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.
It’s not a secret that each person loses up to a hundred hairs throughout the day. In spring and autumn, as well as during pregnancy hair begins to fall out more rapidly. As a matter of fact, the process is more pronounced in middle-aged men, young girls and older women.
If you note that you are losing more hair than usual, that your hair is getting thinner and thinner so that you can see receding hairline on your head, wrong metabolism may be among a possible cause of that.
Kombucha, a fermented tea known for its healing, normalizing, detoxifying and energizing properties, can be a great natural hair loss treatment in this case. It normalizes your metabolism, supplies your hair follicles with necessary nutrients, promotes regrowth of your hair and makes it stronger. In order to achieve this, it is recommended to drink a glass of kombucha mushroom tea during every meal within six to eight weeks. Additionally, you can massage the scalp with Kombucha infusion to reach better results.
If hair loss is not caused by hereditary predisposition or hormonal imbalance (DHT), most kombucha users note that their hair begins to grow more rapidly soon and that it gets considerably stronger and healthier.
It’s snowing in the streets and your head is also snowing. What? Head snowing? Yes, it turns out that dandruff appears on many many heads in winter. So when you come home you have to shake off not only snowflakes from your clothes but also those ?snowflakes’ from your head and shoulders. You can easily get rid of the former, but the latter can become a real long-lasting problem. But don’t make your winter invigorating mood evaporate instantly. There are a few simple tips that will help you through.
There are two main types of dandruff, or seborrhea: dry and oily. Dry dandruff appears in case when adhesion between cells on the scalp is disrupted. Fortunately, it does not cause hair loss, but, still, it always brings sense of discomfort. This type of dandruff looks like white pollen.
So, what are possible treatments of dry seborrhea in winter? First of all, always use a gentle non-aggressive shampoo that does not irritate your scalp. Castor and burdock oils are also recommended. They nourish your hair with vitamins and restore the integrity of scalp cells. Combine it with steam bath to reach better results. Rub warm oil into hair roots, wrap your hear with a heated wet towel and keep it for 1-2 hours.
Oily dandruff occurs because of increased activity of sebaceous glands. This type is much bigger in size than the dry one. What’s even worse, it can trigger hair loss. That makes its instant treatment more important.
Use shampoo with extracts of beggar-ticks, burdock, calendula, foalfoot, sweet flag. Add a few drops of tea to shampoo to increase antibacterial effect.
Folk medicine can be aloes of great help in treating both types of seborrhea in winter. Decoction of lemon peels has proved to be very effective (3-4 lemons per 1 liter of water). Calendula, chamomile, and clary sage tea brings also great results (2-3 tablespoons per 1 liter of water).
I hope these tips will help you prevent your head from snowing in snowy winter.
At present many women and much more men encounter the problem of hair loss. While to lose about a hundred of hairs a day is scientifically considered to be quite normal for the lifecycle of hair follicles, today people are desperately complaining that their daily hair loss is much greater.
Apart from some specific and personal reasons (such as a serious illness, hormonal imbalance, pregnancy, aging, etc.), such rapid hair loss is also caused by a serious deterioration of environmental conditions and poor, unhealthy lifestyle in general.
A fair question arises: how to deal with the consequences of a hectic metropolitan life and what possibly are we to do to prevent hair loss and regrow our hair in this drastic situation? Here is a couple of proven tips.
If you notice that your hair has started to fall out markedly more rapid, one of the first things to do is to review your day regime. It often turns out that a severe fatigue and, consequently, reduced immunity is the main cause of your hair loss.
So, in order to restore your immunity and, thus, regrow your hair, you need to give yourself (finally) the opportunity of a good sleep. And it does not always mean to sleep long. What’s more important here is the quality – your sleep should be sound and possibly lucid.
“But how can I sleep well at night, when my day life is full of troubles, strains and stresses?” you will ask. Well, there is a simple, but yet effective method to succeed.
- Do not eat anything two hours before sleep (an exception – some warm milk or caffeine-free tee (a herbal one), better with honey, if you really feel hungry and uncomfortable).
- Go for a walk in the fresh air for at least 15-20 minutes before the bedtime. Slight jogging is also welcome.
- Pay attention to the conditions of your sleep: your room should be cool, the bed should be comfortable, but not too soft. So, make necessary changes if needed.
If you stick to these simple rules, it will surely lead to some improvements of your health in general, and, of course, your hair condition as well. What’s really amazing about it is that you will be able to notice some positive results already after a week or so. Just do it!
Have you ever noticed that your hair behaves differently in winter? It goes dry, lifeless, fragile. Tips start to split up. Your hair grows much slower than during summer months. It becomes hard to manage. And what’s even worse, hair loss increases significantly in winter. And it makes so many people ask themselves why it happens so and what they can do to prevent it. I hope this article will clear up some points.
First of all, you should bear in mind that this is inevitable, as it is a part of natural cycle. As everything in nature goes to rest and sleep in autumn and winter, while getting to life and intensive growth in spring and summer, your hair also follows this natural law. So, the first thing to do is to stop panicking. And take into consideration some useful tips to help your hair go through this not easy period of time.
Usually, we drink less water in winter, but it doesn’t mean that we take a sufficient amount. Remember, water in winter is just as important as in summer, or even more. It turns out that because of indoor heating conditions are much drier in winter. After all you body gets unnoticeably dehydrated. That’s why you hair looks so weak and over-dried. That’s why it starts to come out faster. So, drink more water, as simple as that. Dandelion, peppermint, lemon, or ginger tea is very good for your health and your hair especially in winter. Also try to not wash your hair too often and never use concentrated shampoo. Your overdried hair will certainly benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils for hair growth.
In winter we often forget of healthy eating and our diet is far from being balanced. But quick growth of hair requires the supply of all necessary nutrients. Your meals must ideally consist of lots of proteins and vitamins and minerals, which provides the health to the hair. So eat more protein rich food (beans, nuts, tuna, meat, fish, milk, etc.) and all types of vegetables and fruits that are the best source of essential vitamins and minerals.
In winter longer nights and climate change subconsciously affect person’s mood and feelings. That’s why many people, especially in northern European countries usually get depressed and lose optimism in winter. As a result, they experience emotional strains and even stress more often. And stress is one of the main culprits of hair loss. So no matter how hard it is, relax, cheer up and be more to life.