I’m sure you’ve heard a few myths about hair loss and are wondering if there’s any truth to these tales.
Many people have an opinion on why hair loss happens, who its most likely to happen to and when it will happen. And false claims on the internet haven’t helped either, with many companies wanting to sell you their products using outlandish claims.
If you’ve experienced hair thinning or are starting to bald, it can be a stressful time. But be aware that there are real remedies to help you fight hair loss out there.
Always do your homework, before investing in any hair loss treatments. If you catch balding in its early stages, it’s possible to stop progression and encourage new growth.
And hair loss or hair thinning due to stress or a medical condition, can be reversed with the right steps put in place.
Now, let’s debunk a few myths about hair loss that may have left you scratching your head.
Myths About Hair Loss and Why They’re False
Myth #1: Every Man Will Go Bald Over 50
According to the British Association of Dermatologists, male pattern baldness affects about 50% of men over 50.
The age baldness or hair thinning starts will be different for everyone. And the good news is, not everyone will experience hair loss, even if it runs in your family.
The gene that causes baldness, may have been passed to your brother but not you. While male pattern baldness is common, some lucky ones don’t experience it.
Myth #2: Wearing Hats Causes Hair Loss
Many people claim – wearing hats too often will cause hair loss. This is simply not true and wearing a hat just helps you cover up thinning hair or a progressive bald spot. Hats will not damage your hair or make it fall out.
Myth #3: High Levels of Testosterone Causes Baldness
Number three on the list of myths about hair loss. Some men think high levels of testosterone causes their hair loss. Whether you have high, medium or low levels of testosterone, this will in no way impact hair fall.
The hormone that causes hair loss – DHT, comes from testosterone, but its your hair follicles sensitivity to this, which determines whether you go bald.
Myth #4: Shampoo Contributes to Hair Loss
Even if you shampoo your hair more than the average person, this in no way contributes to hair loss. We naturally lose up to 150 hairs a day and it may just seem more when in the shower because we are massaging the scalp.
The extra hair that comes out in the shower, is usually dead hair strands that have already come away from the follicle.
Myth #5: Excessive Sunshine Makes Your Hair Fall
While too much sun Is not great for the skin and it may dry your hair out, there is no proof that exposure to sun makes your hair fall out.
It’s advised to cover up in the sun, if you have thinning hair or a bald spot just to protect from sunburn.
Myth #6: Diet Doesn’t Affect the Health of Hair
Having a bad diet and nutritional deficiencies can have a huge impact on our bodies and hair health. Studies have shown that sufferers of telogen effluvium (excessive hair shedding) had deficiencies in vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12 or thyroid abnormalities.
Focus on eating a natural, low fat diet and speak to your doctor about supplements if you have trouble eating enough fresh veg and fruit.
Myth #7: Hair Loss is Not Painful
Some people may experience scalp pain in regards to hair loss. This can be caused by certain inflammatory diseases such as; excessive dandruff or scalp psoriasis.
If you think your scalp pain is due to one of these conditions, talk with your doctor for a remedy.