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HAIR LOSS FACTS & MYTHS

A person who is experiencing hair loss becomes so concerned and anxious over a period of time that he begins to believe everyone who claims to have a cure to his problem.

The patient suffers more harm than good as a result of this. He is easily swayed by wrong information or the myths spread by others.

Hair loss is one of the most frequent dermatological diseases that can affect anyone.However, there are a lot of opinions, common sayings, and misconceptions about hair loss. It is important to separate the truth from such myths.

 

Facts vs Myths about Hair Loss

 

Myth:Is hair loss inherited from your father's side or mother's side?

Fact:  A common misconception is that hair loss in men is handed down from the mother's side of the family while hair loss in women is passed down from the father's side. However, as per scientific studies and research the truth is that both sides of the family pass down the genes for hair loss. So don’t blame any particular person in your family.

Myth: If you wear a hat or a cap, you will go bald.
Fact: This is nothing but a myth. You can wear a hat 24 hours a day or seven days a week and it will not cause hair loss. The cap would have to be tight enough to pull your hair from the roots in order to cause baldness, which may not be possible.

Myth: Rubbing your nails together causes faster hair growth.
Fact: Your fingernails have no physical effect on hair follicles. The rubbing of the nails increases blood flow to the hair follicle, which strengthens it. However, there is no scientific research or data to show that the method is effective. It can be used in conjunction with other medications and procedures as a supportive treatment.

Myth: Men are more likely to have hair loss than women.
Fact: Hair loss affects both men and women equally. Men's hair thinning begins at the crown and frontal hairline, whereas women's hair thinning begins at the nape of the neck. It is diffused over the entire scalp of women, making it less visible.

Myth: Hair loss is caused by stress.
Fact: One of the most widely held beliefs is that mental stress causes hair loss. However, this is not the case. Excessive stress or trauma, such as a death in the family, an accident, crash dieting, and so on, can lead to temporary hair loss known as 'telogeneffluvium'.

Myth: Changing the shampoo frequently will result in hair loss.
Fact: This is completely false. Unless you choose a shampoo containing harmful chemicals,sticking to one brand of shampoo or change the brand frequently has hardly any effect on hair fall.

Myth: Excessive hair washing can cause hair loss and thinning.
Fact: If you use a mild shampoo recommended by your dermatologist and gently wash your hair, you will not experience hair loss.

Myth: Hair colour causes your hair to thin and finally fall out.
Fact:  Anything used in moderation has no impact on hair growth. Hair nourishment is only affected if harsh chemical-based dyes are used frequently and in large quantities. Before using any cosmetic product, you should visit a dermatologist or look into the product's chemical components.

Myth: For hair loss, home remedies and alternative medication must be used.
Fact: While there are no scientific proofs, traditional home-based treatments frequently cause more damage to the hair. Before attempting any self-treatment, speak with your dermatologist. There is no scientific evidence that any of the home cures promote hair regrowth or prevent hair loss. In addition, certain underlying health disorders that cause hair loss must be treated first in order for future aesthetic treatments to be successful.

Myth: Hair grows faster when you cut.
Fact: Cutting your hair on a regular basis helps to remove split ends, which can improve the appearance of your hair, but it does not promote hair growth. 

Myth: Using cold water to wash your hair prevents hair loss.
Fact: Although cold water aids in blood circulation, frizz prevention and cuticle tightening but it does not prevent hair loss.

Myth: There are numerous medications available in the market that will help you stop hair loss or grow new hair.
Fact: Patients can learn to understand and control their hair loss by learning about the underlying causes of hair loss and approved therapies. If you're looking for a way to help with hair loss, approved drugs are a good option. Finasteride, for example, is approved for men, whereas Minoxidil is available for both men and women. However, it is entirely dependent on how effectively they function for each individual. These over-the-counter drugs have no effect on the hair follicles. Additional medications are suggested to enhance the hair regrowth process once an appropriate hair treatment, such as PRP, is applied to the hair.However, because these medications have side effects, it is not suggested that you take them without consulting your dermatologist.
 

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