15 Hair Loss Facts and Myths
There are many myths and misconceptions on hair loss. Here are some of the top hair loss facts and myths about hair loss and thinning hair.
- Over 40 million men suffer from hair loss.
- Approximately 21 million woman suffer from hair loss.
- Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for thinning hair.
- People lose over 50 hairs from their head each day.
- Severe traumatic stress has been known to cause a temporary and a sudden thinning of hair, known as telogen effluvium.
- More than 50 percent of men have male pattern baldness by the age of 50.
- Individual follicles grow for 2-3 years before being shed.
- Hair grows about 1/2″ per month.
- Myth: It’s not good to wash your hair frequently. Some people avoid washing their hair too often because they fear the chemicals in shampoo can damage their scalp.
- Androgenetic alopecia is the cause of over 95% of all pattern hair loss, including baldness in men and thinning hair in women.
- Both sides of your family determine your hair loss, not just your mother’s.
- Cutting your hair may make it appear thicker due to the removal of split ends and added volume, the hair will not become fuller.
- 25% of men that experience hair loss begin losing their hair before the age of 21.
- Hair loss is just as common in women as it is in men, it may be less apparent in women because they are more conscientious about hiding it than men are.
- Myth: Often wearing a tight baseball cap, hat, or similar will give you hair loss.