Anecdotal Tips To Consider When Dealing With Hair Loss
Hair loss is a hot topic today, and all kinds of information and misinformation abounds on the subject. While medical science has come up with excellent scientific treatments, people are still fascinated with the idea of DIY hair loss treatments and methods of preventing hair loss. In this article, we will discuss some of the common anecdotal notions surrounding hair loss and give some advice regarding them.
The psychological disorder known as trichotillomania is an obsessive/compulsive condition that consists of incessant twirling of the hair. Clearly, this is not a good thing and will cause a great deal of damage to the hair. The myth surrounding this is that it will cause permanent hair loss. Actually, if treated by a doctor and/or psychiatrist, this disorder can be managed and eliminated. Once the incessant twirling stops, hair will grow back provided there were enough healthy hair follicles in place to begin with.
Many people believe braiding the hair tightly into corn-rows and leaving it that way will cause hair loss. To some extent this is true. While it is fine to use this hairstyle occasionally, it is not recommended that you keep your hair in this style for more than a few days at a time. The pressure and weight of the braids can, indeed, pull your hair out. Keeping your hair like this for an extended period can damage the scalp. Be sure to give your hair a break from tight braids every few days to prevent damage to your hair and scalp.
Many people, and especially people of color, have been taught that using grease or oil on the scalp will strengthen hair and scalp. The fact is, heavy and non-organic grease products such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil will damage the scalp by clogging the pores and preventing the growth of hair. To moisturize hair and scalp, it is best to use a very light application of a natural oil such as coconut oil or avocado oil. Be sure to keep hair and scalp clean with regular, gentle washing to keep pores clear and open.
One trick that many women of color use to prevent the breakage of delicate hair is to wrap the hair in a silk or satin scarf while sleeping. This is a very solid tip because it prevents friction between the hair and the pillowcase. Another alternative would be to opt for a satin or silk pillowcase; however, a scarf has the added benefit of holding the hair in place which further prevents breakage. It’s also a good idea to wrap the hair in a silk or satin scarf before putting on a winter hat, which may have a coarse texture and add to hair breakage.
When using the tip of wrapping your hair to prevent breakage, remember to alter the direction you wrap. If you wrap your hair the same way day after day, it will stress the hair and roots and can cause breakage on one side.
Many people believe that coloring the hair can damage the hair and cause more gray hair. This is both true and false. Regular application of chemicals to the hair can definitely damage the hair; however, gray hair is caused by heredity, diet and stress.
Many people who are nervous about hair loss falsely believe that they can alter the thickness or rate of hair growth by shaving the hair or getting frequent trims. This is not actually true. While shaving does thicken and toughen body hair and facial hair, it does not have this affect on scalp hair. Additionally, while trimming the hair regularly keeps split ends under control and helps prevent breakage, it will not make your hair grow faster.
If you are concerned about losing your hair, considering and judiciously using the ideas presented here will help you take care of the hair you have. To truly address your hair loss, it’s important that you seek the advice of your doctor who can help you with your diet and perhaps prescribe a hair loss treatment.