Hair Loss Fiction And Truths

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Fiction #1

Baldness is genetically determined from your father’s side of the family.

Truth:

Hereditary hair loss can be inherited from either your mother’s or your father’s side of the family. Generally speaking, the more relatives that you have who are either bald or have experienced hair loss, the odds are you are likely to suffer hair loss as well.

 

 Fiction #2

If you lose 60–100 strands of hair a day you should worry about going bald.

 

Truth:

Losing up to around 100 strands of hair a day is considered to be quite normal.  Healthy hair goes through a growth-dormancy phase, eventually falls out and regrows again.   As long as your scalp is replacing hair at roughly the same rate as it is shed, you shouldn’t experience any noticeable hair loss.

 

Fiction #3

 

Hair loss is mainly a male trait.

 

Truth:

Almost half of all men will experience some sort of hair loss, either at the top of the head or the temples by the age of 50. Around 20 percent of women, on the other hand, will notice some diffused thinning due to the reduction in oestrogen levels that is normally associated with menopause.

 

Fiction #4

Brushing your hair vigorously 100 or more strokes each night helps to promote hair growth and the production of oil from your sebaceous glands.

Truth:

Brushing your hair too much can contribute toward hair loss.

 

Fiction #5

Bald men are more virile or sexually active than other men.

Truth:

Men with male pattern baldness are more likely to have a higher baseline of free androgens. Sexual activity though is has many factors, and androgenic profile is not the only determining factor in baldness.

 

Fiction #6

Wearing hats causes baldness.

Truth:

Although this statement is largely mythical, hats can cause hair breakage and, to some extent, split ends. Since hats are not washed as frequently as other clothing, they can also lead to scalp uncleanliness. Some scalp infections, if left untreated, can cause hair loss.

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