Did you know: If you are bald, you can blame your mom; baldness is passed through her genes? Hanging upside can increase blood to your scalp, making your hair grow? Letting your hair air dry is a sure way to grow lush locks?
Statements like these regarding hair growth have been handed down from generation to generation. But maybe now it time’s to debunk these myths. Yes, myths! There are countless wives’ tales, myths, and rumors regarding what causes hair loss in both men and women. Let’s debunk some of these more popular myths and get to the “root” of what really can make your hair grow. How many of these did you believe to be true?
Myth: Wearing hats often cause hair loss.
Hair growth is dependent on the circulation to your hair follicles. So, unless the hat you’re wearing is cutting off your circulation, your hat isn’t affecting your hair loss.
Myth: Hair loss comes is passed on through Mom’s side of the family.
The genetic DNA that can cause pattern baldness doesn’t just come from one side of the family – it can come from either mom’s side, dad’s side, or both!
Myth: Increasing blood flow to your head will prevent hair loss.
While doing a handstand, hanging upside down or standing on your head can increase blood flow to your head, this won’t help you stimulate regrowth to your hair.
Myth: Using too many hair products can cause hair loss.
While hair care products can cause greasiness, dryness, or strip hair of its natural oils, it doesn’t cause hair loss. There are a few caveats: using harsh chemicals such as lye can in fact burn your scalp, which may not cause hair loss, but certainly can cause your hair to become brittle or break.
Myth: Haircuts make your hair grow back faster and thicker.
Cutting your hair regularly can keep it healthy, but on average your hair only grows about half an inch every month.
Myth: Too much stress makes your hair fall out.
Too much stress in your daily life can cause you to develop serious disorders such as alopecia or telogen effluvium, that cause your hair to thin and bald. But the most common cause of hair loss, pattern baldness, is affected by genetics.
Myth: Styling your hair can lead to hair loss.
Using heating tools, such as styling wands or blow dryers, can damage or burn your hair. A common sign of this is shedding, but the hair normally grows back.
Myth: Menthol shampoos can treat hair loss.
Menthol shampoo can boost hair health, such as improving circulation-boosting properties, not to mention it has a great smell. However, it hasn’t been proven that these shampoos prevent or treat hair loss. If you’re concerned about hair loss, there are specialized shampoos to prevent hair loss available to you.
Thinning and balding can make you start to worry and wonder what you can do to stop or prevent it. However, hair loss myths are just that. If you’re worried about hair loss, schedule a consultation with the hair loss experts at Northwest Hair Restoration for a precise diagnosis and custom-made hair loss treatment program for you.
The experts at Northwest Hair Restoration are highly qualified in a variety of procedures and will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. Brush those bad hair days away once and for all; call (253) 572-2949.