Top 10 Common Myths about Hair Loss


1. Some hairstyles themselves do not cause hair loss: False

Surprisingly, there are certain hairstyles which can in fact cause hair loss, and permanent hair loss at that.

Some extreme hairstyles that place constant pressure on the hair follicles can cause problems with hair loss in women (and men).

Hairstyles with cornrows and ponytails can put excessive pressure on your hair and cause a permanent hair loss condition known as traction alopecia

2. Washing your hair every day makes it fall out: False

Washing your hair regularly won’t make it fall out; those hairs at the bottom of the shower are already released hair strands that your shampoo has simply removed. A dirty head of hair may make for better bed head hairstyles, but it’s certainly not extending the life span of your follicles nor preventing baldness.

3. Blow-drying makes your hair fall out: False







While it can damage, burn or dry your hair, blow-drying isn’t the root problem of hair loss. Hair that has been damaged by blow-drying may fall out, but unless you’re suffering from male pattern baldness, it will grow back almost immediately. The same applies to straightening your hair.

4. Cutting your hair short will make it grow back thicker: False

While frequent haircuts do not prevent male pattern baldness, hair does feel and look thicker after a haircut because your hair is naturally thicker at the base.

5. If your maternal grandfather is bald, you’ll go bald:False

The old myth that you inherit baldness from your mother’s side of the family is a total myth. The hair loss gene is hereditary but comes from either your maternal or paternal side. So you can stop blaming your mum and start putting some of the guilt for creating a bald son onto your dad.

6. Frequent ejaculation causes baldness: False

The old saying, ‘If you keep playing with that you’ll grow hair on your palms’ isn’t the only fable relating to sex and hair. No matter what old wives say, you can rest easy that there’s absolutely no truth in the rumour that frequent ejaculation can cause hair loss.

7. Wearing hats causes hair loss: False

Unless you’re wearing a swimming hat on a daily basis or a hat that’s tight enough to put excessive tension on your hair, wearing hats shouldn’t be pulling your hair out even if you’re wearing one 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

8. Losing 100 strands of hair a day is normal: False

Most of us have between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles in our scalp, 90% of which are, if you’re lucky, growing at any one time. The saying that we lose 100 of these hairs per day is a gross overestimate; it’s actually more like 20-50 a day. The upside is that those hairs you see in the bottom of the bath or shower every morning are totally normal.

9. Hair products cause hair loss: False 

Despite what people may say, the amount of product you put on your hair doesn’t affect hair loss. Gel, wax, mousse, hairspray… you can plaster as much on as you like and be safe in the knowledge that it isn’t going to make your perfectly styled hair fall out.

10. Stress causes hair loss: True (but)

Stress can cause hair loss, but this hair loss is temporary. Stressful events such as illness and money worries can cause hair production to stop temporarily, but stress is not the cause of male pattern baldness.

If you suffer from male pattern baldness, this in itself can also cause stress, but removing the stress will unfortunately not stop the hair loss.

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  1. Suicidal teenage!plz tell is it my mistake,i am in depression &
    Suicidal teenage!plz tell is it my mistake,i am in depression & anxiety for 6months.reply urgently plz
    I am 18yr boy.Very depressed & anxiety for last 6 months.The reason is that i am feeling guilty for my mistake and now want to commit suicide.
    As i did excessive ejaculation fro age 15 to 17 and my hairfall also started with that.I went to several doctors and they carried out many test which were normal.So after i told them about excessive ejaculation habit,,all of these doctors & many doctors on many forums told me that excessive ejaculation cause hairloss/thinning as it increase testosterone level(proven in studies) which overload the production of dht causing hairfall/balding.As i used to ejaculate 2 to 3 times a day,they said that yes ejaculation frequently cause your hairloss .One doctos also gave me prove that Over-ejaculation triggers excessive testosterone-DHT conversion in the prostate and testicles, leading to a stressful fight-or-flight state in the body.
    In this stressful state, the body produces an abundance of cortisol, which induces high levels of prolactin and reduces DHEA, HGH and testosterone production.
    At the same time, excessive prolactin and epinephrine induces constriction of the arteries, leading to poor blood circulation everywhere in your body, particularly in the scalp and prostate. All of this contributes to hair loss.

    So now it is clear that due to my mistake i have became bald at such young age & people are making fun of me when i go out.So now just want to gather some last info whether all this info is correct and i am the real culprit.hoping for reply soon.Bye & thankyou

  2. Pattern balding is distinct from alopecia areata, which commonly involves patchy hair loss. Extreme forms of alopecia areata are alopecia totalis, which involves the loss of all head hair, and the most extreme form, alopecia universalis, which involves the loss of all hair from the head and the body.;^;`

    Catch you around

  3. Very informative post. Thanks. Some shampoos can contains dangerous chemicals that can harm your hair. So it may be better to ask your dermatologist that which shampoo can be good for you. And the diet you are having also makes changes in your hair growth.

    1. Not strictly true and a dermatologist does not always have the right answer.

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