There are many men (and women) in this country that might benefit from hair loss treatment but have been held back because of some fanciful urban myth. This is a shame, because hair restoration has been shown to help a segment of the population that experiences emotional difficulties related to thinning hair. The thing about urban myths is that they're hard to track down and even harder to correct – the myth seems to spread like wildfire while the actual truth is strapped to the back of a turtle.
We’ve made a list of the Top Ten myths related to hair loss. Take a look and see if you’ve been harboring incorrect information that's been deterring you from seeking treatment:
- Helmets and hats cause hair loss. Unlikely, unless the helmet is literally ripping the hair out of its sockets. Should this be the case, after a while you'll probable develop a local bald spot. You can avoid the problem entirely by wearing a proper-fitting helmet.
- Hair transplant surgery is only for men. Not true, many women make excellent candidates for this type of treatment. It depends on the nature of the hair loss.
- Hair surgery is undetectable. This isn't true, because all surgery leaves scars. Hair surgery can leave thousands of tiny scars or one long one (from a strip hair transplant).
- Transplanted hair doesn't grow. Untrue, all but two percent of hair transplants will undergo growth. There are, of course, a lot of variables that affect the long term behaviour of a transplant.
- Few women suffer hair loss. Unfortunately, the truth is that about 40 percent of middle-aged females experience hair loss. Female hair loss is a serious problem because many people consider it socially unacceptable.
- I'd have kept my hair if only my pores didn’t always clog. This not true – go to any homeless shelter and you’ll find dozens of men with full heads of dirty, greasy hair. Clogged? Yes. Thinning? No.
- Hair loss slows down as you age. If only! The truth is that once it starts falling out, it'll continue to do so unless you treat it. Ask Rob Reiner.
- Over-shampooing causes hair loss. Not true. The shampoo makers really hate this urban myth.
- I can thicken my hair by first shaving it all off. Nope, that won’t help at all. Sorry.
- I’ll look like a freak from a hair transplant. Only if you already look like a freak! Choose a good doctor and you'll look fine. Don't try do-it-yourself surgery – that'd be freaky!