This August marks another National Hair Loss Awareness Month. While some may read this and think that people are already aware of their own hair loss and don’t need to pay any further attention, those people would be missing the point. National Hair Loss Awareness Month is about being aware of the causes, types, and solutions to hair loss.
What Are Some of The Myths Surrounding Hair Loss?
Part of hair loss awareness is understanding the myths and being able to debunk them. That makes it easier to get real help when necessary.
One of the most common myths is that hair loss doesn’t or rarely affects women. This is not true. Nearly half of all women will experience significant hair loss in their lifetime. Female pattern hair loss alone affects roughly 1 in 3 women to varying degrees. Additionally, women can also be affected by significant hair thinning and bald spots.
Some of The Other Common Myths Include:
- Excessive shampooing causing hair loss
- Wearing hats causing hair loss
- The idea that if your mom’s dad has a full head of hair his whole life, you will too
All of those myths are false. While it’s not entirely impossible that you’ll end up having similar hair to your maternal grandpa, there are other factors at play that will affect the health of your hair and whether or not you’ll experience hair loss.
What Causes Hair Loss?
Your diet is another thing to keep in mind when as one of the causes of hair loss. Particularly a lack of iron and certain vitamins, as well as stress all play a role too. However, factors like diet and stress can be reversible once your diet or stress levels have changed. Keep in mind that due to hair growth cycles, a number of months could separate when changes in diet or stress will actually affect your hair growth. However, if you are already experiencing male or female pattern baldness, the areas affected won’t likely see hair growth.
Other Causes of Hair Loss to Keep in Mind
- Tight hairstyles causing excessive tension to your hair, including ponytails or buns, could cause hair loss by damaging those hair follicles.
- Excessive hair coloring and harsh treatments, like hair bleaching can do the same as well.
If you are already beginning to suffer hair loss, talk to a hair care professional before continuing to color and treat your hair with harsh chemicals.
Talk to The Professionals at RHRLI For A Free Consultation
Let National Hair Loss Awareness Month be the month you do something about your hair loss. We utilize ARTAS® robotic FUE hair transplants to provide a minimally invasive solution to hair loss and thinning. You can receive a free consultation at either our Manhattan or Long Island offices from our board-certified surgeon and technicians. Don’t wait, contact us today.