Three of the most common myths about hereditary hair loss are:
Myth #1: Hereditary hair loss is passed only from the mother’s side of the family.
Fact: Men and women should look at both sides of their family tree for relatives with hereditary hair loss.
The condition can be inherited from their mother, their father, or from both parents.
Myth #2: Hereditary hair loss is rare among women.
Fact: In the United States, 30 million women—or one in four—experience hereditary hair loss. Less frequent
causes for hair loss in women include stress, illness, medication, diet, and pregnancy. But 70 percent
of women with thinning hair can attribute it to hereditary hair loss.
Myth #3: Prevalence of hereditary hair loss varies by ethnic or racial background.
Fact: Race neither increases nor decreases a person’s likelihood of experiencing hereditary hair loss. Hereditary hair loss affects all ethnicities.
About Hereditary Hair Loss and Treatment Options
Hereditary hair loss, or androgenetic alopecia, is marked by a progressive miniaturization of hair follicle, causing a shortening of the hair’s growth cycle. As the growth phase shortens, the hair becomes thinner and shorter. Eventually there is no growth at all. Because hereditary hair loss is gradual, the sooner treatment is started, the better the chances of results.
There are several different treatment options for men and women suffering from hereditary hair loss:
—-Minoxidil topical solution works on hair follicle to reverse the shrinking process and stimulate new growth on the top of your scalp. It is sold over the counter and is FDA-approved for use by men and women. Minoxidil is the only hair regrowth ingredient approved by the FDA for use by women.
—-Propecia (Finasteride), a pill taken orally, stimulates hair regrowth by blocking the formation of the active male hormone dihydrotestosterone(DHT). It is FDA-approved for use by men and is available by prescription.
—Hair transplantation involves removing healthy hair follicle from one area of the scalp and transplanting them to the bald areas.