Frequently Asked Questions about Thinning Hair and Hair Loss

How often should I wash my hair? Won’t washing more often make it fall out more?

You should wash the hair often enough to prevent the buildup of dandruff or oily residue. People at the early stages of male or female pattern hair loss are often afraid to wash their hair, because each time the manipulation of the hair seems to result in more fallout. What’s important to realize is that once you begin treatment the shedding should improve, regardless of how often you wash your hair. It is actually better to optimize scalp hygiene in order to remove sebum and help improve the penetration of the treatment.

Can hats worsen hair loss?

No, there is no evidence that wearing a hat will worsen hair loss. In fact, if you suffer from thinning hair, it is a great idea to wear a hat. This protects your scalp from unwanted ultraviolet light that may cause pre-cancers (actinic keratoses) or skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma) on the scalp. Men and women with thinning hair are already at an increased risk of skin cancer on their pate because they have less coverage to protect their skin from the harmful effects of UV rays.

If I start treatment and then stop it, won’t all my hair fall out?

No. If you decide to stop the treatment, your hair will simply go back to its natural pattern of thinning. You may experience some shedding as the new hairs go back to their natural state, but you will not end up worse off than you began.

What is the difference between hair thickening products and products designed for hair growth?

Hair thickening products coat the hair shaft directly, and can result in an instant increase in volume and fullness. These products will help to instantly increase the volume of the hair. Hair growth products are applied to the scalp, where they send a molecular signal directly to the hair follicle. It takes many months of continuous use to affect the hairs as they grow out.

How can I tell if these products are working for me?

The first sign will be a decrease in the amount of hair shedding after the first 3-6 months of use. It may be helpful for you to take baseline and standardized photographs to document your progress.