THE BALD TRUTH

Destiny Man - - GROOMING -

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.

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