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In this video we will we be exposing the top 5 most popular hair loss myths. Stay tuned to find out these myths that you might still believe!
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So let’s not waste any time. Most popular hair myths that simply not true:
1. Hair loss is a problem for men only. Guys as a society we associate hair loss with men, but when it comes to women the numbers don’t lie, and the numbers are brutal. Up to 40% of women that make it to the age of 70 will experience some degree of hair loss in their life. Many of these will suffer from a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome, with hair loss as one of the hallmark symptoms. Others will develop hair loss as they age, and particularly when they hit the menopause. True, this 40% figure is less than the approximately 80% of men who will deal with hair loss at some point in their life, but it dispels the myth that hair loss is an exclusively male problem.
But how could we be so blind to this reality? Well, it could be for a number of reasons, not least of which is that unlike men, women rarely go completely bald. Women are also far more likely to seek help at the first signs of hair loss, and they’re also more likely to wear wigs and other hairpieces to camouflage the hair loss, thus masking the true extent of the problem.
2. Wearing a hat will make you go bald. Simply not true. Hair follicles get their oxygen from the blood, not the air in the atmosphere. Now it is true that wearing a head garment or accessory very tightly can, over the course of many years, lead to a condition known as traction alopecia. In traction alopecia the hair follicle becomes miniaturized and the hair simply falls off from the prolonged mechanical pressure. But guys, we are talking about things like very tight turbans you will see sheiks wear, not ordinary hats. So rest assured, you can wear your baseball cap all day long, even while you’re sleeping, and nothing will happen to your hair. I promise.
3. You inherit hair loss from your mother’s side of the family. First things first: it is true that you inherit a genetic susceptibility to developing male pattern baldness, and that this may account for as much as 80% of your overall susceptibility. But the pattern of inheritance is what scientists call polygenic inheritance. This means that there are numerous genes that collectively predispose a man to developing androgenetic alopecia, and no, they do not need to come from the maternal grandfather. The genes can be inherited from either side of the family. For example a recent study in Australia examined the frequency of baldness in the fathers of balding men and found that more than 4 in 5 of balding sons had a father who also showed significant balding. Hardly a condition that can be said to be inherited from the mother’s side of the family. You can find the link to this study in the description below.
4. Transplanted hair will never fall out. Guys if you are considering having, or have recently had a transplant, I hate to break it to you, but this is a myth. True, this myth was once scientific doctrine, but as with everything else in this world, the science has also moved on. So transplanted hair, far from being immune to miniaturization as the per the classical principle of “donor dominance” is very susceptible to hair loss, though not as much as the other hairs on your scalp. This is now common knowledge among transplant surgeons and researchers, which is why your transplant surgeon will more than likely insist – and I mean absolutely insist – that you take finasteride or minoxidil to preserve the transplant gains. Just look at these pictures of Wayne Roone after he had his transplant in 2012 and more recently, in 2016.
Guys these photos show why it is generally a bad idea to get a transplant at an early age like your 20s or even early 30s, before the male pattern baldness has had a chance to stabilize. And if you do get a transplant at such a young age, make sure to stick to a proven hair loss prevention program during and after the procedure. Otherwise you might find yourself returning to the surgeon’s office for a second procedure very quickly.
5. Once you have started to go bald, there is nothing you can do about it.
This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.