1. Shedding hair is normal.
FACT. Hair shedding is a normal part of our hair’s growth cycle. We lose up to 100 hairs every day.
2. Hair loss is different from hair shedding.
FACT. In most people, the hairs they shed grow back. Losing more hair than you replace results in hair loss — bald patches or thinning hair. There are many potential causes of hair loss in women, but heredity is the main culprit.
3. Hereditary hair loss affects only men.
FICTION. Hereditary hair loss is more common among women than you might think. Men tend to recede at the hairline and/or thin on the crown, while women usually experience gradual thinning on the top of the head, starting with a widening centre part. Women’s hair loss may look like an evergreen tree or one of these images. It rarely progresses to total or almost baldness like it does in some men.
4. You have all the hair follicles you’ll ever have when you’re born.
FACT. You’re born with about 100,000 follicles on your head. Hereditary hair loss changes your follicles and interrupts the normal hair growth cycle. The condition shortens the time that hair spends growing and causes the follicles to shrink, producing finer, shorter, harder-to-see hairs with each cycle. Without treatment, follicles can lose their ability to grow hair completely.
5. I’m too young to have thinning hair.
FICTION. Hereditary hair loss begins for most women in their 40s, 50s or 60s, but it can begin in your 20s. Learn the early signs of hair loss to help you determine if you have hereditary hair loss.
6. My hair is thinning — there must be something wrong with me.
FICTION. Hereditary hair loss is quite common and is caused by a combination of genetics, hormone levels and the aging process.
7. Colouring or highlighting hair will make my hair loss worse.
FICTION. Colouring or highlighting hair does not contribute to hereditary hair loss.
8. Weaves and extensions are good ways to disguise hair loss.
FICTION. Weaves, extensions and tight hairstyles pull on the hair and can lead to breakage. Prolonged tension on the follicles can cause increased thinning and permanent hair loss.
9. Hair loss is inherited from your mom.
FICTION. Hereditary hair loss can come from either — or both — sides of your family. The genes can even skip generations.
10. The right shampoo can fix thinning hair.
FICTION. Volumizing shampoo won’t regrow your hair, revive follicles or prevent hair loss from worsening. Some shampoos can make hair feel thicker because they contain ingredients like protein that coat the hair and temporarily swell the hair shaft.
11. Thinning hair is just a superficial cosmetic issue.
FICTION. Hair loss isn’t only about how you look. It can have negative emotional effects such as low self-confidence, depression and social isolation.
12. Untreated, hereditary hair loss is usually permanent.
FACT. Hereditary hair loss in women may progress from a widening part to overall thinning without treatment.
13. Women’s ROGAINE® is clinically proven to regrow hair.
FACT. With once daily use, results may be seen in as early as 3 months but it may take at least 6 months for some women. Scientists believe that the active ingredient, minoxidil, works by stimulating shrinking hair follicles and increasing the time that hair spends in its active growth phase. Read more about how minoxidil battles hair loss.
14. Women’s ROGAINE® is the #1 Dermatologist Recommended Brand*
FACT. Women’s ROGAINE® is also the first and only 5% minoxidil hair regrowth treatment available for women in Canada with hereditary hair loss. It’s easy to add to your everyday beauty routine. Simply massage the foam once a day, at any time of day, onto the scalp and style as usual.