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The 5 Most Common Myths About Hair Loss

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Key Takeaways:

  • Wearing a hat doesn’t cause hair loss
  • Cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow faster
  • Washing your hair too much doesn’t hurt a thing
  • Diets have a huge influence on hair loss
  • Hair loss comes from your mother’s and or your father’s side

Losing your hair can be a very stressful and emotional experience, and there are so many reasons behind why it happens. Whether it’s due to your health, styling habits, or something else entirely, hair loss affects millions of men and women every year. But even considering how common hair loss is, there are still many misconceptions about it out there. Let’s take a look at the most common hair loss myths that still hang around today:

Myth #1: Wearing a hat causes hair loss.

More than a few people believe that hats are to blame for hair loss based on the idea that hats cut off the air circulation to the scalp and prevent the scalp from breathing. However, what they don’t know is that hair follicles get oxygen from the bloodstream, not the air, so you can’t suffocate your hair follicles by wearing a hat.

Myth #2: Cutting your hair makes it grow faster.

Cutting your hair actually just makes it shorter. The effects of trimming, cutting, or shaving your hair are illusions based on the appearance of healthier-looking hair after the split ends or shaggy styles are trimmed up. The rate of hair growth is actually determined by genetics and your health, and not because you cut your hair.

Myth #3: Washing your hair too much causes hair loss.

Just because you love washing your hair on a regular basis doesn’t mean you should be worried about hair loss. Washing your hair causes dead strands to fall out—something that’s normal, as people lose up to 150 hair strands a day. A certain amount of that just so happens to occur when you’re in the shower, not because of any hair loss issues.

Myth #4: Diets have no influence on hair loss.

What you eat every day doesn’t just play a role in the health of your body—it also has a huge effect on the health of your hair. Low amounts of certain vitamins and minerals can contribute to hair loss. There is also research showing that a crash diet can significantly impact your hair, causing temporary or permanent hair loss.

Myth #5: Hair loss comes from your mother’s side.

Genetics is the most common cause of hair loss and mom and her family have been blamed for everyone’s hair loss for over 20 years. It’s true that male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are hereditary, but due to recent discoveries, it can be inherited from either side of the family.

If we can give you one piece of advice, it’s this – Don’t believe everything you hear or read about hair loss. There are plenty of myths about hair loss out there, not just the few we mentioned. It would be in your best interest to seek professional help first to find out the root cause of your hair loss, so you can learn how to tackle the cause and figure out the best solution for your hair.