The statistics can be staggering… more than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 are experiencing some form of hair loss, making the hair loss industry worth more than 3.5 billion dollars.
And while many of the creams or treatments that are currently out there for hair loss that don’t work, it is hard to determine what is a fact and what is a myth when it comes to hair loss.
MYTH: Hair restoration never looks natural. There are plenty of great hair restoration techniques out there, compared to years ago when the hair restoration process was more noticeable than present day.
MYTH: Baldness comes from your Mother’s side. Your “hair future” is actually determined from both sides of your family and you are more likely to have a mix of your parent’s hair genes.
MYTH: Pull out a grey hair and three more will grow in its place. Repeatedly pulling out hairs can cause traction alopecia, where the trauma of plucking hairs can actually scar the hair follicle to the degree where it will no longer produce hair. So pulling them out on a regular basis can actually make your hair go away for good.
FACT: Mistreating your hair can cause hair loss. Overworking your hair can damage your hair, make it weak and break easily. Hair troubles can be caused by aggressive brushing, back combing, dying and straightening. Shampoos and even too much UV exposure can also damage hair.
FACT: Propecia works. The majority of hair loss falls into the category of male-pattern baldness. This inherited condition makes a man’s hair follicles stop producing hair in reaction to hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Propecia blocks an enzyme that would otherwise turn testosterone to DHT, although it has to be taken every day and may take up to three months to see any noticeable changes.