How much do we really know about the causes of hair loss? If you were to conduct a general survey in the West, you would find out that most of the people who suffer from hair loss have very limited knowledge about why they are experiencing this problem. It would not be too correct to blame them for their lack of knowledge and information. The internet is filled with educational materials that highlight the various causes of hair loss. Hair loss is not triggered by one or two factors, but is a medical disorder that can stem from a number of different scenarios. For example, hair loss can be the result of a traumatic car accident as well as the result of a poor diet. Is there any relationship between these two aforementioned factors of hair loss? No, there is not.
This is why it can be so confusing for people to differentiate fact from fiction when reading about hair loss causes online or hearing about them from people who seem to “know” a lot about hair loss. If you stay stuck in a state of confusion about your hair loss, then you will never be able to treat it or prevent it in the right way. Seeking correct knowledge is key in solving your hair loss predicament. If you do not have the right information in your head, you might end up making terrible choices that will cost you in the end. When you are suffering from hair loss, you need to learn how to utilize the limited time you have in your hands before you enter the advanced stages of hair loss. Once you are in the severe phases of hair loss, you have very little chance of reviving your beautiful locks of hair.
The following is a set of facts and fiction about the causes of hair loss. Learning how to separate the truth from concocted lies will help you become a smarter hair loss consumer and improve your chances of restricting hair loss.
1) Fact or Fiction: Dandruff can aggravate hair loss in your scalp
Fact. Dandruff can be seen as a result of a fungal infection that goes by the name, Malazzesi Globosa. Trust us when we say this, the long term effects of dandruff are far more repulsive than the sound of Malazzesi Globosa. As a matter of fact, this horribly named fungus resembles yeast and resides on the scalp of most healthy adults. Surprisingly, this fungus usually does not cause too many problems. That being said, once in a blue moon, this fungus decides to go out of control and that is when the dandruff begins to appear. The fungus causes an increase in the number of dead skin cells on the scalp. This causes you to aggressively scratch your scalp to alleviate the itch. As you continue to scratch vigorously, your fingernails damage the cuticular scale. For those of you who are not aware, the cuticular is the protective covering on each and every single hair strand. Once this scale is removed, the hair shaft is weakened and undergoes permanent damage. Eventually, the hair becomes highly vulnerable to breakage and starts falling off the scalp.
2) Fact or Fiction: Prescription Shampoos for Scalp Irritation Lead to Hair Loss
Fiction. Normally, you should not place your trust on shampoos that are made from artificial and synthetic chemicals. Even though the label promises you smooth, silky and shiny hair, these shampoos can turn out to be detrimental for the health of your hair. That being said, you cannot harbour the same judgement when evaluating prescription shampoos for scalp irritation. These shampoos are enriched with all the medications required to alleviate your scalp’s itch without causing any significant damage to your hair. They contain properties that allow them to treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis while cleansing the hair as effectively as a cosmetic shampoo would do. When used in moderated quantities, prescription shampoos can actually be quite helpful in improving the overall health of your hair.
3) Fact or Fiction: Improper Hair Care Can Cause Hair Loss
Fact. There is ground for us to believe that improper hair care could be responsible for all the excessive hair you have shed over the last few weeks, months or even years. It all comes down to physics. For example, if you are tying up your hair in a tight piggy tail, then you are applying an increased force on the ends of your hair. This increases the tension in the hair strands. If you hair quality is poor and if your hair strands are vulnerable to breakage, then such a hairstyle can cause you to lose hair in the long run. You should also avoid using chemicals, such as the ones in dye and in perms, as they are known to weaken your hair roots and shafts.