Hair Loss Myths Vs Facts

Hair Loss Myths Vs Facts
You might be surprised to learn that many people are unable to separate fact from fiction when it comes to hair loss; that is partly based on the practice of some companies and individuals that try to keep hair loss myths alive in order to sell their hair products.

Other myths might keep going around because people in hair loss, in particularly women, feel that it is a sensitive subject to talk openly about; this is unfortunate since a lot of knowledge, and therefore improved treatments could be gained by open communication and shared experiences.

Until recently, most women have been reluctant to seek treatment, but more and more women with hair loss issues now seek both information and treatment such as non-surgical hair attachments.

Hair Loss Myths vs. Facts

  • MYTH:
    Hair loss is inherited from the father, or the mother, or the grandparents.
  • FACT:
    There is no such thing as a single hair loss gene. Both parents’ genes are a factor. Researchers in this area think that hair loss is probably due to the interaction of or between several genes inherited from both parents. So don’t blame any specific person in your family.
  • MYTH:
    More men than women suffer from hair loss.
  • FACT:
    In reality, hair loss is just as common in women as it is in men, it may be less apparent in women because they are more conscientious about hiding it than men are.
  • MYTH:
    Women with hair loss have cancer and lose hair due to treatment while men’s hair loss is based on age (getting older).
  • FACT:
    There are not one but several reasons for men and women’s hair loss! The main reason for both genders is genetic. It is true that hair loss could be caused by cancer treatment but that counts for both men and women. However, with age, both men and women will create less and finer hair. Also the degree and pattern of loss tends to vary by gender; while men first lost hair in the front and at the top of the head, women’s hair thins diffusely throughout the scalp.
  • MYTH:
    Female pattern hair loss causes irregular periods and/or abnormal bleeding
  • FACT:
    Hair loss does not usually cause menstrual issues or interfere with pregnancy or endocrine function. If abnormal bleeding is found together with hair loss there might be something else going on which could be anything from diet, lack of vitamins and minerals, or a hormonal imbalance… A blood test should be suggested!
  • MYTH:
    Diets have no influence on hair loss.
  • FACT:
    It might cause hair loss if it is a long term diet where your client is lacking Vitamins and Minerals. Malnutrition is rarely a cause of hair loss in the United States. Consuming more of a given vitamin, such as biotin or zinc, than required will not have an impact on hair re=growth. There is some research showing that a “crash diet” can cause temporary hair loss.
  • MYTH:
    Having lots of sex means that you will lose less hair due to chemicals released during sex.
  • FACT:
    There is no scientific proof to the idea that the more sex you have, the less hair loss! And the same goes for the rumors that the chemicals released during sex can affect hair loss.
  • MYTH:
    Teasing, using hair color, perm solutions hair spray and other similar products will create hair loss.
  • FACT:
    Normal hair care doesn’t affect hair loss. These applications may cause some damage to the hair strands. But the all-important follicles, located under the skin, stay safe.
  • MYTH:
    Using a blow dryer will cause hair loss.
  • FACT:
    There is no evidence that blow dryers cause thinning hair. However, too much heat or too much drying, my lead to brittle and breakable hair. Tell your clients to use common sense and to hold the blow dryer at a normal distance from the scalp and dry from up down direction.
  • MYTH:
    If clients overdose themselves with vitamins and minerals their hair would improve.
  • FACT:
    Wrong, what will give your client the best possible hair is to have a correct intake of vitamins and minerals.
  • MYTH:
    Hair cuts and even cutting off all the hair will make it grow back thicker and faster.
  • FACT:
    Everyone’s hair growth and length depends on their own unique hair cycle, which is based on both genetics and nutrition. The longer the growth phase the longer the hair can grow.
  • MYTH:
    Using steroids will make the hair grow faster and create more hair.
  • FACT:
    Research has proven that anabolic steroids raise the levels of baldness-inducing male hormones. For the clients who are genetically prone to hair loss, taking steroids can speed up the loss in as little as 3 to 6 months. While this loss may be reversed when one stops taking the steroids it can be permanent.
  • MYTH:
    Myth: Often wearing a tight baseball cap, hat, or similar will give you hair loss.
  • FACT:
    No research is backing up this statement. Hair does not need to breathe. Only the root of the hair is alive and gets its oxygen from the blood in the scalp.
  • MYTH:
    Some hair styles will create hair loss.
  • FACT:
    It is true that repeatedly using some hair styles, such as corn-rows or tight pony tails, can cause hair loss by repeatedly pulling the hair out by the root which can cause Traction Alopecia.
  • MYTH:
    Myth: Brushing your hair 100 times a day will stimulate and increase hair growth.
  • FACT:
    Research has not found this to be true, but has found that too much brushing could in fact injure your client’s hair.
  • MYTH:
    Bald people have poor blood circulation on scalp.
  • FACT:
    There is no relation shown between blood circulation and baldness.
  • MYTH:
    There are lots of drugs that work really well for stopping hair loss or creating new hair growth.
  • FACT:
    By learning about the real causes of hair loss as well as the FDA-approved treatments, your clients can learn to understand and treat their hair loss. People who are looking for products to help their hair loss may way to consider medical therapies that have been FDA-approved for the maintenance and possible regrowth of hair. Finasteride (Propecia) is approved for use in men, and Minoxidil (rogaine) is available for use in men and women. But it all varies in how well and if at all they work on each individual.

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