We have all heard the stories how wearing a tight fitted hat too often will make you go bald or that if you wash your hair too often it will fall out. Well, they're both myths and old wives' tales. In this article, we go over some common hair loss myths and discuss what really causes hair loss.
Myth #1 Wearing tight hats cause hair loss: This is a common myth that is often relayed by someone without any real knowledge of hair loss. The myth stems from the thought that hair loss was due to poor circulation and that wearing tight hats would constrict blood flow and nutrition to the follicles. The truth is, the scalp is one of the most vascular places on the human body, bald or not that is the truth.
Myth #2 Blowdryers cause hair loss: There is no scientific evidence that suggest that blowdryers cause hair loss. With that said, using a blowdryer with high heat may cause the follicles to become brittle and breakable. This is undoubtedly not the best thing to do for your hair, but this does not cause permanent hair loss.
Myth #3 Balding comes from the maternal side: Many believe that if their mother's father had a full head of hair, they'll keep a good head of hair. But hair loss is determined by the genetic composition of both sides of the family. One can inherit the androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss gene by either side of the family.
Myth #4 Sex causes hair loss: Many believe that after sex chemicals are released into the body that cause hair loss. Science has yet to uncover any proof to these claims. However, that shouldn't deter anyone from concocting their own experiments.
So what causes hair loss: The most common form of hair loss is androgenic alopecia or genetic hair loss, the main cause for androgenic alopecia or male and female pattern hair loss is the inherited "balding" gene. Specifically, baldness is the result of certain hormones interacting overtime with hair follicles that are susceptible to the effects of the hormones. Hair follicles, as well as the sebaceous glands, contain high levels of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. This enzyme converts testosterone into Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), via the blood. DHT is the main catalyst for genetic hair loss.
Hair loss treatments: While the hair loss industry is a billion dollar industry, there are only a few proven treatments that can stop the progression of hair loss and even regrow hair in some hair loss sufferers. There are two FDA approved medications that treat genetic hair loss Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) both of these medications have been scientifically proven to treat genetic hair loss with success. However, the only way to truly regrow hair on a completely bald scalp is through hair restoration. It is important to select a hair transplant surgeon with a proven track record of providing excellent patient results. If you or someone you know is suffering from hair loss consult with a pre-screened hair transplant surgeon to discuss the surgical and non-surgical options available.
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