Hair loss is a problem that affects many men and women and can adversely affect your self-esteem. Because of the fear surrounding hair loss, there are many myths about the cause of hair loss. Here are a few myths about hair loss that you should stop worrying about.
1. Hair Loss Is Passed Down On The Mother’s Side
Not true—at least not fully. The most important gene determining baldness appears on the X chromosome, and men have only one X chromosome, which is from the mother. However, several other genetic factors can cause hair loss. In fact, research suggests that men who have a bald father are more likely to develop male pattern baldness than those who do not.
2. Wearing A Hat Is A Cause Of Hair Loss
Wearing a hat typically does not cause hair loss, but if you wear the same hat often, keep the hat clean and remember to wash your hair. Some evidence suggests that wearing a hat all the time, for cultural or religious reason for example, can be a cause of hair loss. When wearing a hat, just make sure it isn’t too tight.
3. Poor Circulation In The Scalp Is A Cause Of Hair Loss
This is entirely false. Once you lose your hair however, your scalp requires less blood flow. But that just means that decreased circulation in your scalp is a result of hair loss, not a cause of hair loss.
4. Genetic Hair Loss Means Your Hair Will Fall Off In Large Portions
This is false. While certain factors, such as medication, can make large amounts of hair fall out, the most common cause of hair loss—genetics—more commonly results in hair thinning. This process of thicker hair being replaced by thinner, finer hair is called “miniaturization.”
5. Hair Products Such As Gel And Hair Spray Are Causes Of Hair Loss
False. Using hairspray, gel, or shampoo will not cause hair loss. Keep in mind though that certain hair procedures, such as chemical straightening, do cause serious hair damage or hair loss. Also, frequently pulling hair back tightly, and using products like hot curling irons, can speed up the process of hair loss.