Hair loss is something that impacts millions of people on an annual basis. And at one point or another, almost all of us will deal with some degree of hair thinning or loss. But before jumping to any conclusions, it’s important that we set the record straight.
The Lowdown on Hair Loss
Losing hair, thinning, balding – whatever you want to call it – is a normal part of living. In fact, if you live a long life and don’t lose your hair, that would be abnormal.
Research shows that roughly 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss at any given time. Many men begin losing their hair by their mid-20s, while 40 percent of all men are on their way to balding by the age of 45. (That rate accelerates to 70 percent of men by age 80.) Women aren’t immune, however. Many women notice their hair thinning by the time they reach their 40s, with 80 percent of all women experiencing some degree of hair loss by age 60.
Most people enter into some form of shock or denial when they first experience hair loss, but it’s actually a normal part of the aging process. Hair loss is not an exception to the rule. It’s much more accurately described as the rule. But with that being said, you don’t have to curl up in a ball and let hair loss chart its course. There are ways to address it (as long as you know the truth).
Busting 4 of the Biggest Hair Loss Myths Online
The internet’s biggest strength is also its greatest weakness. The fact that anyone can publish anything and share it with millions of people has democratized many industries and brought about an age of enlightenment among people who were previously shrouded from the truth. Unfortunately, it’s also opened society up to its fair share of “fake news” and myths.
A quick Google search for “hair loss” will reveal millions of results from hundreds of thousands of different websites, blogs, and so-called “experts.” The problem is that much of the information you’ll find is nothing more than recycled myths and half-truths. Yet because everyone is repeating the same information over and over again, it’s difficult for the average person to easily separate fact from fiction.
In this article, we’re going to do you a favor and call out some of the top myths we see being circulated around the web. Then we’re going to set the record straight so that you know the truth behind these issues.
Without further ado, let’s dive in:
Myth #1: Hair Loss is Permanent
Hair loss can be permanent under certain circumstances. For example, the most common cause of male hair loss (male pattern baldness or MPB) is a genetic condition that’s essentially irreversible. But most other causes can be overcome. And even MPB can be dealt with effectively…if it’s addressed in a timely manner.
The moral of the story is that hair loss that’s caused by something other than genetics – such as hormonal changes, postpartum factors, trauma, illness, medication, nutritional imbalances, improper hair care – can almost always be reversed.
Myth #2: Hair Loss is Only a Problem for Men
While hair loss is largely marketed as a male problem, women aren’t immune. Research suggests that 50% of women will experience noticeable hair loss during their middle-age years. And though it may not be as pronounced as it is in men, thinning hair is equally as frustrating for women.
Hair loss in women can be caused by any number of factors, including exposure to toxic substances (chemotherapy, radiation, certain medications, etc.), extreme shock or stress, tight hairstyles, menopause, hormonal changes, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and poor circulation. Thankfully, most of these issues can be addressed with corrective measures.
Myth #3: Getting a Haircut Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker
This is a pretty common myth that’s been tirelessly circulated for decades, yet has almost zero science to back it up. (You’ll even hear people say regularly wet shaving makes your beard grow back thicker and fuller.)
The truth is that haircuts – style, frequency, or length – have nothing to do with how thick your hair grows back (or how fast it returns). The rate of hair renewal has virtually nothing to do with visiting the salon or barber. Hair growth is something that happens at a follicle level. A haircut is simply the process of trimming the length of the hair above the scalp. It does nothing to impact the hair growth cycle below the scalp.
Myth #4: Hair Transplants Are the Only Effective Way to Regrow Hair
Hair transplant procedures have been around in the United States since at least the 1950s. And while the techniques can be rather effective, they’re far from the only effective ways to regrow hair.
The two most common types of hair transplant procedures are the Follicular Unit Strip Surgery (FUSS) and the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method. And while we’ll spare you the details of how they do these procedures, let’s be clear about one thing: You don’t have to do either to regrow hair.
The key to regrowing hair is to regenerate dormant hair follicles. And the best way to accomplish this is by stimulating blood flow in the scalp and restoring circulation. This can be done through a process known as low-level laser therapy, or LLLT.
LLLT works by applying light-emitted diodes (LEDs) to the surface of the scalp. These lasers, which don’t actually produce any heat, stimulate and enhance cell functioning through a process known as photobiomodulation. And with repetitive treatments over a period of several months, this can lead to restorative hair growth.
Fight Back Against Hair Loss
You don’t have to live with hair loss. Hair can grow back after thinning, but you have to know the truth. By blocking out the noise and searching for the facts, you can stop hair loss in its tracks and restore your hair. For best results, we recommend the Kiierr 272 Premier Laser Cap System. Try it today and enjoy a risk-free guarantee!