We know how frustrating it can be when hair starts falling out for no apparent reason. And as you watch more and more of your hair shed daily, you may be wondering: Was it something I did? These days it can be difficult to decipher scientific fact from urban legend; stop splitting hairs and see the list below for six common myths about hair loss:
1.) Styling products and blow dryers speed up hair loss:
When it comes to using blow dryers, styling products, shampoos, and conditioners, the rule of thumb is to use as directed. There is no evidence that normal, everyday usage of hair care products leads to increased hair loss. The danger comes from overuse of such products – too much heat or washing can cause dry, damaged, and brittle hair over time.
2.) Tanning causes hair loss:
This myth runs in the same vein as the one before it. Sun tanning and sunlight does not make your hair fall out, but prolonged sun exposure can damage the follicles and cause dry, damaged, and brittle hair over time.
3.) Hair loss stems from the mother’s side:
This myth is partially true – the most common cause of hair loss is genetic, and both male and female hair loss is a hereditary trait. But it is not true that your mother is always to blame; the gene can be passed along from either side of the family. If you want to determine the chances of maintaining your hairline, you need to be looking for relatives with baldness or thinning hair on both sides of the family tree.
4.) Using a brush is better than using a comb:
Comb v. brush is a battle as old as time. And the truth is that neither will affect your shedding hair. This myth lies on both sides of the debate: Generally, combs are considered to be better for hair care, as they are gentler and decrease the risk of breakage or splits. However, combs will not reduce your chances of future hair loss. Similarly, there is no scientific evidence that brushes invigorate hair follicles and stimulate hair growth.
5.) Wearing hats will cause hair loss:
There is a common misconception the snug baseball caps will suffocate hair follicles and cause your hair to fall out. While there is a type of hair loss known as traction alopecia – hair loss activated by pulling hair too tightly – chances are slim that you are wearing a hat tightly enough to constrict blood flow to your head.
6.) Cutting and/or shaving hair will ensure thicker hair return:
This myth gains traction from the fact that hair follicles are thicker at the roots than they are at the tips. After a cut or shave, your hair will initially look thicker once it starts to grow back, but it will maintain its prior level of thickness as the hair continues to grow.
Here’s another myth for you: stress causes hair loss. If you are currently stressing over hair loss, baldness, or thinning, contact Florida Hair Restoration today at 800-842-4735 and schedule a free consultation. We offer numerous solutions to help you restore a natural, healthy-looking hairline, and our experienced physicians and hair restoration technicians will work with you to determine the best treatment option.