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Let’s separate the truth from the myths about men’s hair loss

Men’s Hair Loss Myths

The hair loss gene comes from my mum’s family

MYTH: Hereditary hair loss can be passed on by either parent.23

REGAINE® contains the only over the counter ingredient clinically proven to regrow hair

True: REGAINE® contains Minoxidil, the only clinically proven over-the-counter treatment for hair loss.4

Colouring my hair will lead to hereditary hair loss

MYTH: Many hair treatments, such as bleaching and colouring, can be hard on your hair. If the treatments are too strong, they may cause the hair to break off near the scalp, but no treatments will cause hereditary hair loss.

Blow-drying can cause hereditary hair loss

MYTH: But it can damage hair. If you're suffering from hereditary hair loss, the new hairs that grow are often thinner and less visible than the hair they are replacing.

Losing an average of 50-100 hairs a day is normal16

True: This is true for people who don't have male pattern baldness, and the hairs that fall out will soon be replaced by new ones. If you're suffering from hereditary hair loss, those hairs often come from follicles that are shrinking and the new hairs emerging from these follicles will be thinner. Eventually the hair follicles shut down and no longer produce any hairs at all.

What can I do about male pattern hair loss?

  • REGAINE® is scientifically proven to help stop and even reverse hair loss4
  • REGAINE® uses Minoxidil, the only clinically proven ingredient for hereditary hair loss available over the counter4
  • Minoxidil works by increasing the supply of blood and nutrients to your hair follicles, helping to stimulate hair growth. 4
  • When REGAINE® is used twice daily, you may see you have visibly more hair in 16 weeks5.

Using vitamins, supplements and shampoos helps regrow hair.

MYTH: While many products claim to regrow hair, minoxidil (the active ingredient in REGAINE) is the only clinically proven over-the-counter treatment for hereditary hair loss.4

There is no solution to hereditary hair loss.

MYTH: Up to 25% of patients discontinue treatment too early in the belief that there is no solution to hereditary hair loss. It is important to persist with REGAINE® treatment and develop a consistent twice-daily routine to achieve the best results. You may see results as soon as 8 weeks after you begin using REGAINE®.5

I am worried about the long-term effects of using REGAINE®. Can you reassure me?

REGAINE® has been clinically proven to be effective, and is recommended by dermatologists.34

Will the ingredients harm my skin?

The formulation of REGAINE® Foam has been enhanced to reduce the incidence of scalp irritation.24

I don’t believe that hair re-growth is possible. Sounds like a dream. How can this happen?

REGAINE® has been scientifically proven to cause hair re-growth in cases of hereditary hair loss.4 It is also recommended by international guidelines for the treatment of androgenetic hair loss.

Do I really need to see the doctor?

It is important to seek advice about your hair loss.25 Early diagnosis will allow you to manage your condition, and grow healthy new hair.11 See your dermatologist for more information on how to treat hereditary hair loss safely and effectively.

How do I know if my hair fall is due to the water here in the Middle East, or due to genetics?

The best way to get a proper diagnosis is to visit your dermatologist.


Facts & Statistics about Men’s Hair Loss

A man checking his scalp for symptoms of hair loss
Hair loss is very common.
40% of men experience hair loss by the age of 35.7
Most of the time, hair loss is hereditary,21 and it can come from either side of your family 23
Stress can cause certain types of hair loss. But stress doesn’t cause male pattern baldness 15


4. REGAINE® SPC – Section 5.1.

7. Stearn, M. (1998).  Embarassing Problems. Health Press, 21-25.

11. American Hair Loss Association. (n.d). Men’s Hair Loss: Treatment. Retrieved May 7, 2020, from

15. American Hair Loss Association. (n.d.). Men’s Hair Loss: Causes of Hair Loss. Retrieved May 7, 2020, from

16. Shapiro J. (2007). Clinical practice. Hair loss in women. The New England journal of medicine, 357(16), 1620–1630.

21. Jacobs, J. P., Szpunar, C. A., & Warner, M. L. (1993). Use of topical minoxidil therapy for androgenetic alopecia in women. International journal of dermatology, 32(10), 758–762.

23. (n.d.). Hereditary-Pattern Baldness. Retrieved March 16, 2020, from

24. HairGuard. (n.d). Rogaine Foam Vs. Liquid – Which Works Best for Hair Growth? Retrieved October 24, 2020, from,development%20than%20the%20topical%20solution.&text=This%20was%20found%20not%20to,to%20reach%20the%20hair%20follicles.

25. American Hair Loss Association. (n.d.). Men’s Hair Loss: Diagnosis. Retrieved May 7, 2020, from

34. British Association of Dermatologists. (2015). Hair loss - male pattern (androgenetic alopecia). Retrieved January 6, 2020, from