One of the biggest issues bald people face when trying to understand baldness is the endless list of myths, peculiar ideas and strange ‘cures’ that bounce around the internet and social media. From wearing a hat too tight to shampooing too often and the level of your testosterone, it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s not.
No matter how you wear your hat – tight, loose, sideways or back-to-front, it makes no difference to the hair follicles in your scalp. Hair follicles do need oxygen to stay healthy, however this is derived from your blood, not the air.
Just like shampoo can’t make your hair grow faster, frequent shampooing won’t cause your hair to fall out. Occasionally, people who are concerned about hair loss tend to wash their hair less frequently. In between these less frequent washes the hair that is shed as part of the normal growth cycle builds up, so there is a perception that shampooing frequently can cause hair to fall out.
Running your fingers through your hair or playing with your hair is not going to cause baldness. These actions can be a sign of stress however, which can be a contributor for hair loss. The obsessive action of pulling out your hair is different to playing with your hair. Trichotillomania is a hair-pulling disorder where a person has a recurrent, irresistible urge to pull out their hair which can lead to baldness.
Hair grows from healthy follicles in your scalp. Shaving your head has no way of increasing the number of or improving the quality of healthy hair follicles in your scalp. It won’t create thicker hair either.
In some cases, thinning hair can be a temporary reaction to a trigger, for example pregnancy, menopause, stress, diseases or infections. Once the trigger is corrected, hair growth usually resumes.
Androgenetic Alopecia, also known as male-pattern baldness is a genetically determined disorder and is the leading cause for hair loss in approximately 90% of men and women affected. The gene can be inherited from either parent.
For temporary triggers such as hormonal imbalances, disease/infection, smoking, a poor diet, or excess stress, once the trigger has been treated, normal hair growth usually resumes.
Loss of hair and baldness is driven by internal factors such as genetics, health and diet, whether you smoke or not and hormones. Thinning hair can also be a cause for stress and anxiety which then fuels the cycle even more. Baldness is not affected by frequent hair washing, wearing a hat or any other external or environmental factors.
Seeking advice from a hair restoration professional is key. Only a correct diagnosis can put you on the right path to a successful treatment.
If your loss of hair or baldness is impacting the way you feel, your confidence or self-esteem, or if you have never received a medical diagnosis for the cause, then a consultation with a hair restoration professional is recommended.
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