Myths & Truths about Hair LossEverybody has an opinion on hair loss, and nearly everybody has heard of a supposed cure for hair loss. The unfortunate truth is that there are no miracle cures.The following are only a few of the common myths heard by physicians and other hair loss specialists on a daily basis. We suggest that you first have your hair loss diagnosed by a competent dermatologist who sees hair loss patients on a regular basis.
You Get Your Hair Loss From Your Mother's Side of the Family
While baldness can be caused by genetic hair loss, the genes come from both sides of your family. The more your family has hair loss problems, the greater the chances you will also!
Wearing Caps and Hats Can Cause Hair Loss
Unless you are wearing a cap that is tight enough to block your blood circulation to your hair follicles, wearing cap has nothing to do with hair loss. Ask yourself, how many baseballs players or golf players have hair loss?
If I Shave My Hair Bald, It Will Grow Back Thicker
Yes, it will appear thicker at first because the base of your hair is always thicker than the tip! But you will not notice any difference when it grows back to full length.
Standing With Your Head Down Will Reduce Your Hair Loss.
Some people say that if your stand with your head down you can actually improve the blood flow to your head, which in turns gives your scalp better blood circulation. Don't even bother; there is no evidence that this maneuver will grow hair! It's best to try supplements to improve your blood circulation.
Lack of Sex Causes Hair Loss
There is no evidence that the lack of sexual activity will cause your hair to fall out. Conversely an increase in sexual activity does not reduce hair loss.
Myth # 6
Losing 100 Hairs a Day Means You’re Going Bald
On the contrary, it just means you are a normal human being. An average person loses between 100 - 150 hairs a day. It’s perfectly normal! Special hair treatments are not needed!
Hair that Falls Out Won't Come Back
Hair can re-grow depending on what the origin of the hair loss was. Generally, hair re-grows when the cause of the hair loss is eliminated. The stress associated with cancer, lupus, surgery, infection, drug use, insufficient nutrients, and your diet can cause hair loss.
Myth # 8
Women Don’t Lose Their Hair
Women lose their hair in the same proportion as men, but usually in a less significant way. Thus, when they reach menopause, between 40 and 50% experience a certain degree of baldness related to androgenic alopecia. Female baldness appears especially on the top and side of the head. Hair loss in women is more diffuse and affects larger areas than men. Unlike men, however, women usually do not experience total balding but rather a thinning of the whole hair. Although female baldness can occur during puberty, it usually appears after menopause.
Myth # 9
Hair Loss is Occurs Randomly
Hair loss related to androgenic alopecia, which is the most common form of baldness, progresses in a foreseeable pattern. Women experience a general thinning on the top of the head, while in men, the edges of the hair begin to recede away from the face.
Myth # 10
Taking Protein Promotes Healthy Hair
Although hair consists mainly of proteins; protein alone does not promote healthy hair. Just like rest of the body, healthy hair, requires a balanced and healthy diet. This includes a balanced intake of not only proteins but lipids (fat), vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates (sugar).