Some common myths about hair loss and its treatment are explained below:
- Cutting/trimming every two months will make hair grow longer and thicker: This is a very common misconception about scalp hair. Most people think that the hair growth and loss pattern is same on every part of the human body, including the human scalp. But this belief is incorrect. In fact, the facial hair and body hair of males tends to grow thicker every time it is cut or shaved. This is not the case with scalp hair, which shows a completely opposite effect on excessive trimming and cutting.
- Blow-drying the hair can cause hair loss: Actually, blow-drying is often used as a hair loss remedy for dull hair to make it shiny and bouncy. Blow-drying does not damage the hair, except when it is aimed too closely at the root or hair follicles. This may result in drying up of the follicles, causing them to weaken and making them prone to breakage.
- Hair loss is inherited from the maternal side of the family: This is a common misconception about hair loss in men. In reality, having a hair loss trait on either side of the family can make a person predisposed to hair loss. It does not matter whether it is the paternal or maternal side of the family. There is a good chance that this hair loss trait may skip a whole generation. Even people without any known family traits of hair loss have suffered from excessive hair loss.
- Brushing your hair 100 times a day can stop hair loss: Among a number of home cures and homemade remedies of hair loss treatment, this is a questionable practice. Brushing hair excessively not only uproots many of the hair follicles but also coarsens it. This causes hair loss in men as well as in women.
- Once the hair is lost, it is not possible for it to grow back: There are various conditions of hair loss, such as alopecia areata, which are nonscarring and which leave the hair follicles intact. This allows for regrowth of the same hair follicle in men with hair loss.
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