Hair loss is a problem. One that has led men and women suffering from it to turn to all sorts of treatments and solutions in the hopes of a “cure.” But what is the first step in finding a solution? Doing research. Unfortunately, the information contained in such “research” is often misleading and – in some cases – downright false. The most effective treatments are those based on reality and not myths.
Hair loss myths are as abundant as acne, aging and weight loss myths. What makes this form of misinformation so damaging for the average person is that the false information results in seeking the wrong solutions, treatments and products. This typically means less than favorable results, bad experiences and even negative side effects that do more harm than good.
So what is the truth about hair loss?
Myth #1: Using Too Many Chemicals & Curling Irons Causes Hair Loss
The truth is that heated styling tools will damage the hair, not cause hair loss. Because hair continues to grow throughout our lifetime, using styling tools like curling irons and flat irons only affect the hair away from the scalp and follicles. The most common damage is breakage, which turns into split ends. This is common and easy to remedy.
Where the danger lies is using chemicals that come into contact with the scalp, root and hair follicles. Hair dyes and chemical relaxers have the ability to kill the follicle right at the root. The longer a person uses these treatments on the hair and the longer those chemicals sit on the scalp/roots, over time they can potentially cause hair loss. So the key is to limit or eliminate the chemicals you expose your scalp and roots to.
Myth #2: Blame Your Hair Loss on Your Mother’s Side
This is perhaps the biggest and most popular hair loss myth out there. For whatever reason, people still believe in the notion that a person inherits hair loss from their mother’s side. The reality is that what’s responsible for baldness is a particular chromosome that is not related to gender, so the issue of hair loss can actually come from either an individual’s mother or father.
The best way to find out if baldness does run in your family is to look at your immediate family members. Do you notice certain family members with thinning hair, hair loss or total baldness? Don’t forget to consider your grandparents as well as your aunts, uncles and even older cousins. If a pattern is there, you’ll be able to recognize it.
Myth #3: If There’s Hair in the Drain, You’re Experiencing Major Hair Loss
Unless there is an excessive amount of hair in your shower drain, chances are you aren’t suffering from major hair loss that requires treatment. It’s important to understand that it’s completely normal and healthy to lose hair on a daily basis. According to research, we lose around 100 hairs per day. The good news is that the hair that is lost gets replaced by new ones.
It isn’t necessary to count how many hairs are in your drain. If it’s a few strands here and there when you get out of the shower, you’re perfectly fine. Not cleaning your drain regularly can also make it appear as if you’re losing more hair than you really are. Massive hair loss is very easy to spot so unless you see such a sight, hair loss shouldn’t be a huge concern for you.