Our hair is our crowning glory and the haircare and beauty treatment industry is worth several billion in the UK, taking into account hairdressing and barber services as well as homecare products for washing, colouring and styling the hair.
For such a valuable industry, there are still some myths and as many of us experience changes in our hair as part of the ageing process, now is the time to separate fact from fiction.
Mad March Hair – 5 Common Myths
- Don’t pull out a grey hair as 3 will grow in its place
- It may feel that way, but removing a grey hair will not generate 3 more
- It’s simply that as we age, more hairs grow without colour
- Excessive plucking can seriously damage the hair follicle and may inhibit regrowth altogether, leading to hair loss
- Eating bread crusts will make hair curl
- Sorry, there is no connection between food and the curliness of hair
- However, a good diet will make hair look healthier and skin too
- Stress or fear can make your hair go white
- It has been shown that stress can speed up greying or cause it prematurely.
- However, it will only be visible as new hair grows – the length of hair cannot turn white overnight
- Regular trims stimulate hair growth
- Hair grows at the same rate whether it is cut or not; so cutting or even shaving the head doesn’t make hair grow any better
- However, split ends should be avoided as they cause the hair to break
- Wearing hats causes hair loss
- Rarely – a very tight hat which cuts of blood circulation to the follicles may cause some hair loss, but this would also be causing a serious headache
- However, many people do wear a hat to disguise the progression of hair loss which probably explains the association
When it comes to hair, we naturally dislike the signs of ageing and seek to delay them. For some people, the hair exhibits signs of age earlier than others and this can be quite noticeable.
Facts About Hair and Ageing
Research has shown that women start to get their first white hairs at 33, although more and more are experiencing premature greying in their mid-twenties, an issue that has been ascribed to stress. Hair colouring either at home or in salon provides an easy solution enabling people to keep their ‘real colour’ a secret.
With regard to hair loss, approximately 70% of men and 30% of women will experience it. 2 out of 3 men experience can expect some degree of hair loss by the age of 35 According the American Hair Loss Association and some will find it in their twenties.
Hair loss is perhaps harder to hide than greying hair and many feel that they just need to live with it – hence wearing a hat or having it cut very short (see the myths above!). The prospect of surgery is unappealing or unaffordable.
Non-Surgical Treatments for Hair Loss
Innovative doctors such as Dr Barbara Kubicka at Clinicbe® are able to offer non-surgical hair treatment solutions designed to stimulate and nourish the scalp in order to boost the condition and growth of hair on the head without using surgery.
Dr Kubicka explains:
“We now have a number of very effective options which patients can use to promote healthy hair growth. These can be used individually or else combined, depending on the form of hair loss that a person has.”
“These treatments are designed to work in a very holistic manner, by boosting the health of the individual and their scalp, which is in turn designed to improve the health and retention of hair.”
Treatments for hair loss include the outstanding Triple Synergy Hair System, which was developed by Dr Barbara Kubicka and is unique to Clinicbe.
Part two of this article will look at potential non-surgical treatments for hair loss in more detail.
Dr Barbara Kubicka is founder, director and doctor at Clinicbe® in London.
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