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.
We all want to have beautiful and healthy hair all day long and in every season. But we need to work hard to achieve good and permanent results, especially in winter. Our hair needs much attention and care from the inside, as well as from the outside. Let’s start from the inside.
In order to give our hair the opportunity to grow healthy and strong we need to give it proper nutrition. Yes, all necessary nutrients, substances, minerals and vitamins that are in special demand in winter.
Our body lacks sunlight in winter, thus, the reserves if vitamin D are quickly exhausted. Consequently, hair loses its former strength and shine. To restore the necessary amount of this vitamin in your body eat more food that is rich in proteins: legumes, eggs, milk, butter, fish, poultry. These healthy products will deliver “building blocks” to your hair. Also make sure that you’ve included fresh greens, vegetables and fruits in your diet plan.
Our hair lacks other important vitamins as well, so you should go the nearest drug store and buy a vitamin complex. Vitamins A and B provide stable hair growth. Vitamin C strengthens the roots, while vitamin F prevents dryness and sloughing the scalp, and vitamin E is responsible for healthy shine of hair stems.
You hair also needs zinc to keep hair cells and tissue in good form, magnesium to provide proper protein synthesis in your hair, biotin to create the proper environment in the scalp. These elements will not only prevent hair loss but also help you regrow your hair lost in winter. These components, as well as other most important vitamins and minerals, are contained in Provillus for men and women. A good option for inner hair care in winter.
How do cold-weather caps affect our hair in winter? Do they really protect it or, on the contrary, bring harm? Do we have to wear headgear or go bareheaded to keep our hair healthy? Well, there’s no unambiguous answer to this question.
Because of cold weather blood vessels of the scalp get narrowed, and, therefore, blood circulation gets poor and access of nutrients is limited. As a result, hair gets weakened and begins to fall out. The problem of splitting ends has the same origin. From this point of view wearing caps in winter is necessary to protect your scalp and hair from the harmful effect of cold.
But on the other hand, warm caps can bring to our hair and scalp as well. Artificial fibers of some caps create a steam bath effect for the head, what leads to the condition when hair gets greasy pretty quickly and begins to electrify considerably. Such caps doesn’t let the necessary amount of oxygen in and slow down blood circulation. Thus, pores may get clogged and dandruff may also appear. Therefore, always put on winter caps that are made of natural fabrics, since they provide the right heat transfer between the external environment and the scalp.
Yes, and don’t forget to put off your warm cap at once when entering a heated room. This will protect the roots of your hair from overheating.
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!
We often think that we know almost everything about our hair. But apart from the most popular facts that are evident and known to everybody, there are still so many amazing things to learn. So, let’s check it out!
- 95% of our skin is covered with hair.
- If all hairs of the body and the head were joined into one whole hair, it would grow with the speed of 116 mm a minute, 116 cm every 10 minutes, almost 0.7 m an hour, 166 m a day respectively.
- Hair grows differently in different parts of the human body.
- Eyelashes usually grow in three rows. There are from 150 to 200 eyelashes on the upper eyelid and about 75-100 on the lower one.
- Eyelashes grow from 3 to 5 months, while hair on the head has a considerably longer life-cycle (from 3 to 10 years).
- Our eyebrows consist of up to 600 hairs.
- The width of hair on the head ranges between 50 and 100 micrometers (1 micrometer = 0.001 mm), while eyebrows are usually 50 micrometers in diameter. The width of wool hair is only 15 micrometers.
- There are usually from 90000 to 150000 hairs growing on our heads.
- The longest hair grows from the age of 14 to 17 years. After that our hair gradually becomes shorter and thinner.
- Hair grows most rapidly between 15 and 30 years of age. Hair growth slows down considerably after 50 years.
- In summer our hair grows faster than in winter. It also grows faster in the first half of the day and in the evening, while its growth almost stops at night.
- The shape of our hair is determined by hair follicles on our heads.
- The process of hair change is slow and almost imperceptible. It’s not similar with loss of embryonic hair (that’s more like molting in animals that goes immediately and spontaneously).
- You will have strong and healthy hair if you have good blood supply of the scalp, and, on the contrary, when blood circulation is poor your hair will grow weak and will be exposed to various disorders.
- 35-45 ?C is the optimal water temperature for washing your hair.
- 85% of women are in a better mood after visiting a hairdresser.
- According to American experts, hair loss affects 60-70% of men and 25-40% of women.
- There are 300,000 of treatments against hair loss and that’s more than in case of any other disease.