When patients come in for a consultation at The Griffin Center of Hair Restoration and Research, our hair loss specialists Drs. Edmond Griffin and Ashley R. Curtis hear various beliefs from patients as to why they are losing their hair. While some of their ideas are based on fact, many misconceptions are presented. Below, we discuss the common myths. We like to remind hair loss sufferers that seeing a hair loss specialist in person is the only way to properly diagnose and effectively treat your hair loss.
Myth: When you wash your hair, you promote hair loss.
Fact: While you may notice strands of hair rolling down the drain while rinsing out your hair, this is a natural part of the cycle of hair growth. Each day, we shed an average of 80 to 100 hairs. These hair follicles are later replaced when new hair follicles enter the anagen (growth) phase. Unless hair begins falling out in clumps, there is normally nothing to be concerned about. Therefore, if the hair is washed only once in five days, the “500” strands look like “too much” is lost. Shampooing daily is recommended, in fact, studies which document hair loss show less total loss if daily shampooing. According to some sources, washing out the testosterone in the oils of the scalp is the cause for this increased loss in the person not shampooing daily.
Myth: Only men suffer from hair loss.
Fact: It is estimated by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery that 80% of women will have noticeable hair loss by the age of 60. According to the American Hair Loss Council, one out of four women suffers from some form of hair loss. There are many causes for women’s hair loss, including female pattern hair loss, hormonal changes, birth control and rapid weight loss, to name a few. At The Griffin Center, Dr. Ashley Curtis has a special interest in treating hair loss for women and educates them on the variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options for their unique hair loss case.
Myth: Only older people start balding.
Fact: Balding knows no age. Hair loss can begin in the teens and is not uncommon to occur in the 20- and 30-year old demographic. One thing that is decipherable about the age balding begins is how severe it may become in the future. Often, the earlier balding begins, the more hair loss will occur later in life. This is why preventative hair loss methods are so important to minimize further loss. Additionally, children and young adults can be affected by alopecia areata, which can result in complete baldness when not properly addressed.
Myth: Every time you wear a hat, you lose more hair.
Fact: Contrary to popular belief, hats do not cause harm. In fact, hair loss specialists Dr. Edmond Griffin and Dr. Ashley Curtis utilize a special red light laser cap treatment, which resembles a ball cap, to stimulates hair growth. The special red light is similar to a laser and has provides one wave length of light, which is 633 nanometers and red in color. While hats do not cause hair loss, they can however, lead to a scalp infection that can speed up hair loss when unclean. Clean hats regularly to avoid hair loss associated with scalp infections. Additionally, excessive sun exposure is associated with increased hair loss, which hat usage can protect against.
Myth: Baldness has no cure.
Fact: While it can sometimes be a challenge to find proper treatment, the highly trained providers at The Griffin Center work with each patient’s individual concerns to develop a customized treatment plan. Plans can include FDA-approved drugs, laser therapy, hair transplant methods such as the time-tested strip grafting method and NeoGraft® with follicular unit extraction (FUE), and compounded topical medications. The most difficult patients to treat are those with scarring alopecia, which results in permanent hair loss. Sometimes a biopsy of the scalp is necessary to prove this unwanted diagnosis. With the right plan of action, hair restoration is possible. Excluding surgeries, stoppage of further loss is expected with medical management of 80-90% of all patients.
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