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Hair Loss myths: true or false?


Seeing your hair fall out is never pleasant: we tend to think it's the beginning of the end, that we're going to look like our parents, all of a sudden. That's when once the conversation comes up with friends and family, everyone starts giving out their favourite hair loss cause, often heard do's and don'ts, miraculous cures and whatnot. Seems yesterday when we heard the first: "Don't wear a cap anymore", "Wash your hair less often", "Cut your hair more often", and so on. Here are some myths about hair loss that we'd like to debunk.


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1. Wearing hats, caps, and beanies cause hair loss.

FALSE

Wearing hats, caps or beanies doesn't affect hair directly. Hair loss is first and foremost a hereditary condition or a reactive factor due to stress, hormonal variations, or change in eating habits. On the other hand, constant friction or permanent coverage of the scalp can indeed be an aggravating factor.


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2. Hair has its own life cycle.

TRUE

The hair operates like a mini-organ with the ability to renew itself autonomously according to a well-defined cycle. A single hair follicle can create up to 25 new hairs in a lifetime. All 25 hair's life cycles have the same pattern: an anagen phase - the active growth of the hair - which translates into the production of the hair fiber, initiated by the stem cell. This phase lasts on average 4 to 6 years for women, 2 to 4 years for men. On a healthy scalp, 85% of hair is in the anagen phase. After this long period, hair moves towards the catagen phase, when growth is abruptly interrupted: in three weeks, the follicle is shortened, its volume decreases and the hair finally evacuates from the epidermis. The last telogen phase is characterized by hair loss when the stem detaches to fall and the rest of the hair follicle enters dormancy.



Washing your hair too often contributes to hair loss. True or false?


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3. Washing your hair too often contributes to hair loss.

FALSE

Washing your hair often has no effect on hair growth or loss. However, it is recommended not to wash them every day to maintain a balanced healthy scalp.


4. Hair loss can be temporary.

TRUE

Hair loss isn't necessarily permanent. It can happen during specific times of the year - especially during seasonal changes - or due to particular life events: sudden fatigue, stress, pregnancy, or diet changes. Hair is sensitive to these changes and will let you know! Even if hair loss is often "only" reactional, it must be dealt with, since occasional hair loss carries the risk of chronic hair loss, and tends to shred the hair fiber, which becomes thinner and thinner with time.


5. It's normal to lose hair.

TRUE & FALSE

Indeed, every day we lose up to a hundred hair strands. Each one has its own cycle, it is quite natural that they fall on a daily basis while new ones grow! But this remains reasonable since we have between 100k and 150k hairs on our heads! The real problem starts when the hair loss in everyday life is becoming too important: we suddenly find lots of strands in our hands, in the shower, on the brush... there are plenty of it, everywhere, all the time. 

To this end, act well and quickly: use a treatment adapted to your type of hair loss, to stimulate hair growth and slow down the loss.


6. Diet plays an important role in hair loss.

TRUE & FALSE

Food is the main source of nutrients necessary for the development of healthy hair: some vitamins, fatty acids, and other nutrients are indispensable for natural healthy growth, as they also affect your overall health. If you suffer from iron or vitamin deficiency, your scalp will suffer as a result.


7. If I start losing my hair, it will never stop.

FALSE

Very often, new hairs - which replace the ones that have fallen - are dormant. They need the right switch to wake them up and restart hair fiber production! There is still plenty to do: in addition to awakening the sleeping cells, the challenge is also to prolong the anagen phase so that it lasts as long as possible. In this case, the use of hair loss treatments helps with hair regrowth, as well as hair density.


8. Hair grows faster when you cut it regularly.

FALSE

Since damaged ends tend to split and break, it often seems as if the hair "no longer grows" when you space the cuts. In reality, the condition of the hair tip has no effect on its growth at the root.


9. Only men suffer from hair loss.

FALSE

Indeed, androgenetic alopecia affects men more often than women. This is because the drop is due to an increase in androstanolone (DHT), a hormone derived from testosterone. Hair loss in men is located on the top of the skull or at the hairline, at the top of the forehead. However, women can also lose their hair. The location will be less defined, giving the impression of thinning hair.


All these reasons show that hair loss is linked to many factors. There are both external factors, which can be resolved by better habits, and internal factors, which can be resolved with dedicated hair loss treatments, such as PHYTONOVATHRIX by PHYTO Paris: serum and shampoo work together against the 16 targets of hair loss. They stimulate hair growth by extending the lifespan of each hair follicle growth cycle, boosting stem cell growth and visibly reducing hair loss!


Read also: The botanical natural treatment against hair loss


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