Top 8 Hair Loss Myths

November 19, 2016
For ages people have questioned and over analyzed the causes of hair loss. Through many false assumptions, people have spread a lot of incorrect information regarding hair loss. This misinformation forms almost all of the hair loss myths. I will discuss the most common hair loss myths and either prove them false or validate their truth.

1) Mother’s Side

Many people believe that common misconception that if your mother’s family is bald then you might as well shave your head now and get used to the bald look because you’re going to be bald. Androgenetic Alopecia, or Male/Female-patterned baldness is the most common cause of hair loss. This cause of hair loss has been genetically linked and therefore it is passed down through the DNA of families. However, each individual is simply a mix of genes from their father and their mother. Therefore, yes, it is certainly true that if your mother’s side is relatively bald that you are more likely to be bald. But you are equally likely to receive the genes for hair formation from your father’s side. In order to do a fair assessment of the future of you hair you must look at the hairlines of your entire extended family.


2) Cutting or shaving your hair often causes it to grow back thicker and faster

Getting your hair cut regularly certainly keeps your hair healthy by removing damaged hair. However, haircuts do not affect the rate of hair growth or thickness. This common misconception is though to stem from the fact that when your hair first begins to grow back, it grows back thick, not because the entire hair will be thicker, but because the base of a hair follicle (which is visible at the beginning of hair growth) is naturally thicker then the end of a hair follicle.


3) Cigarettes can cause hair loss

Some have claimed this myth to be false in the past; however, recently The British Medical Journal has vindicated y claiming that enough evidence has been found to state that smoking causes hair loss.


4) Tight Hairstyles causes hair loss

Traction Alopecia is a common cause of hair loss caused by excessive pulling of the hair due to tight hairstyles. It has been shown that hairstyles such as, pigtails and cornrows, or even the use of hair rollers can cause hair loss. This type of hair loss is usually not permanent; however, if you tighten your hair for a long enough period of time, scars will begin to form on your scalp, causing permanent hair loss.


5) Medications can cause hair loss

Certain drugs, especially those used to treat depression, high blood pressure, heart problems and arthritis have been linked to hair loss. Especially medical treatment in the form of radiation or chemotherapy can cause excessive hair loss. Normally, after you stop taking the medication, your hair begins to grow back.


6) Stress can cause hair loss

Tellogen effluvium is a hair loss disorder that is directly linked to emotional or physical stress. Extremely stressful situations can cause hair follicles to prematurely enter the resting state, cause them to fall out before they finished their normal growth cycle. Normally, individuals with Tellogen effluvium experience a loss of hair until the stress is relieved, thereafter it can take up to 2 to 3 months for hair to get back to normal.


7) Brushing your hair or standing on your head helps your hair grow

Some people claim that hair loss is caused by a decrease in blood flow around the scalp. And brushing your hair and standing on your head may slightly increase your scalps blood flow, but it won’t magically turn around your hairline however. Most causes of hair loss are genetic. These hair loss disorders normally result from DHT being introduced into certain parts of the body.


8)You cannot treat hair loss

Twenty years ago there were no truly helpful treatments or remedies for hair loss. People were forced to either deal with it or buy hairpieces. Thanks to modern scientific research, many new and advanced treatments for hair loss have emerged in the last couple decades.

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