Hair Club’s hair loss experts have revealed the answers to the most common questions and misconceptions about hair loss below.
General Hair Loss Questions and Concerns
There are many hair loss “medications” on the market; only two are approved by the FDA.
Contrary to the promises that accompany some medications, not all of them work or are even safe. Furthermore, each person responds differently to hair loss medications based on a number of factors, including the cause and degree of hair loss, age, lifestyle and health.
Minoxidil (a topical liquid) and finasteride (an oral pill for men) are the only FDA-approved medications. However, the FDA has recently been investigating Finasteride’s serious, sometimes permanent sexual side-effects.
Minoxidil is used in Hair Club’s at-home EXT® program. The accompanying shampoo, conditioner and cleanser are specially designed to ensure proper application and absorption. A nutritional supplement containing vitamins B3, D, E, biotin, saw palmetto and nettle, safely contributes to healthy hair growth.
Yes, hair loss in children is estimated to account for 3% of pediatric office visits in the U.S.
Children may experience hair loss due to certain infections, such a fungal infection of the scalp, which is easily treated with antifungal medication.
Additionally, if children wear tight pigtails or cornrows, the pull on their hair can result in traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops hair will grow back normally.
There are, sadly, cases of permanent or prolonged hair loss in children. In addition to affecting adults, Trichotillomania and Alopecia Areata can also occur in children, as well as cancers and other disease with hair loss as a consequence.
Since 1992, Hair Club has offered free hair restoration services to children.
Hair loss is far more common for women than most people realize.
Today there are more than 30 million women experiencing hair loss in North America. 40% of all women will experience some female pattern hair loss by the time they reach menopause and nearly half of all women will experience some form of hair loss by age 50.
There are many different causes of hair loss.
The causes vary depending on age, hormones, illness and genetic disposition. Hair loss can also be caused by medication, stress or trauma. About 90% of male hair loss is caused by Male Pattern Baldness. While a similar condition occasionally affects women as well, female hair loss is typically the result of other causes like hormonal imbalances.
While some hair loss is permanent, hair loss caused by illness, pregnancy and stress can be temporary.
If your hair loss is caused by hair care or styling habits, medications stress or diet, there are preventative steps you can take. Hair loss prevention usually involves altering your habits (for example, eating healthier foods or opting for a more relaxed hairstyle).
If your hair loss is caused by genetics or a medical condition, Hair Club is able to treat your hair loss by prevention, surgery or replacement. Preventative solutions include the Extreme LaserComb and EXT® Extreme Hair Therapy.
Yes, some hair loss is normal. An average healthy person can lose up to 100 hairs a day.
If you see thinning, bald patches or are losing more than 100 hairs a day, you may be experiencing hair loss. The most common sign for men is the receding hairline or thinning crown common in Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness. Hair loss that occurs in patches is often a result of conditions such as Trichotillomania, Traction Alopecia, and Alopecia Areata.
Thinning hair, excessive shedding, bald batches or complete baldness are all signs of hair loss.
Chemotherapy can cause hair cells to stop dividing, resulting in hair loss.
In some cases patients lose as much as 90% of their scalp hair, others lose none. Sometimes this hair grows back when the cancer treatment ends, sometimes it doesn’t. Common chemotherapy drugs that can hair loss include methotrexate, cyclophosohamide, bleomycin, doxorubicin, mitomycin, cytarabine, vinblastine and vincristine.
In many cases, hair begins to grow back two to three months after chemotherapy is over. New hair may be different than it used to be in terms of texture, thickness and color. It’s common for hair to grow back finer, curlier and grayer than it was before.
Most volumizing products are designed for fine and thinning hair.
On the other hand, sheen or hair shine products will make the hair look thinner. Shampoos with sulfates should also be avoided, as these dry the scalp and cause split ends. Products containing alcohol, such as hair spracy, will weaken the hair. Over-the-counter dyes contain harsh chemicals, which leave the hair susceptible to breakage. [NOTE: Coloring darker than your natural hair will highlight your exposed scalp].
It is especially important for those with thinning hair to always use heat protection products before using styling tools like blow dryers and flat irons.
Lastly, less hair product is more. Too much of any hair product can weigh hair down, making it appear less full. Start with a small amount and only add more if needed.
TrichoView is an advanced digital videoscope used to provide a comprehensive view of your hair and scalp condition. This new technology is only available at Hair Club centers.
During a TrichoView Hair and Scalp Analysis you will meet privately with a highly trained hair loss consultant. Using Hair Club’s state-of-the-art Trichoview system, your consultant will zoom in on your hair growth and hair loss at never-before-possible magnification levels on a high-resolution screen. This up-close perspective will provide you and your specialist with answers to your hair loss problem and the crucial information needed to get your hair back. During this safe and quick analysis you will gain valuable insight into your hair loss and the best treatment options for your individual situation.
A FREE Trichoview Hair and Scalp Analysis is the most comprehensive way to learn more about the type of hair loss you are experiencing (or may experience in the near future) and what to do about it. Best of all, it’s free with no pressure or obligations!
Hair Loss Myths and Misconceptions
Although many people are under the impression that hats contribute to hair loss, this is false.
There is absolutely no evidence—scientific or otherwise—that suggests wearing a hat will cause hair loss. Many people wear hats simply to hide their hair loss. However, a dirty hat can cause a scalp infection, which may accelerate hair loss, so be sure to keep your hats and head clean.
This is untrue. Hair growth is genetically programmed.
Your growth rate is not affected either way by close clipping, shaving, trimming.
Excessive hair brushing can actually stress your hair and make it more likely to break.
Hair tends to be more elastic when it’s wet, which means that it is more likely to break than dry hair. Therefore, it is best to limit brushing or combing wet hair.
Boar-bristle or ball-tipped brushes are recommended for brushing since they are most gentle on your hair.
There is no link between balding and hairdryers but air-drying is generally a safer option.
Blow drying your hair frequently on too hot of a setting can dry out your existing hair, making it brittle, less healthy-looking, and more prone to breakage. The same is true of flat irons and other heated devices. Air-dry your hair when possible and limit the use of blow dryers and other hot tools to prevent damage to your hair.
While some of these products do have the potential to damage hair, in most cases they will not affect hair follicles or growth cycles when used correctly.
However, overuse, misuse, harsh chemicals and relaxers can damage hair follicles and affect growth. These products can cause the hair to break and fall out when used too much or incorrectly. Using them less will most likely result in less damage and breakage. Hair accessories like clips, pins and rubber bands can break hair when holding the hair too rightly.
No, lying on one side or the other won’t affect the growth of your hair.
Your follicles are pre-programmed to grow in their own unique way, independent of how you sleep. If you’re worried about your hair while you sleep, some experts suggest sleeping on silk pillowcases. Silk has amino acids in common with your hair that won’t strip your hair of moisture. Additionally, silk is less likely to pull and tug your strands, which means your hair will be smoother with less split ends and breakage.
No, it is quite possibly the opposite.
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)—the main culprit in hair loss—is a metabolite of testosterone, a hormone that increases the male sex drive.
No, but rubbing wet hair too hard can cause the hair to break, which can result in hair loss.
It’s normal to shed some hairs each day due to the normal growth cycle of your hair, but if your hair doesn’t grow back, it is most likely because of your genetic predisposition, not the towel. That said, rubbing your hair with a towel should be avoided if possible; air-drying your hair is your best bet.
No, hair loss can be passed down through either side of the family, not just your mother’s.
Unfortunately, even if your mother’s father has a full head of hair, there is no guarantee that you will experience the same luck.