When it comes to hair loss, there are quite a lot of myths and half-truths being peddled out there. I mean, according to some studies, hair loss affects at least every 2 out of 3 men, and 1 in every 5 women. So, I believe getting your story straight instead of going along with some of these hair loss myths is quite important especially if you are facing some form of hair loss. To try and get the story straight, I caught up with Dubai’s celebrity hair transplant surgeon, Dr. Cagatay Sezgin, who helped debunk some common hair loss myths as well as the corresponding facts about them.
Hair Loss Myths and Facts
Myth: Hair loss is not common among women.
Fact: Women, just like men, suffer hairloss as well. Some studies estimate that a third of all women suffer some form of hair loss at some point in their lives, including female pattern balding, which occurs among women with androgenetic alopecia.
Myth: Everyday stressors cause hair to fall off your scalp.
Fact: Can you imagine losing your hair every time you feel a little stressed? No way. So, the only stress that can lead to hairloss is physiologic stress. This includes trichotillomania – a hair-pulling disorder, childbirth (hormonal), and physical trauma among others. Enduring everyday stress will not make your hair fall out.
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Myth: You inherit hairloss from your mother.
Fact: Going bald is mostly hereditary but is does not necessarily come from your mother’s side. It can come from either parent although it is more likely for a man whose father is bald to develop male-pattern baldness as well.
Myth: Cold water stops hairloss.
Fact: Using cold water to wash your locks every morning might increase blood circulation; not only on your head but your entire body as well. The only downside is that it will not stop your mane from thinning or do anything to it whatsoever.
Myth: Wearing hats can lead to hair-thinning because of the strain it puts on the follicles.
Fact: There is not one specific research to support this claim. So, it is ok to go ahead and protect your forehead from that UAE sun.
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Myth: Trimming or cutting your mane would make it grow longer, stronger and thicker.
Fact: Regardless how often or short you cut your hair; it will not help if you are facing hair loss; because there has to be a reason why you’re losing your hair and this has to be identified for it to be resolved. The only reason your hair feels fuller and stronger after the big chop is because hair is always lighter at the ends and thicker towards the scalp. I never thought this would fall in the hair loss myths category (disappointing).
Myth: Extended exposure to the sun will cause your hair to fall off.
Fact: If this was the case, everyone in Dubai (or in the Gulf for that matter) would be hairless. And as a result, hair loss treatment centers would be making a kill. On the other hand, hair loss starts at the follicles, therefore, hair actually shields these follicles from the sun.
At the end of the day, according to Dr. Sezgin, there are reasons why you lose hair, and some of them could be health-related. The best cause of action to take is to visit a trichologist and determine the reason behind your thinning mane and to stop believing in these hair loss myths.