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Hair Loss Myths

Can Too Much or Too Little Shampooing Lead to Hair Loss?

The onset of hair loss can be a stressful time in a person's life. While there are numerous conditions that can lead to thinning hair, more often than not, the culprit is androgenic alopecia (genetic balding). Despite this fact, hair loss sufferers often look for simple causes and solutions to restore their vanishing hair. These solutions include such things as not wearing hats, standing on your head to improve blood flow to the scalp and many more.

One popular hair loss myth is that incorrect shampooing causes baldness. This may include over-shampooing, under-shampooing or simply using the "wrong" shampoo. However, there is no data that indicates a person's washing habits influence hair growth or loss. 

Shampoos come in many forms. Some are medicated, some contain additives like Biotin that promote healthy hair growth and some are sulfate free. Some shampoos like Revita contain the active ingredient ketoconazole which has been shown to increase hair growth. However, regardless of which shampoo you choose or the frequency with which you wash your wash your hair, you are unlikely to significantly impact your hair loss for the better or for the worse. 

Rather than worrying about what shampoo to use or how often to use it, hair loss sufferers should consider starting the clinically proven hair loss treatments Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). These two products are the only drugs FDA approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Rogaine is also approved for female hair loss suffers. However, finasteride should not be taken or even handled by females who are or may become pregnant due to the increased risk of birth defects. 

Written and Published by David - Assistant Publisher