When the Daily Express reported on April 1st that researchers had discovered men in Wrexham were more likely to suffer from baldness than their counterparts around the country, many readers were unsure whether it was an April fools hoax or not. With no statement from the newspaper or visible evidence to support the claim, it remains to be seen whether the story was based on fact or fiction. Other stories and urban legends about hair loss are without factual basis, and this week we debunk a few of these hair loss myths.
Myth # 1 – If you lose hair every day you’re going bald
It is completely untrue that losing your hair on a daily basis means that you’re going bald or suffering from a hair loss condition. Most people lose on average up to 100 hairs per day as part of the natural cycle of shedding and re-growth. It is only when you begin losing substantially more than this each day and less hair than usual is grown to replace it that a hair loss condition is likely.
Myth # 2 – Losing hair isn’t normal
As discussed above, it is normal to lose hair on a daily basis. Unfortunately it is also true that as we get older hair follicles shrink and become less productive, leading to a general thinning of the hair. In individuals who are naturally predisposed to genetic hair loss this is much more pronounced, as a result of the hormone testosterone turning into dihydrotestosterone. While hair loss is entirely ‘normal’, this does not however mean that there is nothing you can do to slow or prevent it.
Myth #3 – Hair loss can be caused by washing and brushing hair too frequently
Frequently washing your hair will not cause it to fall out. Any hair that comes out as a result of washing with normal shampoo would have come out anyway and is part of the normal shedding process. Likewise, brushing merely removes hairs that have already been shed, provided that it is not done too vigorously.
It is worth noting however that some hair products such as bleaches and dyes can cause hair loss through Traction Alopecia. This is because they contain chemicals which can weaken the hair shaft and dehydrate it, leaving it dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
Myth #4 – Constantly wearing a hat can cause hair loss
There is no truth in the myth that wearing a hat regularly can lead to hair loss. If the hat was so tight that it restricted blood flow to the scalp and constantly pulled on the hair then Traction Alopecia could occur, but most hat wearers are unlikely to wear such a painfully uncomfortable hat. Some people have pointed to the fact that many balding men have been seen to wear hats, but this is generally in order to cover up their baldness, not the other way round.
… And one hair loss fact
One thing that is most definitely true about hair loss is that in many cases it is treatable. While there are many unproven hair loss products which make bold claims but lack any evidence to back these up, there are also products which have been proven to not only prevent further hair loss but also promote re-growth. At The Belgravia Centre we only use products which have been proven to work and which have a scientific basis behind their use.
Propecia and Minoxidil are two of the pharmaceutical treatments we use to treat Male Pattern Baldness and a variety of other hair loss conditions. Both of these have been scientifically proven to prevent genetic hair loss and stimulate re-growth. They have been licensed in the UK by the MHRA and approved by the FDA in the US for the treatment of genetic hair loss, or Androgenic Alopecia.
It takes more than a chemical formula to treat hair loss successfully. At The Belgravia Centre we use a combined approach to tackle hair loss, monitored and managed by our hair loss experts. We combine our clinical treatments with our own hair growth boosters and laser combs to achieve maximum results.