Are you worried about hair loss? You should be. According to research, 40% of women suffer from thinning and hair loss by the age of 50, and even more by the age of 80. It’s pretty frightening to think about. The good news is that there are ways to prevent it, but you need to be wary of certain “facts” about thinning and hair loss if you want to go about it the right way. There are many lies out there concerning this issue (some good, some bad). We’re here to clear everything up for you.
Lie #1: Hair loss is a result of aging.
Most people know that it’s healthy to lose some hair – up to 100 strands – every day, and they don’t consider it an issue until the years start creeping up on them. Unfortunately, with unlucky genes, you can fall victim to chronic hair loss as early as your adolescence. If you feel that you are losing more hair than is healthy, you should consult a doctor and start treating it immediately.
Lie #2: If your parents suffered from hair loss, you’re doomed.
Just because your parents or grandparents dealt with hair loss doesn’t mean you will, too. The fact that hair loss is poly-genetic means you are more likely to suffer from it if many people in your family do. However, it isn’t set in stone; there is a chance those “bad genes” will skip you, and you will be unaffected.
Lie #3: Shampoo is the enemy.
While too much shampooing can cause frizz – and, as a result, some bad hair days (check out this ARTICLE to learn how to combat frizz) – it will not cause hair loss. Hair falls out when showering either because you pulled it loose from brushing (never a good idea when your hair is wet) or because their natural cycle came to an end, the water removing them from your scalp. While shampoo is nothing to worry about when it comes to hair loss, certain types of shampoos can promote thicker, healthier hair such as Snobgirls Normadense Prowash. This is a sulfate-free cleansing treatment that instantly thickens hair while purifying and protecting the scalp. It also reduces the scalps concentration of DHT which is a key contributor to hair loss.
Lie #4: Your hormones are the culprit.
While hormones can cause hair loss, they are probably not the central cause. A more likely issue is your follicles which are affected by exposure to androgens. The more sensitive your follicles, the more likely you are to be a victim of hair loss. Trying speaking with your doctor about treatments that won’t affect your hormones, such as minoxidil.
Lie #5: The only solution is minoxidil.
Although minoxidil is a good option in helping hair recover from thinning, topical treatments such as this may cause facial hair growth if you are particularly prone to it. Luckily, there are alternatives such as low-light therapy which is also proven to help hair regrow. However, if you are looking for something less pricey, try PRAVANA's Nevo 60 Second Deep Treatment. This powerful formula provides direct scalp and root stimulation for hair that looks and feels thicker and denser.
Lie #6: Birth control is to blame.
Again, this one can be a problem, but only if you have very sensitive follicles. Avoid birth control that contains a lot of progesterone since this hormone transforms into androgen. There are also progestins that do not affect androgen levels which you may consider when choosing a birth control as well.
Lie #7: You are losing hair because of stress.
There are some situations that will cause so much stress, they will create a shock to your system. The result is that the roots of your hair will push into their “resting state” prematurely. This is called telogen effluvium and it will result in the loss of noticeably large clumps of hair. The good news is that this is not a result of common stressors (like running late for work), but for big shocks like a serious illness or giving birth. So, you don’t have to worry about a bad day at the office making you go bald.
Lie #8: The answer is supplements.
The better you take care of yourself, the healthier you and your hair will be. Vitamins can help with this, but there is no magic pill that will cure your hair-loss woes. Be aware of the nutrients you are putting into your body, but do not be fooled by infomercials!