Hair loss in women is slightly less than in men, but also much less known. Therefore you find many myths about them…and five of them urgently need to be whisked out of the world!

Myth No. 1: Women do not suffer from hair loss, only men are going bald.

This is not true! Androgenetic alopecia ( -genetics), another word for a gradual and persistent hair loss, affects half of women after the menopause. And like men, there are also women who suffer from very early androgenetic alopecia, sometimes even before their thirties. It is important to know, as it often is psychologically very difficult to live with hair fall. If we know that we are not alone with that problem, it is sometimes easier to deal with it.

Myth No. 2: The hair falling out, comes from the scalp and from the temple.

That is the process of the typical hair fall … in men. In women the hair loss takes place in a more scattered pattern. In other words, there is no specific area that will be completely bald. Usually the whole top of the skull is affected and reduces the number of hairs per square centimeter systematically. That’s why women are only indirectly realising that their hair is falling out. For example, there’s more hair in their hair brush, the parting is suddenly wider, or hairpins are too big as they used to be, they can hardly keep all the hair together.

Myth No. 3: Hair loss indicates a hormonal problem.

Hair loss has indeed to do with our hormones, but it is more about the hair follicles that are sensitive to hormones than to an excess of hormones. It is perfectly possible that a woman has a normal hormone levels and still suffer from hair loss. If you have other signs that point to a disturbed hormonal balance, such as excessive hair or acne, you should consult a doctor.

Myth No. 4: You can’t win from hair fall.

It is true that androgenetic alopecia is difficult to combat, but there are several solutions such as supplements and shampoo for light/temporary cases as well as PRP treatment, scalp micro pigmentation or a hair transplant as a final solution. For optical enhancement the purchase of hair fibers might be another good option.

Myth No. 5: If I lose my hair, the reason is my shampoo / hair conditioner / my hair.

The products you use for your hair and the way that you format or bind you hair, has no effect on androgenetic alopecia or hair fall. Some bad habits can make the hair brittle, but that’s an entirely different problem than traditional hair fall. If you lose so much hair and you experience that your hair becomes thinner, do not lose time and make an appointment with a dermatologist.

Brian Johnson MD

Brian Johnson MD

Dr. Brian Johnson is a professor of dermatology. He has conducted numerous research studies about hair loss and it's effects on the human psyche. Dr. Johnson has written for Maclean's, Motherboard, the National Post, and the Huffington Post.

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