Here is everything you need to know about Hair Loss Awareness Month, and how can it benefit you and your hair

August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month, and to we want to use this opportunity to talk about the topic of baldness and thinning hair.

Firstly, you are probably wondering what Hair Loss Awareness Month actually is.  Well, it's quite simple, really. Hair Loss Awareness Month occurs every August, for the full four weeks, and it is simply the time of year that is dedicated to educating people about the topic of hair loss.

It's not just about raising awareness, it's also a time when major hair companies promote their brands, products and treatments to men and women who suffer from the devastating effects of thinning hair.  Hair Loss Awareness Month offers hair loss sufferers a real opportunity to educate them selves on the subject, and find the best possible treatment.

Some facts about male baldness

Male pattern baldness (a.k.a. androgenetic alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss and accounts for more than 90% of hair loss in men. Androgenetic alopecia affects over 60% of men by the age of 35.  Two out of three guys will start to lose their hair in their 30s, and 80% of men have significantly thinning hair by the time they’re 50.

What causes hair loss?

Genetics, mostly. Genetic predisposition can actually come from either side of the family. Hormonal changes, medical complications, diet, stress, and medications can also do the trick.  Even temporary forms of hair loss can be caused by common factors such as seasonal hair shedding.

What doesn’t cause hair loss?

There are plenty of myths flying around, particularly over the internet, but in truth, most theories about causes of hair loss are pretty false. Over shampooing, wearing hats, constant masturbating, high levels of testosterone, and brushing your hair, are all made up theories that do not cause hair loss.

If you are already prone to hair loss, then yes, some of these things won't help the cause, and can in fact quicken the thinning, but if you are losing hair, it isn't because of those factors initially. 

What is the best treatment for hair loss?

Science has made huge strides at understanding and treating male pattern baldness, but we still don’t understand the root causes of what makes you lose your hair. So, unfortunately, there’s no known cure for male pattern baldness — but there are ways to effectively treat the symptoms of hair loss.

There are currently only two medically approved treatments for baldness, which are Finasteride and Minoxidil. However, they do come with the risks of nasty side-effects, so we would always advise you to look for more natural, safer, an healthier options.

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