Hair Loss Myths and Facts

by | August 16, 2010 @ 01:00PM

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Untangling The Myths And Facts About Hair Loss

Hair LossThink baldness comes from the mother's side of the family? Think only men lose their hair? If you answered "yes" to either of these two questions, think again.

Although hair loss is traditionally considered part of the male's aging process, it affects 30 million women in the United States, in addition to nearly 50 million men. These numbers are expected to grow as the Baby Boomer generation ages.

Hereditary hair loss, the most common form of hair loss, involves a miniaturization process that causes hair follicles to shrink and produce thinner, shorter, less pigmented hair and eventually no hair at all. This progressive thinning process can begin as early as the teens and 20s.

For more than 3,000 years, "cures" have been sought for hair loss. Along with these came many old wives tales, myths and erroneous assumptions. Here, you can get to the root of the matter with the facts versus the myths.

Fortunately, there are ways to cope with and combat hair loss. These include flattering cuts and styles, as well as hair loss treatments such as Rogaine®. If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning, you should consult a dermatologist. The sooner you start therapy, the greater your chances of keeping the hair you have and even re-growing it.

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