While we search for the right hair loss treatment, it’s easy to theorize on what causes hair loss and how to slow down the hair loss. With this there are a number of misconceptions and what I’d like to do here is put to rest some of the more commonly held one’s.
Q: Cutting or shaving my hair will make it grow back thicker and faster.
A: The simple answer this this is no. There are things that you hair stylist may be able to do to make it appear thicker or to camouflage the problem but shaving your head will not affect it’s rate of growth.
Q: Does blow drying my hair cause hair loss?
A: No, it doesn’t cause it but go should always be careful when applying direct heat to you hair and scalp. The greater likelihood is that you may damage the hair itself as opposed to increasing the rate of hair loss. Over doing it and continually pulling the hair is clearly not good as you will ultimately damage the follicles but blow drying as a cause for hair loss – no.
Q: Baldness usually comes from the mother’s side of the family.
A: Interesting question. The genetic of hair loss is fascinating in that there is no straight forward answer to this. For example, it can sometimes skip a generation but certainly it’s worth looking at your Dad, Uncles and Brothers to see what the general trend has been. The maternal genes are slightly more influential but the truth is that it is complex and not as simple as whether there is a greater incidence of baldness on one side of the family or the other.
It is true to say however, that if there is a history of baldness in the family, the likelihood is that you may also be affected by it.
Q: If you color your hair it will fall out faster.
A: Certainly if you are coloring your hair, you are applying chemicals that may be abrasive and damaging to the hair itself. If you are intensively coloring your hair with the like of bleach or peroxide, common sense would suggest that this is not going to have a positive effect on your hair. But the hair follicles are more robust than you may think but choose the product you use carefully and follow the instructions for use to the letter.
Q: Braiding speeds hair loss.
A: Interesting again and on balance I would say that braiding is not good and should be avoided. With braiding and even tight ponytails, you are putting a real strain on the hair follicles. Prolonged tension is not good for your hair.
In short the answer is clear. Don’t spend time worrying about what are basically “old wives tales” or listening to this theory or that theory, seek professional advice from you doctor or pharmacist. But also, and this is important, take good care of your health in general.