Hair thinning has been shrouded in myth over the years. Here are two facts given from George Cotsarelis. He’s an associate professor of dermatology and director of the Hair and Scalp Clinic in U of Pennsylvania.
Myth #1: Your hair is thinning if you see a lot of hair in your shower drain.
The Truth: Professor Cotsarelis says “This doesn’t mean it’s permanently thinning. I recommend going to a doctor and having some blood work done. If the excess shedding is caused by a nutritional deficiency iron, zinc, vitamin D, and protein are critical. Taking supplements and improving your diet will usually stop the shedding, and the hair will return to a normal growth cycle.”
Myth #2: Your hair is more likely to fall out if it’s been colored or straightened.
The Truth: “Coloring, perming, or straightening the hair is completely fine. There’s only a problem if the treatment is painful. If there’s pain, it indicates that there’s follicle damage. For instance, hair extensions can cause permanent damage to the follicle. This can result in thinner hair later in life. When there’s stress or traction on the follicle, two things happen: The barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the follicle breaks, which causes inflammation; plus, the follicle itself gets pulled and disfigured. This damage can either stop it from producing hair at all or alter the width and texture of the hair it will grow.”
Hair thinning doesn’t have to be so scary. There are preventions and cures for both men and women. Have a look at this video from the Today Show on NBC.