Fact Checking the Top Myths About Hair Loss

October 14 2020

If you’re experiencing hair loss, you’re not alone. Millions of men and women deal with hair loss every day. When you’re looking for answers on how it happens or how you can treat it, unfortunately, there are a lot of myths out there that can make finding accurate information difficult. Today, we’ll tackle some of the most common myths and explain why they just aren’t true. 

Myth #1: Look to relatives on your mother’s side to see if you’ll experience hair loss. It’s true that genetics is a factor in hair loss for many people, but hair loss can be inherited from either parent, so blaming Mom won’t help. In men, the most common reason for hair loss is male pattern baldness, and that’s due to a sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a male hormone that can make hair follicles miniaturize. This means that the follicle has shrunk and is no longer able to grow hair. When receptors on the hair follicles are sensitive to DHT, this may result in male pattern baldness, and that sensitivity is inherited. For women, genetics can also play a role in hair loss. Female pattern baldness is also linked to hormones, but for women, the pattern of hair loss is different. It happens most often after menopause, but female hair loss can also happen just about any time. For both men and women, genetics can play a role in hair loss, but it’s much more complex than looking at people on just one side of the family. 

Myth #2: Hair loss only happens when you’re over 50. This myth can leave you feeling scared and confused if you are experiencing hair loss at a young age. But it’s just that – a myth. In fact, most men who have male pattern baldness will experience some hair loss before they are 35 years old. Like everything else in life, each individual experiences things a bit differently. But if you’re starting to notice some thinning hair at any age, that’s a good sign that you should take some action now to help slow down and reverse that thinning with treatments like plasma therapy and other solutions at the Hair Restoration Institute. 

Myth #3: Hair loss doesn’t affect women. For this myth, there are about 40 million American women who can testify that it’s just not true, because that’s how many women in the US are experiencing some form of hair loss. While it’s true that men are slightly more likely to have hair loss – with about 50 million men affected in the US – it’s a problem that women encounter as well. In most cases, men’s hair loss follows a pattern, so it might be easier to identify hair loss if you’re a man. For women, there is usually no set pattern. Some women experience widespread hair loss all over their scalp, some might see some thinning patches, and others might notice that their part is becoming more prominent. 

For both men and women, discovering that your hair is thinning can be an emotional experience. Taking action by connecting with us at the Hair Replacement Institute can help restore your confidence. The first step is a discreet and confidential consultation with one of our hair loss medical professionals at the Hair Restoration Institute. We’ll take a full assessment of your health, your concerns, and the extent of hair loss and develop a customized treatment plan to help you get thicker, natural-looking hair again. You can find us at 8030 Old Cedar Ave S #202 in Bloomington or the Edgewater Town Office Park at 2598 Rice Street in Saint Paul in Minnesota, or at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 612-588-HAIR (4247) in Minnesota or 817-854-HAIR (4247) in Dallas/Fort Worth for a complimentary consultation.

Fact Checking the Top Myths About Hair Loss