Hair Loss Myths

There are many stories about causes and ‘tested’ solutions for hair loss. Here are a few of these stories to look out for.

HAIR LOSS COMES FROM THE MOTHER’S SIDE

Baldness is hereditary, but it’s not limited to the maternal side of the family. The hair loss gene can come from either parent.

LOSING HAIR EVERY DAY MEANS YOU’RE BALDING

If you’ve got male-pattern baldness then, yes, you’ll lose hair every day. That said, it’s normal to lose as many as 100 hairs a day. These will usually grow back.

IT’S UNUSUAL TO LOSE HAIR FROM OUR EARLY 30S

As you get older, the number of hair follicles on your scalp will progressively go down. With ageing, hair becomes finer and sparser.

CUTTING YOUR HAIR WILL MAKE IT GROW BACK THICKER

Hair feels thicker after a hair cut because hair is thicker at the base. Cutting your hair will not help to prevent male or female-pattern baldness

HAIRSTYLES DON’T CAUSE HAIR LOSS

Styles that put too much tension on hair, such as tight plaits, ponytails, corn-rows or winding too tightly on to rollers (especially heated rollers), can cause some hair loss.

BRUSHING OR MASSAGING THE SCALP CAN REDUCE HAIR LOSS

Blood circulation doesn’t boost hair growth. However, too much brushing may cause injury, leading to loss of hair.

BLOW DRYING DOESN’T CAUSE HAIR LOSS

Blow drying can damage, burn or dry the hair, which can cause it to fall out. But this hair will grow back immediately. It is not considered to be permanent hair loss.

WIGS AND TOUPEES MAKE HAIR LOSS WORSE

Hair doesn’t need to breathe. Only the roots are alive, and they will get their oxygen from the blood in the scalp. Wigs and hairpieces only damage hair if they are too tight.

EXCESSIVE WASHING OF HAIR CAUSES HAIR LOSS

Shampoo only removes hair that has already fallen out.

HORMONE PROBLEMS CAUSE HAIR LOSS

Problems with your thyroid gland can cause hair loss. Women may have short-term hair loss shortly after pregnancy.

DIET CAN CAUSE HAIR LOSS

A balanced diet is essential for your general health. However, there’s no evidence that certain types of food boost hair growth or cause hair loss.

STRESS CAUSES HAIR LOSS

Stressful episodes, such as an accident or surgery, can cause hair production to shut down, temporarily. Stress doesn’t cause male-pattern baldness.

LONG EXPOSURE TO THE SUN LEADS TO HAIR LOSS

Hair loss occurs at the follicle level. Fortunately, your hair acts as a shield against the sun to protect the roots.

STEROIDS HAVE NO SIDE EFFECTS ON HAIR

Steroid use can cause hair loss. Research has proven that anabolic steroids increase the levels of male hormones that induce baldness.










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