Over the years, there have been a lot of tall tales passed around about hair loss. These myths are often inaccurate, and it's important to know the truth about baldness, its causes and the many hair restoration treatments.
Myth #1: Hair loss is only a problem for older people
The reality is, both males and females can experience pattern baldness as early as their teenage years, according to Medical Daily. Many men in their twenties and thirties find their hair thinning and their hairlines receding. Unfortunately, the earlier your hair loss starts, the more challenging it can be to treat, but that doesn't mean it's irreversible.
Myth #2: Regular washing and shampooing can cause baldness
False. Whether you wash your hair every day or you never wash your hair, it won't affect your hairline. Poor hygiene can lead to scalp infection, so washing your hair is definitely recommended. However, hair experts at The Health Site recommend you choose the right shampoo for your hair type.
"You can inherit baldness from either parent."
Myth #3: Hair loss is inherited from your mother's side
While researchers connected hair loss to a gene from the mother's side in 2005, in 2008 other researchers were able to connect it to a gene that can come from either parent. Essentially, you can inherit baldness from your mother's side or your father's side, making it more difficult to predict.
Myth #4: Wearing a hat can cause hair loss
This is false. Hats have no effect on hair loss. The only way a hat could possibly have such an effect would be if you wore it so tightly that it would cut off all circulation to your follicles, but that's not something that occurs with hats. Most hair loss is genetic in origin, inherited from the parents. Braids and tight buns in some cases can contribute to receding hairlines. Also, wearing a hat that is filled with dirt and swear could cause a scalp infection leading to hair loss, but that would be a very extreme case.
Myth #5: Cutting your hair makes it grow back thicker
This is a myth that has been fueled by men shaving their facial hair and seeing the stubble come back looking thicker. The reason for this illusion is that hair has a thicker circumference at the scalp. Longer hair with split ends does benefit from regular trimmings, but hair loss occurs at the follicles and cutting it does not stimulate thicker growth.
Myth #6: Hair loss cannot be stopped or reversed
Many believe that once your hair starts to fall out, there is nothing you can do to stop the eventual baldness. This is not true, however. There are a number of fantastic treatments than can halt hair loss, and even reverse its effects altogether! Laser hair therapy, hair replacement surgery and many other treatments are available to patients with thinning hair.
If you're concerned about hair loss and would like to learn more about treatments, schedule an appointment with Marotta Hair Restoration today! Dr. Marotta is a dual-board certified facial plastic surgeon with expertise in hair restoration surgery and other treatments. Check out the rest of our website to learn more about all of the treatment options we offer to our clients.