Myths & Facts of Hair Loss

Myths are everywhere, most of them spread as truth and believed by everyone. Hair loss Myths are no exception, so we decided to find the truth behind the most popular thinning hair myths, and you will be surprised by our findings.

Let’s get straight to the point. Are the following causing my hair to fall?

The Frequent use of hats or hair bands

Forget it, a hat can not cause hair loss any more than it can cure it. it is more likely that you started using hats or hair bands once you noticed your scalp becoming more visible, hair loss continued  increasing and you blamed the hat. But no, using a hat or a cap does not cause hair loss.

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Washing it too often

It is not the water and is not washing it often the responsible for your hair loss, unless you are pulling your hair out while washing it; so please go ahead and wash your hair regularly, minimum twice a week to prevent sebum from clogging your follicles. Also, try to use an exfoliating shampoo  once a week to deep clean follicles and buildups. 

My Hair Care products

It is not the hair products you are using, it is actually  the hair that is falling naturally the one you see in your hands when applying your hair care; we shed about 100 hairs a day so… it is never the hair care. Hair loss is a more complex situation that can not be caused by shampoo and neither can it be cured by it.

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The Water from my city

It is never the water the one causing thinning hair or hair loss, but it might be the adjustment to a new country or city. Stress on the other hand can cause your hair to fall so, stop worrying about the water and relax,  people who have prolonged mental stress will experience hair loss.

Chemical treatments

Hair coloring, Permanent straighteners, Keratin treatments etc. they are not  harmful if applied correctly. Now, you should never have these treatments done all in the same day because it will weaken the hair shaft causing hair breakage which will result in less hair. In this case,  hair is breaking from the shaft and not from the roots, so we can not really call it “hair loss” even though you’ve lost hair density.

Hair Dry-Blow Dry

Drying excessively or at a very hot setting its not a good idea. Make sure you always hold the blow dryer away from the roots and scalp. Heating the roots excessively will damage the hair and follicles and it might cause hair loss.  Hold the dryer towards the lower end of the hair to prevent it from falling out.

Hair loss and Age

Not every person who is aging is going to lose hair. There is a bunch of 80 years old with a head full of hair, even more than some on their 20’s. So hair loss is not directly attributed to aging but to many other factors we have mentioned before.

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Hair loss can not Be Treated

Honestly, nowadays technology is very advanced treating hair loss  and thats because there are more people losing hair than before due to stress, diet and lifestyle… Its being said that in the future the human species will be bold, but I believe this won’t be the case since probably by then the cure will be available.  

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Hair Loss Post – Pregnancy

Now, for the 9 months of pregnancy, women do not shed a single hair but, three to four months postpartum,  they do experience the loss of all that hair that didn’t fall during 9 months; since they lose the excess blood produced during pregnancy and hormones are now regulated, thinning hair starts and lasts for about  two to three months; after that period, it will settle down and regrow normally. So no, pregnancy does not cause hair loss.

Important Facts 

There is a group of women who experience thinning on the top of the head, on the top of the scalp, a receding hairline, or hair loss on the sides. This is called Female Pattern Baldness.

The same goes for men, the most common cause of hair loss they experience is called Male Pattern Baldness and its signs are thinning on the crown, on the top, on the sides, or a receding or mature hairline.

Regarding nutrition, we are what we eat right? so if you are not having a balanced diet you are sacrificing nutrients to your body, but also to the head and follicle.  If, on top of that you have a genetic predisposition or hereditary factors, hair loss is going to manifest sooner than later. regardless of your age or gender.

Traction alopecia is also a very common cause of hair loss, especially on women. ladies who tie the hair very tightly into a ponytail will cause the follicles to weaken and experience permanent hair loss in the hairline. This type of hair loss ins not treatable so girls: be careful!

It is important to address the problem . As mentioned before, causes are numerous and treatments nowadays as well. Visit a professional, not your hairdresser but a Hair Restoration Doctor, and do something about it. By the time you’ve notice it you’ve already lost about 50% of the hair in that area.

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