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Hair Loss MythsThere's a lot of mis-information available on the topic of hair loss. Don't fall foul of these commonly heard wives' tales:
Hair loss is inherited from your mother's side of the family
Whilst it's proven that baldness has a strong genetic component, there is nothing to suggest that it is passed down exclusively from your mother's side. If your father, or a family member closely related to your father, shows signs of hair loss then it's possible that you too may exhibit a degree of hair loss at some point in your life time.
Wearing a hat will cause hair loss
Wearing a hat does not cause hair loss. Think for a moment about all the people undertaking occupations and sporting activities that require a hat to be worn. If wearing a hat caused hair loss then surely all of these people would be bald. This simply isn't the case.
Frequent shampooing will unblock trapped hairs
This has no underlying scientific basis and is a common misconception. Particularly in the case of pattern baldness where the follicle has withered and died, there is no trapped hair to unblock.
Hairs on your pillow show you are losing hair
Hairs on your pillow do show that you are shedding hair. However, for the most part this hair loss is normal and it may be ready to regrow after it has gone through its Telogen (rest) phase. An average person loses between 50 and 150 hairs per day.
Persons with particularly long, thick or dark hair will notice more hair on their pillow than people with short, thin or light coloured hair owing simply to the fact that it's easier to see.
Hair care products cause hair loss
There are no proven links between hair loss and use of hair care products.
Hair loss is caused by hair driers
Hair driers do not directly cause hair loss. However it's common knowledge that frequent hair drying is not good for your hair over a sustained period.
Hair grows back thicker once it has been cut
Your hair is naturally thicker at the root than at the tip. Cutting your hair simply causes it to appear thicker initially. It will adopt its usual profile after a very short period of time.
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