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Tousled Truths

COMMON HAIR MYTHS EXPOSED

What’s real, and what’s an urban legend? This guide will help you separate myths from truths about hair thinning, what causes it, and what you can do about it. Stop searching and get back to regrowing your hair.

LOTS OF DIFFERENT PRODUCTS HELP REGROW HAIR.
False

While many products claim to regrow hair, Women’s ROGAINE® Foam contains minoxidil, the only FDA-approved ingredient clinically proven to regrow hair. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is the first and only 5% minoxidil, once a day, hair regrowth treatment available for women. 

GETTING YOUR HAIR CUT MAKES YOUR HAIR GROW FASTER.
False

It’s the follicles on your scalp that are responsible for your level of hair growth, so cutting the ends of your hair won’t affect how quickly your hair grows. Regardless of how much hair you cut, you will, on average, grow a half-inch of hair every month. Good information to have if you plan on growing those bangs.

IT’S YOUR MOTHER’S FAULT.
False

Hair thinning COULD be your mother’s fault, you don’t necessarily inherit genetic hair thinning from your mother — it can come from your mother OR your father. Hereditary hair thinning genes can skip generations and are fairly random. So even if your mother, father, and siblings experience hair thinning, it doesn't necessarily mean you will. 

COFFEE ON YOUR SCALP CAN STIMULATE FOLLICLE GROWTH.
False

Some people swear by rubbing coffee on their scalp to reinvigorate ailing hair follicles. Coffee is a great way to jumpstart your day, but unfortunately caffeine's stimulating qualities don’t translate as a topical application that will jumpstart your strands into action. But that’s no reason to stop DRINKING your vanilla latte every morning.

ROGAINE® PRODUCTS ARE ONLY FOR MEN.
False

ROGAINE® products have been studied extensively and have a long history of use to regrow hair in both men and women. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is clinically proven to regrow hair in more than 80% of women*.

WOMEN’S ROGAINE® FOAM WON’T WORK ON COLOR TREATED HAIR.
False

Women’s ROGAINE® Foam works by stimulating your hair follicles, helping you grow more hair at the source — on your scalp. Hair follicles are unaffected by the color or treatment of your existing hair. 

THE RIGHT SHAMPOO CAN FIX THINNING HAIR.
False

No matter how great your volumizing shampoo smells, it won’t regrow your hair. Some shampoos may leave your hair feeling thicker because they contain properties to temporary swell the hair shaft, but in reality shampoos aren’t formulated to revive your hair follicles and to regrow your hair. Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, is the only clinically proven and FDA approved ingredient for hair regrowth. The right shampoos can, however, nurture and give the appearance of volume to your existing hair. 

SHEDDING HAIR IS ABNORMAL.
False

Hair shedding is a normal part of your hair’s growth cycle. A normal scalp sheds 50-100 hairs per day, and once the old hairs are shed, they’re replaced with new hair. If you notice more hair than normal in your shower, drain, or pillow, it’s possible that you are experiencing some form of hereditary hair loss.

FEMALE PATTERN BALDNESS IS MADE UP.
False

Genetic hair loss in women is also known as Female Pattern Hair Loss. Unlike in men, women experience hair thinning mainly on the top and crown of the scalp, and will often notice a widening of their part. It’s real, and it’s also very common – more than 1 in 4 women experience hair thinning. 

THINNING HAIR ONLY HAPPENS AFTER MENOPAUSE.
False

Female pattern hair loss can start at just about any point in a woman’s adult life. It is true that hereditary hair loss becomes more common with age, and many women who experience hair thinning notice a peak in thinning around the time they reach menopause.

WOMEN’S ROGAINE® FOAM DOESN’T WORK.
False

Women’s ROGAINE® Foam works by reviving inactive hair follicles and regrowing thicker hair. It’s proven to regrow hair in 8 out of 10 women*, and with daily use, clinical results may be seen after just 3 months. 

HAIR SHEDDING WILL JUST GO AWAY ON ITS OWN.
Sometimes True

Some types of hair shedding are temporary and do go away on their own such as those caused by extreme stress or childbirth. However, the vast majority of hair loss stems from hereditary causes, and will continue if left untreated.

HAVING A BABY CAN CAUSE HAIR THINNING.
True

But not permanently! Hormonal changes after childbirth can lead to a temporary thinning of the hair. This temporary thinning can occur up to 3 months after childbirth. Although the amount of time it takes to regrow hair varies, it eventually returns to normal. It’s important to note that this temporary hair thinning is different from hereditary hair loss, which won’t reverse by itself. If you do have genetic hair thinning, Women’s ROGAINE® Foam can help you regrow thicker hair.

I CAN’T HAVE THINNING HAIR — I’M TOO YOUNG.
False

Although hereditary hair loss becomes more common with age, it can begin in women as early as their 20s and continue if left untreated. But you can beat thinning hair with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, which revives hair from the inside out.

EXTREME STRESS CAN TRIGGER LONG-TERM HAIR THINNING.
False

Extreme emotional or physical stress can cause something called telogen effluvium, a temporary condition where you might notice more hair than normal coming out when shampooing or brushing. However, this kind of hair thinning is temporary, and your hair will begin to regrow within a short time once you resume your normal lifestyle. Hereditary hair loss is the leading cause of hair thinning in women and can start as early as your 20s, but becomes more common in the 30s and 40s.

STANDING ON YOUR HEAD MAKES YOUR HAIR GROW FASTER.
False

Its been said that headstands improve blood flow to the head and can increase hair growth. Unfortunately, there’s no science to back this claim up, and while headstands remain an important part of any intensive yoga routine, don’t expect them to bring back your hair. 

WOMEN’S ROGAINE® FOAM IS A HORMONAL TREATMENT.
False

Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is an over-the-counter topical treatment that you can incorporate it into your daily routine that doesn’t put any hormones into your system. 

ALL OF YOUR HAIR FOLLICLES ARE IN PLACE AT BIRTH.
True

From the day we are born, we have all of the hair follicles we’ll ever have. Hair follicles can become inactive temporarily and be revived, but if left untreated, they can lose their ability to grow hair completely. That’s why it’s important to nurture and treat your existing follicles.

HAIR FOLLICLES GROW THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFETIME.
False

The average women is born with about 100,000 hair follicles on her head, which are all the follicles she’ll ever have. That’s why it’s important to care for your existing follicles, and treat thinning hair as follicles begin to become inactive from hereditary loss. 

HEREDITARY HAIR LOSS IS A MAN’S PROBLEM.
False

Hereditary hair loss affects both men and women, and is more common among women than you might think. In fact, more than 1 in 4 women experience hereditary hair thinning. It is true that hair thinning is different for women than it is for men, both in how it looks, and how it can make you feel. Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is the first treatment of its kind to be approved for use by women.

FEMALE HAIR LOSS IS RARE AND UNUSUAL.
False

In fact, female hair loss happens to more women than you might imagine. More than 1 in 4 women experience hereditary hair loss. As the first and only hair regrowth treatment of its kind approved for use by women, Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is your partner in handling this common experience.

MY HAIR IS THINNING — SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME.
False

Not so. Hereditary hair loss, known as androgenetic alopecia (AGA), is caused by a combination of genetics, hormone levels, and the aging process. 

IT’S TOO EARLY TO USE WOMEN’S ROGAINE® FOAM — MY HAIR THINNING HASN’T GOTTEN THAT BAD YET.
False

Early treatment is key to preventing more hair loss and to regrow thicker hair.