5 Common Misconceptions About Hair Loss

In the United States alone, approximately 35 million men and 21 million women are affected by hair loss. Generally speaking, male pattern baldness can be expected to occur in 40% of men by the time they are aged 40. However, despite the common occurrence of hair loss among the populace, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions that defy logic and basic science.

We’ve listed the top five hair loss myths we encounter on a daily basis, in hopes of shedding light and halting their further dissemination.

Myth 1: Baldness comes from the mother’s side.
While the main cause of hair loss in both men and women is genetic, a condition known as androgenetic alopecia, it is not a hereditary trait confined to either parent. If your mother or father’s family has a history of baldness, you can inherit the gene and experience male pattern baldness or female hair loss.

Myth 2: Wearing hats can cause balding.
Contrary to popular belief the normal wearing of hats does not cause hair loss. You would need to wear your hat so tightly that circulation to the hair follicles was cut off. Typical day to day wearing of hats will not cause hair loss.

Myth 3: Blow drying, frequent hair washing and use of styling products can cause the loss of hair.
While excessive blow drying and washing can damage the quality of your hair turning it dry or brittle, normal use does not cause hair loss. Similarly, the use of hair coloring and styling products, when used as directed have no effect other than those intended.

Myth 4: Cutting/shaving your hair will make it grow back thicker.
Your hair follicle is thicker at the base of the shaft than at the tip, so while cutting or shaving may make your hair appear thicker by contrast initially, as it continues to grow it will maintain the same thickness as prior to cutting.

Myth 5: Brushing your hair is better than combing it and is good for follicle stimulation.
While the general consensus is that combing as opposed to brushing reduces the occurrence of hair breakage and split ends, neither action will induce growth or for that matter hair loss.

All hair follicles go through a normal cycle of hair growth and hair loss. There are three main phases of the hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen.

During the anagen phase hair fibers are actively produced from the dermal papilla, a highly active group of pear-shaped cells within the follicle. The longest of the three phases, anagen lasts anywhere between 6 to 10 years, with an average growth rate of 1/2 inch per month.

During the catagen phase, which is estimated to last approximately 14 to 21 days, hair growth enters a period of regression; the dermal papilla condense as the cells become inactive. With a lack of cell stimulation, the hair fiber and root sheaths stop growing.

Lastly, the follicle enters a period of rest for anywhere between 30 to 90 days. In telogen the dermal papilla can become isolated and the hair fiber can be easily pulled out from everyday activities such as combing, shampooing, or brushing. At any given time, approximately 10% of hair follicles on the scalp are in telogen, which means each day an average of 50 to 100 hairs are pulled out.

While this cycle of hair production typically continues for the duration of the individual’s life, as explained earlier, there are follicles with a genetic disposition to permanent hair loss. Other factors that may effect hair growth include: adverse reactions to drugs or medical treatments, hormones, as well as immune system abnormalities.

Dealing With Hair Loss

Suffering from male pattern baldness isn’t something you should be ashamed of. 85% of the male population will suffer from hair loss at some stage in their lives. Upon realising their hair is falling out, a lot of men will get depressed or scared. If you get scared you’re likely to buy the first treatment you come across on the internet and that’s not always a good thing. They go on the internet looking for a cure.

Having a full head of hair can mean a lot to the man on the street. Losing your hair can severely cripple your confidence. If you’re heading out into town, a full head of hair can stop you asking a girl for a dance or offering her a drink. I know I got gloomy when I started losing my hair and I got so scared I couldn’t bring myself to confide in anyone. I didn’t tell anyone, not even my own parents.

What did I do? I kept telling myself that I was too young to lose my hair and stupidly thought it would grow back. That never happened. My hair kept falling out and pretty soon friends were beginning to notice and that was even more depressing. I was afraid to get my hair cut too short and make the extent of my hair loss that more apparent.

It was my biggest mistake. I didn’t act on my hair loss quick enough. If I acted sooner I could have had a thicker head of hair than I do now. I know some men would love to have the hair I have and even I don’t have a really thick head of hair. What I’m trying to tell you is this. Don’t sit by and let hair loss get control. Take the lead and do something about it. The longer you leave it, the more hair you lose and the harder it is to reverse the process.

Male pattern baldness always has a solution. You just have to find it. You have to be prepared to break the bank because some hair loss treatments don’t come cheap.

Don’t get depressed and don’t be afraid to seek help. It’s a given now that most men will suffer from some kind of hair loss and you can be certain that nearly all of them would like to keep their hair.

You’re not alone with hair loss so act like it. People are willing to help.

Choosing The Right Hair Style

Finding a hairstyle that flatters your face and your body can be a difficult thing to find. This may sound like a familiar situation to you. You spend time looking through fashion magazines to find the perfect cut to show your stylist. Finally you find a cut and it looks great on the model or celebrity in the picture so you clip out the picture and then show the photo to your stylist. Your stylist warns you that in may not look the same on you, but you ignore the warning and ask your stylist to proceed. In a few minutes you have the style in the picture, but there is one huge problem. It looks terrible on you. But if it’s the exact same cut, why doesn’t it look great on you? The answer is simple.

The problem is that most likely you have a different shapes faces and different features than the person in the photograph. So a style that looks great on them and works with their face shape and features doesn’t necessarily look great on you. When choosing a style, it’s important to take your shape of your face into account. There are several different types of face shapes including diamond, heart, oval, rectangular, round, square, and triangular. Of all those shapes faces, the oval face shape is the one most likely to look great with any cut. Next time your visit your hair salon, ask your stylist about your face shape and what kind of cuts will look best for you.