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Rogaine Women Frequently asked Questions about Styling Thinning Hair


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What hair length best hides thinning hair?

Shorter cuts — above the shoulder — work best to camouflage thinning hair. The best hair length for thinning hair also depends on the texture and the style of the hair. Hair that's curly could be cut into layers. Wavy hair could be cut mid-length or long, whereas straight hair could be cut in layers, graduated or blunt, to give volume.

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Are some colors better than others at hiding thinning?

Lighter shades that are closer to the skin tone work best to camouflage thinning hair. Darker shades tend to show a greater contrast, thereby exaggerating the condition.

Does coloring or highlighting hair contribute to further thinning?

Since most hair thinning is caused by a genetic condition called androgenetic alopecia (consult the Institute's dermatologists), and since coloring and highlighting are external applications to the hair shaft, these processes do not contribute to further thinning.

I'm afraid to go into a salon for a haircut because I am embarrassed that my hair is thinning. What should I do?

Most stylists are familiar with all kinds of hair textures and know the best cuts, colors, and treatment options to help you manage your fine or thinning hair. Remember that your stylist is a professional and is there to help you and offer you advice on how to look your best.

It doesn't seem to matter if I part my hair to the left or to the right — it still shows my thinning scalp. What should I do?

Try cutting your hair short and wearing a "messy" style, or try a zigzag part. If the hair is straight, layer the top or layer throughout, and then set with curls to camouflage the thinning. You can also try combing your hair back, with no part.

Does exposure to the sun make hair thinning worse?

No, the sun will not make hair thinning worse, but it is a good idea to protect your scalp from the sun with a hat or sunscreen.

Are there special shampoos or conditioners I should use if my hair is thinning?

There are many volumizing shampoos and conditioners on the market that will help to plump up fine hair. Also, products containing panthenol and herbs such as jasmine, angelica, and willow will keep your hair looking healthy and full.

You should use a shampoo that cleanses your scalp well and a conditioner that is light and won't weigh down hair. Progaine® is a line of products that addresses the needs of women with fine or thin hair.

Can blow-drying contribute to my hair thinning?

No, but sometimes the hair is delicate and fine, so use low heat and less tension. Extreme heat and hard pulling will damage the hair and cause breakage.

I want to use Women's Rogaine to treat my thinning hair. How do I incorporate it into my styling regimen?

You can continue to style and care for your hair the same way you always have. Women's Rogaine is applied to the scalp after you've washed and towel-dried your hair. Wait for it to dry, and then just style your hair as you normally would.

How does Women's Rogaine affect my hairstyle? Does it make my hair greasy?

Women's Rogaine has the consistency of water and is applied only to the scalp. Applying it to the scalp, twice daily as recommended, should not affect your hairstyle or make your hair greasy.

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