Hair is often considered a woman’s crowning glory, symbolizing beauty and confidence. Yet, many women face the distressing challenge of hair thinning and loss. In Singapore, the heat and humidity, lifestyle factors, and stress can exacerbate these issues. So, what are the best hair growth treatments available in Singapore for women? At Dame, we dive into the wide range of options, highlighting clinically proven hair growth products and treatments to regain luscious, healthy locks.

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Understanding the Hair Growth Cycle in Women

Hair growth occurs in a cycle comprising three main phases: anagen (growth phase), catagen (transitional phase), and telogen (resting phase). Each hair follicle follows its own timeline, which is why we don’t lose all our hair at once. 

Various factors, including genetics, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiencies, and stress, can cause hair loss in women. Unlike men, who typically experience a receding hairline or bald spots, women often notice diffuse thinning or a widening part. Understanding the root cause of hair loss is the first step towards finding the right treatment.  

Importance of Early Intervention

Catching hair loss early can make a significant difference. Like a leaky faucet, the sooner you address it, the less damage it does. Early intervention with the right hair growth products and treatments can help maintain and even restore hair density. At Dame, we believe in evidence-based beauty – here, we highlight clinically proven hair growth treatments. 

Topical Treatments for Hair Growth

Minoxidil

One of the most well-known and widely used treatments for hair loss is minoxidil. The FDA has also approved it as the only topical treatment for male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss.

You can easily obtain minoxidil over-the-counter without a prescription and apply it directly to the scalp as a topical solution. It works by:

Stimulating hair follicles: Prolonging anagen, the growth phase of hair follicles.

Increasing blood flow: Enhancing the delivery of nutrients to the hair roots. 

Minoxidil is available in various strengths, and regular application is key to seeing results.You need to use it daily for at least four months to potentially see visible results. Women who start applying minoxidil in the early stages of their hair loss, and who have smaller areas of hair loss, respond best to treatment. 

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Oral Medications for Hair Growth

There are currently no FDA-approved oral medications for the treatment of female pattern hair loss. However, current medical guidelines propose an addition of an oral medication due to emerging evidence. Here we discuss three oral medications that medical experts increasingly prescribe and support for female pattern hair loss.

Finasteride

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While people commonly associate finasteride with male pattern baldness, doctors can also prescribe it off-label for women, particularly those with female pattern hair loss or androgenetic alopecia. Finasteride works by: 

Inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase: This enzyme converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for follicular miniaturisation. The hair follicle undergoes a shortened growing phase, resulting in shorter or thinning hair. As more follicles undergo miniaturisation, the hair coverage of the scalp or hair density progressively decreases. 

Regular use of finasteride can result in a noticeable reduction in hair shedding and an increase in hair density. You can expect visible improvements in hair loss within six months of taking daily oral finasteride.

Women usually tolerated oral finasteride well. However, finasteride is a pregnancy category X medication. Women can use finasteride treatment under careful consideration and contraception measures. Always consult a doctor before starting any hair loss medications. 

Read about finasteride and its relevance for women in Singapore here. 

Spironolactone

Doctors use spironolactone as another oral medication to treat hair loss in women, especially those with hormonal imbalances. They also use it to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women. Spironolactone functions as an anti-androgen by: 

Blocking androgen receptors: Reducing the effects of androgens or male hormones that can contribute to hair thinning and loss in women.

Doctors often prescribe spironolactone at a low dose, with increments in dosage over time. It usually takes about six months or longer to understand how the medication is working. Similar to finasteride, women should not use spironolactone during pregnancy. As with any medication, it is crucial to discuss their potential side effects and contraindications with a healthcare provider. 

Minoxidil

For women looking for a non-hormonal hair loss treatment option and are unable to tolerate topical minoxidil, oral minoxidil can be a viable option. In recent years, increasing evidence suggests that a low dose of oral minoxidil can be safe and effective for the treatment of female pattern hair loss. 

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Other Hair Growth Treatments in Singapore

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate hair growth and improve hair density. The lasers emit specific wavelengths of light that penetrate the scalp and stimulate hair follicles. LLLT is believed to work by:

Enhancing cellular activity: Encourages and promotes follicle health.

Improving blood circulation: Facilitating the delivery of essential nutrients to the hair follicle

Devices such as laser combs and helmets are popular among women for their convenience and effectiveness. Regular sessions of LLLT over several months can lead to thicker, fuller hair. Some studies suggest greater effectiveness of topical minoxidil when combined with LLLT hair growth treatment. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a procedure that utilises the patient’s own blood to stimulate hair growth.The process involves:
Extracting blood: Doctors extract a small amount of blood and process it to separate the platelet-rich plasma, which contains growth factors and other bioactive substances.

Injecting PRP: The platelet-rich plasma is injected into the scalp, targeting areas of thinning or hair loss.

Experts believe PRP therapy promotes tissue regeneration, improved blood supply to the hair follicle, and stimulates dormant hair follicles to enter the active growth phase. However, limited evidence supports the use of PRP therapy for female hair loss, and uncertainty remains regarding the role of this treatment.

The HSA has not approved PRP therapy for hair loss in Singapore. A similar therapy approved by the HSA is known as Regenera Activa. This therapy uses regenerative growth factors extracted from the scalp to stimulate hair growth in balding or thinning areas.

Hair Transplant Surgery

For women with significant hair loss, hair transplant surgery can offer a permanent solution. Modern surgical techniques such as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) involve: 

Harvesting hair follicles: Follicles are taken from a donor area, usually the back of the scalp.

Transplanting follicles: These are carefully implanted into the thinning or balding areas.

Hair transplant surgery can provide natural-looking results, with transplanted hair growing just like natural hair. 

Read our comprehensive guide to the best hair transplant solutions in Singapore

Supplements for Hair Growth

A wide range of nutritional and herbal supplements are available in the market promoting hair growth in women.

Manufacturers typically enrich these supplements with vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients to strengthen hair health from within.

 A hair growth supplement typically contains ingredients that can be classified into three main functions:

Antioxidants: Ingredients rich in antioxidants like vitamin C are believed to protect the hair follicle from damage caused by free radicals, which can contribute to hair thinning and loss. They also promote a healthy scalp environment, which is essential for optimal hair growth.

Strengthening the Hair Follicle: Ingredients like biotin, keratin and collagen are believed to support the production of the structural protein of hair strands. This may lead to less hair breakage and shedding. 

Anti-DHT Activity: Ingredients that may have possible DHT inhibitory activity are believed to promote hair growth as well. These ingredients work on the principle of the hair loss medication Propecia or finasteride, an effective medication for the treatment of male androgenetic alopecia.

Temporary Improvement

While supplements may provide temporary improvement, the root cause of the hair loss needs to be identified for effective treatment. To date, there has not been a specific supplement proven as a hair growth treatment in women. 

It is best to speak to a doctor to find out the best option for you. At Dame, our doctors are able to navigate this journey with you. We tailor our range of products and medications to address various underlying health conditions that may contribute to hair loss, such as poor stress management, PCOS, pregnancy and childbirth, and crash dieting. 

Whether it is medications, supplements, devices or hair growth procedures, we provide a platform where you can share your hair and health concerns with our medical professionals. 

Read our comparison of popular hair growth supplement brands like Viviscal Pro and Swisse Hair Skin Nails. We also explore the topic of supplements vs medications for women’s hair loss

Dame: Your Partner in Women’s Hair Health

Dealing with hair loss can be challenging, but with the right information and resources, it can be managed effectively. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and available hair growth treatments is crucial for finding the right solution. At Dame, you can consult with our doctors to adopt a comprehensive hair growth treatment plan just for you. We are here to help you along your journey to healthier, fuller hair.

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