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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Kombucha is an old traditional health drink, which is a fermentation of tea (black or green). It is also knows as tea mushroom, tea fungus, and more poetically ‘champagne of life’. Kombucha has been used for over 2 thousand years and it is often praised for its medicinal properties and health benefits. It refreshes your mind and cleanses your body. Kombucha helps restore your body’s PH balance and promote self-healing. There’s are claims that it is very good for your skin, beneficial for hair growth and can even treat cancer and HIV, however, there’s no real scientific evidence for that. Many people like it for its sweetened taste and drink it regularly.
What are the benefits of Kombucha tea?
It makes you feel refreshed and energetic.
It increases your body’s overall immunity.
It has anti-bacterial and anti-septic qualities (helps fight microbes and harmful bacteria) due to acetic acid contained in it.
Kombucha promotes hair growth.
This drink is very beneficial for your skin.
It is good for your liver, because of antioxidant properties.
Kombucha can help you reduce weight, especially if it’s prepared with the use of green tea.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to soothe pain.
The beverage helps keep your joints healthy.
It reduces the risk of heart disease.
Kombucha may reduce the risk of cancer.
It prevents Type 2 diabetes and is helpful to manage it if you have one.
Kombucha helps normalize high blood pressure.
It restores PH-balance of your body and promotes rejuvenation.
Since it contains probiotics, it improves your digestion, fights diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Why so many like Kombucha?
The short answer will be that people simply like the taste of it. They say, the taste is so original, fresh and natural that those who love it don’t even go for any other drink. Kombucha is also very healthy, because of its probiotic nature. Kombucha people are absolutely confident that they are drinking the healthiest thing in the world!
What does Kombucha taste like?
Well, it’s almost impossible to describe the taste of something one has never tried. How will you describe the taste of sugar to the person who has never taken it? We can only use the language of association and comparison. In this case, kombucha has a slightly biting taste with a strong flavor similar to an apple cider vinegar. Some people love the taste, others think it’s terrible. You should definitely try and decide for yourself. Kombucha is a real hit-or-miss!
Is it okay to drink Kombucha tea everyday?
The answer is yes! This amazing beverage has so many health benefits and virtually no side-effects, so you can take it whenever you want and as much as you want. Depending on your body you will possibly want to take it slow in the beginning and simply enjoy your kombucha on a daily basis further on. You can take it in the morning to boost your energy levels. You can have it throughout the day to satisfy your thirst or to take it with your meals. Some people even report having much better sleep whenever they drink kombucha at night time. Many athletes are used to have some kombucha before their workout to improve their performance, others prefer to drink it after the job is done to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation and tensions accumulated during workout. So it’s basically up to you!
Is Kombucha good for hair growth?
Most definitely yes! Apart from vitalizing and anti-oxidizing effects, kombucha contains several varieties of vitamin B, which are indispensable for producing new healthy hair. Whether you have hair loss, thinning hair or receding hairline, try kombucha and you will surely notice the difference in a while.
Can I rinse my hair with kombucha tea?
If you use this beverage not as a beverage but for the purpose of washing or rinsing your hair, you will be successfully removing the adverse residue of artificial hair-care products, almost like a natural vinegar. However, kombucha is more gentle on your hair than vinegar, although it is still very effective. Some apply kombucha as a hair tonic every time after shampoo. It is very useful for removing dandruff. Use it regularly for best results.
Is there any side-effects of Kombucha?
For most healthy adults kombucha is absolutely safe and side-effects are extremely rare. Drinking much of kombucha tea can make your stomach slightly upset, which goes away once you discontinue it. Usually this problem doesn’t even occur if you start with a small dosage of kombucha and gradually increase it day by day. However, if contaminated, this beverage can lead to allergy, jaundice (yellow skin), yeast infection, and nausea. To avoid that you should always check the quality of the product that you drink or follow hygienic recommendations if you prepare kombucha on your own.
Does Kombucha contain alcohol? Can I get drunk?
The process of metabolism and fermentation of kombucha usually produces some amount of alcohol, which is about 0.5%. This amount is too small to make you drunk anyway (it is 10 times less strong than a normal beer). Theoretically, you will have to drink really a lot of it just to feel slightly tipsy. With such a large amount of water most alcohol will simply bypass the bloodstream. Besides, kombucha also contains caffeine, which in its turn will counteract the feeling of being drunk. Practically, you will never want to drink that much of any liquid, since it can cause other sorts of problems.
I have gray hair. Will kombucha help?
Many kombucha lovers report that, yes, it can reverse graying hair and restore it. You can rinse you hair with kombucha tea, use it as a tonic or apply it in the form of hair mask, whatever suits you best. Don’t be afraid to experiment, it’s absolutely harmless, and the results will definitely follow.
Is Kombucha good for your skin?
Apart from being an an excellent detoxifier, it also nourishes and hydrates your skin, increases its elasticity and brightness. Some beauty specialists say that with kombucha you will literally glow: you skin tone and texture will noticeably improve. Even if you have wrinkles, kombucha may help reduce or remove them as well. Remember, this is not without a reason that it’s called ‘elixir of youth.’ No wonder, over the last few years, kombucha has been more and more often added to a variety of popular skincare products.
Does kombucha contain caffeine?
Because black or green tea is used to make kombucha, it will most certainly contain caffeine. However, properly prepared kombucha tea will have only a small amount of it. Averagely, it is about 3 times less the amount contained in normal tea that is is prepared from. For example, if tea with, say, 50mg of caffeine is used, you will get kombucha that will be around 15-20mg of caffeine. Kombucha based on green tea will have even less (around 2mg). Generally speaking, the quality and properties of the drink will differ in accordance with a huge variety of recipes and methods of preparation. In other words, you can control the amount of caffeine in your kombucha through different choices and methods up to the point that you can get even a decaffeinated version!
Can I drink kombucha during pregnancy?
You should know that the process used to make this drink also results in some amount of alcohol in it, which is around 0.5%, but sometimes it may exceed this number. Although, this is a very tiny percentage, almost negligible, it is generally believed, that NO amount of alcohol is good for pregnancy and growing fetus. So it’s best to avoid drinking kombucha tea while you are expecting a baby.
Will too much kombucha bring negative effect?
It’s not a secret that people tend to overdo things, and, as you know, too much of anything is never good for you. Especially when we talk about eating or drinking habits. However, it’s almost impossible to drink too much kombucha tea, just as it’s extremely hard and unjustified to drink too much of water – your body will simply tell you to stop. Nevertheless, if you are really interested in what may happen, please refer to side-effects section of this FAQ.
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.