Going Beyond Hair Loss Myths Seeking the Truth

I was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie. They shared their expertise on causes of hair loss, methods of preventing hair loss and the various treatment options including hair transplant, oral tablets and topical treatments.

Interview topic : Myths and Facts on Hair Loss

Dr. Rachel Chew was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie.

Dr. Rachel Chew was invited by NTV7 for NTV7 Bella Talkshow hosted by Daphne Iking on August 6th 2012, from Studio 3, Glenmarie.

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Your hairs are thinning every day and it makes you feel helpless as if there is almost nothing you can do to stop yourself from being going bald. As obvious, you will be desperately looking for some kind of solutions and try them no matter how bizarre they may sound. It is fact that hair loss is one of those few things that can have disastrous impacts on our confidence level and therefore, we should not be treating it with any less importance. So, to make your life a little bit easy, here we are going to take a look around some hair loss myths and misconceptions that are making it really tough for a troubled person like you who is desperately seeking a solution to this problem.

Natural Shampoos

Are they any Better? Well, experts are of the opinion that there is no such thing as natural shampoo and even if some companies claim that, there is no any such proof that they are doing a better job when it comes to preventing hair loss. Moreover, there are quite a few ‘non-organic’ shampoos available in the market and as it appears, majority of them are not even linked with hair loss problem.

Impacts of Hair Care Products

Yes to be honest, there are some hairs styling related products available in the market that can cause hair loss. Use of strong chemicals can cause damage to hair follicles and in some worse cases, can cause hair breakage. Sometimes, we cause real damage to our hair when we start giving more attention to hairstyle than to the complete well-being of our hair.

Can we inherit balding from mother’s side?

Many people are of the opinion that we cannot inherit the problems of baldness from our mother’s side. However, this is far from the truth. The sad news is that baldness can be inherited from either side and there is no specific gender bias. Sometimes, the problem of hair loss may skip one and two generations. So, just because your father is not having hair loss related problem does not necessarily mean that you will not have to face the problem. You have to look at the number of your family members who have or who are suffering from pattern hair loss and the more the number of people having this problem, the greater the chances of yours being affected by it. In that case, you might need to visit nearby Hair Loss Treatments center to fix this issue.

New Hair Follicles are Impossible to Grow.

Yes, it might sound disturbing to some but this is the fact. Rather than trying to grow new hair follicles, which are almost next to impossible, you should be rather trying to prevent losing more. However, things might change in coming days with stem cell research is breaking ground and within probably 10 or 15 years, we will be able to see some dramatic improvements in this field. Until then, we need to wait and you have to use all your resources to stop losing hairs follicles.

Stress and Hair loss

Though people tend to believe that hairs loss can be caused by stress but there is no such scientific evidence found to corroborate the fact.

Wearing a baseball cap or hats will cause thinning hair and loss of hair.

Hats off to this myth! No matter what your mother has told you, wearing a hat does not cause hair to thin or fall out.

Exposure to chlorine in swimming pools will cause hair loss.

Another dive in the truth department…chlorinated water can dry the hair shafts and make them more brittle, but does not cause hair to thin or fall out.

Brushing hair will help it grow?

The idea of brushing the hair 100 times a day to stimulate the scalp circulation is a fantasy. In fact, if you brush your hair too much, you may end up injuring and losing hair.

Braiding your hair will cause your hair to fall out.

Short term braiding is fine; it is true, however, that certain hair styles, such as long term, tight corn-row braiding can permanently destroy follicles and cause hair loss. This is a preventable condition called traction alopecia. I would be more worried that the brushes and combs aren’t cleaned between clients.

Smoking cigarettes causes hair loss.

Cigarette smoking is medically BAD for everything, including your hair. Recent studies have found sufficient evidence to claim there is a significant link between smoking and hair loss. It’s still uncertain whether the connection is due to the effects of tobacco toxins, but it is probably due to the fact that nicotine constricts blood vessel throughout the body, including those directly affecting individual hair follicles.

Lack of Vitamins can cause hair loss.

Think about this – if you were losing hair because of a lack of vitamins or minerals in your diet, why wouldn’t the back and sides of your head be affected? In actuality, vitamin deficiency results in an even distribution of hair loss all over the head. However, steroids use can cause hair loss. Research has proven that anabolic steroids raise the levels of baldness-inducing male hormones. For those who are genetically prone to hair loss, this can speed up the loss in as little as 3 to 6 months. While this loss may be reversed, it can be permanent.

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