Why are hair loss and hair regrowth such popular topics despite decades of progress in the fields of science and medicine?
The answer is quite simple: Misinformation and a bad understanding of how hair loss really works.
People are misguided about hair loss from meaningful experts and scientists who just don’t know the facts. Or they hear about “that one weird trick” from their friends and act surprised when it doesn’t work.
We can’t possibly debunk EVERY single falsehood about hair loss in one short article. For that you’d need a heavy textbook.
What we can do here is dispel the 3 most common ones our customers mistakenly believe. Understand why they’re wrong and you’ll be further on your path towards hair regrowth.
Myth #1: Hair loss happens because of just one thing.
Everyone wants to believe hair loss is the result of one thing and one thing only. That secret where if ONLY they knew it, they could cure it forever and never worry about it again.
“It has to be DHT production! No no, it’s because you’re not using these vitamins and minerals from the alternative food store! It’s just your hormones and it’s perfectly normal!”
As we’ve written multiple times before, there is a wide range of conditions and circumstances that can lead to an increased risk of hair loss:
- Your genetics
- Your stress levels
- Your prescribed medications
- Your medical history (diseases, etc.)
- Your dietary intake
- Your hormonal profile
- Your overall state of health (i.e. are you living a low-inflammation lifestyle?)
- Toxins in the environment and the plastics-heavy products you use
Even then, there are some causes which “move the needle” more than others when it comes to hair regrowth.
In our recently penned article about The New York Times and hair loss, we distilled them down to just four:
With this in mind, you should be able to better formulate a game plan that tackles the root causes of hair loss.
Myth #2: Hair loss ONLY happens to guys.
While mainstream media likes to poke fun at men with receding hairlines -- especially if it happens at a young age -- and while hair loss happens more often in men, women can be victims of hair loss too.
According to MedlinePlus:
“Androgenetic alopecia is a frequent cause of hair loss in both men and women. This form of hair loss affects an estimated 50 million men and 30 million women in the United States. Androgenetic alopecia can start as early as a person's teens and risk increases with age; more than 50 percent of men over age 50 have some degree of hair loss. In women, hair loss is most likely after menopause.”
And to expand on those numbers even further:
“Beginning at age 35 with a 40% loss rate for men and growing to a 70% loss rate for men age 80, the majority of the world-wide population will lose more hair than they ever dreamed of and they will need professional services to help them restore their hair. By age 60, women hair loss sufferers will be in the 80% range.”
Even the TYPE of hair loss one can suffer will usually differ between the two sexes:
“Virtually no woman goes through life with a full head of hair, just as no man goes through life with a full head of hair...Men have more severe and more extensive balding, but women also lose hair in very high numbers. They go diffusely thin. The pattern is different. They’re not completely bald like men are, they just go thin.”
So let’s stop shaming men when they encounter hair loss and struggle to reverse it. Likewise, let’s give a vocal platform to women who are ashamed of their thinning hair.
The sooner we get over this senseless gender war and recognized hair loss as a HUMAN problem, the faster we’ll get to a utopia where people can rock a full, healthy, shiny head of hair (or choose to go bald and fully own it - we don’t judge!)
Myth #3: Hair loss is permanent and can’t be reversed!
Stop listening to naysayers and doomsday promoters who will have you believe that hair loss is a normal and irreversible part of life.
Can you live a lifestyle where it is far more difficult to regrow hair than if you were just healthy and active in the first place? Yes.
Are there conditions such as being postpartum where hair loss is a common symptom? Absolutely, but even then your hair regrows after a while.
Is it possible to be in a tough spot where genetics are not your best friend and more work is required to prevent hair loss? You bet.
As much as we rag on drugs such as Finasteride and Minoxidil, the fact remains that hair loss IS a manageable condition which can be treated if you’re smart about it.
Many of the existing treatments are “hair loss management” tools at best instead of “hair loss reversal” tools as they are promised to most consumers.
And despite our disagreements with virtually 99% of the hair loss industry and its so-called “experts”, there is one common point of agreement:
“Once a follicle is “dead,” it’s difficult to revive it. So if you’re bothered by balding, the sooner you take action, the more likely you’ll be successful at reversing baldness and regrowing some hair. The best time to start was a while back. The second best time is now.
The good news: There have never been more things you can do to stem hair loss and encourage regrowth. It’s not guaranteed, but many men have seen good results from the science-backed solutions... some are more effective than others.”
We were sick and tired of all the over-hyped promises and exaggerations, which is why we created Auxano Grow V2 for consumers in desperate need of a REAL solution.
No misleading science, no nasty side effects, no lifelong financial commitment. You use it twice a day alongside a fully optimized lifestyle and you’ll start to see your old hair coming back to life.
Scientific studies can be misinterpreted or done incorrectly, but real-world results don’t lie. ;)