I don`t know about you, but when I started copying about hair loss for multiple hair-transplant clinics I couldn`t believe how much bullshit I thought was true about hair loss and hair care in general.
It`s confusing how much you think you know about something only to find you just as ignorant as Adam Sandler in Click
(I hate that movie).
So, to cut it short, the following are the 10 hair myths most people believe are true..
Myth #1: Mom is the one responsible for your hair loss
Until recent times, many people believed they get the baldness gene from their mothers.
Personally I`d like to believe it`s true since mom`s family has awesome hair, but it`s not true, at least for men.
The chromosomes that cause baldness are non-sex related which means that any parent can contribute to your hair`s health.
But what about women?
Most women inherit their balding pattern from mom`s side. This won`t matter on the short term since baldness rarely hit women before reaching sixty.
However, your mom, and her mom`s hair will tell you a lot about how your hair will look twenty, thirty or forty years from now.
Myth #2: Hats will make you lose hair
I don`t know what makes someone with good hair wears a hat, but people have their own taste so I`ll mind my business..
However, it`s still a myth to believe wearing hats will make you bald.
Many men panic when they see hair remains inside their hats. You come home at night, and as you throw the hat on the nightstand, you see some hair in it, then:
Oh, shit. I`m getting bald
But it`s not the reason. It`s wrong to believe hats will choke your scalp to death.
Because the hair follicles you have get their oxygen supply from your bloodstream.
You can wear a hat all day or even sleep with it…And it won`t do you a thing except for grease, and bad smell if you don`t shower frequently.
(Please don`t that).
Myth #3: Brush, don`t comb
Unless you`re using a knife, or a narrow-tooth comb, neither combing nor brushing will hurt your hair.
(Make sure you don`t comb against your hair though).
The hair falling on your comb is similar to the ones in your bathtub….
It`s part of the nature of your hair.
The hair you pull will grow back again and brushing neither will cure baldness nor trigger it.
The only thing to avoid is brushing aggressively because it can damage the roots or cuticles buried deep inside your head.
Myth #4: Pluck One Gray Hair and Two More Will Grow
This is borderline absurd.
Hair`s natural color is white and gets its new color through a pigment named melanin. When hair follicles stop producing this melanin, your hair turns grey.
It`s very rare – and on very specific occasions – that two hairs grow in the same spot. And it`s not because you pluck.
Myth #5: Too Much Sun Exposure Can Cause Baldness
Though long exposure to sunlight can dry your hair and give you split ends, direct sunlight won`t make you lose your hair.
Myth #6: Massage Your Scalp And Hair Will Grow Again
There is a whole industry based on hair/scalp massage and how it causes hair to grow again.
Some people believe hair falls because of clogged pores on the scalp.
As if hair is trying to push its way out but it can`t.
This is total nonsense.
Though massaging with certain types of oils like rosemary, lavender and thyme has proven to protect hair, and delay hair loss in some cases. No massaging technique can bring your hair back once you lose it.
You already do it each day when you shampoo it and nothing happens. In fact, too much massaging can hurt you even more as it can hurt your scalp and damage the hair,
Myth #7: Some vitamins can make hair grow
Some vitamins, like Vitamin D, can benefit the health of your hair on the long term, but no. They can`t grow lost hair.
Scientists haven`t discovered any vitamin – so far – that makes hair grow naturally.
Myth #8: Too Much Stress Will Make You Bold
But not all types of stress will do that.
Studies show that only severe, traumatic stress that will cause hair to fall. And it`s only temporarily until the situation is handled and stress is reduced.
Having to work Friday night because you have too many stuff to do won`t make you bald,
neither your bar exam.
Only situations like divorce or the death of a loved one can affect the health of your hair.
(And again, it`s temporary.)
Myth #9: Shave, and the Hair Will Grow
All you need is a sharp razor, some guts and your hair will grow quicker….
It is myth that all men believe is true. I had a friend who shaved his hair every 2-3 weeks because someone told him it works.
He believed that scratchy feeling he got when passing fingers over his nearly-bald head was a sign his hair is getting thicker.
But again: not true.
The truth is cutting hair won`t make it grow faster. The only benefit of cutting is for women with split hair or frayed ends. In that case, you cut it to make it look fuller.
Myth #10: Frequent Shampooing Causes Hair Loss
Don`t wash your hair every day, or you will lose it….. The myth of all myths
I don`t know who came with this idea but it`s stingy. Especially when you just worked out and your hair is sweaty but you don`t want to shampoo.
The reason this myth is so common is because you replace around 100 hairs every day.
So when you shower, look at the drain and see some a block of wet hair in front of you, you panic, and blame it on your shampoo.
Surprisingly most people don`t know that these 100 ol` guys are replaced by new hair. So they panic because.., well, who doesn`t panic.
Hair loss is so subtle than this, it`s like white walkers attacking Castle Black…..
You won`t see them coming until they`re knocking your door.
The only thing that should concern you with this hair-bathtub phenomenon is when the amount of hair in your shower drain is above normal.
If it falls with a fast rate, then winter is probably coming and you have to take care, Jon Snow.