A lot has been said about hair loss. You probably have come across different write-ups telling you the do’s and don’ts, the remedies and everything in between about losing hair. But some of the facts may turn out to be myths for all you know. Here is a list of some hair loss myths, which everyone needs to know about.
1. Clogged pores cause hair loss:
Hair loss is not caused by clogging of the pores on your scalp. Yes, it can trigger acne and once dry, it will cause itching. But not hair loss. If this was the case, then excessive hair washing would be the best solution to combat the loss of hair.
2. Only men suffer from genetic hair loss:
It is a common perception that a receding hairline is an issue prevalent to only men. However, a significant number of women also suffer from thinning hair. As many as 80% of women have noticeable hair loss by the time they turn 60.
3. Hair loss patterns are the same for men and women:
Although both men and women tend to lose hair as time passes, the pattern of hair loss is very different. In male pattern baldness, the receding hair forms an M-shaped pattern. Moreover, many of the men tend to lost hair right from the top of their heads.
Women rarely have receding hairlines. Instead, they have diffused thinning of hair from the top of their heads or a widening part.
4. Hair loss is always inherited from the mother’s side:
Hair loss may be inherited by family members but there is no truth in the common notion that hair loss genes are inherited from the mother’s side of the family. Read the connection between genetics and hair loss here.
5. Hair loss equals to a large amount of hair fall:
Do you get panic attacks upon seeing large entangled mass of hair during shower? Or do you feel you are heading towards possible hair loss when you comb or brush your hair and find a copious amount of hair between the teeth of your comb or hair brush? If your answer is yes, then you need not worry. Basically, hair loss is indicated by ‘miniaturization’, where thick hair is replaced by finer and thinner crop of hair and this is a gradual process that occurs over a period of time. However, if you do experience a sudden loss of hair in patches, then consult your doctor immediately.
6. Hair loss is always permanent:
The permanency of hair loss is a debatable topic. While there are cases where nothing can be done to restore the previous crop of hair, there are also instances where hair loss is temporary in nature. For instance, women tend to lose their hair post-pregnancy or people tend to lose hair when they go for chemotherapy. Even nutritional deficiency can lead to temporary hair loss, which can be rectified by including nutritious food in the diet.
7. Hair loss is only for the elderly:
Ok. When you age, you tend to lost hair and this is not uncommon. But both the elderly and the young face hair loss. It can occur even when people are in their teens and more often than not, it is because of their hormones. Also, genetics may also play a role when it comes to hair loss at an early age.
8. Exposure to the sun causes hair loss:
Being out in the sun without covering your head or not using products with a sunscreen can definitely wreak havoc on the health of your hair as well as your skin. But then, there is no proof that it leads to the loss of hair. In fact, there are indications that vitamin D has a role to play in the growth cycle of hair, which we get from sunlight. Moreover, many people believe that wearing tight hats or caps can lead to hair loss, which is definitely not the case.
9. Too much styling can make you lose hair:
Coloring, bleaching, dyeing or styling your hair doesn’t immediately make you lose your hair or add to an already receding hairline, but may weaken your strands. Especially when it comes to using hot styling tools and even chemical straighteners. It is advisable to take breaks in between styling hair and coloring your hair to maintain its healthy. Additionally, if you do see regular breakage of hair, go gentle on your hair and consult your dermatologist.
10. There is no cure at all for hair loss:
Not if you visit a quack! But yes, there are medications and quality treatments or topical products such as Hair For Sure, which can definitely help you deal with hair loss. Do a patch test first and if it does suit you, you can try them and see the difference in your tresses. Most of the products are easily available at leading pharmacies and you can buy them over the counter without any prescription.
Now that you know what DOES NOT cause hair loss, it is time to know the facts about it. Keep watching this space to know the facts related to hair loss and how to combat it. Don’t forget to leave us a comment and tell us about your views on hair loss.