Myths About Hair Loss 

There are numerous myths regarding the reasons for hair loss and the treatments available.  Some of these myths are perpetuated by companies hoping to sell their hair loss prevention products.  Many people are willing to spend lots of money in hopes that one of these hair loss prevention products will work for them.  Often, these products do not fulfill their promises. 

One hair loss myth is that if you have not lost your hair by 40 you will continue to retain your hair.  This is a myth.  Although if we are going to lose hair it usually happens as we get older, age does not cause hair loss.  If you are genetically predisposed to hair loss, then you will loss your hair.   

Another myth is that male pattern baldness comes from the maternal side of the family and skips a generation.  Not true.  There is no single gene that causes baldness. Instead, research indicates that male pattern baldness results from several genes interacting with each other and causing the hair loss.  These various genes are inherited from both parents. 

It is a myth that pattern baldness affects only men. Hair loss is just as prevalent in women as in men.  With women it is usually in a less virulent form and is easier to hide.  While men’s hair thins in patches and at the forehead, women’s hair usually thins out over the entire scalp area. 

Poor blood flow to the scalp area causing hair loss is a myth.  Companies selling hair loss products have marketed this misconception for years.  Dermatologists say that a bald scalp receives just as much blood flow as a scalp full of hair.  In fact, hair transplants work so well because of this blood flow to the bald scalp. 

Some people think they can increase the blood flow and make their hair grow by standing on their head.  This is a myth.  Hair loss is caused by age and genetics and not blood flow.   

Stress makes your hair fall out.  In most instances this is a myth.  The common stress we experience daily is not enough to make our hair fall out.  However, a very traumatic event may cause enough stress that your hair falls out. 

Another myth is that you can grow back dead hair follicles.  Not true.  It is possible to help hair follicles grow thicker and healthier with laser therapy or medications while the follicles are alive.  Once the follicle is dead it cannot be revived. 

There is another myth that a rise in testosterone levels caused by either working out or by sexual activity will cause hair loss.  Neither of these activities cause enough increase in testosterone levels to affect hair loss. 

There is a myth that wearing hats will cause hair loss and this is false. 

Shampooing your hair too much is going to make you lose hair.  Again, not true.  You may notice that you shed hair daily when you shampoo or brush your hair, but these hair follicles are replaced by other hair follicles.  It is true, however, that you may experience hair loss if you frequently wear tight hairstyles such as braids and ponytails which pull on the hair.  Hair loss may also be caused by harsh chemicals in products such as hair dyes, relaxers and bleaches.