Does Hair Loss Reduce After Shaving Head?

Does Hair Loss Reduce After Shaving Head?

Doctor Answers 6

Does shaving the head affect hair loss?

Shaving the head has no effect whatsoever on hair growth. It does not accelerate hair growth, reduce hair loss or promote any changes.

Vancouver Dermatologist

If you shave your head does it stop hair loss

Unfortunately, shaving your head will not decrease hair loss. For the most part, hair loss is caused by genetics, or medication, or a number of other issues. However, some short hair cuts can help to hide hair loss where it sits. There's lots of information online for suggested haircuts to help hide minor hairless. 

Robert Jones, MD
Mississauga Hair Restoration Surgeon
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This is an urban legend, old wives tale, a misconception.

For men, the most common cause of hair loss is genetic male pattern balding. 
Shaving has nothing to do with hair loss reduction (other than you probably won't see the long hairs that are falling out since you shaved).

Jae Pak, MD
Los Angeles Hair Restoration Surgeon
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Reducing Hair Loss

Shaving your head may disguise hair loss, but it will not have any affect on the condition itself. Whether hair is thinning due to pattern baldness, or some other cause, it is usually either a hormonal or nutritional reaction at the root of the problem. The origin of the condition must be addressed in order to reduce hair loss.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Does Shaving Your Head Decrease Hair Loss

Short answer....No. Most hair loss is caused by androgenetic alopecia or male/female pattern hair loss. This is caused by hormones and your hair follicles' response to a particular hormone (DHT). Thus, shaving your head does not impact your hair loss although for a lot of men the current trend to shave or close cropped hair helps to hide their hair loss (think Bruce Willis or Jason Statham).

The two items that may improve hair loss are Rogaine and Propecia. Both work well for androgenetic alopecia (Propecia not for female pattern hair loss). Both work in about 2/3 of the men that use the products. Both work best in early stages of hair loss, and both only work while you are taking the product. Even for men undergoing hair restoration surgery, in my opinion one or both products may be helpful because it helps to hold onto the hair that you already have and may grow additional hair (i.e. an addition to the hair being transplanted). Both of these possibilities help to improve the final cosmetic appearance following hair restoration surgery. Rogaine is available over the counter, and Propecia is a prescription medications. Best option is to talk to a board-certified dermatologist to be sure of the cause of your hairloss and discuss what are the best options for you. Good luck.

Andrew Kaufman, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Shaving your head.

Actual loss of hair follicles is not reduced by shaving ones head. Hair in the follicle if it was in an active shedding phase, may come out within shaving.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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