Hair loss myth-busters
We are sensitive about hair. And why shouldn't we be? The stigma, associated with not having 'proper' hair, cuts through every strata of society; rich or poor; male or female. And like all things sensitive, there is a lot of misconceptions surrounding hair, hair maintenance and hair loss.
Here is just the tip of the iceberg.
Although hair loss can be linked with hereditary traits, it is a fallacy that the genes for hair loss come from the mother's side of the family. You can also blame your father's side for that receding hairline.
If you are losing a lot of hair (over 100 a day; anything less is normal) then also know that shaving will not have any positive effect on your attempt to preserve hair. Experts would say that shaving can only make hair strands thicker, and adds volume to the hair but as far as numbers are concerned – no effect whatsoever!
Use shampoo! It is your saviour in disguise. Hair are categorised into three groups – oily, dry and mixed. The sebaceous glands of the scalp release sebum, an excess of which results in clogged pores. The roots then become weak and the hair eventually falls. It is thus important to clean your hair thoroughly. Just choose the shampoo that suits your hair.
Use conditioner! You've lathered. Rinsed. Repeated. Now, it's time to condition; at least twice a weak. It will not only transform your hair into a stockpile of silkiness but also add to the health of your hair.
Don't fall prey to every fad. Hairstyles that put too much tension on hair as tight plaits, ponytails or winding too lightly on to rollers (especially heated rollers) can cause some hair loss. Blow drying can damage, burn or dry the hair, which can cause it to fall out, but this hair will grow back immediately. It is not considered to be permanent hair loss.
Don't use hair colour. Most hair colouring treatments contain chemicals that, if not properly used, are harmful to hair. However, such dyes don't cause permanent hair loss.
And lastly, Regaine does work. But only if you have healthy hair follicles. Unless the hair has no roots, no strands will sprout.