When you first notice your hair thinning, it’s probably not the best of days. You wonder if you’re seeing things, you mutter “Why me?”, you check your comb or brush to view the damage, and then start tracking it a day at a time.
If your suspicions are confirmed, you’re also likely to turn to the internet for reasons that might be causing your recent hair loss. Did you inherit your dad’s receding hairline? Is your new, more demanding job the cause? Maybe your diet has something to do with it (when was the last time you ate a vegetable?).
There’s plenty to find on the internet, all right. The problem is separating fact from fiction. Here’s a brief guide to help you along.
Hair loss is hereditary. This is partly true. Research suggests that men who have a balding father are more likely to develop baldness than those who do not. However, this does not mean that if your father has a lush head of hair well into his 80s that you will be as lucky. While genetics is the most common cause of hair loss, it’s not the only one.
You are losing hair due to aging. Sure, the likelihood of thinning or baldness increases with age, but hair loss can occur at any age, even with those in their teens and 20s. The earlier that hair loss begins, the more severe it’s likely to become. Fortunately, you have options to slow down the process and preserve what’s yours.
Wearing a hat makes hair fall out. Anything that puts constant pressure and strain on your hair makes it weaker and more susceptible to breakage. But infrequent wearing of hats, helmets, and hair wraps will not. Just be sure to keep your hair clean and wash the hat regularly.
Trauma and stress causes hair loss. Yes, a physical or emotional trauma or constant level of stress can cause individual hair follicle cycles to sync. So, instead of your hair shedding at 50 to 100 follicles a day, higher amounts fall out at the same time. The good news is that this process is often temporary.
Hair products make hair fall out. Shampoo, gel, hairspray and other hair products do not cause hair to fall out. Some styling methods, however, can produce negative results. Avoid chemically processing your hair and pulling it back tightly in a ponytail or bun.
Poor nutrition causes hair loss. Low zinc, low iron, insufficient vitamin D, and a poor diet can contribute to hair loss in women. For most men, those same deficiencies bring about androgenetic alopecia which later leads to hair loss.
Even if you’re better armed with truth for your internet travels, don’t try to diagnose your condition. That’s why you have us: DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today for a free consultation, which includes answers to all your questions.