According to a study conducted by hair care giant L'Oreal Professionnel, 65 percent of Asian men, including Filipinos, suffer from hair thinning. If you are one of them, we're pretty sure you'd like to know just what exactly is happening to your dome. Unfortunately, there is a sea of misconceptions that misdirect you from the root of the problem.
We're here to help. Here are the six most common questions people have on thinning hair—and, of course, the truth about them:
1) How is hair thinning different from hair loss?
Don't interchange hair thinning with hair loss. They are two different things. In an interview with Ken Asuncion, key accounts associate of L’Oreal Professionnel, he said hair thinning is actually the first stage of hair loss.
"It will feel like you have less volume on the roots area, and the hair strands feel thinner and thinner," he said.
Meanwhile, hair loss looks like you've got less hair along the hair line and your scalp is more visible.
2) What are the common causes of hair thinning?
Asuncion revealed that the major causes of baldness are thyroid disease, genetic predisposition, stress, and certain cosmetic procedures. But contrary to the popular belief that shampoo, hair gel, and wax can cause hair loss, Asuncion said "your scalp is safe as long you wash it out thoroughly." The harshest chemical you can put on your scalp is hair color, he added.
"Coloring can affect the scalp if it didn't go under correct procedure and when the products used are of low quality. Your hair becomes unhealthy and causes it to stop regrowing," Asuncion explained.
3) At what age do you start to lose hair?
It varies from people to people. The L'Oreal Professionnel expert explained that "some people experience hair thinning as early as 20 years old, some at 30 while others at 40. But normally hair gets thinner at the age of 45-50."
4) When should one start treating hair thinning?
The sooner you begin to treat it, the more likely you'll see results and delay further hair loss.
Asuncion said: "We believe that prevention is better than cure. So as early as the first stage of hair thinning, you should do something about it for it to get thicker."
He, however, warned men with healthy hair to avoid using hair thinning treatments.
"Some people are afraid of experiencing hair loss, so they use products intended for hair loss but it’s not recommended. Why fix something that's not broken?" he added.
5) What's the most effective treatment?
With a number of choices available in the market, it can be difficult to identify what works and what doesn't. Asuncion guarantees that L'Oreal's Serioxyl & Aminexil (get it for P2,800) boosts hair thickness and density. The said product line contains clarifying shampoo, bodifying condition, and densifying mousse.
To make sure you get the maximum effect, he recommends availing L'Oreal's scalp peeling services in select barber shops.
"It's a small tube applied on the scalp. It's meant for cleansing, nourishing, and detoxifying your scalp. It's like a preparation for your Serioxyl rituals," he said.
6) Are the results of treatment permanent?
"For Serioxyl & Amenexil treatment, results will be visible after three months. If you are satisfied with the result and want to discontinue, it's okay. But as a general rule, you must continue using the treatment if you want the results to last," answered Asuncion.
For more information about hair thinning treatment, visit L'Oreal Professionnel's Facebook page.