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Getting your hair loss facts straight about hair loss myths

Hair loss and hair regrowth are both hot topics, which means that often there can be lots of false information circulating. If you are experiencing thinning or receding hair or you are concerned about hair loss, you want the facts rather than the hair loss myths.

Six common hair loss myths

1. Going bald is about hair falling out.

Contrary to popular belief, going bald is not due to massive amounts of hair falling out, but rather the transition from the hair of normal thickness gradually being replaced by finer, thinner hairs -– a process called “miniaturisation.” Also, you may think that just by looking you can tell if your hair is thinning. Not the case, did you know you could lose up to 50% of hair in a particular area of the scalp before it becomes noticeable to the naked eye?

2. Hair loss is caused by decreased blood flow to the scalp.

This is the opposite. It is true that a significant amount of blood flow is required when your hair is growing, however, once you lose your hair blood flow to the scalp decreases, as it is no longer needed. So the reality is, reduced blood flow to the scalp is not the cause of hair loss, but a result of it.

3. Baldness cannot be prevented.

Although hair loss and baldness are predisposed by your genetics – in fact, 80% of balding is genetic – that doesn’t mean that you cannot change the outcomes. Modern technology is so advanced nowadays that there are prevention methods and techniques that can stimulate natural hair re-growth, and stop balding in its tracks.

4. If you are completely bald, you cannot get any hair regrowth.

Perhaps you thought it was too late for you? This is not the case. Did you know that if you retain just 5% of your hair, there are treatments and procedures available that can stimulate new hair growth.

5. Hair loss is age-related.

Unfortunately, you’re never too young to start losing your hair, if your genetics dictate it can happen as early as in your teens. Male-pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss and typically begins by the age of 20 years. It is chronic and progressive, so the sooner you address it, the better. Even if you have all your hair by age 40, that doesn’t mean you won’t experience hair loss – shrinking follicles are a regular part of the bodies ageing process.

6. Hair regrowth looks fake and unnatural.

Hair rejuvenation has come a very long way since the days of “plugs”, which let’s face it, did look pretty fake and unconvincing. Today, hair restoration surgeons use the latest hair re-growth technology on thinning or bald areas using living hair follicles, which helps the recovery of damaged hair follicles and rejuvenates hair growth that looks completely natural.

If you have any questions or you want to know more about how Hair By Science could help you, please watch our explainer video or speak to one of our medical hair regrowth experts for private and personal advice.