Hair Loss Myths

Common hair Loss myths exposed


Using lots of different products helps regrow hair.

While many products claim to regrow hair, Minoxidil is the only clinically proven treatment for hair loss in women, and it is the active ingredient in REGAINE® for Women Foam.

Having a baby can cause hair loss.

But pregnancy-related hair loss is not permanent! Hormonal changes after childbirth can lead to a momentary hair loss. In such cases, hair eventually returns to normal.

Getting your hair cut makes your hair grow faster.

The follicles on your scalp are responsible for 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 about 1 centimetre of hair every month.

I can't have hair loss - I'm too young.

Although female pattern hair loss becomes more common with age, it can begin as early as twenty and continue if left untreated.

It's your mother’s fault.

Female hair loss pattern can come from your mother OR your father and hereditary hair loss genes can skip generations. So even if your mother, father, and siblings experience hair loss, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will.

Extreme stress can trigger long-term hair loss.

Extreme emotional or physical stress can cause telogen effluvium, a temporary condition in which you might notice more hair than normal coming out when shampooing or brushing. This kind of hair loss is temporary, and your hair will begin to regrow within a short time once you resume your normal lifestyle.

Coffee on your scalp can stimulate follicle growth.

Coffee is a great way to jumpstart your day, but Minoxidil is the only topical treatment scientifically proven to help stop hereditary hair loss and even regrow hair.

REGAINE® for Women Foam is proven to regrow hair.

REGAINE® for Women Foam is clinically proven to regrow hair in more than 80% of women.

REGAINE® for Women Foam is a hormonal treatment.

REGAINE® for Women Foam is a topical treatment without hormones that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

REGAINE® for Women Foam won't work on colour-treated hair.

You can have your hair dyed. REGAINE® for Women Foam works by stimulating your hair follicles, helping you grow more hair at the source — on your scalp.

All of your hair follicles are in place at birth.

From the day we are born, we have all of the hair follicles we’ll ever have. Hair follicles can become temporarily inactive and be revived, but if left untreated, they can lose their ability to grow hair completely.

The right shampoo can fix hair loss.

No matter how great your volumising shampoo smells, it won’t regrow your hair. Some shampoos may leave your hair feeling thicker because they contain ingredients to temporary swell the hair shaft, but shampoos aren’t formulated to revive your hair follicles or to regrow your hair. Minoxidil, the active ingredient in REGAINE® for Women Foam, is the only clinically proven ingredient for hair regrowth in women.

Shedding hair is abnormal.

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.

Hereditary hair loss is a man's problem.

Hereditary hair loss affects both men and women, and is more common among women than you might think.

Hair loss only happens after menopause.

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 loss notice a peak around the time they reach menopause.

I'm losing my hair - something is wrong with me.

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

REGAINE® for Women Foam doesn't work.

REGAINE® for Women 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, clinically visible results can be seen as early as 12 weeks.

It's too early to use REGAINE® for Women Foam - my hair loss hasn't gotten that bad yet.

REGAINE® reactivates follicles on your scalp helping hair re-growth. Early treatment is key to preventing more hair loss and re-growing thicker hair as you may respond better if you have been losing your hair for a shorter period of time.

Hair loss will just go away.

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 most common type of hair loss stems from hereditary causes and will continue if left untreated.