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Hair Loss Myths

Hair Loss Myth: Daily shampooing Causes Hair Loss

Balding men and women often fall prey to the hair loss treatments based on the many myths and fallacies. This is why research and knowledge is vital in determining the best hair loss solution for those suffering from male or female pattern baldness.

One such popular hair loss myth is that daily shampooing causes baldness. Though it is true that people have a tendency to over-treat their hair, washing of hair daily will not cause thinning hair.  This myth has led to the development of yet another myth which is that Sodium Laurel Sulfate (an ingredient found in most shampoos) causes hair loss. This cheap ingredient is what causes most shampoo to foam and lather. Though it is true that this substance isn't necessarily the best for your hair, there is no sound evidence that use of shampoos with this ingredient will cause men or women to go bald.

Here is a logical argument against this myth. Most people in the United Stated wash their hair daily with a regular shampoo containing sodium laurel sulfate. If indeed either daily washing or the use of a sodium laurel sulfate shampoo caused hair loss, every single person following this routine would eventually go completely bald. Incidentally, more women should be bald / balding than men since women are famous for daily shampooing and conditioning.

The cause of most hair loss conditions is hereditary hair loss (Androgenetic Alopecia) which is genetically programmed. Hair loss medication such as Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) are the best non surgical treatments for this type of balding. Hair restoration surgery is a surgical procedure and still the most viable solution of regrowing hair for those who are qualified candidates.