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.
Here are simple everyday tips to regrow your hair and keep it healthy.
Don’t cut your hair too short and don’t do it too often. To avoid splitting ends and to keep your hair in a decent condition it is recommended to cut your hair approximately 1 cm a month. As far as the hair grows about 1 cm every month you will not want to have it being cut more (unless you want a shorter haircut). So make your hairdresser aware of your preferences.
Comb and brush your hair tenderly. Long hair is fragile. As a matter of fact, it can be compared to soft nylon stocking. The longer the hair, the softer you should be while treating it. So don’t be too hard in combing and brushing to avoid the damage.
Never brush wet hair. Your hair is very vulnerable when it is wet. So never attempt to brush your hair in this case. Only when they are more or less dry, start a gentle brushing from the ends and proceed gradually to the roots.
It’s important to clean your brushes. Clean your brushes and combs regularly as they quickly collect dead-skin cells and become greasy and dirty. Clean them with boiled water or shampoo.
Braiding of hair. You hair feels much better when they are free. If you prefer it having in knots and braids, don’t overdo with it. If your hair is really long, you are welcome to braid before you go to bed to avoid tangles in the morning (but don’t make braiding too tight).
Choose right hair accessories. Always watch what you use to take care of your hair. Avoid sharp metal accessories and make preference of wooden ones.
Do not use too much shampoo. Shampoo always seems to be a quick fix. But try to wash your hair less frequently to avoid its harmful effect. In order to smooth it use more conditioner. But remember not to apply it on the scalp, rather put it from the ears down to your hair ends.
Dryers,straighteners and bleach. Avoid them as much as you can. You definitely don’t want your hair be like dried straws. It could have been awesome as it is with much less sacrifice.
Think about food. Make your diet healthy and varied. Add more B and E vitamins to your plan, as they are essential to your healthy hair. Remember, good nutrition is just as important for your your hair as the rest of your body.
Here’s the list of minerals that are vitally important for normal hair growth:
- Calcium. Milk, cheese, tofu and beans are not only good for bone tissues but also for our hair. Try to take in at least 1500 mg of calcium daily to make your hair grow faster.
- Copper. Copper prevents hair loss and enhances hair color and texture. This mineral is contained in almost every food product, but its highest amount is in liver, nuts, cocoa and grains.
- Iron. Iron is essential for our hair as it helps to stop hair loss and promote hair regrowth. Such foods as eggs, fish, liver, chicken, full cards and dried fruit are particularly rich in iron.
- Magnesium. If you want to make your hair grow faster you should also eat more green vegetables, nuts, soy beans and chickpeas, which have high concentration of magnesium.
- Potassium. Since potassium can affect blood circulation (including that in the scalp), its intake is vital for proper hair growth. This mineral is found in avocados, bananas, dates, figs, garlic, potatoes, raisins and yogurt.
- Selenium. Selenium will help you keep your scalp and hair in a good condition. Eat meat, fish and broccoli to add more selenium to your diet.
- Silica. The mineral silica nourishes your hair and makes it stronger. It is contained in such foods as rice, soy beans, and green vegetables.
- Zinc. Zinc is plays an indispensable part in many bodily processes including cell reproduction, protein synthesis and absorption of vitamins. This element prevents hair from thinning, dryness and loss. You will benefit from eating seafood, oatmeal, spinach, sunflower seeds, and champignon mushrooms, which are rich in zinc.
Include more of the suggested products in your diet plan and you will definitely notice improvements with your hair pretty soon.
When it comes to general health and healthy hair in particular, proper nutrition are among those things that should be paid a special attention to. Below you will find some foods that are especially good for your hair.
Salmon. Salmon contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamin B-12. These products make your hair glossy and soft.
Broccoli. Broccoli is very rich in vitamins A and C. These vitamins help the body produce sebum, an oily substance that helps retain moisture in the skin. Sebum is very important to keep your hair moisturized, as it serves as balm.
Beans, peas and lentils. These foods contain iron, zinc and biotin, which are essential for the hair. Lack of biotin can lead to brittle hair or even hair loss. Recommended intake of biotin is 3 dl (or more) per week. Zinc and iron will help your hair restore its strength and grow faster.
Walnuts and Brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are rich in protein, minerals and many other essential nutrients for your hair and scalp. Walnuts contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, which make the hair strong and shiny.
Carrots. Carrots are a great source of Vitamin A, which role for our general health and particularly for our eyesight and good hair condition can never be overestimated. Vitamin A make the scalp smooth and prevents it from being greasy.
Eggs. Eggs are the best protein intake no matter how you prefer them. Eggs are also rich in biotin and vitamin B-12, which are the most important nutrients for healthy hair.
Summer is a very special season for our hair. Heat, dust and strong sun-rays can pose a serious threat to its normal growth if no preventive measures are taken. As a matter of fact, a great number of people complain of dry and brittle hair, splitting ends and excessive hair loss in summer. If you are among them, you will benefit from the following tips. They will help you protect your hair from summer threats and keep it healthy, strong and beautiful.
If your hair is exposed to the sun throughout the day, it may be helpful to wear a cap, a sunhat or a scarf. This could be especially important for those who have their hair dyed dark and don’t want it to lose color. Remember, ultraviolet radiation is very harmful for our hair. Even those who use a tanning bed or booth should protect their hair by wearing a scarf or a towel. To say nothing of the summer sun-rays, which can be far more dangerous. That is why it’s recommended to use a shampoo or other hair care products with UV-protection.
It is very important to wash your hair thoroughly in summer, otherwise it will lose its shine and nice color pretty soon. In order to do this there is a proven method: you simply need to mix your shampoo with some baking soda and wash your head with it. It will remove chemicals, particularly chlorine from the hair. You may use a clarifying shampoo as well.
It’s necessary to keep your hair moisturized in summer. Don’t wash your hair with shampoo every day, as it can make it dry and fragile. If you are not happy with your usual shampoo, you can benefit from using moisturizing shampoo or/and conditioner on a daily basis. Don’t use hair care products with alcohol, because they take natural moisture away. Also limit your use of such items as curling irons and blow dryers. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and, thus, help your hair stay moisturized.
To obtain extra-fine gloss of your hair use such hair care product as hair shine spray or silicone serum. But don’t overdo with them, because you can easily make your hair greasy. On order to avoid this, you can take an unused powder brush, apply the spray or silicone serum on it and use it to stroke your hair.