THE BALD TRUTH
There are many myths regarding baldness – so before you spend a fortune on some unknown lotion to rub on your scalp, read on:
“TIGHT HATS CAUSE BALDNESS”
Hats can cause hair breakage, but not to the extent of making you bald. The only thing a tight hat is likely to give you is a throbbing headache and, unless the hat’s regularly washed, a scalp infection and greasy hair – all things which are a lot uglier than baldness.
“TOO MUCH HAIR PRODUCT CAN MAKE YOUR HAIR FALL OUT”
Hair gels, sprays, mousse or wax contain no active ingredients to promote baldness (or they’d never have been approved for sale!). So you don’t have to worry about using that spray to hold your style. If you’re still worried, buy styling products with only natural ingredients.
“PLAYING WITH YOUR HAIR WILL LEAD TO BALDNESS”
Some of us have the bad habit of twiddling with our hair – but this certainly doesn’t cause premature baldness. It simply means we’re bored, stressed or nervous. Unless you’re compulsively pulling your hair out (a psychiatric condition known as trichotillomania), you have nothing to worry about.
“STANDING ON YOUR HEAD WILL REDUCE HAIR LOSS”
Nope, it will neither prevent your hair loss nor restore what you’ve lost. The only thing standing on your head will increase is the flow of blood to your head – and blood has nothing to do with why you’re losing it. The causes are hormonal or genetic.
“ONLY MEN EXPERIENCE HAIR LOSS”
Not true. While premature baldness is more common in males, 25% of women experience it too. In females, it’s usually caused by stress, hormonal changes, illness and diet.
“SHAVING YOUR HAIR WILL MAKE IT GROW BACK THICKER”
There’s absolutely no truth in this popular myth. Shaving your hair (or your beard or moustache) won’t accelerate its regrowth rate, nor restore its fullness. However, it will make you look clean-shaven – which is a lot more attractive than a comb-over or a toupee.