No one wants to deal with hair loss. And why would they? A thinning mane or bald patch on the scalp is not something that anyone would want to wake up to and flaunt it before the rest of the world! But then, more than being scared of losing out their hair, they spend many sleepless nights worrying about the reasons, which can lead to hair loss. What they do not know, is that, most of the reasons are nothing but widespread myths.
Here are some of the common myths associated with hair loss. Go through them to get a better perspective.
- 1. Losing hair daily is a sign of hair loss.
We lose about 50-100 strands of hair on a daily basis. Therefore, those extra strands that get tangled in the comb when you brush, a few more on your pillow or on the bathroom floor should not be something to worry about. However, if you do experience severe hair fall, which is twice, thrice or several times this number, chances are that you are suffering from hair loss.
- 2. Hair loss is hereditary and is passed down by your maternal family.
Genes do play an important role in hair loss. But it is not necessary that you will inherit the genes from your maternal family. People who have both the parents with a history of hair loss are more likely to inherit the genes than those who don’t. But they can get it from either parent.
- 3. Hair loss is due to old age.
It is true that as you age, your hair may start thinning and become sparse. But then, there are several diseases and different types of hair loss, which can lead to baldness or bald patches as early as childhood or in the early 20s. For instance, Androgenetic Alopecia or Male and Female Pattern Baldness can take a toll on men and women when they are in their teens. So, no. Hair loss doesn’t necessarily occur due to old age.
- 4. Changing hair products frequently can cause hair loss.
Another widespread myth related to hair loss is that changing products too frequently can cause the hair to fall our and lead to baldness. For instance, it is believed that using different shampoos and conditioners in particular over a period of time, can do considerable damage to the hair and contribute to hair loss. This is baseless. Using harsh chemicals on your hair may damage it in the long run. But overall, changing hair products frequently doesn’t lead to hair loss.
- 5. Stress can lead to hair fall and hair loss.
Traumatic stress can be one of the triggers of hair fall as it sends hair into its resting phase (Telogen Effluvium). Similarly, physical stress can also lead to hair fall. However, this type of hair loss is often temporary in nature and the hair grows back within a few months or even earlier.
- 6. Lack of vitamins can lead to hair loss.
It is not clear whether a lack of vitamins or other nutrients can lead to hair loss or not. Neither is it proven that using vitamin supplements on a regularly can lead to definite hair growth as hair is basically a dead tissue made from protein (Keratin). You can, therefore, work on maintaining its shine by using topical treatments, but it is not sure whether the same treatments can lead to hair regrowth. However, increasing your vitamin intake and having a balanced and nutritious diet can help you grow a healthy, strong tress.
- 7. If you have dandruff, you’ll definitely lose hair.
More often than not, dandruff is cited as one of the main factors behind hair loss. There is no truth to this fact. Basically, dandruff makes the scalp dry and itchy. When the itchiness increases, we scratch the scalp and this is when the hair starts breaking and falling off due to rough handling. Apart from this, there is no direct relation between dandruff and hair loss.
- 8. Wearing a hat or cap will lead to hair loss.
Wearing caps, hats and other types of headgears are also associated with hair loss. But there is nothing to worry, even if you wear them on a daily basis. You only have to be wary of donning dirty headgear as it may lead to the infection of the scalp, which can trigger hair fall and hair loss. Alternatively, you can also rotate the headgears on a regular basis to avoid infections and maintaining healthy hair.
Hair loss or Alopecia can be triggered off by many factors. But the ones listed here are none of those factors. All that you need to do is to lead a healthy lifestyle and watch out for the signs and symptoms of hair loss in order to prevent it. Keep watching this space for more insightful write-ups about hair care.