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Women’s Hair Loss Test for Androgenic Alopecia (Genetic Hair Loss)

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We teach you an easy, at home test to find out whether your hair loss is due to androgenic alopecia (pattern hair loss).

Is My Hair Loss Due to Androgenic Alopecia (Male or Female Pattern Hair Loss)?

Many of our clients want to learn more about their hair loss and what is causing it so they will know if our groundbreaking new hair growth treatment will work for them.  NewHairFormula was designed to stop hair loss quickly in people suffering from androgenic alopecia (AGA).  Recently, a growing number of women have been asking if our treatment will work for them.  So, we devised this easy, at home test to tell you whether or not your hair loss is due to AGA.  This test works just as well for men too!

Most of our clients are men who suffer from androgenic alopecia (AGA) or ordinary male pattern baldness.  But did you know that AGA is also very common in women over 55 years of age as well?  Younger women who suffer from AGA usually have a known hormonal imbalance caused by another issue such as thyroid dysfunction.  But AGA can also be hereditary in some women, just as it is in men!  So, if you have never been officially diagnosed with AGA, then take our easy, and see if your hair loss may be due to AGA.

The basis for this test is quite simple and related to observing your day-to-day hair shedding.  Some daily hair shedding is normal.  As humans, we shed between 50 and 100 hairs per day for most of our lives.  This is normal and healthy, and each hair grows back again.  But how much shedding is too much?  And even more importantly, what type of hair shedding are you seeing?

Men who are losing their hair quickly can tell you that they see lots of tiny frail hairs in the shower drain after they shower and even on their pillow every morning.  This is the telltale sign of hair loss due to AGA.  So, if you start to see a lot of small weak hairs along your hairline and in your hairbrush, then you may be suffering from AGA. 

Conversely, I have a wife with beautiful thick hair who sheds like a cat!  Her long dark hair seems to perpetually line the hallways no matter how often they are swept!  But she has thick healthy hair.  So, shedding some amount of thick and healthy, full-length hair on a daily basis is normal.  But if you think you are losing too much hair, then read on and take our test!

Before we begin our test, you may want to learn more about the hormone that causes AGA (dihydrotestosterone or DHT).  This short article explains why it is so important to suppress the DHT in your scalp if you want to stop your hair loss for good!

The general idea of our test for AGA is for you to collect your own hair strands that fall out while you are shampooing, then dry them out and count and measure them.  We will pay special attention to the number of small baby hairs under 1.25 inches (3 cm) and the total number of hairs.  In fact, if you are seeing small baby hairs on your pillow in the morning or all over your makeup table where you brush your hair (and in your hairbrush), then you don’t even need to take this test as this is a sure sign of AGA!  However, most of you are reading this because you are worried about your hair loss and shedding, but not sure if it is too much, or what is causing it.

So, let’s begin our test!  To start with, you must not wash or brush out your hair for 48 hours.  We want to capture two days of hair loss all at once.  So, after two days, you need to vigorously wash and thoroughly rinse out your hair twice in a row, in a sink with the drain covered with gauze or cheese cloth.  The idea here is to let the water drain out of the sink while capturing all of the hairs that fall out from the wash, rinse, repeat cycle of hair scrubbing.  Once you finish this process, try to get the cloth with all the hair from the sink and let it dry out so that you can easily separate and count the hairs.  If more than 10% of the hairs captured are small baby hairs less than 1.25 inches (3cm) in length, then it is highly likely that you are indeed suffering from androgenic alopecia.

There is a quicker way to do this same test if you are not up for the two day wait.  Just grab a good hairbrush and spend three minutes brushing your hair out over a white bedsheet.  Be sure to clean your hairbrush before you start because you will need to collect all of the hair from your bed sheet and all of the hair from brush as well.  As previously done, count all the hairs and count how many short hairs under 1.25 inches are present.  If the ratio of short hair to total hair is more than 10% then your diagnosis is androgenic alopecia.

To compare, if a male (with androgenic alopecia) does this test and he is losing his hair quickly, it is likely that more than 50% of the hair that falls out will be short, weak hairs under 1.25”.  But a female should not find many short hairs at all when they perform this test.  It only takes 10% short hair to diagnose androgenic alopecia as the probable cause.  So, as many men can attest to, the surefire way to spot androgenic alopecia is to spot lots of short (less than 1.25″), thin strands of hair in your normal daily hair shedding.

Note that this test only indicates whether or not androgenic alopecia is the likely cause of your hair loss.  A good dermatologist can tell you much more about your hair loss with similar testing, but we devised our quick easy tests here just specifically for androgenic alopecia. 

We hope these easy at home tests help some of you to discover your type of hair loss.  Because it is important to know first what is causing your hair loss before wasting time and money on treatments that will have no effect on your type of alopecia.

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