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Female Hair Loss Myths

Female Hair Loss Myths

There are many myths and old wives tales about hair loss, but understanding the difference between fact and fiction is the first step to stopping hair loss.

Myth #1: Hair loss is a man's problem.
About 40% of women will deal with hair loss at some point. It does not get addressed as often because of stigma regarding women and hair. Women deserve to learn more about hair loss and find solutions that help.

Myth #2: Hair loss is caused by poor circulation.
Increased blood flow has not been found to stop or reverse hair loss, so products that claim to work in this fashion are ineffective. The proof: When healthy DHT resistant hairs from the back of the scalp are transplanted to balding areas, they thrive and grow.

Myth #3: Clogged follicles cause hair loss.
Ingrown hairs are the result of clogged follicles. Hair loss is not. Opening the pores with shampoos or other hair care products may prevent ingrown hairs, but will not stop or reverse hair loss.

Myth #4: Hair loss is caused by poor nutrition.
It’s true that certain diet deficiencies can cause temporary hair shedding but such deficiencies are very rare. Even if you have the best nutrition and take supplements that claim to provide your hair with extra nutrients unless you treat the root cause of hair loss, DHT you can’t reverse hair loss and prompt the growth of healthy, normal hair.

Myth #5: Mites and other organisms cause hair loss.
Although mites are found on the scalp as well as in our beds and on our pillows, there is no scientific evidence that their presence is correlated with hair loss. Products that claim to kill mites or other organisms have not shown to regrow hair.

Myth #6: Female hair loss is different than male hair loss.
The only thing different between Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Baldness is the areas of the scalp that shed. Men tend to lose hair on the crown and at the hairline, while women tend to lose hair at their part or throughout their scalp, in an even OR patchy formation. Otherwise, women's hair loss is caused and treated in the same way as men.

Myth #7: Birth control causes hair loss.
Some older forms of birth control can act as an androgen, which could cause shedding. However, most newer forms are really more anti-androgen which may actually help address hair loss. Speak with your doctor about best options.

Myth #8: Only older women lose their hair.
We tend to associate hair loss with aging, but it is actually quite common for women to lose hair in their teens, twenties and thirties. Sudden onset shedding at a very young age should prompt a visit to a physician to rule out illness or hormonal issues.