7 Hair Loss Myths Debunked

Going bald is the sad reality of getting older – but the degree to which it occurs varies hugely from person to person. Some people experience very gradual thinning over a number of years, and others tend to lose their hair over a much shorter time period.

Going bald can be a distressing, and quite depressing, position to find yourself in, so it’s not surprising that many hair loss sufferers turn to unusual remedies or techniques in an attempt to reverse it.

The truth is, the vast majority of hair loss is genetic in nature, which means that treatment options are very limited. As a result, much of what we read about hair loss on the internet is not factual, and lacks sufficient evidence. 

There are a number of myths surrounding the topic of hair loss, and here are seven of the most common ones which, with a little research, can be easily debunked...

1. Wearing a hat causes hair loss

There has been this long-lasting rumour that wearing hats regularly can cause baldness, but unless the hat is so tight that it cuts off the bloody supply to the scalp, this simply is not true.  So, rest assured, wearing any type of hat will not cause your hair to fall out.

2. Over-shampooing can cause baldness

Another quite comical myth is that over-washing your hair can cause it to fall out.  Well, this is definitely false, because it isn't shampooing that causes your hair to fall out. However, if you are suffering from severe hair shedding caused by factors such as seasonal hair loss, and post-partum baldness, then it is advised to not wash your hair as often, because any sort of washing can further damage already weakened strands.

3. Styling products cause hair loss

Much like with shampooing, if you have naturally thin hair or are prone to heavy shedding, then it is always advised to steer clear of thick, gunky styling products, as they will only increase the chances of hair damage.  However, you should not be concerned about hairstyling products, because they do not cause hair loss - they simply aggravate it instead.

4. The sun rays cause hair to fall out

It is always suggested that the sun's UV rays can cause the hair to shed, but this is not true.  Yes, the UV rays can damage hair and cause flaking, but it is not the direct cause of hair loss.  However, if you suffer from thinning hair, then it is always advised to protect your hair with an SPF lotion or a hat, to prevent any unnecessary damage. 

5. Cutting your hair will make it grow back stronger

Similar to the 'regular shaving causes your beard to grow in thicker' myth, cutting your hair regularly will in no way shape or form make it grow stronger. Cutting your hair, no matter how regularly, will make no difference to its strength or thickness.

6. Blow-drying causes baldness

You've probably heard this one a few times. Using a blow-dryer to dry your hair will not cause your locks to weaken or fall out. However, like with all the myths mentioned, common sense needs to prevail. If you suffer from baldness or thinning hair, then be as gentle with your strands as possible. Blow-drying can aggravate the strands, and cause unnecessary damage, which isn't ideal if your hair is already weak. 

7. Stress causes hair loss

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that stress can cause temporary hair loss conditions such as Alopecia and Telogen Effluvium, but it will not cause long term hair loss.  Stress should always be controlled, and if you are suffering from severe stress, you should see your doctor for advice.

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