Premature hair loss can severely impact self-confidence. Nearly two out of every three men will begin balding by the time they’re 60 and women are also affected as they grow older. As men and women’s hair begins to fall out they frequently search for advice and tips to stop, or at least slow, this process with hair loss prevention treatments. There are many myths out there about hair loss prevention. Especially with the endless information available online, it can be difficult to differentiate between fact and fiction about hair loss. Here is some of the more popular hair loss myths.
Wearing hats causes hair loss. No, wearing hats does NOT cause hair loss. For this to be true, the hat would have to so tight that it cuts off circulation to the follicles.
Hair loss genes come from your mother’s side of the family. Inheritance has now been tied to a particular gene which could have been passed from either the mother or father. Heredity is the cause of hair loss in most patients, male or female.
Using blow dryers leads to hair loss. Overusing a blow dryer can cause heat damage and produce brittle hair which leads to breakage but does NOT cause permanent hair loss. In general most hair products today do not cause permanent loss either.
Cleaning your scalp of sebum (the semi-fluid secretion from glands attached to the follicle) with astringents will unclog follicles and allow hair to grow. Hair is not trapped and doesn’t need to be released. The oil may have traces of male hormones which some doctors claim may increase shedding. Most doctors agree that regular shampooing is good for the scalp and hair. Even if hair loss is occurring, do not stop shampooing on a regular basis.
When suffering from hair loss, a person may try countless “miracle cures” that do not work. Hair loss is a complicated condition with multiple causes. Determining the cause of your hair loss is important in devising an effective treatment plan. With proper diagnosis, The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research can discuss with you the medical and surgical options available to achieve your desired results. Contact our office for more information or to schedule your consultation. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google + for the latest hair loss and restoration information and news.