Myths about Hair Loss

Hair loss is most common in elderly men

False. Male pattern hair loss can begin in the teen years, and most commonly in the 20s and 30s.

Hair loss is inherited from your mother’s family side

False. The genes that trigger hair loss can come from either parent and often from both.

Cutting your hair makes it grow thicker

False. It may appear thicker, but this is usually an illusion created by the fact that hair is thicker in circumference the closer it gets to the scalp.

Washing your hair frequently causes hair loss

False. Hair is constantly cycling between growing and resting stages. About 6-8% of the hair in our scalp is at the resting stage every day. Therefore, shedding 25-100 hairs daily is normal hair physiology.  Washing your hair doesn’t encourage or increase hair loss.

Wearing a hat can cause hair loss

False. There is no evidence to link wearing a hat to losing your hair.

Female pattern hair loss can be treated through the use of vitamins and supplements alone

While vitamins and supplements can help maintain the health of your hair, they have never been proven to be effective alone in the treatment of hair loss.

Female pattern hair loss is rare

False. Females make up around 40% of all hair loss sufferers. Genetic hair loss is not as common in females as in males. Nonetheless, genetic female hair loss is the leading cause of hair loss  in 35-40% of women losing hair.