Top 7 Myths About Baldness You Should Stop Believing Right Now!
- 1 Top 7 Myths About Baldness You Should Stop Believing Right Now!
- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 1 – Exposure to the Sun Causes Hair Loss
- 1.3 2 – Higher Testosterone Levels Cause Hair Loss
- 1.4 3 – Wearing Hats or Other Headgear Causes Baldness
- 1.5 4 – Overuse of Shampoo Causes Thinning Hair
- 1.6 5 – Dead and Shut Down Hair Follicles Can Be Regrown
- 1.7 6 – If Your Grandfather is Bald, You Will Be Too!
- 1.8 7 – Topical Hair Treatments Only Work On The Scalp
- 1.9 Conclusion
Everyone has an opinion about baldness and thinning hair. What causes it. What cures it. How to slow it down.
In this article, we are going to expose 7 of these common opinions as myths which you should stop believing straight away!
1 – Exposure to the Sun Causes Hair Loss
While it is true that over exposure to UV light emitted from the sun is harmful to your skin. The fact is that this is not a cause of hair loss.
Sure, it damages skin, causes sunburn and can lead to skin cancer. But in the case of causing baldness, this simply is not true.
The sun does not affect hair follicles, but it DOES affect your hair directly. The rumor that the sun causes baldness is because what it does do is damage and dry out your hair. Dry hair is brittle and can break easily, but is easily fixed and not a permanent issue.
2 – Higher Testosterone Levels Cause Hair Loss
This again is a myth. High levels of testosterone do not cause hair follicles to shut down. Instead, this is a result of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
It is the aromatization of testosterone into DHT which can cause hair loss in the form of pattern hair loss. This aromatization is based on your genetic predisposition to pattern hair loss (i.e. your genetics).
Taking testosterone in the form of steroids can increase DHT if you are genetically disposed to pattern hair loss but balding due to high testosterone levels simply isn’t true.
3 – Wearing Hats or Other Headgear Causes Baldness
I’m sure many of you have heard that wearing a hat, helmet or bandana causes hair loss. Well, like the old saying ‘sitting too close to the TV gives you square eyes’ – this is simply not true.
There is no scientific evidence backing this claim up. Chalk it up to an old wives tale.
4 – Overuse of Shampoo Causes Thinning Hair
This idea had its origin after people noticed that after washing their hair the shower plug was covered in lost hair.
The truth of the matter is that hair grows in cycles. On average every day 80 to 100 are shed due to hair entering the Catagen stage of hair growth. This is what you see in your shower. It is not a result of over washing.
In fact, by not washing your hair you are at risk of developing a scalp infection which CAN lead to balding and thinning hair.
5 – Dead and Shut Down Hair Follicles Can Be Regrown
Unfortunately, once a hair follicle has shut down, it is dead. Just like anything, resurrecting hair follicles from the dead is impossible.
There are other treatments available to you (SEE: The Ultimate Hair Loss Treatment Guide), but dead hair follicles will never grow hair again.
6 – If Your Grandfather is Bald, You Will Be Too!
Ever heard the saying ‘If you want to know if you will be bald look at your mom’s dad.’ While it is true that pattern hair loss is genetic, the fact is pattern hair loss it polygenetic for each individual.
This means that just because your grandfather was bald doesn’t necessarily mean you will be too. However, if there is pattern hair loss in your family tree, the chances of you experiencing the same are still very high.
7 – Topical Hair Treatments Only Work On The Scalp
Yes, you apply topical hair loss treatments to the scalp. However, these treatments seep into the pores in your scalp and eventually enter your blood stream.
What this means is that while the majority of the effect of the hair loss treatment is on your scalp, you can also experience hair growth all over your body.
So there you have it. 7 of the most common myths about baldness busted. If you have any other myths about baldness, thinning hair or hair loss let us know in the comments!