Fact or fiction: Busting hair loss myths for good!
When I started losing my hair a couple of years ago, I immediately turned to the internet to try and uncover what was going on up there. Unfortunately, I found a lot of conflicting information and plenty of misinformation.
As you go through your hair journey, we want you to have all the facts so you can make the best and most informed decisions.
We’ve spent many hours reading real scientific studies to get to the truth, and today we’re going to bust some of the biggest hair loss myths out there once and for all!
Myth 1: Cutting your hair makes it grow faster
We’ve written about this in a previous blog post but cutting your hair regularly doesn’t make it grow faster. Why? Because hair growth starts at the root of the hair, cutting the ends of your hair has no effect on your roots.
However, cutting your hair regularly can make it look a lot healthier, which can certainly make it seem longer and thicker.
We recommend that you have your hair trimmed at least once every three months.
Myth 2: Hair loss is only a problem that affects men
As you probably know, hair loss is something that affects both men and women.
While you may hear terms like ‘male pattern baldness’ flying around, women can also develop pattern baldness, for example.
Hair loss can be caused by hormonal problems in our bodies. An imbalance of testosterone, a hormone present in both males and females, is often to blame.
An enzyme called 5α-reductase in our bodies converts increased levels of testosterone to an androgen called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which then binds to our hair follicles and causes damage miniaturisation – the technical term for hair thinning or balding.
The best way to get around this is to block DHT and prevent it from binding with the hair follicles, which you can do by taking supplements like saw palmetto and red reishi.
Including food and drinks like onions, pumpkin seeds, green tea, and coconut oil in your diet can also help to block DHT.
Myth 3: Castor oil makes your hair grow overnight
If you’ve recently searched for anything hair loss related on YouTube, you’ve probably seen people talking about how castor oil can make your hair grow in just a few hours. The premise is that you apply castor oil to your hair and then leave it on overnight to reveal longer hair in the morning.
This is a myth simply because there isn’t anything that grows our hair overnight.
Instead, hair growth takes many months to occur and – while there are things you can do to speed it up, like nourishing your scalp – you won’t get longer hair in just one night.
Myth 4: Stress can’t cause hair loss
Stress can indeed cause hair loss. If you’d like to learn more about how stress causes hair loss, you can check out this blog post.
Stress and trauma causes our hair to go into a resting phase far earlier than normal, which results in our hair falling out.
Myth 5: Hair loss can be caused by sun exposure
While there are plenty of reasons to protect yourself from the sun's harmful UV rays, sun exposure doesn’t cause hair loss.
The sun may damage your hair and cause it to become brittle, but our hair follicles continue to function normally even when they’ve been exposed to the sun.
Myth 6: Hair loss medications are the only thing that works
There are currently two Food and Drug Association (FDA) approved hair loss medications on the market: Finasteride (Propecia) and Rogaine (Minoxidil).
Although these medications were developed a couple of decades ago (mind-blowing, right?!) They do work when it comes to treating hair loss but you will need to take them forever.
However, it has been widely reported that both treatments can have nasty side effects and can even lead to further hair loss – definitely not what we want.
Luckily, there are some far less harsh treatments that you can try that have been backed by science, such as dermarolling your scalp, oiling your hair, and using a scalp massage brush.
Myth 7: Natural hair loss treatments don’t work
We’re SO glad that this one isn’t a myth! Natural ingredients like rosemary oil, green tea, pumpkin seed oil, and peppermint have all been scientifically proven to not only treat hair loss but to encourage healthier and happier hair growth, without the side effects.
The best part? You can use all these ingredients at once with the bia Super Roots Hair Growth Elixir! Packed with all the above ingredients, as well as thyme, lavender, and cedarwood, our hair oil for hair loss is the perfect way to treat hair issues without using harsh medical treatments.
Our hair oil helps to stimulate hair growth, works on all hair types, and feeds your scalp all the essential nutrients it needs to help new hair to grow.
Wrapping up on hair loss myths
We hope that knowing the truth about hair loss brings you some comfort. It is possible to reverse hair loss and grow a beautiful head of hair – there’s hope that you will get your hair back!
If you’re interested in giving our hair oil for hair loss a try, visit our website. We also have a range of other natural hair loss treatments that are proven by science. We look forward to embarking on your hair growth journey with you!
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