Sometimes, old wives tales and myths worm their way into becoming understood as “common knowledge”. These tales are passed down over time and become simply assumed as truth, when in reality they’re just misconceptions! Things are no different for the subject of hair loss. Unfortunately, that means that myths could be deterring you from having a healthy head of hair! Today, let’s look at six common myths about hair loss and uncover the truth.
Does wearing a hat cause hair loss?
Not quite. We could argue that a very tight cap may cut off blood flow and essential nutrients, or that they cause your hair to break or thin via friction, or even that dirty hats may lead to scalp infections. However, these tend to be rather unique scenarios. For the most part, hats don’t cause hair loss – but hair loss often causes hats!
Does cutting hair make it return thicker?
This myth stems from a simple optical illusion. When your hair needs to be trimmed, the split ends make it look thinner than it really is. Once those thin-appearing pieces are trimmed away, your hair looks thicker and healthier but the hair itself hasn’t actually changed in volume. Still the perfect incentive for getting your hair cut!
Does hair loss only come from Mom’s side of the family?
Nope! Hair loss comes from both your mother’s and father’s side. Any genetic coding for hair loss simply does not originate within the genes of a single parent. It’s possible that there may be hereditary factors on your mother’s side that are significantly more dominant, but overall we cannot predict the future of our hair by looking at one parent or the other.
Does shampooing cause hair loss?
Typically, any hair loss you witness in the shower is just normal shedding. We all shed our hair – and the amount may surprise you! The average adult sheds around 50-125 strands a day. However, if you notice a marginal increase in hair loss during the daily shower, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with our hair specialists at (800) 966-9505. However, even then, shampooing your hair is only what reveals your hair loss, it isn’t the cause.
It’s just old men who lose their hair, right?
This is completely false. While age can certainly speed up the process, hair loss can actually happen to any person of any age for a number of reasons. A whopping 40% of women experience thinning hair in their lifetime. Meanwhile, health concerns like alopecia areata and trichotillomania affect many children. Aging men with hair loss aren’t the only ones struggling with losing hair.
But nothing can be DONE about hair loss. There is no cure!
Fortunately, this isn’t accurate at all. Every case of hair loss is different, which means that each prognosis, strategy, and response to treatment is equally unique and individual. There isn’t a single “cure-all,” but there are many options to choose from! The future is full of possibility, and it’s all about finding the right solution for you. When you work with our skilled hair specialists, we’ll help you explore the most effective options and discover the best fit for your individual situation. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today!