We’ve all heard tons of advice from when we were young about keeping your hair intact as you get older. Advice, remedies, and everything in between is offered up like a breadcrumb trail leading to some promised land of a full head of hair for life. With everyone pointing the blame in every which direction, though, it’s plain to see how so many people end up getting it wrong. Let’s walk through some misconceptions that need to be shut down ASAP.
Myth – High Testosterone Causes Hair Loss
This one’s a classic – based on the inner workings of the hormones in our body; many say that elevated testosterone in your body causes your hair to fall out. Fear not, manly men of the world – it’s a lot more complicated than that. Testosterone (the hormones responsible for humans having male sex characteristics) exists in many different forms. Testosterone as we usually know it is either unpaired (free) or paired with protein molecules in the body. Our bodies make these type naturally, and they are part of natural healthy bodies. DHT, on the other hand, is the result of testosterone being converted into a more powerful type. This is what’s responsible for hair loss in your 50’s as male pattern baldness, so sleep well knowing it takes a long time to kick in.
Myth – Hair Loss Is Inherited From Your Mother
This one absolutely isn’t true. While most all forms of hair loss are controlled genetically, it’s harder than blaming one side or the other for the follicle folly. The factors responsible are independent of sex characteristics, and therefore can be inherited from either side of the family. This bodes either very well or very poorly depending on how lucky you are with the genetic lottery, but it’s good to at least share the blame.
Myth – Too Much Product Will Make You Go Bald
Hair gel, leave-in conditioner, mousse – whatever your choice in hair care may be – will not cause you to go bald! The majority of these products affect the hair already on the head, far and away from the follicles where the hair grows. Unless you affect the scalp directly, like with medications or subcutaneous injections, your follicles will continue regardless. However, that’s not to say it’s entirely safe for your hair, though. While it won’t cause hair to stop growing, you can damage your hair and have it become brittle and frail regardless. Everything in moderation, as always.
Legend Lies, the Truth Prevails!
Myths aside, if your hair isn’t as thick or lustrous as you want, there are still options out there to keep you looking your absolute finest! Scalp Micropigmentation can restore your hairline quickly and easily, all while keeping the remaining hair happy and healthy. We offer a range of scalp micropigmentation services to help keep that youthful glow about you, as well.