7 Myths & Truths About Hair Loss

Most people worry about losing their hair. Unfortunately, it’s something none of us can avoid. Hair loss is a natural and inevitable part of the aging process. It’s just that it has a tendency to affect some people more severely than others, not to mention at very different times during life.

For those struggling with hair loss or simply panicking about the prospect, the Internet is packed with all manner of weird and wonderful resources to help.  The only problem being that there are considerably more myths and untruths doing the rounds then there are facts based on science.

Suffice to say, it’s never a good idea to read too deeply into the former.

So just to illustrate the point a little more clearly, here’s a quick rundown of seven long-standing myths about hair loss, along with their respective truths:

  1. It’s all about genetics

First of all, while it’s true to say the genetics can and often do play a role in hair loss, there’s often far more to it than this alone. Hair loss and baldness can be caused by all manner of things – some controllable, some entirely out of your control. From underlying diseases to overly aggressive hair styling and treatments to general health and wellbeing, it’s never advisable to jump to conclusions as to what the cause of your own case may be. Likewise, it’s equally inadvisable to simply reside yourself to the fact that as baldness runs in the family, you’re pretty much doomed.

  1. Higher testosterone = more risk of baldness

It’s long been suggested that elevated testosterone levels significantly increase the likelihood of the individual in question going bald. Likewise, it’s also suggested that bald men have the very best sex lives and are inherently more ‘manly’ than other men. In both instances, this just isn’t the case. On-going studies have shown that testosterone levels have absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the man’s likelihood of losing his hair.

  1. Special shampoos work wonders

Sadly, they don’t. The reason being that while there are various everyday shampoos and conditioners that can contribute to both healthy hair and a healthy scalp, there’s nothing any shampoo in the world can do to tackle or reverse a typical case of hair loss. By improving hair and scalp health, you naturally reduce the likelihood of the kind of hair breakage and thinning that may be caused by substandard hair and scalp hygiene. Nevertheless, you can’t (and shouldn’t) expect any particularly noticeable difference from any shampoo or conditioner.

  1. Prescription medication doesn’t work
  The important word to take into account here is ‘prescription’. While there may be thousands of supplements and OTC pills available for the treatment and prevention of hair loss, there is in fact only one prescription medication available that has been scientifically proven as effectivePropecia.

 

“Propecia is a prescription treatment for male hair loss. Studies have shown that Propecia stops further hair loss in 90% of cases. Not only is it effective at halting hair loss, it has been proven to prompt hair regrowth in at least 66% of men after continued use.” (Healthexpress.co.uk)

 

Of course, given the fact that it is a prescription medication, you are only going to be able to get hold of it by first speaking to your doctor. Which is a good idea anyway, given the fact that you cannot expect to effectively treat the problem without first identifying its root cause.

  1. Wearing hats too much will make you go bald

Contrary to popular belief, the suggestion that wearing a hat suffocates the hair and speeds up the balding process is pure and simple nonsense. Scientific research has shown that while anything that puts unnecessary pressure on your head can lead to traction alopecia, simply wearing a comfortable and sensible hat on a regular basis isn’t going to make any difference one way or the other.

  1. Your hair is falling out because you are stressed

This one isn’t quite so straightforward, given the way in which stress does technically have the potential to accelerate hair loss. The reason being that if you are stressed to the most extraordinary extent on a prolonged basis, the way your body reacts has a significant impact on all of its key processes. Or to put it more simply, stress makes you ill. And when ill, your body cannot do what it is supposed to do – growing and holding on to healthy hair being just one of its jobs. Nevertheless, temporary bouts of stress and the kind of normal everyday stress that cannot be avoided really don’t have any influence on hair loss whatsoever.

  1. Surgical treatment can reverse hair loss

Last but not least, while there are plenty of remarkable options when it comes to surgical treatments for hair loss, actually reversing the problem through surgery simply isn’t an option. In most instances, surgery focuses on transplanting healthy hair follicles from one part of the head to another, in order to more evenly distribute hair growth. The results can be nothing short of spectacular, but at the same time do not have an impact on any follicles that are already dead.

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Propecia 28 Tablets Calendar Pack – HealthExpress UK

Andy

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