By CysterWigs Contributor

When it comes to achieving the hair growth we long for, it isn’t unnatural to want to try something different to achieve results. But sometimes, things may get a bit…well…strange! From copious amounts of brushing to crazy positions to get a few extra inches fast, here are five of the craziest hair growth myths that you should definitely steer clear from.

Frequent trims = faster hair growth

Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Trimming the ends of your hair hold tons of benefits. It gets rid of scraggly and thinning ends, stops split ends from traveling up your hair shaft and of course, makes your ends look thicker and healthier. However, trimming your ends has absolutely no effect on how fast your hair grows.

The truth is this – trimming does have the ability to eliminate damage before it causes major breakage, meaning that your healthy strands are given the chance to grow longer without breaking off at the ends. This in turn creates the illusion that your hair is growing faster, but it actually isn’t! It’s just helping to retain length better.

Eggs are a great source of protein to help your hair grow faster

Eggs are indeed a great source of protein for your hair… if you’re eating them. In fact, the protein molecules found in raw egg are much too large to penetrate into the hair shaft to offer rebuilding and strengthening from within. Instead, they remain on the outside of the hair shaft and wear away bit by bit – by your next hair wash, they may very well be long gone! For a true protein treatment that promotes the hair growth you desire, opt for a product containing hydrolyzed protein.

100 strokes before bedtime?

You’ve either read about it in stories or seen it on television – the image of a woman brushing her hair before bed. But do you really need to brush your hair before bed each night to see growth? Absolutely not. Brushing your hair may make it look smooth and shiny, and makes for a tangle-free mane, but too much brushing or combing of your hair can actually damage your hair strands! This wear and tear is often the culprit of breakage over time…the exact opposite of healthy hair growth!

Head over heels

The ‘inversion method’ has made its name on hair care forums all across the web. It boasts double your monthly hair growth by increasing blood flow to your scalp by turning your head upside down for a few minutes every night for a week. It’s no secret that the scalp needs constant blood flow to bring nutrients to your hair follicles, but you can avoid the dizziness, headaches and nausea that has been known to accompany the inversion method just by giving yourself a good old scalp massage with a stimulating oil like peppermint oil.

Sealing split ends?

There’s only one way to get rid of pesky split ends, and that’s to cut them off. You can mix as much unicorn tears, vibranium and fairy dust as you please, but they can’t be fixed. Your hair will appear much more hydrated and shiny, lessening the appearance of splits, but the only way to really wave goodbye to split strands is to put down the mixtures and pick up those scissors. Sure, your hair will be a bit shorter, but it’ll be much healthier, too.

It’s super easy to get caught up in the newest hair growth fads that pop up every few months, but there’s nothing worse than wasting your time, money and ingredients on hair growth ‘hacks’ that don’t work. Stick to the tried and true methods that have worked for you. You’ll be much happier in the end.

By CysterWigs Contributor

As common as hair loss is, you would think that most people understand the basic mechanisms of how it caused and a sense of effective treatment options. However, this is not always the case. There are so many old wives’ tales and fake news articles on the topic that it can be hard to know who to trust or what to do when you find yourself in this predicament.

We’ve taken a few of the most common hair loss myths and debunked them for you. Some are more outrageous than others and they actually might make you chuckle as you read along.

Standing on your head will make your hair grow back.

This inversion method requires you to stand on your head for three to five minutes to allow extra blood flow to your scalp to stimulate hair growth. Some people report that they have noticed upwards of an inch of growth in two weeks. Now before you reach for your yoga mat and head for the nearest wall, remember that the brain is situated just under the scalp and has an ample blood supply. Also, there are no recorded cases of hair loss due to low blood supply.

Male pattern baldness is passed down through the mother only.

Genetic androgenic alopecia is a dominant trait and can be passed down from either parent. Even if you father doesn’t have hair loss but your maternal grandfather did, it is likely you will. Also, there is not just one gene for hair loss. There are many different types affected by several factors which may or may not be genetic. In these cases, it may only be expressed from a small genetic factor and be majority environmental or the other way round.

Shampooing daily will make your hair fall out.

Regular shampooing with good quality products won’t have any effect on existing hair loss or cause your hair to fall out. All it will do is keep your hair clean or in the worst case scenario encourage excess oil production and make it feel a little more greasy. Weird right?!?

Biotin and other supplements make your hair grow back.

There are no scientific studies that show that Biotin has any effect on hair loss. In fact, it can actually cause severe acne and other side-effects in high doses. Supplements should only be taken when directed by physician to treat a deficiency. If incorrect amounts of vitamins and minerals are ingested, they could have negative effects on the body, including throwing off it’s sensitive balance.

Cutting your hair will make it grow back faster.

Your hair grows from the roots not the tips, so cutting the ends will not have any effect on the rate of hair growth. It is important to note that if you suffer from breakage, trimming the hair can prevent split ends and damage to the hair shaft. If your hair is damaged, it will seem like your hair isn’t growing.

So now when you hear these myths about hair loss, we hope you’ll be able to hit people with a few truths and educate the masses.

By CysterWigs Contributor

It can be hard enough when you look in the mirror and see that you are losing your hair, but it can be even harder when you’re trying and failing to hide it from others. Whether it is a slight upwards glance during a conversation or full blown unsolicited advice, you need to get comfortable talking about hair loss and you might need to do it fast.

Nobody wants to talk about something that’s affecting their self esteem. But the topic of hair loss might have the boldest strangers engaging with you. If you’re lucky, it will be a shared moment where they offer comfort using their own experience. On the other hand, you could be bombarded with questions and advice that might be rude or even useless.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate around this touchy subject.

Set your boundaries

This is easier to do with close friends and family than people you don’t know. Initially, when you start to notice your hair loss, then you can decide if you want to talk to those close to you individually or as a group to let them know what you are going through. You can use this time to explain that you are dealing with your hair loss in the best way that you see fit.

During this time, you may choose to seek out their advice, or you might want to ask that people refrain from giving you any. However you choose to approach it, make sure that you are very clear and do not let anyone make you feel bad about your decision.

Be honest

You often find through conversation that many people have been down the same road as you. If the opportunity arises, use your current situation to educate others within reason, but also bear in mind that you don’t really have to explain yourself to anyone.

Don’t take it personally

There will be stares and people who make harsh comments, but remember, this is a reflection of them rather than you. Never internalize other people’s thoughts or feelings and stay strong in knowing that your hair is only a small part of who you are.

And if all else fails you could always make a t-shirt stating the facts or hand out business cards with all the information you want to give out about your hair loss, saving you having to tell the same story time and time again. Hey if you’re bold enough, it couldn’t hurt. 😉

Losing your hair can be a very difficult life event. You might feel isolated or like nobody understands what you’re going through. But honestly, more than 80% of people will experience some form of hair loss during their lifetime. So that means you are not alone.

Hair loss can occur for a number of reasons–many of those reasons are even out of your control. But the process can still bring about feelings of shame and embarrassment, especially if you feel like your hair styling options are very limited. Thanks to wigs and toppers, you actually do have two solid options for helping to restore your confidence despite your hair loss. If you haven’t considered them before, it’s time that you do.

Wearing a wig or even a topper is not a last resort. Instead, it’s a way to take back your strength and prove that hair loss doesn’t have any power over you.

Even if you don’t choose to cover your hair, know that your story can be an inspiration and help build courage in yourself and others. Remember, you are more than your hair and losing it should not stop you from living the life you want or deserve.

After the initial period of adjustment, many women find that they have tapped into a new reserve of resilience that they never knew they had. They are able to seek solutions to problems that once would have rattled them much easier.

So don’t see hair loss as the end. Instead, look at it as the beginning of a new chapter. It’s up to you to decide exactly what the story will be. There is hope, there are options and you will always be the same person–hair or not.

The great thing about wigs and toppers is that they’re not just for people experiencing hair loss. They’re for anyone who wants to change their style. So just because you have a few wigs in your closet, does not mean they are a beacon to let people know what’s going on. They also shouldn’t be viewed as a negative. In fact, wigs are constructed so well these days that most people won’t even realize that you’re wearing one. And even if they do, they will never know your reason for wearing one–unless you want them to.

Instead of seeing this as a method to cover your hair loss, use it as a tool to showcase your personality and your strength. Whether you choose to go with extravagant styles or keep it as simple and as close to your previous hairstyle, your wig is only as important as you want it to be and does not define you.

Some people’s hair will grow back and for others it will be a permanent change, but don’t let it affect your character or hold you back.

By Julia

After writing many medical articles for the blog, I thought it would be a good idea to break down some of the common phrases in them. While some of you might be familiar with these terms, others might not know what the heck I’m even talking about. So to help cut down on confusion, I created this simple glossary of hair loss terms that you might see in my posts.

5 ALPHA REDUCTASE

5-alpha reductase is an enzyme that alters testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This enzyme is responsible for androgenetic hair loss in humans, gradually reducing the growth phase of the hair (anagen phase). At puberty, 5-alpha-reductase leads to overproduction of sebum (sebaceous gland), which can lead to acne problems. The term reductase refers to the enzyme that decreases the energy sent into the chemical process of electron exchange (oxidation-reduction).

ALOPECIA

Alopecia refers to an abnormal loss of hair. The diagnosis of normal or abnormal loss can reveal alopecia in many forms. The best known and most widespread form of alopecia is androgenetic alopecia. However, there are several other forms of alopecia that are caused by distinct factors.

Different types of alopecia

Congenital Alopecia

Congenital alopecia is the rarest form of alopecia. Congenital alopecia is due to an absence of hair roots or an abnormality in the constitution of the hair itself. This often results in baldness since the hair follicles are permanently destroyed. The hair has no chance of regrowth. The only way to cover this baldness outside of wigs would be a hair transplant.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, is the most common form of hair loss. It results in a gradual and definitive decrease in the quality and quantity of the hair. It affects men and women. Male androgenetic alopecia usually evolves leaving the forehead and apex balding, while female pattern baldness is more spread out. In most cases, the hair loss is often concentrated on the top of the head.

Diffuse Alopecia

This is a form of baldness where hair loss, more or less regular, is generalized throughout the hair. Non-hereditary, this type of alopecia that can be acute or chronic. It’s usually an indicator of illness.

Alopecia Circumscribed

The circumscribed alopecia, also called alopecia areata, is characterized by hair loss in a circumscribed (circular) area.

ANDROGENETIC ALOPECIA

Androgenetic alopecia is abnormal hair loss caused by both heredity and hormones. Indeed, androgenetic alopecia results from a genetic predisposition of the scalp making it more sensitive to male hormones (or androgens), specifically DHT (or dihydrotestosterone). Among men who have this type of hair follicle problem, 90% have androgenetic alopecia. In fact, in the androgenetic form, the lost hair is replaced by a thin down; people who suffer from it have the same number of hair as the others, but they are almost invisible to the naked eye.

SCARRED ALOPECIA

Scarring alopecia is hair loss due to physical or chemical trauma to the scalp. In this type of alopecia, the root of the affected hair is permanently destroyed. Because of inflammation, there are scarred areas with fibrous tissue where the hair will not grow back. Various factors can be at the origin of this type of alopecia: accidents, burns, radiotherapy, bacteria or viruses, skin tumors, lupus, scleroderma, congenital anomaly, etc. In scarring alopecia, the skin of the affected scalp becomes smooth, shiny and usually of a different color than the skin that is not affected.

CENTRAL SCARRING CICATRICIAL ALOPECIA

Centrifugal Central Scarring Alopecia (CCCA) primarily affects women with frizzy hair such as African-Americans. This type of alopecia begins in the most covered part of the scalp, the top of the head, and then spreads to the sides of the scalp. The main cause of this type is the straightening of hair using chemicals or a straightener at very high temperature. The most important symptoms of Centrifugal Central Scarring Alopecia are scarring severe scalp pain and abnormal hair loss.

TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM

Telogen effluvium (TE) is probably the second most common form of hair loss. TE occurs when there is a change in the number of hair follicles that can grow hair. When the number of hair-producing Gfollicles drops significantly for any reason during the resting, or telogen phase, a significant increase in dormant, telogen stage hair follicles occurs. Shedding is often the result of this.

With TE, people never lose all their scalp hair completely, but thinning of the hair will be very noticeable with severe cases. While TE usually occurs on the scalp, it can affect other areas, like the eyebrows or pubic region. The good news for this type of hair loss is that regardless of the form, it’s reversible.


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