Male pattern baldness, the most common cause of male hair loss, affects around 6.5 million men in the UK. Yet there’s still a huge amount of misinformation about the condition.
We asked trichologist Mark Blake to debunk some of the most common myths and give us a realistic view of what’s possible if you want to protect the hair you’ve got for longer.
“There’s no miracle cure,” says Blake. “It’s a case of being aware of all the possible causes of balding and what elements you can control.” So, here are four common hair-loss myths and the truth behind them.
‘My mum’s dad had a full head of hair, so I’m fine’
“I get lots of clients telling me how their mother’s father and grandfather had full heads of hair so they assume they’ll follow suit,” Blake says.
“The truth is, you’re a product of your mother and father, their parents and also their grandparents,” he continues. “Yes, if you’re hedging your bets, you might go 65% towards the female side having more influence, but it’s not a done deal.”
Most male hair loss is down to male pattern baldness (or ‘androgenetic alopecia’ to give it its scientific name). Blake explains: “We have a sensitivity to something called ‘5-alpha-reductase’ (the enzyme that converts testosterone into the hormone DHT). If you’re born with this sensitivity, you’ll go bald. It’s genetic – decided at the moment of conception.”
What this means is that your hair follicles will shrink, causing the hair to thin. You might not actually have less hair, just thinner, weaker hair. “In fact, a bald-headed man usually has about the same number of hairs as someone with a full head; they’re just so thin you can’t see them,” Blake explains.
‘Male pattern baldness only affects older men’
“Not so!” Blake says. “It actually starts for men at around 19 – so if you do have concerns, I recommend starting a hair-strengthening regime early, as prevention is better than cure.
“Try products by a hair-loss specialist brand, such as Nioxin,” Blake advises. “I use Nioxin products myself as they contain ingredients that drive blood to the surface of the skin and that stimulate the arrector pili muscles – the muscles that stand your hairs on end when you get goosebumps – which encourages hair growth.”
Nioxin’s new Anti-Hair Loss Serum with Sandalore is clinically proven to reduce hair loss by 20% in only eight weeks. Its unique hair-loss reduction formula, containing Sandalore scent, stimulates hair follicles and prolongs hair growth, with 98% of users noticing improved hair anchorage and 95% noticing less hair in their brush.
‘My hat is starving my hair of oxygen’
“Hats causing hair loss is a common myth,” Blake says. “I think it originates from the fact that men tend to wear hats because they’re losing their hair, and then think it might be contributing to the continued loss.
“The truth is, unless your hat is so tight it’s restricting blood flow to the hair follicles, wearing one won’t cause or accelerate hair loss,” Blake continues. “Your hair gets all the oxygen it needs from blood flow, not from the air.”
Instead of shoving a hat on, though, try some of Nioxin’s range of care and styling products, which provide hold and texture for fuller-looking hair, while caring for your scalp. Specifically designed for thinning and fine hair and backed by more than 30 years of independent research, its shampoos, conditioners, serums and treatments are supported by the Institute of Trichologists – the world’s foremost professional association for the scientific study of hair.
‘Veganism causes hair loss’
“Diet does play a huge role in hair quality and strength,” Blake says. “Protein, iron and vitamins B, C and D are all essential. And yes, while red meat is a great source of iron and protein, eating it for every meal isn’t good for you either, so it’s about being sensible.” It’s about doing as much as you can to aid strong, healthy hair, without completely upending your life. This means eating healthily as much as possible.
“I tend to get more problems with meat-eaters than vegans because vegans are very knowledgeable about their diets – they tend to know exactly what they’re eating and the nutrients it contains,” Blake adds. “So no, veganism won’t cause hair loss.”
For more information on how to help your hair look fuller and thicker, and advice for dealing with hair loss, head to nioxin.com
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