Would you like to wear a hat but are afraid that it will cause you to become bald? Don’t worry. Studies have confirmed that your hair follicles will not be harmed by regularly wearing hats or caps. However, if you have a dirty hat, you should either wash it or change hats since you can get an infected scalp, which may result in hair loss.
Here are seven other hair loss myths for men that you should stop believing in.
Myth One. Washing your hair every day causes hair loss.
The reason many people believe this myth is that their hair is actually already starting to become thin, and shampooing simply causes hair in the scalp that are already loose to fall out. Thus, when they see a lot of hair in the drain, they think that shampooing is the cause.
However, when they don’t shampoo as often, the loose hair remains in the scalp, and then falls out once they wash again, which then becomes their proof that shampooing causes hair loss. Wash your hair as often as you need to; it will not cause hair loss.
Myth Two. If your older relatives on your mother’s side suffered from hair loss, so will you.
Although it is established that common male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is caused by genetics, the specific genes that cause the condition can be inherited from either the mother or the father. However, if baldness is a common family trait, the chances are high, unfortunately, that you will likely go bald too.
Myth Three. Men who have high levels of testosterone are more likely to go bald.
If you are growing bald now, you might be thinking that at least it indicates that you are a manly man. Not really. One of the causes of hair loss is hair follicles being more sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is actually an androgenic hormone that is converted from testosterone. Having high levels of testosterone in itself is not a cause of hair loss.
Myth Four. If you see large patches of hair falling out, you are going bald.
When you start to go bald, your hair does not actually fall out. Rather, normal thick hair is gradually being replaced by thinner hair. If you still have your normal hair but it is falling out, you should consult with a doctor as soon as possible since this may be a symptom of a health problem.
Myth Five. You only start to go bald once you get older.
Sadly, this is not true since you can start losing your hair as early as in your teens, depending on your genetic predisposition. However, you should keep a look out for signs of hair loss, since the earlier it is treated, the better the chances that you can prevent it from getting worse.
Myth Six. Stress causes hair loss.
While there is some truth to this myth, it has to be a really major trauma before you start to experience sudden hair loss. Telogen effluvium, or the sudden onset of stress, which can result in hair loss, can be caused by crash dieting, a prolonged illness, high fever and, most commonly, giving birth.
Myth Seven. Minoxidil is the only effective treatment for hair loss.
This is partly true in the sense that it is the only topical remedy that has been approved by the FDA. However, in recent years, the FDA has approved low-level light therapy caps and combs. This therapy has been shown to be effective in causing hair follicles that have stopped functioning to start growing again, but keep your expectations in check: the results, if used alone, are mild at best.
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