Hair Loss Myth: Will Cutting My Hair Make it Grow Back Thicker?

Wed 12 Sep 2007

Help, I am losing my hair!   I was told by a few friends that if I cut my hair short that it will grow back thicker.   Is there any truth to this?

Thanks for your inquiry,

As much as I would like to tell you that cutting your hair short a few times would thicken your hair and thus end your hair loss problem – this is a myth.

Cutting your hair short however, can make it appear thicker sometimes for two reasons:

  • Hair typically has more body when it’s shorter thus giving the appearance of thicker hair.
  • For those who are experiencing hair loss, miniaturized hair will be thicker toward the base than the top.   Therefore cutting it will make it look more healthy giving the appearance of thicker hair.

But remember…the appearance of thicker hair is not the same as new hair growth.   Once the hair grows back to the same length it will appear just as thick/thin as it did before the hair cut.

Bill
Associate Publisher of the  Hair Transplant Network  and the  Hair Loss Learning Center
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3 Comments so far:

  1. mmn says:

    I have problem hair and miraculously discovered cellophanes by Sebastian. This volumizes the hair and gives it so much body. I look like I have thick hair with it and hairdressers remark how thick my hair is.
    (believe me without this stuff it is thin and easily breaks) it is a lifesaver.

  2. MR says:

    Does hair that wasn’t falling out before you started applying Rogaine suddenly start falling out because you started or stopped applying Rogaine?

  3. David aka - TakingthePlunge says:

    MR,

    Starting hair loss medications like Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) can result in temporary shedding. This is attributed the the loss of miniaturized hair and subsequent regrowth of thicker, fuller hair.

    If you discontinue Rogaine, you will eventually lose any new growth you obtained from using the drug. This is known as “catch up” hair loss. However, hair that is permanent and not genetically predisposed to balding will not become dependent on Rogaine.

    Best of luck,
    David (TakingThePlunge)

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