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10 Myths about Hair Loss in Men

September 21, 2010 on 5:40 am | In causes of hair loss | 5 Comments

Thinning hair and hair loss is something that a great number of men face sooner or later. No wonder, popular problems give birth to popular myths. The following list does not only consider causes of male hair loss but also represents the average man’s opinion and attitude to the problem. Some statements are humorous and could not be taken seriously – just as the myths themselves.

Myth 1: Hair loss often results from wearing tight caps and hats.

There is a widespread opinion that those men who wear headgear all the time are subjected to hair loss. It is explained by the fact that hair follicles don’t get enough oxygen in this case. Well, in reality the scalp receives most of oxygen from the blood flow. How many professional sportsmen that have to wear helmets, caps, hats, etc. can you remember going bald? Still overdoing with headgear certainly deteriorates hair condition, but it’s not connected with hair loss directly.

Myth 2: Steroids have nothing to do with baldness.

Many men who are into bodybuilding and other related sports tend to believe in that. In reality, the situation is contrary to that. Anabolic steroids that include sex hormone testosterone aggravate male pattern baldness in those men who are subjected to it. The thing is that testosterone converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which gradually shrinks and closes hair follicles. More testosterone = more DHT = less hair.

Myth 3: Baldness comes from the mother’s family line.

There is an assumption that kids inherit hair loss genes from their moms. Does it mean that men tend to blame their mothers for this misfortune? Well, there’s pretty much scientific ground proving that baldness can be passed on to you from your dad as well. Still this mother-blaming myth continues to live on.

Myth 4: Cutting your hair may increase hair growth.

Some people think that hair is thicker closer to the root than it is at the ends. Thus, when you cut your hair short it appears thicker. Of course, most men prefer a short haircut, but it does not affect hair growth at all.

Myth 5: Shampoos give you more hair.

Certainly, there are some hair products including shampoos that can make your hair look fuller and thicker. But obviously, they don’t give you more real hair. They give you the feeling and immediate effect is what we need, right?

Myth 6: Scalp massage can prevent hair loss.

Well, it’s true but only partly. Scalp massage stimulate blood circulation helping your hair follicles get necessary nutrients and oxygen from the blood flow. Thus, it will prevent hair loss only when it’s caused by the lack of the latter. Unfortunately, scalp massage will be of no use when hair loss is hereditary, hormonal, disease- and toxin-related, etc. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make scalp massage less pleasant (especially when performed by a close and dear person).

Myth 7: Blow drying and excessive washing lead to hair loss.

Not exactly. While overdoing with these procedures, as well as with bleaching and color treatment, you can damage your existing hair so that it will look fragile and lifeless. But hair roots and follicles will remain safe, thus, hair loss is out of the question here. By the way, too few men have been spotted while washing their hair excessively, to say nothing of blow drying and bleaching.

Myth 8: Hair loss can be caused by sun exposure.

One must remember that hair loss occurs at the follicle level. Since it’s rather difficult for the sun rays to get to your hair follicles (and it is especially difficult if you are fond of caps, hats and helmets), technically, the sun can not be the main cause of hair loss.

Myth 9: Combing your hair is less harmful than brushing it.

Show me the man who cares much about it. Just as it goes with scalp massage, both combing and brushing should be done carefully to avoid hair damage, splitting ends, hair broken, twisted or pulled out. Malekind is a strong and hard part of the world, but there’s no need to be too hard in this particular case.

Myth 10: Diet is not related to hair loss.

But it is. Many men are just careless about what they eat and, consequently, can’t make any logical connection between what they don’t care about with what they start caring about (meaning receding hair line, thinning hair, loss of popularity among women… more to follow). But our hair always needs proper nutrition and the saying that your hair is what you eat is not an exaggeration.

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