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August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month

Happy August 1 and National Hair Loss Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Hair Foundation blog will place an extra focus on hair loss including treatments, new findings and tips from our board of trustees, partners and advisory council members.

Be sure to check out our blog this month!

As we kick off National National Hair Loss Awareness, here’s some statistics on hair loss to get you started. Whether you’re young or old, healthy or battling an illness, everyone faces hair loss at some time.

According to the American Association of Dermatology (AAD),  hereditary hair loss affects approximately 80 million men and women in the U.S. However, not everyone is thrilled about it: In a recent LiveScience.com story, the Top 10 Worst Hereditary Conditions, baldness came in at No. 9.

Take a look at these statistics for women and hair loss from Dr. Matt Leavitt’s book, Women and Hair Loss: A Physician’s Perspective. Leavitt is the president and CEO of the Hair Foundation.

Women’s Degrees of Concern About Hair Loss (from a survey of 2,000+ households)
Extremely Concerned 19%
Somewhat Concerned 24%
Slightly Concerned 28%
Not at all Concerned 29%

What Women Who Are Concerned About Hair Loss Do
Discuss it with their hair care professional 59%
Discuss it with a friend/family member 57%
Change shampoo/conditioner or frequency 53%
Change their hairstyles 50%
Start massaging their scalps regularly 36%
Consult a doctor 20%
Try an over-the-counter product 14%
Try minoxidil 3% (approx)

What Doctors Recommend for Women With Hair Loss
Nothing, just wait 43%
Vitamins 10%
Topical ointment/scalp cream 8%
Shampoo/dandruff shampoo 7%
Stress management/medication 5%
Referred to dermatologist 5%
Rogaine/minoxidil 3%
Scalp massage 3%
Change shampoo 3%
Nutrition/diet 3%

What statistics are you interested in seeing? Let us know.

Want to learn more about hair loss and possible treatments? Check out the Hair Foundation’s new physician videos.

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