We’ve all heard enough about why we experience hair loss. A simple Google search or discussions with our peers can give us a list of reasons big enough to fill an entire book. But the question here is, how many of them are actually true? Are the answers you get simply results of age-old beliefs and thought processes, or are they backed by actual research? Let us explore the most common hair loss misconceptions and understand the rationale behind them.A
Myth #1: You inherit hair loss
Truth—Your genes are only partly responsible for the condition of your hair. There are approximately 200 genes that determine the growth and loss of your hair, but these aren’t the only reasons for hair loss. Nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and/or excessive use of chemicals for styling can all weaken your hair and cause hair fall.
Myth #2: Once your hair falls, it is permanent
Truth—Both men and women naturally shed about 100 to 150 strands of hair every day. Other factors such as childbirth, desert heat, chemicals and nutritional deficiency can aggravate the shedding of your hair and can be concerning. Addressing these factors usually controls hair fall and brings your hair growth back to normal.
Myth #3: Stress makes your hair fall
Truth—This misconception is partially true. Stress plays a role in hair loss, but only when it is traumatic 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 solves the problem.
Myth #4: You lose hair only when you grow old
Truth—Studies in the field of hair growth and hair loss suggest that you are never too young to experience hair loss. Young and perfectly healthy people can still experience hair loss due to factors like improper nutrition or genetic predispositions.
Myth #5: Shampooing too much can cause your hair to fall more
Truth—Using too much shampoo doesn’t directly accelerate hair loss. Shampoos wash away the natural oils (sebum) in your hair and synthetic compounds from conditioners replace them. Your body continues to produce sebum to compensate for this loss, creating additional layers of oil. Using too much shampoo will lead to excessive sebum production in the long run. This leads to thinning and breakage of your hair shaft, ultimately leading to baldness. It is advisable to wash your hair every other day instead of daily.
Myth #6: You lose hair due to exposure to the sun
Truth—Again, this misconception is partly true. Regular exposure to the sun doesn’t always result in hair loss as it doesn’t affect the hair follicles. However, excessive exposure to the harsh sun rays causes your hair shaft to become brittle and makes it prone to breakage.
Myth #7: Colouring your hair can make it fall
Truth—Hair styling products don’t usually affect the quality of your hair, but excessive use of hair colours and dyes can weaken your hair strands and make it prone to breaking. Bleaching and over-using chemical straighteners, hot irons and dryers can also aggravate hair damage.
Myth #8: Hair transplant is the only solution to hair problems
Truth—While hair transplant is one of the solutions to combat hair problems, it is not the only treatment available. The field of dermatology now offers several advanced solutions to strengthen the hair from within and hair transplants are often used only as a last resort.
Solutions you may find on the internet for your hair loss always stand the risk of being false. Scientifically proven therapies like Mesotherapy and PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) do have the potential to strengthen your hair, but you may find that these are often unnecessary, and that simple nutrition can help you solve the problem of hair loss. Consult your dermatologist to identify best course of action to make your hair shine.