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Breaking Down The Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions About Hair Loss

If you are stressing about hair loss, then this article is for you! Because truth be told, we all want HAIR.

Yes, hair helps keep us warm and it protects us from dust, but it also makes us look great and feel amazing.

So let us get to the [hair] root cause and debunk common misconceptions about hair loss once and for all.

What Is Hair Loss?

Hair loss, also referred to as Alopecia results from a disruption in the body’s ability to produce hair. Even though hair loss can occur anywhere on your body, it mostly affects the scalp.

According to a London hair loss clinic, “As time passes, our hair becomes damaged, aged, and brittle. This can be seen as hair thinning and hair loss. In addition to this, our bodies produce less good quality skin and hair cells such as collagen, elastin, and keratin”.

If you notice a receding hairline, bald spots, your hair starting to look and feel thinner, or that your hair is physically falling out, you may be suffering from hair loss.

8 Common Myths Associated With Hair Loss

Myth 1: Only Men Suffer From Hair Loss

Although as many as 85% of men will have some sort of hair loss in their lifetime, there is still 25% of the population that is unaccounted for. Therefore, it is a hard NO, not only men suffer from hair loss.

Myth 2: Only Older People Suffer From Hair Loss

As convenient as that would be, only having to worry about hair loss once you become senior — the reality is no. Anyone at any age can fall victim to hair loss, ESPECIALLY if you have a family history of hair loss!

Myth 3: Women Tend To Have A Lot More Hair Than Men Do

A clinical study conducted in the early 1990s established that the average number of hairs per square centimetre was 279 strands of hairs on women and 312 strands of hairs on men. Meaning men actually tend to have a lot more hair than women do! Shocking, we know.

Myth 4: Hair Loss Is Inherited From My Maternal Grandfather

Hereditary hair loss can come from either side, be it your mother’s or your father’s genes. However, it is important to know that if your parents suffer from hair loss, it does not mean you will. Similarly, if your parents do not suffer from hair loss, it does not mean you will not.

Myth 5: Hair Loss Is Permanent

It depends on what the reason is for your hair loss. Is it stress, hormones, or genetics? Unfortunately, male pattern baldness is permanent, but hair loss caused by hormones (for example after your pregnancy) is more often than not temporary.

Myth 6: Shampooing Your Hair On The Daily Can Result In Hair Loss

Definitely false! There is no correlation between the frequency you wash your hair and your hair falling out. Having said that, if you rough-handle your hair in the shower, you may damage it or break bits of it off. But no, please feel free to wash your hair to your heart’s content! If you do see hair falling out, it is most like hair that was already loose/shedding.

Myth 7: High Level Of Testosterone Causes Hair Loss

If Wolverine can sport a ton of testosterone and hair, so can you! Male pattern baldness simply comes down to how sensitive your hair follicles are to a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Myth 8: Stress Is A Major Reason For Hair Loss

Yes and no. Yes in the sense that trauma can cause hair loss. No in the sense that if you are stressing about what to cook for dinner tonight, your hair will probably stay where it is — in your scalp.

8 Common Causes For Hair Loss

1. Cancer

Chemotherapy/radiation treatment is notorious for causing hair loss.

2. Genetics

The medical term is androgenic alopecia, and as fancy as that sounds, it is not fancy at all. The reality is, men and women can develop hair loss due to genetics and it just is what it is. In men, it is called male pattern hair loss/baldness, and in women, it is called pattern hair loss.

Whichever term you wish to use, the fact still remains, hereditary hair loss is the MOST COMMON reason for hair loss, and can come for you at any time be it in your teens or in your 50’s.

3. Age

With age, most people notice some hair loss because hair growth slows, probably the reason why the myth that ONLY older people suffer from hair loss had to be debunked.  Again, not all people suffer hair loss in their senior years, and not only seniors suffer hair loss.

4. Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a disease that develops when the body’s immune system attacks hair follicles (what holds the hair in place), causing hair loss. You can lose hair anywhere on your body, including your scalp, inside your nose, and in your ears. Some people lose their eyelashes or eyebrows.

5. Childbirth/Hormones

The thick maine women get to enjoy their 3rd trimester, will wave bon voyage a few months after your baby is born. It is natural and it is normal. It may feel like you are losing ALL your hair, when in fact you are only losing the extra hair you gained during pregnancy.

Of course, pregnancy aside, a hormone imbalance can also cause hair loss, and unlike a pregnancy, this needs to be treated. Hormone imbalances can be anything from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) to certain types of birth control pills that are simply not suitable for you and your body.

6. Hair Care

Colouring/perming/relaxing your hair COULD cause it to fall out over time. Full stop.

7. Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that causes thick patches of skin to develop on your scalp or the skin around your scalp, and it can lead to hair loss.

8. Thyroid Issues

Thyroid issues can result in hair thinning, and if you suffer from a thyroid disease, you may have noticed your hair falling out in clumps while brushing.

What Have We Learnt?

Hair loss does not discriminate. It comes for the young, the old, and the healthy.

Luckily for us, we can combat hair loss head-on with supplements, collagen induction therapy, laser therapy, and even plain old gentle styling.

Lastly, let’s NEVER waste a great hair day!

 

Nyla Rose

Nyla Rose stands at the intersection of beauty and fashion as both a seasoned hairstylist and an influential blogger. Starting her journey in the bustling salons of the city, Nyla honed her skills, specializing in creating transformative hairstyles that not only fit her clients' personalities but also set the pace for emerging trends. But her passion didn't stop at the salon chair.

Eager to share her insights with a broader audience, Nyla embarked on a blogging journey, shedding light on the ever-evolving worlds of beauty and fashion.

Through her blog, she provides a unique blend of practical style advice, in-depth product reviews, and trendspotting, all conveyed with a personal touch that her readers have come to love. Her dedication to the craft and her ability to weave together the realms of hairstyling and fashion writing have cemented her reputation as a trusted voice in both fields.

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