The hair loss journey can be a long and arduous one. In the early stages, one might try taking supplements or using topical products. If they’re committed, by the end, they may even try platelet-rich plasma therapy or follicular unit extraction. Before diving into surgical options, it’s a good idea to try over-the-counter products. Hair loss foam is one of the most popular products for this issue. It can be easily picked up at the store or bought online. We suggest consulting with your physician if you’re noticing rapid or unexpected hair loss to see what they advise, but if you’re simply trying to maintain your hair as it slowly disappears, try these doctor-approved hair loss foam products.
Clinically proven five percent minoxidil foam is one of the most popular purchases when it comes to topical hair loss products, and for good reason. West Palm Beach, FL Kenneth Beer, MD, says minoxidil is his favorite product to suggest when it comes to topical foams. “Minoxidil is FDA-approved for androgenetic alopecia and female pattern hair loss, adds Omaha, NE dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, MD.
He notes that the exact mechanism isn’t fully understood, but minoxidil is thought to work by “shortening the resting phase of hair (called the telogen phase) and extending the growth phase (called the anagen phase), explains Dr. Schlessinger. “Additionally, it encourages blood flow to the hair follicles to help support hair growth.” He adds that patients must use minoxidil continuously for it to be effective.
Minoxidil foams, such as Rogaine, tend to show results in about three months and must be used daily, Charlotte, NC dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD and Rachel Yang, NP say. “The foam is unscented and easy to massage into the hair, so people can use and then style their hair as they like.” The duo also notes that there are both men’s and women’s products available over the counter or online in a variety of price ranges.
RevitaLash Cosmetics Volume Enhancing Foam ($150)
We’ve trusted RevitaLash to help boost eyelash growth for years, so it only makes sense that the brand’s foam for hair loss is worthwhile. Dr. Schlessinger says this product extends the well-known physician-developed RevitaLash science to address thinning hair.
“This unisex hair foam addresses hair thinning in both men and women. It uses a BioPeptin Complex (which includes biotin and peptides) to reduce breakage and brittleness to improve hair elasticity,” says Dr. Schlessinger. Another reason he loves it? It’s vegan and dermatologist-reviewed.
Surface Awaken Protein Mousse ($34)
Another take on a foamy application, this hair-thickening mousse is especially great for those with sensitive scalps. Dr. Schlessinger recommends it for “those who have hair thinning in addition to dandruff, eczema or psoriasis symptoms on the scalp.” He explains that the organic amaranth protein helps provide immediate hair thickening benefits while the lysine and saw palmetto support scalp health.