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Hair Myths and Facts Affecting Your Health


By: Gemma Lagasca


Does hair tells that you’re healthy? There are different kinds of health problems that may affect your hair—hair loss is one example of a medical side effect. However, there are some myths and facts affecting your health and your hair. Continue reading this article to know these things:

  1. Daily hair shedding is normal. Hair shedding is not an evidence of being unhealthy. Our hair usually goes through three phases—shedding, resting and growing. According to WebMD’s researchers, the estimated amount of hair for normal shedding per day is up to 100 strands. The 90% of hair follicles are bringing forth new hair anytime and the remaining10% are in telogen phase or resting phase. It means that the new hair will grow back in a certain period of time.
  2. Low immune system is not related to hair follicle damage. The hair damage manifested by abnormal hair fall is medically known as alopecia areata. This problem can exist when an unusual attack to your system happens when undergoing surgery, medications, stress, thyroid problems and when giving birth. Some people may experience this over and over again but the hair normally grows back naturally.
  3. White flakes do not create health risk. Even doctors are not sure about the dandruff’s root cause or origin. But base on the theory, dandruff is caused by overgrowth of fungus. The sources of these funguses include stress, obesity, oily skin, dry or cold weather and when suffering from psoriasis or eczema. Consequently, the intense itch is definitely irritable—but dandruff is not infectious. Try to use antidandruff shampoo to treat or control the continuous production of white flakes.

  4. Male and female pattern baldness. Baldness is 90% caused by genes especially for men. This problem is more influenced by your mother’s bloodline than your father’s. For women, the usual hair loss is not concentrating in one portion—it is more on thinning hair all over the head. So women rarely experience baldness compared to men. According to the old belief, long hair can cause hair fall because the nutrients cannot sustain it whereas some people believe that a brand of shampoo can cause hair loss—unfortunately these were all myths. Try treating your hair with Minoxidil to prevent it from thinning and it may also help the hair to grow again.
  5. Unhealthy diet brings unhealthy hair. Of course, unhealthy foods will not sustain your hair and body needs. So enrich your body with hearty or healthy diet. Include salmon, walnuts, spinach, carrots, oysters and cashews in your daily diet. These foods are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and zinc to keep your hair shiny.
  6. Over-styling can damage hair. Too much styling like colouring, bleaching, straitening, blow-drying and ironing can cause hair damage. The hair will become dull and dry—but this hair problem does not indicate permanent health damage.
  7. Scalp massage improves scalp condition. Although there is no concrete proof that scalp massage will help avoid or slower hair loss—but it can relieve stress. Massage will help improve the blood flow in the nerve and triggers the production of good hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

There you go – you should know by now if there’s anything you can do with your hair problems – if you have any!

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