Americans consider hair one of their best features, second only to eyes in fact, and almost half would prefer their other half to struggle with weight than hair loss.
In a survey of 1,001 U.S. adults conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Rogaine, an over-the-counter version of minoxidil, 57% said they are not physically attracted the people with thinning hair and 40% of married Americans would rather their spouse be fat than bald.
Hair loss specialist Leonora Doclis of The Belgravia Centre says that, although there are licensed treatments that can stabilise and even to a degree reverse the effects of thinning hair, many believe it’s easier to lose weight than to grow hair.
“If hair loss is in the late stages, it is easier to lose weight than to grow hair,” Doclis said.
“But if someone with a receding hairline or thinning hair takes early action with a course of treatment specifically tailored for them, hair loss can be stopped and regrowth results can be hugely successful.”
Forty-five percent of people try to hide thinning hair, according to the survey. Half will try a healthy diet to correct the situation and some will also try hair vitamins (49%), or hair thickening shampoos, conditioners and serums (46%).
“Most people will try all sorts of methods, products and supplements to try and retain their hairlines. A good diet will keep your weight and health in check, but if only that was enough to prevent hair loss,” Doclis said.
“These sorts of things will help the hair look as healthy as it possibly can, but only the licensed hair loss treatments have been conclusively proven to produce the results most people crave.”
Most people believe that stress is the number one cause of hair loss, 75% according to the survey. More than a third thinks that frequently wearing hats can thin hair and 24% blame over-styling.
“My experience makes me agree to this finding. Thank God it is not correct or we would all be losing our hair and hat manufacturers would be sued to bankruptcy,” Doclis said.
There are many things that can influence hair growth patterns including stress and over-styling, says Doclis, but of the majority of hair loss cases genetics are the main cause.
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