genetics (the most likely culprit) Treatment: Minoxidil, the only topical ingredient that's FDA approved to regrow hair in women. Rogaine has just launched a 5 percent minoxidil foam for women ($30; drugstores). (Previously, the only option for women was 2 percent.) Sadick also suggests in-of...

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