Not that anyone believes a word that comes out of Italy’s lothario prime minister’s mouth, but when Silvio Berlusconi embarrassed himself – once again – by saying “I have little hair because my brain is so big it pushed the hair out”, we thought it’s time to clear the air and take a look at some hair loss myths. Just in case…
Cutting your hair will make it grow back thicker
This myth is not based on any evidence. Some men who start to notice a bald spot or receding hairline think if they shave their head it will grow back thicker and faster, but the truth is that when hair starts to thin, it’s a sign the follicles are shrinking. The hair growth cycle and maximum length of hair growth becomes shorter, and each strand becomes thinner. Cutting it just hides this process, it doesn’t fix the problem.
Hair loss comes from the mother’s side
Baldness is genetic but it can be inherited from either the mother’s or father’s side of the family. It can sometimes skip generations but there are other factors that can influence hair loss. So even if you don’t have the bald gene, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in the clear.
Washing your hair too often causes hair loss
There is no evidence that supports this myth. Hair is lost daily and it’s likely that the normal amount of about 100 hairs comes out during washing. It’s nothing to worry about as the hair that’s lost is replaced by new growth, but if you’re worried that you’re beginning to notice your scalp through your hair a lot more easily and think you might be losing more than normal, you might want to consider seeing a hair loss professional.
There is nothing you can do to prevent or treat hair loss
Old wive’s tales still abound but only in the last 20 years or so have there been medical advances that have created ways to really prevent the progression and reverse the effects of hair loss without resorting to surgery. Propecia, minoxidil and the HairMax LaserComb help to restore and maintain hair growth and have received the FDA’s tick of approval. They are now integral components of any effective hair loss treatment course.
Sex and masturbation causes hair loss
This scary myth is absolutely false. For reasons why, see more about sex, masturbation and hair loss.
Hair loss products can make your hair grow back in a month
The market for hair loss products is huge and everyone wants a slice of the pie. But no matter how convincing the marketing slogans sound, there is not one treatment – proven or unproven – that can grow back hair in a month. Hair only grows 0.4mm per day, or 1.2cm per month and normally, before any hair loss product can start to work, the hair in the resting phase needs to shed before the new hair can start to grow. It can take anywhere from three to six months before you can expect to see any signs of improvement.
Smart people are more likely to lose their hair
Unfortunately for him, Silvio can’t rely on this myth. There is no connection between hair loss and brain activity, but the theory probably emerged based on the assumption that because the brain is so close to terminal scalp hairs, using it too much could negatively impact growth.
If you’re starting to worry about thinning hair, you may get a lot of people giving you conflicting information about what’s causing it and what you can do about it. Don’t get sucked in – contact the Belgravia Centre on 020 7730 6666 to find out all you need to know from the professionals in hair loss. You could even fill in an online diagnostic form and find out what type of hair loss you have and how you can best treat it.