TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT “HAIR LOSS” – INDIA ! Dr Tejinder Bhatti, Chandigarh

TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT “HAIR LOSS” – INDIA ! Hair has since time immemorial been the hotbed of myths – some even outrageous. I have collected some myths over the weekend and listed them out for you. Let’s see how many you believed in. Please write back to me if I gave missed out on any. Frequent haircuts make your hair longer and adds strength! False. People might have started thinking so by comparing hair on the head to facial hair. The fact remains that facial hair is DIFFERENT from the hair on your head. Cutting your hair will only make it shorter and it will grow at exactly the normal rate – one cm a month. If you Pluck one grey hair, two will take its place! Sounds like a Two for the price of one offer? Think of it, if this were true, bald men would be pulling whatever little hair they have left ! And hair transplant surgeons would not exist. Yoga involving Standing on your head (Shirshasan) increases blood flow to your scalp thus reducing hair loss! While standing on your head will definitely increase blood flow to the head, it has absolutely no effect on hair growth. The cause of hair loss is genetic. Hair destined to fall will fall even in the upside down position. Vigorous toweling of scalp will produce hair fall! Not true. At the most it will help get rid of shed hair which would happen anyways. Toweling does nothing to hair except to dry it. Losing a handful of hair daily indicates the onset of male pattern baldness! This is not necessarily true. We loose 100 hair everyday in normal people and 100 take its place. Hair loss is a normal occurrence and it is only when hair regeneration stops that you identify the onset of male pattern baldness. Brushing your hair is better than combing it! No. As a matter of fact, hair responds better to combing than brushing. It is not a cause of baldness though. Brushing your hair only leads to split ends and hair breakage. It is advisable to use a wide-toothed comb as far as possible. Hats cause hair loss! In order for the hair to fall out, the hat would have to be so tight that it cuts circulation to the follicles. So no, wearing hats does not cause hair loss. Could you just imagine how many professional sports players would be bald if that were the case! Oh, ofcourse you can increase the number of hair follicles! Far from true. You’re born with all the follicles you’ll ever have. Continue reading TOP 10 MYTHS ABOUT “HAIR LOSS” – INDIA ! Dr Tejinder Bhatti, Chandigarh

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