Hair Loss Facts & Myths
All The Hair Loss Information You Need!
When discussing hair loss facts, it’s best to start by dispelling many of the myths that have been created to surround the topic. Like finding out about many other conditions, a lack of knowledge or getting your information from inexpert sources can result in believing myths and untruths that have no relation to the facts about hair loss.
Men often fear hair loss as baldness is commonly associated with a lack of virility. However, to this date there has been no conclusive evidence to prove that a full head of natural, healthy hair will make you any more virile than the guy standing next to you at the bus stop. This misconception about hair loss is often the reason why men with male pattern baldness or thinning hair don’t like to talk about or draw any kind of attention to their condition.
Another myth, which is relevant to both men and women, is that vigorously washing your hair everyday or washing it with excessive amounts of shampoo will cause hair loss. Again, there is no scientific proof that being heavy handed with the shampoo bottle will have an impact on the thickness of your hair. In this same vein, promises that massaging your hair to somehow stimulate the follicles and improve rates of regrowth should be taken with a grain of salt. While we all enjoy a good head massage, there is no guarantee that it will help prevent hair loss or speed up the rate at which your hair will grow back.
While we’re on the topic of shampoo though, it’s good to mention that silicone-based shampoos and heavy waxes may actually cause some hair loss or heavy shedding. This is because of the way these products can actually block off the hair follicles completely, asphyxiating the scalp.
Another myth that dominates the discussion of hair loss is the idea that dandruff can cause permanent hair loss. For those who do experience dandruff, both in minor and extreme forms, there are a variety of shampoos and conditioners that can be used to prevent the condition which will not in any way run the risk of causing hair loss.
For men, hair loss is often a result of inheritance from either their mother or father’s side of the family. The most common hereditary condition, clinically known as androgenetic alopecia, appears as a receding hairline and a loss of hair on the top of the scalp. Although hair loss primarily occurs during the later years of a man’s life – many men experience hair loss earlier, which can be hard for their confidence and self-esteem. Those who suffer from hair loss at a young age – say, in their early twenties and thirties – can become highly self conscious about their appearance or worry that others may perceive them differently because of their condition. Anxiety is a common result for men who suffer from hair loss, but there are treatments available for those who want to try and reverse or slow the condition.
Males who suffer from hair loss might be experiencing serious physical or emotional stresses in their lives, which causes their body to go into a kind of recuperation mode. If their body and mind are in turmoil, it shuts off the need to reproduce hair and instead focuses on other functions it deems necessary for survival. If this does happen, it can often take up to six months for hair to grow back, as the body needs time to begin reproducing and replacing the hair that was lost.
While hair loss for men is more commonly found and obviously can be hard to deal with, arguably women who suffer from hair loss find it a lot more worrying and stressful. Often, women become anxious if and when they start to lose their hair, and the stress caused by this can make the situation seem much worse than it actually is. In terms of self-esteem and confidence, women who experience hair loss may become more closed off to others because they look at themselves as less attractive or feel they may be judged poorly because of their appearance.
If a womans hair loss begins quickly or without warning – often times you will see a higher rate of hair falling out when you comb or brush your hair – it may be a result of a change in nutrition and diet, a switch in medication or from falling pregnant. It is best to seek out specialist advice, because a hair doctor or Tricologist may be able to tell through the pattern of hair loss why it is occurring. For example, there are different reasons why hair thinning patterns show up as localized or more spread out.
In addition to starting or ending a pregnancy, women can often experience hair loss during menopause. This is mainly because of the major hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body during the start of menopause. For example, during menopause there is usually an increase in the amount of androgen a woman has, because oestrogen levels have decreased. As the name for hair loss suggests (androgenetic alopecia), androgen, or an increase in androgen, is the most direct cause.
Men and women can both experience hair loss because of chemotherapy treatments. The agents used in chemotherapy treatments are designed to kill cancer cells, but in the process can also kill off healthy cells like those needed to grow hair. While patients using chemotherapy treatments will usually lose a large amount of their hair in the process, once they have completed chemotherapy the hair will most likely grow back in six to twelve months.
In addition, those who tend to smoke or drink heavily are more prone to hair loss. While research has not been entirely conclusive on the topic, there is some correlation between the two.
What is important to remember when it comes to hair loss for both men and women is that you can deal with it through a variety of different treatments. While some of these treatments may not get a person who experiences hair loss exactly back to where they were to start with, it will help improve the appearance of a natural and healthy head of hair and hopefully in turn improve a person’s confidence. Other hair replacement programs can restore the appearance of a full head of hair.
Carrying out treatment for hair loss, and seeing successful results, can be both liberating and confidence boosting for many people. They feel as though they have a new lease on life, energised by treating something that may have been causing them great anxiety for a long time.
Hair loss can feel like a very isolating condition, especially because of the effects it may have on your confidence or self esteem. For both men and women, what is most important to remember if you are suffering from hair loss is that you’re not the only one. There are far more people than you might initially think suffering from hair loss around the world, and the trick is to find the treatment that works best for you and start feeling good about yourself again! Even people who don’t suffer from hair loss can feel uncomfortable in their own skin, or get anxious that people may be judging their appearance. By coming to terms with your own appearance, and more specifically with your hair loss, your confidence will help others to see that what’s most important is loving the body you’ve got and working with it the best way you can.
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