For most men, a full head of hair is synonymous with pride and self-confidence and hair loss is as disarming as getting robbed of an identity. Here we debunk top six myths related to hair loss and learn what the truth really is:
Myth#1: Female genes are to blame for baldness
Male pattern baldness is genetic. Agreed. However, it is not limited to the maternal side of the family. The hair-loss gene can be inherited from either side of the family. Research has proved that the chance of male pattern baldness is higher in men who have a history of hair loss on their father's side.
Myth#2: Too much gel and hairspray makes hairs fall out
Please don't throw away all your hair-styling products just yet. No solid research has found that using hair products causes baldness. Moreover, frequenting shampooing also has no bearing on going bald. However, sporadic hair loss may be explained in some men who use a brand or formula that increases soreness and irritation of the scalp, leading to itching, which can loosen hairs.
Myth #3: Clogged pores causes hair loss
No. Clogged pores have nothing to do with baldness; instead they are responsible for the production of acne. If male-pattern baldness was caused by clogged pores, then shampooing would have been sufficient to keep hair loss away.
Myth#4: Bald men have higher testosterone levels
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a naturally occurring hormone, can cause hair loss, if hair follicles in some parts of the scalp are sensitive to it, not testosterone.
Myth#5: Diet rich in carbohydrates can cause baldness
According to a renowned dermatologist, Wilma Bergfeld, carbohydrates are helpful for maintaining a full head of hair; rather iron deficiency can lead to hair loss. Taking iron supplements can help restore hair growth.
Myth#6: Only older men go bald
Male pattern baldness commonly starts in men in their 20s and 30s. When young men see their falling hair, they generally go into denial. If truth be told, hair loss gets worse, if a man starts losing his hair at a young age.