Most women who are older than 20 say their main worry is losing hair.
There can be dozens of reasons to explain why there's more hair clogging up your bathtub and accumulating on your hairbrush, but there's also dozens of reasons you firmly believe in to be contributing to your hair loss that have no basis in fact.
Here are five myths about hair loss that you should make a habit to forget.
1. Wearing a hat will significantly contribute to hair loss.
There's a common misconception that hair needs to breathe. In fact, the root of the hair, which is the only part that's alive, get its oxygen from the blood in the scalp.
2. The hair products you use is the main contributing factor to balding.
Hair color, teasing, perm solutions, hair spray, over-conditioning, blow drying are always attributed to hair loss, but the worst they can do is tear or cause breakage.
3. If you consume a lot of vitamins and minerals your hair loss problem will be cured.
It's more about the correct intake than overdosing on something you only speculate to increase your hair growth.
4. Cutting your hair will make the hair grow faster and create more hair, and brushing your hair several times a day will increase hair growth.
This is what your hair dresser tells you so that you come back for a touch-up next month. It really has no basis in fact because hair growth mainly depends on nutrition and genetics. Also, over-brushing can cause breakage.
5. The chemicals released when you have sex improves hair growth.
I don't know who started this rumor, but it has absolutely no basis in fact.
Here are five facts about hair loss that have been scientifically looked into.
1. Consuming too much Vitamin A.
According to the Academy of Dermatology, the average adult should be consuming no more than 1.5mg of vitamin A each day. Vitamin A is great for your immune system and your vision, but taking a high dose may be a contributing factor to your hair loss.
2. Stress and/or anxiety.
Stress is the mother of all illnesses. If you went through a time of high stress or anxiety at some point in your life, studies suggest that a few months after the peak of your stress, you'll notice rapid hair loss. This happens because strong emotions can cause your follicles to go into a resting phase.
Blood thinners, blood pressure-lowering drugs, ibuprofen, and anti-depressants have been found to trigger hair loss. Consult with your doctor whether the medication you are taking is affecting your hair health.
4. A vegan diet
A more vegetable-based diet should mean that you're getting a lot of essential nutrients that increase your hair growth, but you're probably missing the most vital nutrient of all: iron. Experts have expressed that iron deficiency is a major factor in hair loss.
Before you start pointing fingers at mom or dad, keep in mind that it's a combination of both your parents genetics that influences how much hair you lose.
Do you have any tips on how to increase hair growth? Let us know!