Experts at Kaya Skin Clinic debunk some of the most commonly known misconceptions about hair loss
24 July 2019| Last updated on 25 July 2019
We’ve all had our fair share of hair loss. A simple and easy google search or a quick discussion around the office will give you a long list of reasons why.
But the question is, how many of these myths are actually true? And the answers you get are they simply the results of age-old beliefs and thought processes, are they actually based on some real research. Let’s take a look into the most common hair loss misconceptions and myths and understand the logic behind them.
Myth 1: Hair loss is hereditary
Truth: Your genes are only partly responsible for the condition of your hair. The growth and loss of your hair is determined by approximately 200 genes but these aren’t the only reasons for hair loss. Other factors like nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and/or excessive use of chemicals for styling can contribute to hair fall and weakened hair.
Myth 2: Hair fall is permanent
Truth: Both men and women naturally shed about 100 to 150 strands of hair almost every day. Additional factors like childbirth, desert heat, chemicals and nutritional deficiency can aggravate the shedding of your hair and can be a cause of concern. Most often addressing such factors will usually control hair fall and bring back your hair growth back to normal.
Myth 3: Stress causes hair fall
Truth: This myth is partially true. Stress does play a role in hair loss, but when its severe in nature. Events such as the death of a loved one, major illness and career struggles can trigger a sudden but temporary thinning of hair, known as ‘Telogen Effluvium’. Reduction in stress levels usually takes solves this problem.
Myth 4: You lose hair as you grow older
Truth: Research and studies in the field of hair growth and hair loss suggest that one is never too young to experience hair loss. Young and healthy can also experience hair loss because of factors like improper nutrition or genetic tendencies.
Myth 5: Shampooing excessively can cause hair fall
Truth: Using too much shampoo doesn’t directly increase hair loss. Shampoos wash away the natural oils (sebum) in your hair and synthetic compounds from conditioners replace them. After the shampoo washes away the oil, your body continues to produce more sebum to compensate for this onset of hair loss, thus creating additional layers of oil. This further leads to thinning and breakage of your hair shaft, and gradually leading to baldness. It is advised to wash your hair every alternate day instead of daily.
Myth 6: Exposure to sun causes hair loss
Truth: Again, this particular misconception is only partially true. Constant sun exposure doesn’t always aid in hair loss as it doesn’t necessarily have a direct effect on hair follicles. However, increased exposure to the harsh sun rays causes your hair shaft to get weaker and brittle and makes it prone to breakage.
Myth 7: Hair coloring can make it fall
Truth: Hair styling products don’t technically affect the quality of your hair, however increased use of hair colors and dyes can weaken your hair strands and makes it extremely prone to breaking. Bleaching your hair and over-using chemical straighteners, hot irons and dyers can further worsen hair damage.
Myth 8: The only solution to hair fall is hair transplant
Truth: Whilst hair transplant is one of the solutions to combat hair problems, it is however not the only treatment available. Dermatology has since advanced and now offers several solutions to strengthen the hair from within and hair transplants are used as a last resort.
Solutions that you may find on the internet may not necessarily provide the results you’re looking for. Scientifically proven therapies like Mesotherapy and PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) do possess the potential to strengthen your hair, but sometimes may prove unnecessary and that simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can solve the problem of hair loss. Consult your dermatologist to identify the best course of action to make your hair shine.