Female hair loss is something women don't like to talk about. Many women find their identity is tied to their hair, regardless of whether it is cut badly or thinning. Because of the emotions involved, it can be difficult to deal with on your own. The good news is that there are treatments available that do work.
Minoxidil was first approved by the FDA for male hair loss, but it has since proven effective for women as well. A 5% formulation exists as well, but many women report hair growing where they don't want it if they use the 5%. Minoxidil works by extending the growth phase of your hair. The bad news is that you do have to apply it twice a day for three or four months before you see any substantial results. Also, if you stop, so do the effects of the Minoxidil.
Some studies now suggest that female hair loss may be related to anemia. If this is the case for you, iron supplements may be an option. If you think that you might be anemic, talk with your doctor. He can run the proper tests to determine if this is indeed the case and let you know the right amount of iron supplementation for you.
Hormonal issues can also contribute to hair loss. To combat this cause, your doctor can prescribe either birth control pills or other medications to get your hormones back to normal. In some situations, you may have an underlying health issue that your doctor can diagnose. Once treated, your hair loss may reverse itself.
Hair transplants are a more drastic treatment, but if you have tried other options without good results then this may be what works for you. Hair follicles are surgically moved from one part of your scalp to another. The good news is that this treatment produces natural results and is quite effective.