Hair loss is a remarkably common issue, with about 80% of men and nearly 50% of women experiencing hair loss at some point in their lives. This can include bald spots, a receding hairline, and general thinning of the hair. Despite how widespread it is, there are still countless myths about how and why hair loss happens. While these are mostly harmless, some can have a negative impact by preventing people from seeking treatment. If you’ve been suffering from hair loss, it can be hard to know what’s true and what isn’t. Elite Medi Spa is here to help! Let’s look at some of the most common hair loss myths and how hair rejuvenation therapy can restore your self-confidence.
Myth #1: It’s your mom’s fault
You may have heard that your mother’s genes seal the fate of your hair, but we’re happy to report this is false. Although hereditary hair loss is a real thing, hair density is actually a polygenic trait, meaning more than one ancestor’s genes determine its outcome. Put simply, your parents and siblings are a better indicator of potential hair loss than your maternal grandfather! If any of them are bald or have experienced thinning hair, you might want to be on alert when it comes to your own locks.
Myth #2: Men and women experience hair loss in the same way
The end result of hair loss may be the same, but men and women tend to experience the overall journey in different ways. Male-pattern baldness generally forms an “M” shape as the hair recedes, with many men losing all the hair on top of their heads. In contrast, most women won’t have receding hairlines but experience diffuse thinning right on top of their heads instead. Female-pattern baldness can be an inherited condition but may also result from hormone changes or the aging process.
Myth #3: Birth control pills lead to hair loss
Some male hormones can cause the hair follicle to become thinner and finer, including progesterone. While progesterone is commonly found in oral contraceptives and can sometimes act like these male hormones, this tends to be more of an issue with older types of birth control. Most newer methods have fewer of these side effects, and some can even help counteract unwanted hair loss!
Myth #4: Stress=hair loss
It may be technically true that stress can cause hair loss, but it generally has to be extreme to provoke such a reaction. If your body experiences a traumatic event, serious illness, or other life-altering change, it can disrupt the hair cycle and shift it into the shedding phase prematurely. The technical name for this is telogen effluvium, and it will usually subside once the event has passed.
Myth #5: All hair loss is permanent
Good news—many types of hair loss are only temporary! Women in particular may be prone to short-term shedding of their hair at various times in their lives, including the postpartum period. Women also tend to have more nutritional deficiencies than men, especially in iron and zinc, which can weaken the hair. Extreme dieting is another possible cause of temporary hair loss. Severely restricting calories results in a lack of essential nutrients that may eventually contribute to shedding.
How our expert team can help with hair loss
There are several different methods of hair rejuvenation therapy, including hair transplantation, laser therapy, plasma therapy, and topical medications. Here at Elite Medi Spa, we offer an innovative hair loss program for men and women using topical solutions. Formula 82 products were introduced to the medical community after spending more than fifteen years in development. Formula 82M can help you regain lost hair and restore fullness to thinning hair, while Formula 82S is a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner designed to limit hair loss and strengthen hair fibers.
What you need to know about Formula 82M
Minoxidil is a potent prescription-strength hair growth stimulator, which can cause dormant follicles to enter the growth phase of the hair cycle. Formula 82M is a blend of several active ingredients not found in over-the-counter products, including 5% minoxidil, vitamin E, biotin, retinoic acid, and a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. This powerful mixture deeply penetrates the scalp to slow hair loss and thicken the hair.
One of the ingredients found in Formula 82M is tretinoin. Combining minoxidil and tretinoin has been proven to boost the efficacy of minoxidil by increasing percutaneous absorption threefold. For example, one study showed that while tretinoin alone stimulated hair growth in approximately 58% of the subjects, combining it with minoxidil raised that number to 66%. In addition to promoting the development of new hair, Formula 82M can also increase the diameter of individual hair shafts by more than 30%.
Many patients find Formula 82M preferable to over-the-counter products. In addition to being more powerful, it’s also non-greasy, non-irritating, and easy to use. The clear liquid is applied 1-2x daily to areas of the scalp that have weakened or dormant hair follicles, like the top of the head and the temples. The high concentration of minoxidil and synergistic blend of other proprietary ingredients offer exceptional results, with small changes appearing in as little as ten weeks. Full effects are generally seen within 6-12 months.
What you need to know about Formula 82S
Formula 82S is a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner designed to aid in the prevention of hair loss, strengthen hair fibers, and restore a softer and more natural texture to damaged hair. The 100% natural formulation contains several eco-certified cleansers, but the star of the show is botanically-derived Saw Palmetto! As the active ingredient, this 5-alpha reductase inhibitor helps reduce DHT production, a leading cause of hair loss.
Formula 82S Shampoo + Conditioner is an excellent complement to the daily regrowth regimen of Formula 82M. The blend of natural extracts, amino acids, and vitamins helps existing hair recover its vitality and new hair grow stronger. Other benefits include:
- balanced cleansing without causing hair damage
- natural conditioners that leave hair soft and shiny
- free from sulfates, paraben, and sodium chloride
- safe for color-treated hair
- promotes hair retention
Experience the best in hair rejuvenation therapy with Elite Medi Spa
If you’re struggling with hair loss, we can help! Our hair rejuvenation therapy slows hair loss, strengthens and thickens the remaining hair, and stimulates new hair growth. To learn more about Formula 82M and Formula 82S products, call 541-325-4472 to schedule a consultation!