Dr Oz: Get Thicker, Fuller Hair
Dr Oz set up a backstage hair clinic for the first time on his show, while he talked about how you can take better care of your hair. He brought in Dr Michael Wolfeld to talk about achieving thicker and fuller hair. According to Dr Wolfeld, too many women don’t realize that something can actually be done to treat their thinning hair. Many women try minoxidil and other over-the-counter medications, without any luck. Dr Michael believes that for those women, the best thing they can do is to come in and have their scalp examined.
There’s a lot of different types of hair loss, including hereditary, autoimmune, and inflammatory. Some women may need a biopsy as well so that doctors can properly diagnose the condition and fight the right treatment.
Dr Oz: Cancer Drug Helps Regrow Hair
Dr Oz then asked Dr Wolfeld about recent headlines pointing to a cancer drug that has been shown to help patients regrow hair. Dr Wolfeld explained that the medication he was referring to is called Ruxolitinib. It was found that “Ruxo” as Dr Wolfeld called it, could actually help to treat certain bone marrow malignancies and other inflammatory conditions. It was also found, in the lab, that it can hep treat hair loss, particularly hair loss associated with alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune type of hair loss that affects up to 2% of patients.
But most commonly, Dr Wolfeld recommends patients use minoxidil, which is an over-the-counter solution. For women, the percentage is 2%, but the 5% solution that is generally for men has been more effective in regrowing hair and helping hair grow longer and thicker. However, the 5% could irritate a woman’s scalp more than the lower percentage.
Dr Oz: What Is Female Pattern Baldness?
Dr Oz then explained that a lot of women experience what is called female pattern baldness. That’s where you get a thinning of the hair line, especially around the part. Although you have the same number of hairs, the hairs themselves are actually getting thinner. If you combat the problem with a combination of steroids for the inflammation and irritation and minoxidil, it allows the hair to get thicker like they used to be.
So now that you know how to achieve fuller, thicker hair, how can you make it shinier?
Dr Oz: DIY Hair Mask For Shinier Hair
Nikki Walton was back with her homemade hair gloss. She makes an all-natural henna mask for her own hair. First, you have to find henna from a local health food store, but be sure it’s pure and body art quality. Mix some of the henna powder with strong black tea and some conditioner to make a hair mask. Leave it on your hair for 2-3 hours and you’ll be shocked by the results.
For those women who want longer hair, Kim Kimble from L.A. Hair shared three rules for extensions:
- Get a consultation with an expert
- Give your head a rest from extensions every 6-8 weeks
- Clean and brush your extensions