What are the Myths about Hair loss? In this article, we debunk many of the myths and hearsay that you may have heard from your friends and family that you had always wanted to find out if they are true.
Hair Loss Myths 1:
Wearing Hats and Motorcycle Helmets causes Hair Loss
Many people believe that wearing hats and caps will cause you to lose hair, especially for long hours, as the hats/caps cause the hair follicles on your head to not be able to breath.
That is not true.
Hair follicles get their oxygen from beneath the surface of the scalp, and not from external sources. More often than not, the itch you get from wearing hats and caps for long periods of time may make you feel like you are not doing something right, however, it is more because of the sweat from the stuffiness in the cap.
Motorcycle helmets, on the other hand, may yield a different result. As motorcycle helmets are meant to fit extremely snugly(tightly), it will cause a lot of traction alopecia, friction in short, causing hair to be pulled out from its scalp.
The aggravation of traction/friction causes one who is already experiencing hair loss to worsen. One way around this is to wear a cotton cloth over your head before slipping your helmet on.
Hair Loss Myths 2:
Using the Hair Dryer causes Hair Loss
This is mostly a myth with some truth at the end, literally. Hair dryers are a good and efficient way to dry-out your hair, especially in the mornings before work. The hair dryer does not cause damage to your hair while it is still wet.
However, it is when your hair has been mostly dried out and the hair dryer is still blowing profusely on it that the damage gets to your hair. The reason is that blowing on your hair further would cause it to be way too dry, causing the hair to be lose all its moisture and become brittle.
Also, take precaution not to roast your hair while drying it with the hot aired hair dryer by ensuring that you do not focus the hair dryer on one spot for too long. Keep the hair dryer moving continuously.
One tip is to not use the hair dryer on your hair until it is dry, but to leave it a slight bit damp to dry on its own to prevent hair damage.
Hair Loss Myths 3:
Does masturbating cause hair loss?
There is no scientific evidence that states that masturbating is linked to hair loss in any way.
You may have heard it from sources that may have stated it as a truthful fact, but really, that is not the case. That being said, we cannot guarantee that a 24-hour masturbating marathon that involves skipping of meals, pulling of hair or anything that involves fire for excitement purposes will leave you with a head full of hair.
A rule of thumb is this, anything that stresses the body to cause its imbalance creates risks of hair falling off.
Hair Loss Myths 4:
Hair Bands, Head Bands and your Rubber-bands for hair
Truth be told, anything that causes your hair to be pushed into a direction aside from its natural resting position is bad for your hair.
Men’s backwards comb is no exception to this rule as applying gel or waxing up your hair for that clean-cut backwards look causes tension and stress to the roots of the hair.
The same goes for hair bands, head bands and rubber bands. The intention is to bring the hair backwards such that it doesn’t affect your vision or cause irritation to your forehead, resulting in stressing the root as your hair shafts are pushed to a direction that is not in its natural position.
In all honesty, even touching of your hair can cause stress. Having studied so much about hair, you would be surprised that we, at Genhair, we report to work in the most unkempt hair, with hair all over our faces in a bit to leave them in its most natural state as possible.
Hair Loss Myths 5:
Wax, Gels and hair spray are the reasons you lose hair
Asides from assisting in the backwards placement or any other placement of your hair that isn’t the natural position of your hair Wax, Gels and Hair Spray are actually not the reason why people lose their hair.
The reason is simple.
As long as you do not apply all these chemicals directly to your scalp, they will not have a chance to come in contact and clog the hair follicles.
Any of your hair salon stylists would tell you that Waxes, Gels and Hair Sprays are to be applied away from the roots of the hair.
That being said, it is still advisable to look at the contents of your hair styling solutions to make sure that the ingredients used will help to protect your hair shafts rather than damaging them.
If you choose wisely, some hair styling products can even make your hair look thicker while protecting it as it contains substances with electronic charges that stick to your hair, making it look thicker and protecting your hair from external conditions at the same time.
Hair Loss Myths 6: Shampoos and washing too often causes hair loss
This is a myth. Shampooing your hair often/daily does not cause hair to fall. In fact, the opposite is true. If your scalp is very oily, or frequently has dandruffs, washing your hair would instead help to reduce the amount of deposits into your hair follicles, causing it to be clogged.
On a side note, some researchers do not believe that clogged pores are behind the reasons to why hair loss can occur, however, more and more practitioners in the field have proven others with results from their test subjects, clients and end users themselves.
That being said, we do not expect anyone to be washing their hair 5 times a day, as even If washing does not cause hair to fall, the traction alopecia (friction) would.
The selection of right Shampoos will definitely help hold truth to this as Shampoos with a high amount of Silicons, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS/SLES) and chemical fragrances are known to cause vast amounts of damage to your hair. If you want to get rid of clogged pores, shampoo that contains charcoal is the best for that. Check out GENHAIR Shampoo bar.
Some shampoo companies put high amounts of harmful contents into their shampoos in a bid to trick the user into thinking that the more the foam, or fragrance, the better the shampoo is.
Hair Loss Myths 7:
Hair Loss from STRESS is PERMANENT
The answer to this is obvious. One comforting fact is this: hair loss coming from stress is usually reversible.
When internal and mental tensions such as problems or concerns, last for weeks or months, various physical reactions can occur in your body, definitely, in a negative way, including hair-loss, as your body takes a beating.
Hair loss that is already developing can also get worse.
This is because stress causes hormonal imbalances which can affect your skin and scalp that results in, on one hand, excess production of oil or on the other side of the spectrum, extreme dryness.
This is common when one feels stress, they would notice a sudden outbreak of acne/pimples on the face.
Similarly, this can happen on our scalp as well causing various scalp problems that leads to hair loss.
Hair Loss Myths 8:
Sun Tanning causes you to lose hair
No, Sun tanning or being under the sun for long periods of time does not cause you to have permanent hair loss.
Even better, if you decide to apply sunscreen directly to your scalp, research has not found any evidence that sunscreen would cause you any permanent hair damage in the long run.
This information is extremely important to me, being an avid lover of laying by the beach. Many-a-times, people do feel guilty for their hair when they go under the sun for long periods of time, especially when your head feels like it is burning up.
That being said, the sun does have its effects on your hair, causing it to be extremely dry after hours of exposure. If you further expose your hair to chlorine or seawater, it may cause further dryness.
Although dryness does not cause hair to fall out, it is more suspectable to breaking due to friction. More Dryness equals to more brittleness. Cover your hair while you are sun-bathing would be one way to prevent hair from breaking.
Hair Loss Myths 9:
Hair Loss Genes are only from your Mother’s side of the family
This is definitely not true. Anyone can get the genetics of pattern hair loss from either side of the family.
Do not just look at your parent’s heads to see if they still have hair, or if they started losing hair at an early age. Ask your grandparents, or your great-grandparents as well!If that is the case, and if you think hard about it, shouldn’t hair loss be more and more common for the human race?
This is not true as treatments like our herbal remedies are here to save the day, along with advancements in hair transplants.
Just be careful of self-acclaimed treatments out there and the confusion between FDA approved versus FDA cleared ones. We will cover more on this in our later articles and videos.
Hair Loss Myths 10:
Late Night Partying causes hair loss
The answer to this is Yes & No, yet leaning entirely towards a Yes.
When we think of partying, we think of alcohol, cigarettes and late nights.
Both alcohol and cigarettes are not a direct cause, but a huge indirect cause to hair loss.
The consumption of alcohol, especially when it comes to binge drinking, is known to cause the malfunctions of your body when it comes to absorbing nutrients from foods. Furthermore, an intoxicating evening of binge drinking usually kills off appetite for most party-goer’s, forcing the body to consume less, which results in less nutrients entering a body that is already absorbing lesser nutrients.
On top of that, alcohol is known to be damaging to your liver. A weaker liver means weaker skin and scalp conditions. It is really no rocket-science here.
Did we mention dehydration?
Dehydration from alcohol causes the body to be imbalance, while dehydrated hair leads to brittleness.
The booze and late-night partying also mean a huge disruption to your sleep pattern. As such, not only is your body unable to regenerate itself during it’s known resting time (the body usually recognizes your rest usual rest patterns and regenerate itself during those times), the lack of sleep also causes stress to your body. It is needless to say what all these does to your body, let alone your hair.
People with thyroid disorders have it worse as alcohol is known to disrupt the thyroid functions and cause imbalances. Thyroid disorders are commonly known to cause hair loss. For this group of people sudden alcohol withdrawal also causes thyroid disorders, therefore, after reading this article, refrain from going from drunk-every-night to zero alcohol, within the day.
Smoking is also known to narrow blood vessels and cause imbalances in blood flow, thus affecting the oxygen and blood flow to the skins of the head, which are necessary for hairs to grow as they supply these necessities to the bulbs in the follicles of our scalp. Even the smoke being emitted damages the hair, externally! Talk about a double whammy.
Now for the triple whammy. It is the washing of hair and sleeping with wet hair after you get too tired from your late-night partying to dry them with a hair dryer (which can also be harmful if you do not apply the correct techniques). Sleeping with wet hair causes hair to break and more… we will cover this in our later articles.
We all have our own strange beliefs about hair loss and secretly avoid certain activities, foods and hair applications without really knowing if it is really true.
If there are some burning questions that you always wanted the answers to, feel free to leave them in the comments below and we will be more than glad to answer them for you. Let’s be thankful for God’s gift of hair for vanity’s sake and treat our body well.
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