Hair loss is one of the most confounding conditions a woman could ever experience. Women consider their hair as kings consider their crown; an important part of one’s identity, an important part of one’s self. With that in mind, woman may often believe whatever they hear and do whatever they can just to sustain healthy hair.
In most cases when women notice increased hair loss and thinning it can be devastating and affects their emotional state of confidence. However, women should not despair — hair loss can be prevented and stopped once you know what causes it and what you should do.
There is a lot of information that may dispel the “myths” of women’s hair loss but some of these so-called myths do have a basis for truth. I have examined many of these popular “myths” to facilitate a balanced response.
Frequent shampooing contributes to hair loss. It is recommended that extra care should be taken for fragile and thinning hair. These measures include using gentle shampoos, heavily medicated shampoos can affect the scalp. So, it’s not so much how frequently you wash your hair but what you wash your hair with!
100 strokes of the hair brush daily will create healthier hair. Brushing your hair does stimulate the glands on your scalp to produce oil that will keep your hair healthy. However, a hundred brush strokes on thinning and fragile hair will be more devastating than helpful. It is important to look after thinning and fragile hair. Gentle brushing may be sufficient to the condition of your hair as well as separating tangles with your fingers. (Trying to brush out tangles may consequently pull out your hair.)
Standing on one’s head will cause increased circulation and thereby stimulate hair growth. Although poor blood circulation may cause some hair loss, increasing blood circulation, just does not stimulate hair growth either.
Shaving one’s head will cause the hair to grow back thicker. This is just not true. In fact, if you are suffering from androgenetic alopecia, this will actually severely quicken your hair loss.
Hair loss does not occur in the late teens or early twenties. Although reasonable rare this is not true. Alopecia or hair loss may happen to anyone regardless of their age.