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Hair Loss Myths RevealedSince the world exists, hair is a symbol of youth, power and virility. In fact, we often say that abundant hair is priceless. It is thus not surprising that, for the common human being, the idea to lose its hair can be disappointing. Not such a long time ago, we knew few things about hair loss. This phenomenon thus gave birth to many myths. Here we will try to demystify those myths.
The myths and the realities
Myth 1: The hair loss is carried out in a random way.
Reality: False. Hair loss related to androgenic alopecia, the most current baldness form, progresses in a foreseeable way. Thus, women presents a general thinning on the top of the head, while for men, edges moves away gradually from the face until taking the shape of Mr. If baldness continues, hair on the top of the head are also likely to fall.
Myth 2: Losing hair can start at any age.
Reality: In general, hair loss starts only after puberty. For men, 95% hair loss cases are ascribable to hereditary phenomenon named “androgenic alopecia” or common baldness. At 50 years age, half men present a certain degree of baldness. For woman, hair loss, which is especially observed after the menopause, happen to between 40 and 50% of women.
Myth 3: Bald men are less virile.
Reality: Here is a myth that goes up to thousands of years. Today, the industry continuously publicizes and entertains images of men with hair as tempting, prosperous, strong and powerful.
Although there is not any scientific proof binding baldness and virility, studies show that men bald people are generally less satisfied with their appearance and have the impression to be older than their age.
Myth 4: Hairs don't come back.
Reality: Hairs can grow again depending on what was the origin of baldness. Generally, hairs grow again when hair loss subjacent cause ends: life stressing event, disease like cancer or lupus, recent surgery, infection, drug taking or drugs, deprives nutritive or a too strict diet. However, androgenic alopecia must quickly be treated. The earlier the hair loss is treated, the better the chances of success.
Myth 5: Women do not lose their hair.
Reality: Women lose their hair in the same proportion as men, but usually in a less significant way. Thus, when they reach the menopause, between 40 and 50% present a certain degree of baldness related to androgenic alopecia. Female baldness appears especially on the top head and sides. Hair loss is more diffuse and affect larger area than for men. As oppose to men, women usually do not present empty plates but rather a thinning of the whole hair. Although female baldness can occur as of puberty, it usually appears after the menopause.
Myth 6: To have healthy hair, one must consume alot of protein.
Reality: Although it is made up primarily of proteins, the hair requires, to be in good health, of the same report/ratio of proteins, lipids (fat content), of carbohydrate (sugar), vitamins and minerals that the remainder of the body. Diverse food consumption in sufficient quantity is the key to keep itself in good health and to have healthy appearance hair.
Myth 7: a) If my father loses many hairs, it will be the same for me. b) Baldness is a genetic character transmitted by the mother.
Reality: It is true that the predisposition to baldness is hereditary. However, one can inherit baldness from his father as well as from his mother. It is generally believed that baldness is associated with genes. Moreover, as baldness is a dominating character, people who are born with those genes are likely to present early or late baldness at a certain degree.
Myth 8: The act of shaving and of cutting the hair has consequences on the growth and the texture of the hair.
Reality: Research showed that none of these activities has effect on the growth and texture of the hair.
Myth 9: All men can expect to lose their hair and this is why baldness does not disturb them.
Reality: Studies revealed that baldness is particularly disconcerting for many men. Indeed, a great number of men bald people are concerned by their condition and less at ease in their relations with others and, consequently, feel depressed. Some must even ask for the assistance of a professional to overcome the psychological effects of baldness.
Myth 10: Nothing can be done against hair loss.
Reality: This assertion was true a few years ago. But much progress was accomplished since the fight against baldness. According to the importance of hair loss, a doctor can prescribe different drugs to counter the problem.