Hair loss: Myths & Truths
14 Myths about Hair Loss
We hear so many stories about hair loss and what causes it. In fact, there are so many misconceptions out there especially spreading on social media that it can be difficult to separate the fact from the fiction.
Let’s here have a look at some of those myths surrounding hair loss!
1: “Hair grows faster if you cut it”
FALSE: Haircuts have nothing to do with how fast or thick your hair grows. Having a hair cut only affects the shaft, but not the follicle, which is the part responsible for the growth and premature loss. Getting your hair cut might give you the impression that you lose less hair but actually, this has no impact on getting new hair growth or limiting hair loss. This said, it always feels good to have a nice haircut!
2: “Greasy hair falls out more often”
TRUE: When your scalp produces too much grease, you can have more of your hair falls out. The reason being that sebum can obstruct the follicle. Focus on washing your scalp if you notice that sebum and dirt build-up. Make sure to use gentle scalp care products that are suitable for your hair type. Use scalp care products as it is more important to nurture the scalp!
3: “We lose more of our hair in Autumn and Winter”
There is evidence that people can note increased shedding in the late autumn and winter months. This pattern is thought to be evolutionary because, in the summer months, we hold on to more hair to provide increased protection of the scalp from sun exposure. In other words, the longer daylight hours of the summer can trigger the hair to enter the telogen phase, which then triggers the shedding at the end of that phase.
Research suggests that some women experience slightly higher rates of telogen during the Summer month of July, which then sees some hairs falling out around 3 months later, in Autumn.
So, seasonal shedding is a natural phenomenon and there is not necessarily anything alarming about losing more hair in autumn and winter.
4: “Anxiety and stress can affect hair loss”
TRUE: Indeed, stress and anxiety can lead to hair loss and especially telogen effluvium. A significant amount of stress can push large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Then, within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly.
Moreover, Chronic stress is also linked to alopecia areata. Chronic stress can push the immune system into overdrive to the point that white blood cells actually end up attacking the hair follicles.
5: “Washing your hair on a daily basis makes it fall out more”
FALSE: On the contrary, keeping your hair clean and removing excess sebum, wash out pollutants, and other buildups can actually improve your hair and scalp health. The common argument is that frequent shampooing will strip the hair of its natural oils and dry it out.
Shampooing can be really really upsetting for people suffering from hair thinning because when you massage the shampoo, hairs that fall out as you wash were ready to fall out anyway. This loss has nothing to do with frequent showering.
However, make sure that you always use products that don’t damage your scalp or irritate it. Beware of shampoo products creating a lot of foam and with nice scents as they are often doing nothing to the scalp. Also, limit excessive blowdrying and the overuse of heated tools such as irons.
6: “Brushing your hair when wet leads to more fall out”
FALSE: Actually, your hair is more elastic when it is wet, though it also has a greater tendency to split and might feel as though more is falling out. If your hair is in the process of falling out, brushing gathers up hair that is about to shed anyway: it doesn’t actually cause hair loss necessarily.
However, beware that going to bed with wet hair can potentially create scalp ringworm that is a type of fungal infection, caused by warm and damp conditions.
7: “Drinking and smoking lead to losing more hair”
TRUE: Our lifestyle habits have more of an impact on our hair and overall health. As well as being bad for your overall health, drinking and smoking can make your hair lose its vitality. Moreover, it can contribute to hair loss by speeding up the hair’s natural aging process.
If you are a smoker (or not), you can also strengthen the hair that you have by taking supplements and Biotin is one of the most effective options. Biotin may not prevent shedding, but it can prevent breakage and also make the hair appear thicker.
8: “Always wearing a hat, or using gel, spray or mousse make you lose hair”
TRUE AND FALSE: Products that affect the hair shaft don’t necessarily affect your scalp. Applying certain substances may damage your hair but that doesn’t necessarily lead to more hair loss. The assumption is that the scalp needs to “breathe” and that wearing hats can stifle that. This is not entirely true because the oxygen your hair follicles need is derived from the bloodstream, not the surrounding air.
Though, if you are always wearing a hat or make excessive use of products like sprays, gels, and mousses then your scalp may become greasy, which as we said before, can be damaging.
9: “ All hair loss is permanent ”
FALSE: Hair loss can be caused by many factors, such as trauma, hormonal changes, eating disorders, or illness. Women can suffer from postpartum hair loss that usually reverses itself around 6 months after giving birth.
Hair loss can be treated as long as we can revive dormant follicles with natural treatments such as PRP, i-PRF, and Mesotherapy.
10: “ Only older people suffer from baldness ”
FALSE: If you have a family history of hair loss, you might see signs of losing your hair in your twenties. You might not notice it straight away because most hair loss can only be seen after half of the hair is already gone!
It is always better to prevent hair loss through treatments and great care.
11: “ Genetics hair loss is passed down through your mother’s side ”
FALSE: Our dear mothers are not to blame! Male pattern baldness can be passed on by either one of your parents.
12: “ Hair loss is only a problem for men and not women ”
FALSE: Women do also suffer from hair loss. Some figures estimate that 40% of women will suffer hair loss in their lifetime. However, women experience hair loss differently than men. Whilst Male pattern baldness typically starts at the top of the head with a receding hairline and continues until only a ring of hair is left around the back of the head. Women do not typically have receding hairlines, but rather experience thinning hair more evenly across the entire scalp.
13: “ Bald men have more testosterone ”
FALSE: Studies have shown that balding men have the same testosterone levels as their hairy counterparts. However, hormones do play a role in hair loss. Indeed, studies have shown a hormone called DHT is to blame. Somehow having too much of it – caused by genetics – causes your follicles to eventually stop producing. Based on your genetic makeup, your hair follicles may be more or less sensitive to hormone levels.
14: “ Taking vitamins will promote hair growth ”
TRUE & FALSE: There are so many products out there promising to do wonders for the hair. Unfortunately, most are just marketing packaged products promising wonders. The fact is that our hair is basically dead tissue and many lotions will have no impact on hair growth however nurturing the scalp is important. Moreover, taking the right supplements such as biotin shots (at a healthy dose) and having a healthy diet will help strengthen your existing follicles with the right nutrients.
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We hope to have helped debunk some myths about hair loss!
However, if you feel worried about your hair loss or think that is above the average, then you should get some help as time is of the essence in tackling hair loss.
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