Why are you losing your hair? What can you do to get your hair to grow? For many people, hair loss happens for a specific reason. It may be because there is a sudden change in health and wellbeing – such as the onset of illness or injury. It could be due to a hormonal imbalance. Even stress or a poor diet can be a cause of hair loss.
Yet, there are a lot of misconceptions about what causes hair loss and how to fix it. If you are experiencing significant hair loss, turn to a hair professional and your doctor to determine what the underlying cause is.
Let’s look at some of the most common myths associated with hair loss.
Myth #1: Hair Loss Is Permanent
Simply, this is not true in many cases. There are some forms of hair loss that cannot be reversed. In these cases, the hair follicle is damaged so much so that it cannot produce hair again. However, many types of hair loss can be reversed by determining what the underlying cause of the hair loss is and then correcting it if possible. For example, if you’ve experienced significant trauma, it may be possible to reverse that hair loss by reducing the amount of stress present. Over time, the hair will grow back. If you experienced hair shedding after having a baby, chances are good that your hair will start growing again in 3 to 4 months after the hair shed.
Myth #2: Hair Loss Only Happens to Men
It is a common misconception that losing your hair does not happen if you are a woman. The fact is, both men and women experience hair loss. It is estimated that 30 million women in the United States have thinning hair or hair loss.
However, most women suffer from hair loss in a different way than men. Male pattern baldness often happens at the top of the head. The hairline begins to recede, leading to balding. Women tend to have hair thinning that occurs more evenly across the scalp.
Myth #3: Washing Your Hair Too Much Causes Hair Loss
It is not likely that hair loss you may have is being caused by the onset of hair washing frequently. In most cases, there is something else that is causing your hair loss. Washing your hair and the use of shampoo or conditioner will not affect the overall growth of your hair, nor will it cause hair loss.
What may be happening is that if you are washing your hair more often, you may be noticing more hair shedding during that time. That does not mean you are pulling more hair out. That hair probably would have fallen out otherwise. Now, if you are pulling on it hard, wearing it in tight ponytails or otherwise being abrasive, that could be the cause of a form of hair loss called traction alopecia.
Myth #4: Vitamins Will Promote Hair Growth
It is true that your hair needs some vitamins and nutrients to grow and thrive. However, vitamins are not all that you need. You also need to balance hormones. To promote your growth, improve your diet. Minimize stress. Take other steps that will ultimately impact what is causing your hair to grow in slowly. Vitamins alone will not speed up your hair growth. More so, it is not possible to speed up your hair growth faster than what your body is genetically designed to do.
Myth #5: Frequent Hair Cuts Lead to Faster Growth
No, this does not happen either. No matter how often you get your hair cut, it will not grow back at a faster rate. No matter how much hair you have cut at a time, it will not increase or slow down your hair growth. The two things have nothing to do with your hair’s growth cycle.
If you are unsure why you are losing hair, take action. Do not ignore what is occurring because new hair loss, especially if it is substantial, could be an indication of another health problem. Seek out care from your doctor to find out what may be going on to help minimize the risk of complications to your health overall. Most people will learn what’s happening and be able to correct it.
If you are experiencing hair loss or thinning hair, contact the team at Unique Hair Concepts for a complimentary, private hair and scalp analysis.