Going bald is just not something you want to experience, and if you suspect that you might be losing more hair than you should, you’ll want to get to the “bottom of it” and find out how to prevent it. There are so many rumors and “old wives tales” out there it can be rather challenging to figure and filter out what is “true” and what is just a “myth”.
We all want to be able to find that magic solution to our problem and “heal ourselves”, and although there are ways to prevent hair loss, you don’t want to be trying out everything you’ve heard from “somewhere”. Here is a list of 20 of the most common myths, which we will sort fact from fiction, in order to give you the right perspective to your hair loss problem and advice you need and deserve for your hair!
Reality: False. Many people believe that wearing hats are one of the causes of their hair loss; they think that when you wear a hat too often it prevents the scalp from breathing. But the fact of the matter is that there is no evidence, scientific or otherwise, that proves that this is true. The truth of the matter is that the hair follicles actually get their oxygen from the blood stream, not from the air.
This advice is not for hats that fit too tightly. Those kinds of hats may cause thinning on the parts of the head where there is constant friction to the hair.
Reality: False. Androgenetic hair loss is passed down by either side of the family, although inheritance from the mother’s side is slightly stronger. Just because your mother’s side of the family has a lot of hair doesn’t necessarily mean you will. However the baldness gene is a dominant gene, which means you need only one gene to influence the balding trait. In other words if any of your relatives, from either side, are bald or balding, it may be an indication that you will as well. No more putting the blame on Mom!
Reality: False. It’s easy to understand why this myth is so easily believed. When you get your hair cut, it seems thicker than before, but it’s not; it’s just shorter. Hair growth is programmed to grow genetically, it doesn’t matter how often or when you cut it, it’ll grow at the same rate as usual.
Reality: False. This is a very popular myth, but there really is no truth to it. It’s just like so many of those other sayings, “size of a man’s hands etc…” DHT or dihydrotestosterone (a hormone and natural compound of testosterone) can cause hair loss in men and some women. It is caused by a greater sensitivity of hair follicles in some parts of the scalp to DHT, which causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually disappear. Research has found that men suffering from hair loss do not have more testosterone that those who don’t suffer from baldness. Another reason is if elevated levels of testosterone were the issue, then ALL the hair would fall out from your body as well.
Reality: False. Brushing your hair rather than combing isn’t necessarily better, the real issue is how you brush or comb the kind of hair that you have. Tugging on knotted hair and excessive brushing isn’t good for even healthy hair, much less hair that is already susceptible to loss. Use a wide-tooth comb or boar-bristle or ball-tipped brush as it will be less rough to the hair shaft.
Reality: False! The reason people believe this myth, is that the first place people notice their hair falling out is when they wash their hair. So they assume it must be the shampoo, or maybe they should wash it less. However even if you don’t wash your hair as often, the hair that would normally fall out just builds up in your scalp and even more comes out at your next wash. Genetic hair loss is not because hair is falling out, but rather your hairs are being replaced by thinner hairs and eventually not replaced at all. You should adapt your shampoos to your specific need and hair type. And washing your hair daily does not affect whether you will become bald or not.
Reality: False! When you think of hair loss or balding it’s natural to think that it’s just a man’s problem. The fact is that over 40% of women suffer from significant hair loss. So it’s not just a “guy” thing!
Reality: False. Hair isn’t alive so hair products can’t “kill” your hair, although they do have the potential to damage your hair depending on what chemicals the products contain and if it damages the hair follicles below the skin. Harsh chemicals if not used properly, like relaxers, can damage hair follicles if they are allowed to penetrate the pores of the skin. The result may be permanent hair loss. But if the products just touch the hair on the surface (not the follicles beneath the scalp) it will just make it brittle and not as healthy looking, but it will regrow from the follicles at a rate of ½ an inch per month without problems.
Reality: False. Some people think that if you massage the head, the hair follicles that are clogged will open and allow the hair to start growing again. But if the cause of hair loss was simply clogged pores all you would have to do to remedy the problem is wash your hair vigorously a couple times, and voila, all your problems are solved! Sadly this is not the case, it may feel great to get a massage, but that is only a temporary feeling, not a lasting solution. Clogged pores are actually a cause of acne, not baldness.
Reality: False. Once the hair follicle is dead and gone the only option to get hair back is through micro-grafting (hair transplant). Hair products and medications can help slow down hair loss, but they do come with side effects and it isn’t a lasting solution.
Reality: False. Hair loss can occur when you use steroids. Research has been conducted and proved that an increase of male hormones occur when anabolic steroids are used, which increases the chance of baldness.
Reality: False. Nothing has been found to confirm the link between balding and the use of hair dryers or hot irons. It can cause the hair to dry out and become fragile and break off, making it brittle and not as healthy-looking.
Reality: False. Hair falls out every day that is a completely normal cycle. The reason your hair doesn’t grow back is probably due to your genetic disposition, it’s not the towel’s fault. So go ahead, keep using that towel!
Reality: True. Hair, similar to skin and nails, is in constant renewal and its regeneration and metabolism are sensitive to nutritional deficits. There are foods that strengthen and combat hair loss. But there’s no evidence that certain foods cause hair loss.
Reality: False but a bit true. Overexposure to the sun from UV (ultraviolet) radiation causes cancer or accelerated aging but does not affect hair follicle function. However, if the hair fibres are overexposed to UV radiation it can weaken the fibres, which can make them more susceptible to dullness, frizz and breakage. There is no link to tanning beds and baldness.
Reality: False. Contrary to popular opinion, the reason people go bald is not because your hair is falling out, it’s because your normal, thick hair is slowly being replaced by thinner, finer hairs. This process is called miniaturization. Of course if you see large patches of hair start to fall you should see a doctor. But insidious, progressive loss is much more subtle, as it’s not something you notice right away. This is a lot more common with women’s hair loss.
Reality: False. It may sound funny but it is a rather common myth. The fact is that once you start losing your hair, not as much blood is needed so the blow flow to the scalp decreases. It’s not a cause it’s just the result of hair loss. You may think that if you can get the blood flowing in that area again maybe your hair will start growing as well. It’s an interesting thought, ergo, the standing on your head part. But even if it did help, you would not be able to stand on your head long enough to make any difference. All that to say, specialists do agree that standing on your head has no impact on hair loss or growth.
One thing to remember is that the blood flow decreases after the hair loss occurs. It’s been proven that, when good hair is implanted in the area affected by baldness, the blood flow returns when the hair starts growing.
Reality: False. Kaloni Hair Restoration can restore your hair without the use of surgery. It is a guaranteed permanent solution to your hair loss, with no scars or stitches and absolutely no pain! It’s a one day procedure with immediate recovery! Schedule a free consultation and assessment today!