Male Pattern Baldness FAQs
Is it possible for me to re-grow my hair?
There is a strong history of baldness in my family. Can it be prevented in my case?
I am 25 years old, and I'm losing hair rapidly. What treatment can I take to stop my hair loss?
I have noticed excessive hair fall after changing my place of stay. Can hair loss be linked to the water?
I have noticed hair fall after a lot of stress. Is hair fall related to stress?
Myths and Facts
- Parlour treatments and shampoos can treat hair loss.
This is a myth. Hair loss is a medical condition that is caused by some underlying conditions such as thyroid disorders, anaemia, hormonal imbalances, etc. A parlour treatment or hair product will only be superficial, and it will certainly not treat your hair loss. Hair loss can only be treated by scientifically diagnosing the underlying medical conditions and treating them accordingly.
- Oiling the hair makes it grow thicker and longer.
This is a myth. Applying hair oil is a traditional and useful Indian practice, but it does not cause the hair to grow longer and thicker at all. Hair oil does not play a role in hair growth. However, oil can condition the hair and scalp, thereby making it smoother.
- Rubbing the fingernails of one hand against the other controls hair loss and helps with the re-growth of hair.
There is no scientific evidence to back this belief. The best recourse for hair loss is to consult a trichologist who will diagnose the cause of your problem and provide you with the best possible solution.
- Brushing your hair 100 times a day makes it grow faster.
Definitely not. Brushing only helps to spread natural oils over the complete hair strand. Excessive brushing may only add to your hair problems, thus damaging the hair due to excess friction.
- No visible hair loss means no balding.
It is not necessary that you go bald only if you notice hair visibly falling off. Male-pattern baldness causes militarisation (shrinking of the hair follicle). It also causes the hair to grow at a slower pace than normal. Very often, people miss the visible signs of their own hair loss, that is, when their hair starts to thin out and gaps between the hair become visible. This happens because the rate of hair growth in male-pattern baldness becomes slow. This needs to be treated medically, just like any other case of male-pattern baldness.
- If I shave my head off, will my hair grow back thicker and longer?
Shaving the hair has nothing to do with the rate of hair growth. Hair loss is caused by medical conditions and the underlying causes need to be addressed with appropriate medical treatment. With shaving, you only get rid of the hair, but hair follicles still continue to shrink.