The most common myths about hair loss in men

The most common myths about hair loss in men

If your hair is starting to thin or you already have bald spots, you probably feel a strong desire to know exactly what the cause of your problem is. In this quest for information, you may find numerous myths and misconceptions about the causes, treatment, and hair loss in men that we would like to debunk.

Here are some of the most popular myths and the scientific explanations that contradict or support them.

Genes that cause hair loss come only from the mother

False. Although genetic inheritance from the mother is somewhat stronger, androgenetic alopecia can be inherited from both parents.

Bald men have a high level of testosterone

False. Hair loss is caused by an increased sensitivity of hair follicles – in certain areas of the scalp – to dihydrotestosterone which causes thinning of the hair follicle and not by high levels of testosterone.

You can determine if baldness is caused by genetic inheritance depending on the amount of hair falling out

False. Unlike popular belief, baldness is not due to the fall of a massive amount of hair, but rather due to the really small amount of hair that is being replaced periodically. In men who go bald, the fallen hair is gradually replaced by increasingly rare and thinner hair – a process called miniaturization.

Hair loss in men is caused by a decrease in blood flow from the scalp

False. When hair is growing, it needs an increased blood flow. Once you lose your hair, the scalp no longer needs the same amount of blood to support the hair growth process. Therefore, decreasing blood flow from the scalp is not a cause of hair loss, but rather a result of this process.

If you quit smoking you can avoid hair loss

False. Although several studies have confirmed the strong relationship between this harmful habit and the accentuation of hair loss, smoking alone is not the basis for hair loss. However, quit smoking and your overall health will be greatly improved.

Only men suffer from genetic hair loss

False. Hair loss is generally seen as a problem for men but women are also affected. In about 40% of women the hair will be thinner throughout their lives.

Stress and hair loss: Are they related?

Does stress make you lose hair? YES! Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realise it yet. You may think illness or extreme fatigue are to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia, losing hair or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the cause.Generally speaking, it is not the stress, but the ability to deal with stress that makes the difference in people losing hair due to stress.

How can you reduce stress?

1.Let out your feelings – If you are stressed or feeling negative about your hair call a friend or join a group. Otherwise, there is always your Doctor or Counsellor.

2.Visualisation and affirmation – Before going to sleep every night visualise the type of hair you would want to have. In bed close your eyes look about 30 degrees (1 o’ clock position of a clock) in an upward direction. It is thought that we look at the future in an optimistic light doing this. Make the vision in colour – bright, large and alive – almost as though you could touch, feel and see it.Add as much clarity to it as you can – including the colour of the hair you would like, its texture, thickness and style. If you are struggling with this – just remember it is only a dream, a goal. Remember a belief is strong but a conviction has more certainty – that is what it must be! Dream of your vision last thing before sleeping. Affirm to yourself, ideally speaking aloud “I have lovely healthy, strong hair.”

3.Relax more – Find an activity that makes you feel happy. If you don’t know what they are, make a list of possible activities, even small ones such as reading. Try laughing more as a way of relaxing.

4.Associate with happy people or those who have a positive outlook to life. Read books and articles that are positive in nature. Going to self-development seminars can help too.

5.Write out your complaints or troubles on one page and on the other side of the page write the answer(s) to your problem.

6.Have a Massage –To find a masseur visit or or use your local telephone directory or do an Internet search for a list of Therapists. Massage therapy can relax muscles and increase blood flow to skin and muscles. This would also help relieve mental and emotional stress.

7.Learn to say no when you don’t want to do something or you have imposed unrealistic demands on yourself. Be honest with yourself.

8.It is not what you say but how you say it – learn to say something effectively without offending others or feeling ignored.

9.You can only change yourself – avoid saying or thinking “if only he, if only she, if only they”. Rather think more “what can I change about myself to make my situation better.”

10. Sometimes accepting that things are the way they are and you cannot do anything about the situation helps.

Hair loss in women – a time bomb?

For one in four women hair loss is a potentially devastating problem they may suffer from

For one in four women hair loss is a potentially devastating problem they may suffer from. But the good news is you can do something behind this statistic. There’s some new research behind the science of hair loss.

Stress has always been known to be one of the top reasons for female hair loss, or telogen effluvium.

New research shows the second highest predictor of central hair loss in women is their marital status. Divorce or death of a partner can actually cause thinning of hair. In women, there can be other reasons for hair loss including diet, major surgery, poor self-image, lack of exercise, storing toxins, weight loss or medications.

To keep your hair for longer try the NUTRIGRO PLAN.

As I have said in my book Hair Today …Hair Tomorrow “the body almost says you are going to lose hair at a certain time. The secret is to learn to forestall that time.”

Nutrition. Ensure you are eating a good source of protein, biotin and iron supplements. A new study found that excessive drinking and smoking can also increase the risk for hair loss in women. During or after menopause reduced oestrogen can cause hair loss. Increase in oestrogen rich foods such as soya and tofu, consider hormone replacement therapy or a hair food supplement.

Use non-harsh chemical hair products that contain the Lauryl Sulphates or Ammonia and do not excessively style your hair. A recent American study shows 30 percent of middle-aged black women are balding due to using harsh chemical products, too tight braiding and ponytails that are pulling the hair. Try setting your hair dryer on low, your styling equipment to 160 degrees Centigrade for thinning hair, 190 degrees for normal and 220 degrees for thick hair and try to limit heating your hair locks to maximum three times a week.

Train or exercise has shown to help better blood flow and hence nutrients to the scalp. Simple exercises such as walking or running will help. Try 20 minutes exercise at least three times a week at a brisk speed of 50% faster than your normal pattern.

Remove toxin build up on the scalp and body regularly. Massage the scalp regularly. Try massaging whilst shampooing. To learn the technique of ayurvedic head massage and shampooing email me. The ancient Indian technique of using hot and cold water whilst washing hair can help in hair loss.

Imagine the hair you want.

Paulo Coelho rightly says “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”

The growth of hair is best achieved doing the above.

Ravi Bhanot

Losing hair? Try these tips

If you are losing hair try these tips: Hair loss isn’t just for middle-aged men but is affecting more and more women under 40.

1. Choose non-harsh shampoo. Look at the ingredients on your shampoo bottle and try to avoid products containing the chemicals sodium lauryl sulphate, petroleum and silicone. These chemicals are commonly used in many shampoos to “foam up” but they can irritate your scalp.

2. Does your scalp need some tender loving care? You should try to massage your scalp at least twice a week with a few drops of serums such as Nutrigro serum. A scalp massage releases tension in your forehead and scalp to aid blood. Using your fingertips, massage in small circular motions near your temples, and then move your fingers out over the rest of your scalp. For more details email us at

3. Use less of your appliances. Overuse of hair dyes, hair gel, hair dryers and curling irons can aggravate the problem of hair loss. If you have to use a hair dryer, switch it to the lowest and coldest setting. Also avoid using hair straighteners or curlers on very wet hair.

4. Make your hair healthy by eating the “right” foods. Hair is essentially protein, so make sure you eat high-quality meat, oily fish, poultry or eggs. Your diet should also include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, live yogurt, nuts and seeds. Reduce dairy foods, caffeine, sugar and salt. If you live on a “fast” food diet you may be missing out on some or all of the 22 amino acids to make the protein for hair. In this case take a food supplement which contains all the amino acids, vitamins and minerals required for healthy hair.

5. Consider some Iron. Iron is a key in maintaining healthy locks. If you are a vegetarian, try an iron supplement.

6. Ask for some advice! Though some hair loss is normal – we can shed up to 100 hairs a day – it can be a sign of stress, poor diet and lifestyle factors. If the problem of hair loss continues for an extended period of time, see your doctor as there might be a more serious underlying cause.

By Ravi Bhanot

My hair is dry and breaks easily should I get a wig?

Question from Benidita:  I have afro type hair that is dry and breaks easily. What can I do?

The simplest answer to dry hair is to use a Hair Oil if you want a greasy look or a Serum if you want a water-based finish. Use a shampoo for dry hair as well. If the hair is breaking it is probably too weak. Try this:

Wet the hair with warm water to open the pores and to increase blood circulation to the scalp.

Apply shampoo to the tips and then rub into the scalp. Don’t apply the shampoo directly to the scalp. Excess shampoo can strip vital minerals like calcium and iron from the hair.  Also, excess shampoo in one spot can promote build up in one particular patch. Shampoo with warm water to remove dirt and grease. Then rinse hair with cold water to shrink the pores back to normal size. Run your hands through the hair in a to and fro movement, particularly to the thinning hair to generate heat. This activates the sebaceous glands and energizes blood flow increases the chances of healthier hair.

Pat dry hair by blotting with a towel rather than rubbing it with cloth towels.

This will pull hair when it is already in a weakened state due to the wetness.

Brush your hair only after drying it. Wetting hair helps straighten and detangle hair much better, however, the stress on the hair shaft is increased. Use a brush that has stiff and long bristles to increase the blood circulation in the scalp.

Use a non-harsh non-SLS shampoo that does not weaken hair. Try Nutrigro Shampoo.

Give hair food to strengthen hair. Hair is 97% protein. Get this from your diet ensuring you get all the 22 amino acid building blocks hair needs or from a supplement. Try some hair protein, vitamin and mineral capsules such as vegetarian based protein Nutrigro Capsules or fish based protein Noukrin for three months and see if they make a difference.

Along with this follow the Nutrigro Plan. It is a plan that Professor Gupta of Bolton University calls “a revolutionary way to keep your hair for longer and combat hair loss”. Email me for more details on this or visit

Ravi Bhanot

I am 55 and losing hair – what should I do?

I am 55 and losing hair. My hair at the crown tends to be brittle (the other areas tend to be much softer, especially the back). By being brittle, it broke off very easily. It really has been a struggle and it was probably was made worse by braiding.

My hair started growing very slowly but stopped altogether. At the moment it is point something of an inch (almost no hair in the middle of the crown)  In addition to that, I believe some of my problems could be the result of a nutritional imbalance as I went through a bit of financial crunch after the sudden death of my husband almost five years ago. Prior to this, I had left my corporate job to start my own consultancy. What should I do?

Yvette (Trinidad).

Response from Ravi Bhanot:

This is what I think you should do:

1. Provoke the follicles by using the dermal roller every day and then applying the Nutrigro serum.  The dermal roller costs £25 (or $40 US).

2. Use the Nutrigro Serum from roots to tips daily to make the hair less brittle. Use this on dry hair or after a shower. Please make sure that after showering you only pat dry your hair and not vigorously dry the hair.

3.The ideal shampoo to use is Nutrigro shampoo as it contains phytokeratin (what hair is made from) to make the hair look thicker and it has antibacterials to thoroughly clean the scalp.

4. To counteract the effects of a possible imbalance in oestrogen ( which is common in women 50 years+)  and possible lack of essential proteins, vitamins and minerals take two capsules daily of Nutrigro Hair Food Plus. Take for 3 months to rebalance the nutritional and hormonal imbalance and then review.

5. Nutrition. Please focus on foods that ‘cool’ the body. Ayurvedically speaking we say the body’s ‘heat’ energy called Pitta is imbalanced. Cooling foods are like cucumber, salad and yoghurt. (You can read more on this in my book). A list of Pitta reducing foods is on our college website under diet planning. Eat more of the foods that have a tick by them on the Pitta foods list.

Ravi Bhanot – Author: Hair Today…Hair Tomorrow

How does the Nutrigro Scalp Roller treatment work for thinning hair?

How does the Nutrigro Scalp Roller treatment work for thinning hair?

This is a new treatment for thinning hair or hair falling. It works under the scalp rather than just on the scalp. The treatment uses a plastic device called a Scalp roller followed by the Nutrigro Serum. Use the Scalp roller regularly, in one direction, 6-8 times. The 0.3mm home Scalp roller is used every day or other days.

The Scalp roller is a plastic device just over 1 inch wide.

FHow does the Nutrigro Scalp Roller treatment work for thinning hair?It has 540 small metal needles (although some larger needle rollers are available) of 0.3 mm in length. The Red LED Scalp Roller works about 5 times faster than the normal Scalp rollers as the 633nm Red light is believed to accelerate the rate of cell growth being an effective treatment for thinning hair and hair loss.

Applying it to areas of hair loss or hair thinning causes gently ’damage’ to the scalp. This encourages the body to regenerate and heal. This works to stimulate hair re-growth in areas of hair thinning by encouraging local blood circulation and hence nutrients to the follicles. It is through improved blood circulation in the scalp may also help reduce levels of DHT in this scalp by removing it from the papilla or hair root. The presence of DHT is associated with hair loss in men. A  Scalp roller works by getting the skin to repair itself. Under the scalp it works on follicles, the part from which hair grows, to restore normality.

To create healthy tissue the body produces a substance called collagen. This promotes healthy follicles to counteract and reverse thinning hair and hair loss. A Scalp roller also acts as a catalyst, we have found, to increase the amount of Nutrigro Serum that gets into a treated area. The increase in absorption rate can be many more times more than not using the device. The skin “micro-channels” caused by the action do close relatively quickly so the serum does need to be applied straight away.

Nutrigro Hair Serum is designed to be used daily on the scalp.

Scientifically formulated, it contains botanical complexes, which keep the hair rigid and break resistant and help to clear the build up of dead cells around the follicles allowing growth of existing hair. The formulation is rich in vitamins and minerals to help maintain the growth of existing hair. The sugar beet Betaine in the Serum is believed to improve the production of collagen making the hair bulb stronger.

Improvements using the Scalp roller do vary. Therefore, for the best chance of success,  maintain your Scalp roller treatment, eat healthily, particulalry what is called in Ayurveda, ‘cooling’ foods such as salad and  yogurt. For growth of hair one needs the 22 amino acids that make up hair-as hair is 97% protein plus vitamins and minerals. You would get all these from the 100% vegetarian Nutrigro capsules. Research shows you need to use take these for 3 to 6 months to see full benefit. Use the Nutrigro shampoo can give the fuller thicker looking hair. 88% of people felt the shampoo made thin hair look healthier. We would love your comments on the Nutrigro Scalp Roller treatment.

Ravi Bhanot

Author Hair Today…Hair Tomorrow

More information on the Scalp Roller treatment

Watch the video ‘how the Nutrigro system works’

Do we lose more hair at certain times of the year?

TDo we lose more hair at certain times of the year? Yes, some of us do, according to a set of scientists.

Do we lose more hair at certain times of the year? Yes, some of us do, according to a set of scientists. Circannual rhythms (physiological variations that occur in the same period of the year) can be described as a change in the level of hormones secreted by your body. Scientists believe that these fluctuations explain many pathologies (the scientific study of the nature of the disease and its causes) such as male pattern baldness. A study called the “Tromsø study” screened all inhabitants aged 25 years or older living in Tromsø (Norway) for their Testosterone blood levels over a period of time.

The study showed that Testosterone reaches two peaks during the year, one in February-March and the other one in November-December (Figure 1).  As can be seen from the graph below the biggest peak is in Autumn.

Figure 1 – Shows Total Testosterone (Total-T) and free Testosterone (Free-T) levels during a 12-month period.

It has also been observed by some scientists that more hair is lost in Spring and in Autumn

This coincides with the Tromsø study that shows a seasonal variation (of about 30% by season) of total and free testosterone.

So why does more hair fall out in these seasons?

It is postulated that Spring and Autumn both see a sudden change in climate – both temperature and amount of daylight. These sudden variations in the factors may be stressing the body.

The body responds by releasing the hormone, Testosterone. Higher Testosterone blood levels mean more DHT in the scalp and consequently less hair on your scalp. (DHT attacks hair follicles.) Use hair supplements such as Nutrigro Hair Food Capsules which is rich in the herb Saw Palmetto help keep the hormone as Testosterone rather than DHT.

So do not worry if you are shedding more hair in the Spring and Autumn.