If you are finding clumps of your prized hair strands on the drain after showering and wondering if it’s a problem, yes, it’s time to be concerned. While it may be normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day, the truth is that most of it typically goes unobserved. By the time you actually notice an abnormal amount of hair stuck in your hairbrush or littered all over your pillow in the morning, your scalp may be crying for help.
There are many causes of hair loss and it is important to diagnose the problem – and not just focus on the symptoms – in order to treat it. Separating fact from fiction is the first step. Here are some common hair loss myths to debunk.
1. Hair loss is a man’s problem.
Hair loss affects about 21 million women globally. That’s a significant number, even when compared against the global statistic for hair loss in men – 35 million. The myth that this is a man’s problem is exacerbated by the fact that men bald more obviously. Male pattern hair loss typically manifests as the hairline receding in an M shape and balding at the crown. The symptoms in women are usually less visible on first glance, and involves gradual thinning all over the scalp and increasing sparseness along the parting and hairline. Thus, female pattern hair loss may look less apparent, but it is no less stressful and worrying. To combat this growing problem, it’s now possible to find a wide spectrum of specialised solutions for both men and women, such as our FEM/HOM Fortify and FEM/HOM Thickening ranges of home care products for mild to severe hair loss and thinning.
2. Hair loss cannot be prevented
Hereditary factors are a major cause of hair loss, but it’s far from the only reason. An unhealthy lifestyle, poor eating habits, climate and environmental exposure, lack of essential nutrients, chronic stress and improper scalp care can all affect the quality of the hair growth cycle, which eventually leads to premature hair loss. Making better lifestyle choices, ensuring balanced nutrition and proper stress management are all ways to prevent or delay this. Proper scalp and hair care routines, such as the PHS HAIRSCIENCE® Daily Regime and signature Double Cleanse, go a long way in ensuring that the scalp is in good shape and capable of supporting healthy hair growth. This is especially true in Singapore’s hot and humid climate, where sweat, dirt and excess sebum can accumulate daily and end up clogging hair follicles if not properly cleansed.
3. High levels of testosterone are to blame
For years, scientists believed that the male sex hormone testosterone is to blame for male and female pattern hair loss. The truth is not so simple. Turns out, the real culprit is DHT (also known as dihydrotestosterone), a derivative of testosterone that harms the hair follicles in those who are sensitive to it, resulting in many different kinds of hair loss. The hormonal process of testosterone converting to DHT happens in both men and women and while women typically have only a small fraction of the level of testosterones that men have, it is enough to cause DHT-triggered balding. This is why you can find DHT blockers in both our HOM Fortify and FEM Fortify products, designed to tackle and prevent hair thinning for men and women.
4. Shampooing makes you lose hair
Washing your hair does not result in balding – far from it. A clean scalp is essential for hair to thrive, particularly in Singapore’s hot, humid climate. Accumulated dirt, sebum and styling residue on the scalp can lead to hair follicle blockages and in the long run, scalp disorders or even hair thinning. Proper cleansing lays the foundation for healthy hair growth, which is why PHS HAIRSCIENCE® advocates a Double Cleanse starting with the ADV Nutrition Shampoo, an invigorating deep cleanser that refreshes the scalp.
5. All hair loss is permanent.
The good news is, not all hair loss is permanent. If your hair is thinning due to external factors such as diet and nutritional deficiencies, extreme stress or over-styling, it’s possible to correct the situation by making changes to your lifestyle and habits. Then there’s postpartum hair fall, where some women lose hair after giving birth, until their hormones adjust back to pre-pregnancy levels. If the cause is genetic, however, the hair loss tends to be permanent. That said, with the right treatments, such as our flagship Clinical Regenerative Programme, it can be controlled. Nip hair loss problems in the bud – start with a complimentary hair and scalp analysis with our trichologist-trained advisors to diagnose scalp problems as early as possible.
6. You are balding because of genes from your mother’s side.
Not true! It’s a common myth that hair loss is inherited from the mother’s side of the family but it’s nothing but an old wives’ tale. Genetically inherited balding can come from either side of the family.
7. Colouring your hair can cause hair fall.
Colouring your hair is not going to make you go bald. That said, hair chemicals left on the scalp and other bad practices could irritate or damage the scalp. Colouring or bleaching can weaken hair and cause easy breakage, while chemical straighteners and heat processes can also damage hair over time. A good stylist will be able to minimise chemical damage, which is why it’s important to go to a reputable salon. It’s also a good idea to use quality home care, such as our ADV Colour Care range, to protect and prolong colour, and to repair hair fibres for added strength and brilliance.
8. Cutting your hair more often can prevent hair thinning.
Regular haircuts can make your hair look healthier, because you’re getting rid of dry, lacklustre ends and split ends. Hair is also thicker at the roots compared to the ends, so frequent trims can make your hair seem fuller. Which is all great. But haircuts do not affect hair growth or directly curb hair loss!