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Men who are starting to show pattern baldness is a problem that is very common in today’s day and age. By the time most men reach the age of 60, the appearance or the lack of appearance of their hair is a reality that most men fear. Similarly, in women, hair loss and pattern baldness effects an increasing portion of women each year as well.  It has been estimated that almost 1 billion dollars per year is spent of ways to fix this baldness problem. The hair loss industry has grown in leaps in bounds which give way to the many myths about hair loss and how to recover from this condition.

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Myth #1 – Baldness Occurs from the Genes of the Mother

The first common myth about baldness that is not 100% true is the myth that your baldness is a result of the genes that were passed down from your mother. Although the chromosome (x) that men receive from their mother is in fact the baldness gene, however recent studies have shown that men that experience pattern baldness, in fact have fathers who are bald.  It seems that if your father is bald then you are more likely to become bald yourself later in life.

Myth #2 – Wearing Hats Cause Baldness

Wrong. This myth, while popular, has no basis in reality and should be classified in the category of “an old wives tale” than actual science.  Wearing hats of any shape and size will not cause hair loss. While this may be a relief to some people who love sporting baseball caps of their favourite team, the potential if scalp infection is very real if your hats are dirty. Dirt and grime cause the scalp to become infected which can speed up the hair loss process, so be sure to wear clean hats at all times and you will not have a problem.

Myth #3 – Hair Sprays and Gels Cause Hair Loss

While some people have noticed an increase of hair loss when sprays and gels have be overused, the fact is that it’s not the spray that’s the issue but the way you use it that negatively impacts hair growth.

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Myth #4 – All Men Go Bald When The Age

The common myth surrounding baldness in men is that all men will eventually go bald.  The ageing process is a fact of life, but just because you get old doesn’t necessarily mean that you will go bald. While it’s true that hair loss is common in men over 50, baldness has been noted to be a problem in teens as well. Usually stress is the main factor in causing pre-adult baldness, but in this case genetics can play a factor.  If your young and find yourself going bald be sure to monitor your stress levels because premature balding could be a sign of added stress in your life.

Hair loss is a fact of life for numerous people, but most of the myths surrounding hair loss are just that. Myths.


Many are seeking ways to prevent hair loss. The truth is, our hair changes as we age. As we get older we lose more hair and we tend to begin noticing it more and more. It’s normal to lose at least 100 hairs each and every day. Over the course of a year, this can really add up.

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Protecting your hair through a healthy diet is a great start to help prevent hair loss. Maybe there is some truth to the old adage “you are what you eat”. Eat more of these foods to help keep your healthy head of hair.

Walnuts

A healthy diet with some walnuts in it will help improve your locks. Walnuts contain an oil that helps hair growth. But beware, if you eat too many you’re hair will have too much of a healthy thing and look dull and oily.

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Eat your spinach. A diet deficient in iron is another cause for hair loss. Rich in minerals and vitamins, spinach will help to keep your hair follicles healthy and strong.

Eat For The Halibut

Halibut is rich in magnesium which can help prevent hair loss. Many other kinds of fish also have an abundance of magnesium so eat up.

Carrots

Not only healthy for your eyesight, this tuber vegetable is rich in Vitamin A which can strengthen your hair. Have you ever wondered how models get those gorgeous locks of hair? They eat a diet laden in healthy foods that will benefit their entire bodies including their hair.

Bok Choy

When a dermatologist looks at hair loss, they also check your ferritin levels. Ferritin levels will detect good levels of iron and healthy hair. Rich in iron, bok choy is an ideal vegetable for healthy hair. So go ahead and make that favorite salad of yours. Try using some bok choy along with the spinach for a unique flavor treat and for a healthier head.

Greek Yogurt

For all you yogurt fans out there, Greek yogurt packs a powerful dose of Vitamin B5 and Vitamin D. Both of these vitamins are important for healthy hair and follicles. Try topping your green yogurt with some walnuts or granola for a healthy start to the day.

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Eggs

Eggs are another great source for Vitamin D. No matter how you like your eggs, if you try to eat one per day you’ll have healthier hair. Try a morning omelette with some spinach, Bok Choy and perhaps a few walnuts across the top. Combining these healthy foods will benefit your overall well being.

Making healthy dietary choices as we age can not only prevent diseases and medical conditions, it can also strengthen our hair and our bodies. These choices are simple to make. While we are out shopping for food we can simply choose to buy more of the healthier alternatives in lieu of the junk food that’s so readily available. Our food choices can benefit us for many years to come.


Hair loss is quite distressing for males and females and the root cause of the problem varies.  Other than medication prescribed by your doctor or over the counter remedies, you should consider using alternative methods to stop your hair from falling out.  The other methods you can try include massage, Chinese herbs and aromatherapy, among others.

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Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy was originally used to treat vascular diseases, but doctors have discovered that it is suitable as a hair loss prevention method.  It not only maintains hair that exists, but it also stops continued hair loss. It has been proven to be effective for women who suffer from post-menopausal hair loss.

Massage

Massage is used to stimulate blood circulation which will boost a healthy scalp.  Vitamin E oil is recommended to strengthen fragile follicles.  Regular massage of the oil will prevent dry, flaky skin on your scalp.  An alternative oil to use for massage is coconut.  Mango oil has been known to improve the texture of hair and is ideal if you have coarse, dry hair.

There is an Indonesian massage method that will relieve scalp tension which aids in the promotion of healthy hair.  

  • Stand with your feet apart and commence slow in and out breathing.
  • Lean your body forward from the waist to a point where your head reaches to a couple of inches below your waist.
  • Do not bend your knees.
  • Use your knuckles to gently rub your scalp for about half a minute.  
  • Stand up straight and repeat the process a few times.

Do not use vigorous movements whilst massaging your scalp as this could cause your hair to break and may damage the hair follicles.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils that are beneficial to prevent hair loss include jojoba, lavender, grapefruit, cedarwood, lemon, rosemary and Roman chamomile.  Add two drops of an essential oil into the water you use to rinse your hair.  

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You could add the essential to a suitable vegetable oil such as olive or coconut and use the mixture to massage your scalp.  Either wrap a warm towel around your head or cover your head with a shower cap.  Leave this mixture on your head for a period of 2 to 3 hours.  If you are comfortable sleeping with this on your head, you could leave it overnight.  Thereafter, shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

You can use this oil blend as a recipe to promote hair growth.

  • Add a half teaspoon of jojoba and 4 teaspoons of grapeseed oil to a jar.
  • Add 2 drops of cedarwood, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops thyme and 3 drops lavender to the oils in the jar and mix well.
  • Massage this combination of oils into your scalp for a minimum of two minutes each night.
  • Wrap your head with a warm towel and leave for a couple of hours.

You should take care when you use essential oils as some aromatherapy oils may trigger epileptic seizures.

These methods to prevent hair loss are effective if you do it on a regular basis.  Continue treating your scalp and use gentle products to wash and condition your hair.


For a female, having a full head of hair is a symbol of beauty and virility. It can be styled, colored and brushed until it gleams and is generally a source of great personal pride. However, what do you do when your hair starts to look dull and lifeless, or even worse it starts to come out of your head all together? Read on for a few things that you should know about female hair loss.

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On average, a human loses 50 to 100 hairs per day so to see a little in your hairbrush or sitting in the bottom of the shower is not a situation to be alarmed about. New hair will replace that which is lost and is a part of the hair’s natural cycle. Excessive hair loss though can be a sign of something more serious occurring within the body.

There are several medical reasons why hair loss may be occurring. After pregnancy is one time when it is quite normal for more than average numbers of hair to come out. If you have had major surgery  or lost a large amount of weight, the body may be feeling stressed and will shed hair as a result. Additionally, certain types of medication will also cause hair loss so if you have experienced any of these situations, do not be overly concerned at this stage.

Genetics

The way your hair will behave is hereditary and can be based on either your mother or your father. However, if both parents have suffered hair loss in the past then your chances are high too. Within females this will show up as a thinning around the hairline and behind the fringe. It could begin as early as your 20’s and it could be severe enough that it will spread over the whole scalp. A dermatologist can examine this type of hair loss and will rule out any medical condition through blood work.

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Hypothyroidism

Millions of people suffer from this medical condition which occurs when the body is not producing enough of the thyroid hormone. One of the effects of this are that skin, nails and hair can all become quite brittle and break a lot more easily than normal. If you suspect that your thyroid is not doing its job properly, seek the advice of your medical practitioner so that they can prescribe the appropriate medication as needed.

Iron deficiency

Females are prone to iron deficiency anemia if they suffer from heavy monthly cycles or do not eat enough iron rich food. One of the side effects of iron deficiency includes hair loss. A blood test can measure your iron levels and this can be remedied by way of supplements in the diet.

This is just a small list of things that could be behind your hair loss if you are seeing more than the average number flowing down the drain. Take the time to discuss this situation with your physician to rule out any medical conditions. While hair loss can certainly be a situation that is cause for concern, do not let a temporary loss of follicles overtake your life as it most likely can be remedied over time.

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