When you first notice your hair thinning, many questions come to mind. Why is my hair falling out? How can I stop hair loss? The first place many people look for answers is online. Odds are you’ll find some credible information, but there’s also a ton of misinformation out there. How can you tell the difference between hair loss fact and fiction? Look for articles on credible websites that have a history of providing straightforward, useful information and avoid sites only going for shock value.
To help you find answers to your questions, we’re debunking 3 more hair loss myths.
Hair Loss Myth #1: Hair loss is only a problem for men.
Fact: It’s true that hair loss affects more than 50 million American men, but it also impacts more than 40 million women in the U.S. In fact, an estimated 40% of women will experience noticeable hair loss by the age of 40. While the most common cause of hair loss in both men and women is genetic, one of the main differences between the way men and women lose their hair is in how it first appears. With male pattern baldness, the hairline recedes at the temples and a bald spot at the crown develops. Over time, these two areas of hair loss meet, leaving only a rim of hair on the sides and back of the head. Women suffering from hair loss don’t typically follow a pattern. They may experience diffuse thinning all over the scalp, a widening part or bald patches (especially near the temples).
Hair Loss Myth #2: Stress will make your hair fall out.
Fact: This is one of those half-truths. Everyday stress like getting stuck in traffic or arguing with your significant other will not generally make your hair to fall out. But, severe stress caused by a traumatic event, like the death of a loved one or major surgery can lead to hair loss. In addition, there are a few specific stress-related conditions that are linked to hair loss, including telogen effluvium, trichotillomania and alopecia areata. The good news is that most stress-related hair loss is reversible.
Hair Loss Myth #3: The only way to regrow hair is to use Minoxidil.
Fact: Minoxidil, which is part of our EXT® Extreme Hair Therapy solution, is the only FDA-approved, clinically studied topical treatment proven to regrow hair and slow further loss. But, laser hair therapy is another way to regrow your hair. This cutting-edge technology uses low-level laser (light) therapy, also known as LLLT, to stimulate cellular activity in your follicles to slow down hair loss while supporting regrowth. Our LaserComb, LaserBand and LaserHelmet are all FDA-cleared to:
- Stimulate hair regrowth
- Reduce further hair loss
- Increase hair density
- Improve the condition of your hair
The best part about these laser devices is you can conveniently use them in the privacy of your own home.
Sorting through an abundance of hair loss information—then deciphering what’s trustworthy and what isn’t—can be a frustrating process. For information you can rely on, check out our other blog post on debunked hair loss myths as well as our Hair Loss 101 webpage.
When you’re ready to do something about your hair loss, schedule your free consultation at your local Hair Club center. Meet with one of our trained professionals and learn about your level of hair loss, the condition of your scalp and which personalized solution will give you the results you want.