Debunking the Top 4 Myths About Hair Loss
Posted: September 8, 2014
It’s true that hair loss comes naturally with aging, and that chemical treatments and crash dieting can wreak havoc on your hair follicles. The average man has a 50 percent chance of experiencing substantial hair loss by the time he reaches age 50.
All hope is not lost. There are effective treatments for thinning hair and receding hairlines, such as hair transplants. But there are more myths than facts out there about hair loss, including these four:
1. Over-shampooing leads to hair loss.
This rumor probably was started by a bunch of men who were tired of seeing more hair in the shower drain than on their heads. But it’s simply not true. Although we tend to notice that we shed hair while shampooing or combing, the fact is that hair follicles cycle on and off regularly. We shed about 100 hairs each day, and these are replaced by other hair follicles sprouting new growth.
2. You can bring dead follicles back to life.
Sorry, guys. You can’t — not even with the most expensive snake-oil elixir money can buy. There are meds and laser treatments that help hair follicles grow faster and stronger, but once the follicle dies, only a hair transplant will help.
3. Hair loss is determined by your mother’s genes.
Please let us put this urban legend to rest. Your mother’s father’s hair is not necessarily what you end up with, and your mother’s side of the family does not determine and seal your hairline’s fate. Scientists now know that there are about 200 genes that control and regulate hair growth. Half of those come from your mother, and half from your father.
4. There is no cure for baldness.
This is one of the top misconceptions. As you already know, there is no miracle or overnight remedy for hair loss, but there are FDA-approved drugs and laser therapy procedures, as well as hair transplant procedures.
Now that these myths have been debunked, the fact remains that a hormonal imbalance — low levels of testosterone — could be at the root of your thinning locks. If you want to know for sure, visit a nearby Low T Center to get your numbers checked.
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