Hair loss is a common and frustrating problem that is very damaging to the self-esteem and confidence of those that suffer from it. Hair loss affects the lives of millions of people worldwide on a daily basis. Although we have many safe and effective treatment options available today, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions that keep people from seeking treatment. We are here today to dispel some of those myths and offer tips to help you feel more confident in seeking the treatment you deserve.
Hair Loss Myths
Myth #1- Hair Loss Only Happens Over Age 50. This is a myth that has left many confused and worried when they started noticing hair loss when they were young. The fact is that a lot of men with male pattern baldness start experiencing hair loss before the age of 35. The age at which hair loss begins is different from person to person. So if you’re starting to notice your hair isn’t as thick as it once was, now is the time to take action to prevent it from getting worse. The sooner you begin treatment for hair loss the better your results will be.
Myth #2- Women Don’t Suffer From Hair Loss. Many people are under the impression that women don’t suffer from hair loss, but there are around 40 million women in the US alone that would disagree. It is true that hair loss is a little more common among men, and thinning hair is a common problem for women as well. While this is not always the case, women usually experience hair loss that is spread more evenly across the scalp which can make it a little harder to identify until the condition is more advanced. So if you’re a woman that suspects your hair is thinning, don’t wait to seek treatment.
Myth #3- Hair Loss Treatments Are Ineffective. While there have been, and probably still are, some questionable treatments out there, modern hair loss treatments are very effective. Low-Level Laser Light Therapy has been proven to stop the progression of hair loss in 97% of people treated. And one study showed that participants treated with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy experienced an average of 31% increase in the number of actively growing hair follicles in just 3 months.
Myth #4- Hair Transplants and Hair Replacements Look Fake and Unnatural. This myth may have been true in the past, but it isn’t any longer. Advancements in technology have made hair transplants and hair replacements look so natural that they are undetectable, even to those closest to you. Today’s hair transplants involve moving 1-3 hairs at a time rather than the larger obvious hair plugs of the past. And modern hair replacements are custom-made for a perfect fit and completely natural look.
The Top Do’s and Don’t Do’s of Hair Loss
Do- Be careful with DIY hair loss products. It’s important to have the cause of your hair loss diagnosed before considering any hair loss treatment. Using the wrong products could do more harm than good if it’s not right for the kind of hair loss you have.
Do- Eat well. Without the proper nutrients, your hair cannot grow, and certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been proven to contribute to hair loss. So do eat a well-balanced diet to help keep your hair as healthy as possible.
Do- Reduce Stress. Stress affects every function in the body. One type of hair loss is caused completely by stress, either physical or emotional. It causes your hair follicles to enter their resting phase until the stress has passed. So we know that stress directly affects the hair follicles and hair growth.
Do- Keep your hair short. The longer your hair is the more it will accentuate how thin or thick your hair is. In the case of thinning hair, shorter lengths make it easier to blend in any thinner spots and make our hair look more full.
Do- Dry gently. Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel creates friction that can damage and break off hair. Instead, gently blot your hair to remove excess water without losing even more hair.
Don’t- Avoid washing your hair. Shampooing your hair won’t cause it to fall out. The hair you “lose” in the shower is simply a buildup of already-shed hairs that were just hanging out waiting to be brushed away. The shampoo didn’t cause them to shed. Shampooing a couple of times per week and following with a high-quality strengthening conditioner is a good hair-washing regime for most people.
Don’t- Ignore it. Most forms of hair loss will not resolve on their own and will only continue to worsen over time. So don’t ignore the problem and pretend it isn’t happening. Seek treatment as soon as you notice your hair thinning.
Don’t- Style your hair excessively. Heat damage can cause hair to break, and styling product buildup can clog hair follicles and irritate the scalp causing inflammation and dry scalp that interferes with hair growth.
Don’t- Panic. Thinning hair doesn’t mean that you’ll never have a gorgeous full head of healthy hair again. There is hope for hair loss at the Hair Restoration Institute of DFW!
If you’ve noticed your hair isn’t as full and thick as it once was, contact the hair loss professionals at the Hair Restoration Institute right away. We will make a full assessment of your stage and type of hair loss and develop a customized plan to give you back a full, healthy-looking head of hair. You can find us at 1201 West Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas, or call 817-854-HAIR (4247) for a complimentary consultation.