Today we’ve teamed up with Vigro to debunk some hair growth myths. But that’s not all; we’ve also got fabulous hampers for you and your man to give away to readers! Keep reading to find out more about what causes hair loss but more importantly what doesn’t! Here are 5 myths about hair loss debunked.

“There are many hair growth myths on the internet that seem credible,” says Maameya Dankwa, Brand Manager of Vigro. “But when it comes to hair growth and hair loss, stick to a professional recommendation.”

1. Wearing hats can lead to hair loss

Don’t toss aside that all-important piece of sun protection just yet! If your hat is a little too tight for you, then it can pull out your hair as you remove it and some summer hats can restrict air flow to your scalp and increase sweat, which can cause your hair follicles to become blocked. Clogged-up hair follicles from sweat and air pollution play a huge role in hair thinning, however, it is manageable. If you’re concerned, use a hair treatment regime such as the Vigro® 3-Step System, the active ingredients can assist to open up clogged-up hair shafts and reduce hair thinning

2. Only men suffer from thinning hair.

Alas, this is not true. Although more men suffer from genetic hair thinning than women, things like stress, poor nutrition, pollution, illness and medication can all cause thinning hair that is not genetically induced. So by looking after yourself, you are also looking after your hair.

3. Standing on your head will make your hair grow

This myth probably stems from the idea that blood flow increases your hair growth, and that thinning hair occurs when there is not enough blood going to your hair follicles. Now, half of this is true. Yes, blood flow does play an important part in hair growth since it carries the nutrients and oxygen your hair needs to grow. However, when less hair follicles are active your scalp needs less blood and, therefore less blood flows to your scalp; it is therefore more of a symptom than a cause. Standing on your head is only going to leave you red in the face.

4. Hot water can increase hair loss

The only reason to stop taking long, hot showers is water and electricity conservation. Cold water will do nothing for your hair, except make you feel uncomfortable, and when it comes to rinsing out shampoo, cold water will not do the job as effectively as warm water.

5. Brushing your hair 100 times a day increases hair growth

Although most moms enjoy telling their children this, and they themselves still do it religiously, this does not increase hair growth. In fact, there are some theoretical indications that brushing your hair this many times day-in-and-day-out may cause friction that can damage your hair cuticles and leave your hair look dull and limp.

Dankwa says, “If you are suffering from thinning hair, then the active ingredients in the Vigro® 3-Step System such as the active ingredient Follicusan™ and a combination of vitamins and minerals, can assist the body with healthy hair growth stemming from non-genetic and non-hereditary hair thinning” It is much easier than standing on your head! For more information visit the Vigro website.


Two lucky readers stand the chance to win a Vigro hamper! We’ve got one for the ladies and one for the men to give away. To enter simply email your name and contact details, with the subject line; “Vigro Entry” to

Competition ends on at 17:00 Friday 12 June 2015. The competition is open to South African entrants only. One email entry per person please.