Hair loss can be traumatic and it affects many people, so it should perhaps come as no surprise that so many myths have sprung up around it. From outlandish supposed treatments to misunderstandings about its causes, there are a host of fabrications concerning this medical condition. Here are five popular hair loss falsities to watch out for.
1) Hair loss comes from the mother’s side
When people are trying to work out if they’ll develop male pattern baldness, they often look to their mother’s relatives, believing that this gene is only passed down through the maternal side of the family. While it’s true that this type of hair loss is hereditary, it can in fact come from either parent.
2) Washing your hair in cold water helps
It’s sometimes said that washing your hair in cold water can help to reduce hair loss. The idea behind this is that it increases circulation and this somehow has a beneficial effect on hair growth. In truth, there is no evidence that this technique has any positive effects, so unless your boiler’s on the blink, there’s no reason to step under a cold shower.
3) Shedding hair every day means you’re losing your locks for good
People can panic when they notice that they’re shedding their tresses, believing that strands of hair left in the bathtub or their brushes are a sure sign they’re losing their locks permanently. The fact is, it’s perfectly normal to lose as many as 100 hairs a day, so you shouldn’t jump to any conclusions if you see stray strands around your home or on your clothes.
4) Wearing hats too frequently can cause hair loss
If you’ve ever worried about the effect of wearing hats on a regular basis in case it puts your hair in peril, you can now relax. Frequently adorning your head with these accessories will not increase your risk of hair loss. Hats can only cause problems if they are so tight that they put extensive strain on your hair.
5) Brushing or massaging the scalp can boost hair health
It might feel nice, but brushing or massaging your scalp in a bid to increase circulation and slow hair loss won’t have any positive effects. In fact, by brushing your hair excessively, you can damage it.
The good news is, while these myths may not help you to reduce or reverse hair loss, there are effective alternatives on offer. The best of these is finasteride, which is branded as Propecia. Taken as a daily tablet, this treatment has been shown to be effective at preventing hair loss in men in nine out of 10 cases. Bear in mind though, people normally need to take the tablets for three months before they see any effect and hair loss can resume if treatment is stopped.