9. Female hair loss is from the maternal grandfather
(Left to right) Slip Silk Large Scrunchie Set in Black Motif ($31, anthropologie.com); hers Hair Regrowth Foam Treatment 5% Minoxidil ($26, target.com); Pattern Wide Tooth Comb ($15, ulta.com)
Anthropologie; Target; Ultra Beauty
False again. Thinning hair makes many mature women start taking a closer look at their family’s tresses, but hair loss can be caused by a variety of issues. “Androgenetic alopecia can be inherited from either side or both sides of the family, and it can even skip generations,” says Day. “Stress from death of a loved one, divorce, hormonal changes or even the physical tension of years of tight braids or ponytails can also lead to hair loss. Topical Minoxidil is FDA approved at the 5 percent dose, and other treatments from lasers to supplements to hair transplants can also be of help. See your dermatologist for evaluation and guidance.” And I’ll add: How’s your diet and hair routine? Eggs, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, Greek yogurt, sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados, berries, nuts (especially walnuts) and seeds like chia and flax are all on the healthiest hair A-list. Skip tight elastic bands and those mythical 100 strokes of the brush a day and add a wide-tooth detangling comb and more gentle hair accessories like silk scrunchies to your regimen along with a looser, pulled-back look.