If low iron is contributing to your hair loss, your doctor might prescribe an iron supplement.  Other supplements, such as biotin and folic acid, are also promoted to thicken hair.

One study did show that women developed thicker hair after taking omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants.

Laser combs and helmets are FDA-approved to treat hair loss. They use light energy to stimulate hair growth.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy may also be beneficial. This involves drawing your blood, spinning it down, then injecting your own platelets back into your scalp to stimulate hair growth.

Is Female pattern baldness Reversible?

Female pattern baldness isn’t reversible. Proper treatment can stop the hair loss and potentially help regrow some of the hair you’ve already lost. Treatments can take up to 12 months to start working. You’ll need to stay on them long-term to keep from losing your hair again.

Can you prevent female pattern hair loss?

You can’t prevent female pattern baldness, but you can protect your hair from breakage and loss:

Haircare tips

  • Eat lots of healthy food. Include iron-rich foods in your diet like dark green leafy vegetables, beans, and fortified cereals.
  • Avoid treatments that can break or damage your hair follicles, such as straightening irons, bleach, and perms.
  • Ask your doctor if any of the medicines you take will promote hair loss. If so, see if you can switch to another drug.
  • Don’t smoke. It damages hair follicles and stimulates hair loss.
  • Wear a hat when you go outside to protect it from dust and harsh sun.