There are a lot of myths about hair loss. Just when you think you have that thing worked out, some new one pops up. Hair loss is nothing new. The first documentation of hair loss was over 3000 years ago, and during that time, thousands of myths have come along with that longevity.
Unfortunately, myths about hair loss are more familiar than facts about hair loss. Considering hair loss is such a common and undesirable condition, the public has been inundated with myths to increase sales of products for hair loss prevention.
The desire to find solutions for hair loss and the unlimited amount of money the public is willing to spend makes hair loss market prime for perpetuating myths to help promote sales.
Hair Loss Myths
According to the National Institute of Health, myths can decrease the effectiveness of treatments. Below are a few popular myths to give you some ideas as to what is not the cause of hair loss, and to help you get effective treatments.
Myth #1: Age is a cause of hair loss
Studies show that anyone who is genetically predisposed can experience hair loss young or old.
Myth #2: Low Blood Flow to Scalp Area
According to dermatologists, scalp with hair loss has the same blood flow as scalp with full hair.
Myth #3: Diet does not influence hair loss
Vitamins deficiencies do not cause hair loss nor do overconsumption of vitamin, such as zinc. However, vitamins should be taken to supplement your diet and improve your overall health.
Myth #4: High testosterone levels cause hair loss
High levels of testosterone in the body do not cause hair loss. It is about the sensitivity of your hair follicles to hormones in the body. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is the hormone that is sensitive to hair follicles. Hair loss has been found in person with low and high testosterone.
Myth #5: Wearing a hat that is too tight or often can cause hair loss
There are no evidence to support this myth. The hair strands are not alive. The root is the only part of the hair that is alive, and it gets blood and oxygen from the scalp.
Myth #6: Stress cause hair loss
It is true that some traumatic events, such as illness, death in the family and trauma, can trigger hair loss. But the hair loss is usually a symptom of long term hair loss.
Myth #7: Excessive use of hair color, hair sprays and perm solutions can cause hair loss.
Regular hair care routine does not cause hair loss. However, these applications can weaken and damage hair strands. But the hair follicles, which are located under the skin, are safe from the effects of the hair care products.
Myth #8: Hair loss is caused by a gene from a parent.
A single gene does not cause hair loss. Researchers believe the interactions between several genes from both parents can contribute to hair loss.
Myth #9: The use of a hairdryer can cause hair loss.
There is no proof that hair dryers cause hair loss or hair thinning. However, excessive heat or drying can lead to weak and brittle hair. When drying your hair, you should try to keep the heat away from the scalp.
Myth #10: The use of steroids can make hair grow faster.
Studies have shown that steroids increase levels of hormones that contribute to baldness. If you are predisposed to hair loss genetically, using steroids can increase hair loss.
Hair Loss Treatments And Procedures
Above is a list of a few of the myths about hair loss that most of us think of as facts. If you feel that you are starting to lose your hair or your hair is thinning contact your physician. Your physician will give you reasons for your hair loss, potential treatments and procedures. Their advice can help provide a solution for hair loss.
Some of the solutions for hair loss include Rogaine, Propecia, hair restoration, and hair replacement. Hair transplant is fast becoming a trend in Singapore and around the world. There are many surgeons in Singapore due to the 63 percent of Singaporean who experience hair loss.
Having a hair transplant surgery may give you the opportunity to acquire your desired head of hair. But the most important thing about hair transplant surgery is the stress it can bring on your body. This is why many people opt for reconditioning hair follicles to replace the ones that have been lost.