Hair fall is a common issue, equally affecting men and women. And both men and women have agreed that hair loss affects not just their looks but their self confidence. There are dozens of myths surrounding hair loss, which often detract people as they begin their search for an effective treatment. Here we will share with you 5 things you didn’t know about hair fall. Know them to differentiate between myths and facts about hair fall.
This is most common misconception regarding hair fall. People relate hair loss with old age and sit relaxed, thinking there is still long time before the hair fall process will start. But remember, age is just one of many factors that can trigger hair loss. Other common factors include genetics, hormones, sun exposure, harsh weather, stress, anxiety and numerous treatments and medical conditions. An increasing number of young people are struggling with hair loss problem nowadays, either due to these factors or due to Androgenic Alopecia – Male Pattern Baldness.
Another misconception that needs to be clarified is the number of hairs lost daily under normal circumstances. Many people think that if you don’t have any problem with your hair health, you just lose a few hairs a day. But this is not correct. Even a healthy person loses up to a hundred strands of hair a day. This is because existing hair fall to give way to new hair and this is part of normal hair growth cycle. The hair follicles in Telogen phase shed hairs daily to allow new hair grow from the follicles in anagen phase.
This is true! Men are at a greater risk to shed hair as compared to women, courtesy their genetic composition and hormonal structure. One of the major causes of hair loss is higher levels of testosterone, a male reproductive hormone. This hormone converts into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which starts attacking hair follicles in specific areas of the scalp – the frontal region between temples and the crown area. But this should not mean women are safe! A recent study has shown that over 40% of women suffer from female pattern baldness at some stage in their lifetime, as compared to 70% in men.
This is just a myth! Hair loss after having a baby is quite common but this should not conclude that every woman loses hair childbirth. A study has found that 50% of the women lose hair 3 to 4 months after delivery and this is due to hormonal fluctuations.
This is again a false statement. Grey hairs are just as strong and healthy as pigmented ones. They are grey not because they have gone dead, but because their follicles have stopped forming melanin – natural pigment that adds color to your hair and skin.
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