4 Hair Loss Myths… Debunked!

A young man with severe hair lossThere are many myths out there about hair loss, from what causes it and how it starts, to where it comes from and how you inherit it. To help you get your facts straight, we’ve debunked four of the major hair loss myths.

Myth 1. The hair loss gene passes down through the Mother’s side of the family

This is an old wives tale, though many people believe it to be gospel. Although the inheritance from the Mother’s side is believed to be slightly stronger, you can in fact inherit the hair loss gene from your Mother’s side, your Father’s side, or both.

Myth 2. Wearing a hat encourages hair loss

This myth comes from the idea that wearing a hat doesn’t allow your hair to breathe, and thus it dies and falls out – but this isn’t true. In fact, your hair takes in oxygen from the blood stream through the follicle, and not through the tip from the air. This means that wearing a hat does not reduce the amount of oxygen that gets to your hair, and therefore doesn’t contribute to hair loss.

Myth 3. A sign of baldness is hair falling out in clumps

Although this may seem plausible, it is not true. Men and women experiencing hair loss do not see large clumps of their hair falling out at once. In fact, hair loss starts with an overall thinning of the hairs, a process called miniaturisation, which is then followed by a gradual decrease in coverage. If you’re experiencing large amounts of hair falling out in clumps you should see a doctor, as this may be a sign of a more serious problem.

Myth 4. Hair loss is caused by not enough blood getting to the scalp

Again, this one is definitely not true. When your hair is growing, it does need blood and oxygen to sustain itself. However, once you start to experience hair loss, the blood is no longer needed to sustain growth, and thus a lesser amount of blood is sent to the scalp. This means that a decreased blood flow to the scalp comes as the result of hair loss, and not as its cause.

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