It’s easy to get carried away with what you read on the internet, but be careful with what you believe. Here are the top five hair myths with the uncovered truth.
Myth 1: Wearing a tight cap too often will make you bald.
The reasoning behind this myth is that wearing a tight hat or a baseball cap would deprive the scalp of the proper air circulation, which would cause excessive sweating and clogging of the pores. Clogged pores are said to cause hair growth to slow down or even stop. This is false. There are no atmospheric requirements for hair growth. Hair can be damaged from excessive touching, brushing or rubbing, but that damages the hair. It does not affect the hair roots from growing hair.
Myth 2: Massaging the scalp will help hair grow.
Here is another myth that stems from the theory that hair loss is due to poor circulation. The theory is that massaging the scalp will improve blood flow, and therefore lead to more nutrition to the hair follicles. You can give yourself as many head massage as you want but it will be ineffective for hair growth. The truth is, bald or not, there is no significant difference in scalp circulation.
Myth 3: Styling products and color treatment will cause hair loss.
There is no truth that hair sprays, perm solutions, or coloring result in hair loss. These applications may cause damage to the hair strands, but no damage is done to the hair follicles underneath the skin. Excessive damage to the hair strands from perming, coloring, and use of hair products can lead to unhealthy brittle hair, which can cause hair to break. However, the all important follicles are still intact, so the hair can grow hair.
Myth 4: Lack of vitamins or minerals in the diet can cause hair loss.
There is some truth behind this myth. Vitamin deficiency can lead to hair loss, but this results in an even distribution of hair loss all over the head. You can take vitamin supplements for your overall health, but it would not help stop the receding hairline and bald spot. Hair loss is based on genetic heredity.
Myth 5: My father has hair, I will be fine.
Many men believe that if their father did not suffer hair loss then they will also keep a good head of hair. Genetic hair loss, also known as androgenetic alopecia, is caused by a genetic combination determined by both sides of the family tree, and just because a person has the genes for baldness, does not necessarily mean the trait will appear. Gene expression is most oftentimes related to a number of other factors, such as age, hormone levels, stress, etc. There are also some studies that show that people with more agressive forms of androgenetic hair loss are prone to developing risks with prostate cancer. So if you are suffering from male-pattern baldness, it’s best that you find an experienced dermatologist in hair restoration to go over the options for you.