More than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have some form of hair loss, making the hair loss industry worth a whopping $3.5 billion. Unfortunately, many hair loss solutions are worthless.
"Most of the products and services that are being sold in this industry don't work," says Spencer Kobren founder of the American Hair Loss Association and host of The Bald Truth podcast.
It's often difficult to separate the snake oils from the solutions because many people advocating for or against different products tend to have stakes in the industry too. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about what causes hair loss and how it can be prevented. We dug into the hard science to expose the myths, truths, and important information you should know about what you can actually do to keep (or get back) your hair.
Pull Out a Grey and Three Will Grow: Myth
Over time, repeatedly pulling out hairs from the same follicle can cause traction alopecia, where the trauma of plucking can damage and scar the follicle to the point that it no longer produces hair. This is the basic reasoning behind plucking eyebrows but it also applies to the hairs on your head, so pulling them out on a regular basis can make them go away for good. However, Kobren says that occasionally pulling out a grey before date night shouldn't cause any significant problems.
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