When you see that guy in the gym, run his hand through his thick mane, do you feel a twinge of jealousy? When you see that young neighbour of yours pull out her clip and shake out of her voluminous hair, do you feel sad about your hair?
Hair loss is actually a lot more common than most people think and even though people might feel like that they have hair on their head, they might actually be at a position where hair loss has already started.
Where most people go wrong is that they choose to stick the myths that they have been hearing since long. What they do not realise is that most of these myths are nothing more than just myths, which means that the fact behind them is completely different.
Here are eight of the most commonly heard myths about baldness and the truth behind them:
- Myth – Baldness cannot be cured.
Fact – While there is mettle in the concept that no magic cream or potion can help cure baldness, if someone tells you that baldness has no cure whatsoever, they are wrong. With the advances in science, there are actually several methods by which you can get your hair back. When you first start noticing hair fall, you can start with over the counter solutions such as Finasteride and Minoxidil. If the hair growth is extensive and you are noticing proper bald patches, you can always consider a hair transplant.
- Myth – If your mom’s dad was bald, you will be bald too.
Fact – Again, this is half true and half myth – while your genes do have a role to play in your hair baldness, it is not the only factor responsible. Studies have shown that the gene that creates the chances of men going bald is passed from the X chromosome, which is something you receive from your mother. However, there is no finality to the idea that only this gene is what will cause hair loss for you. Baldness is a culmination of several factors, the genetics included.
- Myth – Balding is exclusive to men.
Fact – You might have thought that only men go bald and you might have also thought that only old men go bald. However, both these are myths, because balding can happen to women too and there is no fixed age at which a person will go bald. You need to understand that there are different types of hair loss in men and women. Although the chances of men going bald are higher and you losing your hair with the progression in age is also a fact, there are no written rules about these. If you are suffering from male pattern baldness, you could start seeing bald patches, while you are still in your teens. And while there is something called male pattern baldness, there is also something known as female pattern baldness, where the hair loss is quite significant and would probably present itself as hair thinning.
- Myth – Hair products will lead to baldness.
Fact – For years, you might have heard your elders telling you that if you use too many hair products, you will end up being completely bald. Even though it is not completely false, you need to remember that hair loss associated with hair products is dependent on not only what kind of products you are using, but also on how much of it you use. If you are using really good quality products, and that too in limited quantities, there is little that you have to worry about. Similarly, you need to ensure that you use heat and chemical based treatments, only when really required and not on a daily basis. And in case you are already suffering from pattern baldness, simply giving up these products will not be a solution.
- Myth – Your diet has nothing to do with your hair loss.
Fact – This is an absolute myth, because your body is your temple and if you disrespect it, you will start to see the results. What you put into your body is what will decide how your body looks eventually. If your diet is lacking essential nutrients, then your hair is bound to start becoming weak and weak hair is more susceptible to falling out. From the minute you start noticing hair loss, you need to increase zinc and biotin in your diet, because that will ensure that there is not an increase in hair loss, but if the hair loss has already progressed, then the diet might not help much.
- Myth – Hats will cause hair loss.
Fact – The only way that a hat could cause hair loss is if you are wearing one 24X7, and if the hat it too tight. If the hat is tight enough to restrict blood flow to your hair follicles, only then could you lose hair. If you are someone who wears hats occasionally or even regularly, as long as you are removing it at frequent intervals and ensure that your hair is clean, there is little for you to worry about.
- Myth – Stress will make you bald.
Fact – If you are someone who has a stressful job or are a new mom, chances are that you are noticing a lot more hair on your pillow or towel. While stress can lead to more hair fall than what would be considered normal, it will most certainly not lead to complete baldness. Normally, hair loss caused by stress tends to reduce, when the stress factors are gone.
- Myth – Massage your scalp regularly and your hair will grow back.
Fact – Yet another myth, which has been around since long – while massaging your scalp with coconut or olive oil can help you relax, it can most certainly not ensure that your hair grows back. The one thing that good hair oils can do is nourish, hydrate and protect the hair that is already there. But hair that is gone is gone and no oil will be able to bring it back!