Struggling to find the root cause of your hair loss??? Still believing the age old hair loss myths???
Today I have with me the hairstylists at Rakis on Collins to burst some common hair loss myths. So grab your cup of coffee and join us in this journey of bursting age-old myths. 🙂
Did you know that hair loss is actually a problem not only of men but also women? And that you don’t necessarily get it automatically from your dad or your mom or even your granddad or grandma. In fact, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions like these that people actually believe about hair loss in women. Many of these have defined the way most of us look at female hair loss as nothing less than a sign of a serious disease. Well, it’s time to straighten these misconceptions by learning the real truth behind them. Here are some of the most common myths about hair loss in women.
1.Hair Loss is not Related to Diets
This is perhaps one of the biggest myths I have found so far. Our hair is essentially made up of millions of cells, each one requiring a variety of nutrients and other substances for it to survive. Remove these nutrients and other important chemicals and the cells won’t survive. It is a well-established fact that protein malnutrition can lead to significant hair loss. This is because of keratin, the protein found in hair, as well as other epithelial cells, have to be diverted from the hair and into body tissues that require protein the most. Removing protein from the hair sends it into a resting phase where you eventually have hair loss within 2 to 3 months. Of course, since protein is deficient, addressing this means you have to eat plenty of protein-rich foods.
2.Female Pattern Hair Loss is The Same as Male Pattern Baldness
While both have “patterns” in their names, they are largely different. Among males, hair loss typically starts at the hairline along the temples before the hair on the crown starts to thin. That’s why male pattern baldness typically forms the classic “M”. For women, it’s more about the diffuse thinning of hair throughout the scalp. We don’t have receding hairlines like men do. This also makes it a lot easier to conceal.
3.Female Pattern Baldness Causes Menstrual Irregularities
One of the most common myths that I often hear from other women is that they have menstrual irregularities such as abnormal bleeding simply because they are losing their crowning glory. If indeed you have menstrual irregularities PLUS hair loss, it is often a sign of another problem. It just so happens that these two signs developed at the same time. However, while they may coexist, it clearly doesn’t show that one caused the other, and vice versa. In most cases, you have bleeding problems and hair loss because of a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals or even an imbalance in one or more of your hormones. For this, it is often recommended that you seek medical advice and have your blood checked.
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4.Using a Hair Dryer can Lead to Hair Loss
Here’s a tip: if your scalp feels like burning, then it’s not good for your hair. Too much heat can damage hair, making it more brittle. So while there may be some truth to this myth, it’s more about how you use the blow dryer than it is as a general rule. Also before using heat, always use a heat protectant to protect your hair from damage.
5.If One of Your Parents has Hair Loss, You Automatically Have it, Too
While it is true that hair loss or baldness has been shown to have a hereditary nature, it doesn’t necessarily mean that having one parent who has the gene for baldness will automatically make you bald as well. In theory, 50% of who you are comes from your mom and the other 50% from your dad. This simply means you have 1 in 2 chances of becoming bald. And we haven’t talked about dominant and recessive genes, yet. Technically, what we are saying is that if you have both parents having the dominant genes for hair loss, and that all of their forebears, unfortunately, were also dominant in this particular genetic trait, then there are chances of you being the one who will have hair loss issues. Otherwise, if only one of your parents or if they carry a recessive gene, then hair loss might not manifest at all.
6.Being Sexually Active Makes You More Susceptible to Hair Loss.
It is a common misconception that if you have too much sex, you will easily lose your hair because of the chemicals that are released during sex. You’d be glad to know that sexual activity or the different chemicals released during sex have nothing to do with hair loss. While it is true that dihydrotestosterone or DHT has been implicated in the thinning and eventual loss of hair because of its action on the hair follicles, only testosterone, together with dopamine, serotonin, and other substances, is released during sex. When an enzyme interacts with testosterone, that’s the only time that DHT is produced.
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I know how worrying it can be to lose your hair. For us ladies, it’s one of greatest assets. While proper hair care can help us maintain the health of crowning glories, equally important is to discard all these myths that we have about women and hair loss.
Hope you found this post useful. Have a lovely day!!!