5 Myths about Baldness

Friday, 10 Dec 2010 11:59 AM

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There are several interesting and intriguing myths about hair loss. These myths about balding have become widespread over the years, though they have no scientific basis.
 
Top five myths about hair loss:
Baldness myths include the top hair loss myths about a form of baldness called male pattern baldness. One baldness myth is that balding is inherited from the mother’s side of the family. However, research indicates that maternal inheritance is not solely responsible for baldness. Both male and female pattern baldness can be inherited from either side of the family. The truth is neither does baldness skip a single generation nor is there one single “hair loss” gene responsible for baldness. Genetic studies reveal that a mix of various genes results in baldness. And these genes originate both from the father and the mother.
 
A myth about hair loss due to vigorous toweling or rubbing is that toweling your hair vigorously causes hair loss. Actually, the truth is that although vigorous toweling may result in hair fall, such hair fall is not irreversible and won’t lead to baldness. Hair loss may happen if you tug at your hair while rubbing it vigorously. Direct exposure to harsh sunlight can result in baldness. There are several natural factors that lead to extensive hair loss. The damaging effects of pollution and smoke are not among the myths about balding.
 
Another of these myths about hair loss claims that a bald adult was also a bald baby. A baby is bald because of inactive hair growth genes. However, on approaching adulthood, normal hair growth is restored. So there is absolutely no link between being bald as a baby and being bald as an adult. People suggest that wearing a hat could also lead to baldness. This is among those few myths about balding that are partly true. Wearing a tight hat or tying your hair into a tight knot could lead to eventual baldness.
 
One of the most interesting baldness cures and myths is that certain exercises help promote hair growth. These exercises involve standing on the head to increase the blood flow to the head. While there is evidence that suggests brushing the hair from root to tip might promote hair growth, hanging upside down does not cure baldness by promoting hair growth. All-natural supplements, multivitamin, and multiminerals tablets that cure baldness are among myths about hair loss treatment. Vitamin and nutrient deficiency has never figured among the top reasons for baldness, and the biological reason of deficiency that explains baldness is a misnomer.
 
The most common one among these myths about hair loss is that frequent haircuts make the hair stronger and enable it to grow faster. If you have split ends, it is highly recommended that you get your hair trimmed regularly. However, there is no basis to suggest that cutting your hair often helps it grow faster. Shorter hair looks thicker because the hair follicles that are healthy and strong give the hair a bouncier and fluffier look. Frequent trips to the parlor include blow-dry sessions. While blow drying the hair may damage hair due to the heat, it does not cause baldness.
The best way to ensure that you maintain your crowning glory is to eat healthy and live healthy.

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