People have been searching for ways to combat hair loss ever since the beginning of civilization and in all of that time a great deal of inaccurate information has come to be widely accepted as fact. Between old wives’ tales and wishful thinking it can often be difficult to determine what is true and what is not. Even in the forty years that The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research have been providing men and women with the most effective surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatments, we have spent a lot of time correcting various misconceptions. Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis strongly believe that giving their patients access to the most accurate and up-to-date information is one of the best ways to ensure that hair loss treatments progress smoothly, so here are some of the real facts behind the many myths about hair growth, hair loss, and hair restoration.
MYTH: Hair grows faster when it is trimmed frequently and can thin when covered by hats.
REALITY: All hair on the scalp and body grows from follicles, tunnel-like segments of the epidermis embedded underneath the skin. Once the hair shaft has grown to the point that it reaches the scalp surface it is functionally dead, even though the hair follicle itself is still alive and active. Hence cutting, covering, or even chemically coloring the hair on the surface has virtually no effect on its growth. Some particularly damaging hair care practices can potentially cause breakage or split-ends that can make the hair appear thinner, and tight hairstyles like pony-tails, braids, or “man-buns” can pull out hair strands from their roots and damage the follicle, but these conditions are generally temporary and easily corrected by simply refraining from the behavior that is causing the damage.
MYTH: Genetic Pattern Hair Loss, the most common form of hair loss, only affects men.
REALITY: Statistically speaking, many of the most common forms of hair loss occur with equal frequency in both men and women, and some forms even affect women more frequently. However, because the progression of women’s hair loss is usually more diffuse and less visually obvious than that experienced by men, the subject has been given much less attention throughout the years. This is one of the main reasons why Dr. Griffin and Dr. Curtis created The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, the first center in Georgia exclusively devoted to addressing the issues associated with women’s hair loss.
MYTH: The only treatment for hair loss is a surgical hair transplant.
REALITY: While surgical hair transplantation procedures, like follicular unit grafting (FUG) and follicular unit extraction (FUE), can produce exceptionally natural looking results, they are not necessarily the only treatment options available. At The Griffin Center we use a variety of non-surgical hair restoration methods, including platelet rich plasma and red light laser therapy, and always stress to our patients the importance of hair maintenance treatments that usually include prescription oral or topical medications. Every case of hair loss is unique and so we work diligently with each patient to find the combination of treatment methods that best fit their specific health requirements and will achieve optimal results.
If you are concerned about your own hair loss and interested in learning how best to go about treating it, please contact The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration so that we can schedule an appointment for a full diagnosis and hair loss consultation. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to get the latest news or answers to your questions about hair restoration.