The prerequisite to successfully managing hair loss is acquiring the correct information about this medical disorder. The need to gather knowledge about hair loss when you are on the brink of balding cannot simply be stressed enough. Lack of knowledge can put your entire hair loss treatment off track and put you in a situation where you are splashing out cash on remedies that are actually worsening your hair loss situation. Gaining knowledge about hair loss is much easier said than done. The internet is filled with countless websites that speak in great or shallow detail about hair loss. There are plenty of scam websites out there which intentionally feed you incorrect information in order to get you more inclined towards buying a specific product. Often times, people tend to exploit the female consumers of hair loss products. It is quite easy to deceive the women due to the lack of educational materials on women’s hair loss.
Sometimes, the best way to learn is to unlearn a few false things that you have been taught. In other words, before you can become familiar with the correct information on hair loss, it is important for you to delete the faulty information that you have been fed with all this while. The simplest and most exciting way of unlearning is to debunk a few ridiculous myths that have found a home in various so called hair loss information websites. The following is a list of four such myths. You may or may not have heard of them before, but know that all of them are nothing but false information that is being spread around for all the wrong reasons.
1) You Should Pluck Out Gray Hairs In Order to Grow More Hair in that Region of the Scalp
As ridiculous as this statement sounds, you will be surprised to know the number of people who actually believe in this phony argument. Plucking out gray hair has absolutely nothing to do with the re-growth of new hair. If anything, it will leave you bald as you keep plucking out whatever hair is remaining on your head (assuming that you are already experiencing significant hair loss). In fact, plucking out hair might actually make you prone to a condition called trichotillomania. This is a condition where a person develops an obsessive compulsion to pluck out his or her hair. There are plenty of women and young girls who have fallen prey to trichotillomania. You surely do not want to be next in line.
2) Losing 100 Hair Strands Per Day is a Sign of Balding
To know why this is a myth that deserves to be debunked, you need to first understand the difference between hair shedding and hair loss. Hair shedding is a very common phenomenon that takes place nearly all the time in your body. It is the simple process of your hair falling out of the scalp. It is natural for the hair to leave the scalp once it is at the end of its lifecycle. Hair shedding is nothing to be concerned about as it does not change the overall volume of your hair. Hair loss on the other hand is the result of excessive hair shedding (when hair falling out exceeds hair growing on the scalp). This is something that should genuinely worry you. There is nothing wrong in losing 100 hair strands a day. In fact, a person can lose between 100 to 150 hair strands and still not suffer from any kind of hair loss or alopecia. Also, we advise you to stop counting your hair frantically. This will only elevate your stress levels and increase your chances of experiencing significant hair loss.
3) Brush Your Hair, Do Not Comb It
Some so called experts on hair care and hair loss often put forward the argument that brushing the hair is a better alternative to combing it as it somehow stimulates the growth of your hair follicles. Reading this statement should have made your realize how feeble and ridiculous the reasoning behind those words is. Brushing or combing your hair normally will neither make you lose your hair, nor will it make you re-grow your hair.
4) DHT Is the Only Hormone That Causes Hair Loss in Women
This is completely incorrect. DHT is not nearly as harmful for women as they are for men. Although the over production of DHT is still considered to be the leading cause of hair loss in women, it is by no means the ONLY cause of hair loss. Other factors such as excess estrogen, nutritional deficiencies, diseases, scalp infections, psychological disorders and cancer therapies can all play a major role in a woman’s hair loss. Putting all the blame on DHT is quite a silly thing to do and will narrow down your hair loss treatment options.