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Eight Hair Loss Myths

For men and women alike, hair loss is one topic that most people choose to avoid. Losing your hair just isn’t the easiest thing to adjust to, and can be a sore topic for many men and women with receding hairlines. There are many myths surrounding the mystery of hair loss, stemmed from the beginning of embarrassment linking to hair recession.

Eight Hair Loss Myths:

  1. Hats – Just because you never took off that baseball cap when you were young doesn’t mean that you will experience hair loss. The only way that wearing a hat could cause hair loss will occur is if the hat were so tight that it cut off the circulation of the hair follicles.
  2. Hair Dryers – No hair dryer that is recommended for safe usage is able to blow off hair. If you use your hair dryer at the recommended distance, it’s extremely unlikely that your hair dryer will make a significant difference in your hair loss.
  3. Standing on your head – As the myth goes, standing on your head will increase the blood flow to your head, and in doing so provide better circulation for your scalp. The truth of the matter is that your follicles need much more than blood flow to induce growth.
  4. Haircuts Improve Hair Thickness – Sometimes it seems that when you get a haircut your hair grows back thicker and fuller, and to a point, this is true. The “thickest” part of the hair is at the base, which makes it appear that your hair is thicker and fuller at first. As the hair cycle continues, your individual hairs will grow to be the exact same diameter as they were before you cut your hair.
  5. More Sex = More Hair – There is no evidence to confirm that you will grow more hair as a result of increased sexual activities. Likewise, there is no evidence to confirm that you’ll lose more hair if your sexual activities subside.
  6. It’s Your Mother’s Fault – Many people think that the male pattern baldness gene can only be transferred from your mother’s side. This isn’t true, as hair loss is a hereditary trait and can be inherited from both mom and dad’s side of the family.
  7. Curry and Alcohol Rubs – Bathing your scalp in any substance, whether it’s curry or alcohol isn’t going to do anything to improve the growth of your hair follicles, and they’re more likely to make your head smell funny than anything else.
  8. There is No Way to Treat or Prevent Hair Loss – This is completely untrue. With the recent advances in the medical community, hair loss has become a treatable and preventable condition. If you’re concerned that you may be experiencing excessive hair loss, talk to your doctor about a treatment plan that is right for you, whether it involves taking a hair loss medication, taking a mineral supplement or receiving a follicle transplant, there are many options available to help you fight that receding hair line.

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-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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