I have inherited a lot of good genes from my parents: youthful-skin, brains (?), good instincts, will-power, etc. but there is plenty of stuff in my gene pool which I would have gladly passed: the quintessential Indian butt, oily skin, and hereditary hair loss (HHL). My paternal lineage has not had a good track record of maintaining a healthy head of hair after a certain age. Both my paternal grandparents, my dad, aunts, uncles and even few of my cousins have had a receding hairline. So, I’ve decided to try to get ahead of this genetic trait with Rogaine. 'Coz why not?
If you have been around for awhile, you know I like to tackle all my potential issues head-on. I workout to keep that butt in shape, I have a pretty regular skin-care regime, and I take care of my hair and scalp to reduce the visible chances of HHL.
Below are my hair care regime steps:
- Monthly scalp massage with coconut oil. With the tips of my finger, I massage the coconut oil throughout my scalp in circular motion. I then leave it for 30 minutes and then wash it.
- As a vegetarian I ensure I am taking the required amount of Iron, either through supplement or diet. I eat a plenty of leafy greens in salads (spinach, kale, and lettuce), also beans and tofu. I also take biotin and zinc supplements, two nutrients that play a role in hair growth.
- I avoid using styling tools as much as possible. I almost always air dry my hair.
- I use a wide tooth comb and non-metallic hair ties which is gentler on my hair strands and do not result in untimely hair breakage.
However, this regime can only help me so much. Did you know that 76% of women start to notice hair thinning after the age of 30? I just turned 35 and I would like to take the matters into my own hands before it is too late. The good news is that Hereditary Hair Loss (HHL) is a manageable trait that one can get ahead of with Rogaine.
It was only recently that I learned that genetics is the leading cause of hereditary hair loss (HHL) among women, accounting for 90% of cases (vs. stress, thyroid disease, medications, dietary deficiencies, etc.). Isn't that crazy? If you are not sure if you suffer from HHL, here are the key signs to look out for as a woman:
- Thinning hair – hair loses volume and density over time.
- Hair shedding – a consistent loss of 150 hairs a day is considered significant hair loss.
- Widening part or visible scalp – increased scalp visibility is a definite sign of hair loss.
I am trying to avoid #1 & #3 as from what I can remember my grandmother suffered from the “diffuse” thinning over the top of the head and along the part. Women’s Rogaine and Men’s Rogaine foam products are formulated with 5% minoxidil—the only topical ingredient FDA-approved to regrow hair—and are clinically proven to regrow up to 25% more hair in 3 months. I will be giving Women’s Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam a shot starting this week and will keep you posted on the results over the coming months. Look out for it on Instagram as that's where I usually share all my life updates.
Have you inherited any traits that you could do without? Does HHL run in your family? Do share, in the comments below.
This post was sponsored by Rogaine, but all opinions are my own.