Just like any other folk tale, myths about hair loss are handed down year after year, generation after generation. We hear these myths about hair loss so much that we believe them to be true. We often have clients come in to our studio asking whether certain myths about hair loss are true, so we wanted to address them in a blog post!
Here are some common myths about hair loss and what is actually true!
Myth #1 – Wearing a hat can cause hair loss.
Wearing a hat itself does not actually cause hair loss. However, when people wear hats often that can promote hair loss. If a hat is worn too tightly, it can restrict blood flow to your hair follicles, which may cause some shedding.
Myth #2 – It is normal to shed about 100 strands of hair each day.
Yes, it is normal to shed hair each day, however, it is only normal to shed about 20 to 50 strands of hair. The average person has between 100,000 to 150,000 hair follicles. At any given time, 85 to 90% of those are in a growth cycle that lasts five years. During the sixth year following the growth cycle, hairs will shed and a new growth cycle will begin. Losing more than 20 to 50 stands per day could indicate the onset of hair loss.
Myth #3 – Cutting hair makes it grow thicker.
Cutting your hair does not make it growth thicker. Hair is thicker at the scalp than at its tip. When you cut your hair and remove the split ends, your hair may appear thicker but it is in fact just an optical illusion.
Myth #4 – Washing and styling your hair daily can cause hair loss.
Washing and styling daily does not cause hair loss. That said, constant exposure to heat from styling tools can damage your hair. Hair that has been damaged from heat can become brittle and break off so people feel as though they are losing hair.
Excessive heat can also impact your hair follicles, which can also lead to hair loss. Finally, tight ponytails or braids can cause traction alopecia so while regular styling typically doesn’t cause hair loss, more aggressive forms of styling can lead to hair loss.
Myth #5 – It is possible to increase the amount of hair I have.
Unfortunately this is not the case. The number of follicles you were born with is what you will have for life. Drugs, herbs, vitamins, or good nutrition may make your hair look healthier but it cannot increase the amount of hair you have.
These are just a few common myths about hair loss. For more myths about hair loss and the truth, check out this article from Transitions International.
If you have questions about your hair loss don’t let old myths about hair loss drive your decision making process. Contact us for a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your individual circumstances and help you determine what the best hair loss solution is for you.