Hair Loss Myths Debunked

There are several myths that people have adopted as hard cold facts in regards to the causes of hair loss. We will take a look at these misconceptions, and provide the reader with factual information. Many of us have heard people say that the hair loss gene comes from the mother's paternal side of the family; however, that is not necessarily true.

The fact is that hair loss can be hereditary, and the gene can come from either side of the family. Losing hair on a daily basis does not necessarily indicate that a person is going bald. On average, humans lose 100 strands of hair on a daily basis, and new hair will grow to replace them. Hair loss usually happens as people get older because the number of hair follicles on the scalp become less which results in hair becoming finer and sparser. However, there have been cases in which men started becoming bald in their 20's and 30's.

There have been rumors that receiving frequent haircuts can reduce the occurrence of male and female pattern baldness. Unfortunately, this is not true. The reason why hair feels thicker after getting a haircut is because the density of hair increases closer to the scalp. Hair that is tightly pulled into a ponytail, braids, corn rolls, or rollers can contribute to hair loss because the hair is being pulled out of the scalp. It is better to use looser fitting hair accessories that do not tug on the hair or put a lot of weighted pressure on the hair. Excessive hair brushing can also be a contributing factor to hair loss. The best way to prevent this from happening is to brush the hair gently starting from the scalp towards to the ends of the hair. Excessive or high heat blow dryers can damage, burn, and dry out hair which can cause hair loss; however, this loss is only temporary.

In our next article we will look at some more myths and misconceptions about hair loss.

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