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Hair Loss Myth: Does Hair Length Affect the Progression of Hair Loss?

Question:

I am 18 years old. During the last 3 months I generally lose 20-25 hairs per day and now I can see my scalp. My hair was too long and seeing the rate of my hair loss I cut it shorter but the rate remains constant. My scalp itches a bit too. Can it be cured or is it natural?

Answer:

To begin with, I want to stress that hair length has absolutely no impact on the rate of balding. This is a common hair loss myth. Secondly, it is normal to lose between 100 and 150 hairs per day. Thus, if you are noticing thinning hair, you may be losing much more than you think.

More than 95% of hair loss is due to androgenic alopecia (genetic baldness). Although there is currently no hair loss cure, you have the advantage of youth on your side. Starting medical hair loss treatments like Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) at this early age and early stage of balding will provide you with the best opportunity to retain and regrow hair.

David (TakingThePlunge)
Editorial Assistant and Forum Co-Moderator