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True or false? Men's and women's hair is different

16 August 2018
True or false? Men's and women's hair is different
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From long to short, curly to straight, afro to buzz cut, and everything else in-between – there are a lot of hairstyles to choose from out there, and they can all be rocked by men and women alike. But there’s no escaping the fact that the two sexes have their own unique hair textures and variations, right? It’s simple biology, after all.

Yet, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. As it turns out, there’s absolutely no difference between male and female hair, at least in terms of raw structure.

And science proves it! According to Hair, Scalp and Gender, a research paper that was released in 2017, hair fibres grow differently in the various ethnic groups. With regards to gender, no clear or conclusive variances were observed.

When it comes to the scalp itself though, there are some noteworthy differences. According to the very same research paper, men lose more protein than women, making them more vulnerable to dandruff. Their scalp sebum levels were found to be higher too, meaning they had greasier hair. Finally, men are more susceptible to hair loss because their linear hair growth rate (LHGR) tends to be lower than a female’s.

This is why there is a wide variety of unique products available for both sexes. It’s not because the structure of their hair is gender-unique, but rather, that they have somewhat different needs. Because the male sex is more vulnerable to white flakes popping up, for instance, they should use the likes of Matrix Men Active Control Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for example, which has been specifically designed to tackle the issue head-on (pun intended). That’s not to say that the ladies are exempt from having the same hair issues as men. Hands up if you’ve ever suffered from grease or dandruff yourself!

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