Hair loss affects most men sooner or later, so it is natural to worry about whether it will happen to your or, if it has already started, what you can do to slow the process.
Unsurprisingly for such a common problem, old wives tales abound. But never fear, we are here to bust those myths, and help you emerge from the dark ages of hair loss.
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Cutting your hair helps combat hair loss.
FALSE. Your hair is not a plant, and pruning it will not make it grow back bushier.
Men with thinning hair have more testosterone.
FALSE. Male pattern baldness is not caused by particularly high levels of testosterone. Rather, it is caused by hair follicles becoming extra-sensitive to a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced by testosterone.
Wearing hats causes hair loss.
FALSE. You can wear your hat 24/7 and, unless it’s so tight it’s actually pulling your hair out, it shouldn’t cause any hair loss at all.
Standing on your head is a cure for hair loss.
FALSE. Increasing blood circulation in your head will not affect hair loss, as circulation has nothing to do with it.
Washing your hair often causes hair loss.
FALSE. Normal shampoos only remove hair that has already fallen out.
Having lots of sex causes baldness.
FALSE. There is no proven link between having lots of sex and hair loss.
Blow drying your hair causes hair loss.
FALSE. Well, blow drying can burn or damage your hair, but it will start growing back immediately. Blow drying won’t cause permanent hair loss.
Hair loss is inherited from your mother
FALSE. Male pattern baldness is indeed a hereditary condition, but it can come from either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family.
Hair loss stops when you get older.
FALSE. When hair loss starts, it usually continues for the rest of a person’s life. However, the rate at which you lose your hair might change.
There is no cure for baldness.
FALSE. Well, there is no ‘miracle cure’, but hair loss can be effectively treated with prescription medicines, such as Propecia and generic Finasteride, or with over-the-counter medicines. Click on the link below for more information.
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