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Common Myths about Hair Loss

Hair loss is the subject of much speculation and many erroneous notions. Right now, we can only turn to research to help us make educated guesses about why some people suffer hair loss and others get away unscathed. What’s left is plenty of room for urban myths about hair loss, which causes more worry than is warranted. Quash this persistent scaremongering by examining the top five most common hair loss myths.

1. Hair loss comes from your mother’s side of the family

Hair loss is hereditary, but it’s certainly not limited to your mother’s side of the family. Approximately 200 genes regulate hair growth, and some of these come from both sides of the family.

2. Overexposure to the sun leads to hair loss

Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause skin problems such as cancer, but they can’t interrupt the function of your hair follicles. Overexposure to the sun can weaken your hair strands, making them more prone to breakage, frizz and dullness, but won’t cause hair loss because the strands shield your hair follicles from the sun.

3. Hats cause hair loss

Wearing a hat won’t cause your hair to fall out, but it can affect your hair in two ways. You may experience some shedding if a hat is so tight it reduces blood flow to your scalp. Hair loss may also occur if you wear a hat for long periods in hot weather and an oily substance called sebum suffocates your hair follicles, preventing hair growth.

4. Washing your hair too often causes hair loss

Shampooing may seem to cause hair shedding, but it only removes hair that has already fallen out of your scalp. Washing your hair in cold water won’t prevent hair loss either. It may increase blood flow to your scalp, but it won’t cure your hair loss, as blood circulation can’t boost hair growth.

5. Cutting your hair prevents hair loss

Cutting your hair short may make it look thicker, but unfortunately, this is an optical illusion created by the thicker circumference of the hair at the scalp.

If you suspect you may be losing your hair, you’ll need to determine the cause. The rumor mill never stops churning out hair loss myths, but don’t let it stop you from getting to the root cause of your problem. By separating fact from fiction, you can cast your fears aside and focus your efforts on treating the true cause of your hair loss.

If you are experiencing hair loss and want to know what options are available, then contact your local Transitions Hair Loss Center by clicking here and finding the closest center.