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How much have you read about hair loss treatments? Do you worry about hair loss? If the latter is yes, then uou aren’t alone.

Although men can be pretty blasé about most aspects of personal grooming and their appearance, hair loss seems to be one that bothers many guys.

In fact, so great is the concern, and so effective the marketing of treatments, that American men spend close to a billion dollars per year trying to re-grow hair. Interestingly, for an area that can be the focus of so much attention, the subject of hair loss is full of myths and misunderstandings.

For example, finding a bunch of hair in your shower or bath does not necessarily mean you are going bald – it is normal to lose 50-100 hairs per day. If it’s a couple of days since you showered, you can easily have a couple of hundred hairs lurking around the plug after you’re done. In fact, the only real way to tell if you’re going bald is if your hairline is receding or your hair is thinning!

There are plenty of other myths about baldness, including:

  • Baldness comes from the mother's side:

    While it is genetic, it can come from anywhere in your family.
  • Wearing hats causes baldness:

    Simply not true. It has no effect either way.
  • Using various hair care products causes baldness:

    Fear not – you can sculpt and mousse to your heart’s content – it doesn’t have any effect.
  • Cutting your hair will make it grow back thicker:

    A myth that has arisen because hair is thicker at the roots than at the tip, so it seems to be thicker when it’s just been cut.

So does baldness matter? It’s interesting to note that there has not been a bald Prime Minister or US President in the television age, but with so many men sporting shaved heads, now is probably the best time ever for the follicle challenged.

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