With all the articles we read in the media about hair loss, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction. What are the things you need to do to maintain a healthy head of hair? And if you do suffer hair loss, what do you need to know about hair restoration?
Dr. Anthony Farole has worked with thousands of men and women in the Bala Cynwyd area who needed answers for these and other questions about hair health. Here are helpful perspectives on hair loss and prevention.
Can styling products such as hairspray, gel or dye cause my hair to fall out?
It’s true that many styling products can cause your hair to dry out, causing the shaft to break. But this kind of hair loss is almost always temporary. Permanent hair loss only happens when the roots are damaged.
To keep your hair healthy, don’t over-color or over-perm. Go longer between touchups to give your hair a rest. Skip the “super-hold” products that contain drying alcohol and heavy lacquers. Let your hair air-dry whenever you can to prevent heat damage.
I’ve heard that brushing my hair 100 strokes every day helps it grow.
That’s a charming old wives’ tale, but it’s not true. Brushing that much can cause split ends and breakage. When you do brush, use a wide-tooth comb. If your hair tangles easily, brush it when wet, using conditioner first. Let straight hair dry a little before brushing it.
Can stress make my hair fall out?
Yes, it can. Stress prompts the body to invest energy in other processes needed to make it through whatever difficulties you’re facing. Hair growth isn’t an essential activity, so hair may weaken at the roots and fall out.
Stress-induced hair loss shows up about 2 weeks to 3 months after the tough times begin. Hair starts to grow back once your life becomes calmer.
Does my diet affect hair growth?
There’s no question that nutrition is part of keeping your hair healthy. If you don’t get enough iron protein, or you get too much Vitamin A, your hair can fall out. Sources of protein that are good for your hair include meat, eggs and beans. Iron can be found in fortified cereal, spinach and clams. Supplements are OK, but it’s better to get your nutrients from food, since they are better absorbed by the body.
Can tight hairdos cause hair loss?
Not only can very tight hairstyles such as ponytails and cornrow braids give you a headache, but they can also cause hear to break off, leading to permanent hair loss. When styling your own hair, leave a little “play” in your ponytail or pigtails to avoid stressing your strands. Work with your hairstylist to make sure braids aren’t so tight that they endanger your hair’s health.
What if I’m doing everything right … but I’m still losing my hair?
That’s where Dr. Farole can help. In his 20+ years as one of the Philadelphia area’s foremost hair restoration experts, he’s helped thousands of men and women choose the right hair replacement program for their needs. Schedule a personalized consultation today to learn more about the options available to you.