It is not surprising that myths about hair loss are better known than facts about hair loss. Because hair loss is such a natural and undesirable condition, the public has been inundated with myths about hair loss to promote the sale of hair loss prevention products.
Many companies have entered the hair loss movement because of our enormous desires to eliminate hair loss from our lives, not to mention the unlimited amount of money that we (the public) are willing to spend on that quest.
This makes the hair loss market mature to perpetuate myths that will increase sales. But most of the time, they are just that, myths.
Some of the most common myths about hair loss are as follows: Male pattern baldness comes from the mother’s side of the family and skips a generation. It is not true.
There is no single gene that causes baldness. Most research believes that MPB is the result of several genes inherited from both parents, interacting with each other to cause hair loss.
Hair loss myth # 2: baldness affects only men. Just ask all women who suffer from alopecia; it is not a valid myth.
Hair loss is as common in women as it is in men; it usually only occurs less virulently and is easier to hide. Besides, women’s hair tends to thin over the entire scalp area, while men’s hair tapers on blemishes and forehead.
Hair loss myth # 3: Inadequate blood flow to the scalp area causes hair loss. This is a misconception perpetuated by companies that have been selling hair loss products for years.
Ask any dermatologist, and they will tell you that the bald scalp has as much blood flow as the scalp full of hair. It is because of this blood flow in the bald scalp that hair transplants work so well.
Hair Loss Myth # 4: If you haven’t lost your hair at age 40, you won’t. Again, it’s not right. Age has nothing to do with it. If you are genetically predisposed to losing hair, you are going. Just be thankful that you reached 40 with your hair still intact.
Hair Loss Myth # 5: Stress causes hair to fall out. Okay, in part, this is true, but it takes a very traumatic event to cause enough stress for the hair to fall out.
The daily stress we experience daily will not make our hair fall out. Some pressure can increase hair production.
Okay, I could go on talking about hair loss myths and not run out of things to talk about. My point is this. Most of the facts we think we know about hair loss are myths about hair loss. If you suffer from hair loss, consult your doctor. Your doctor will be able to give you a real reason for your hair loss and advise you on what types of treatments would work in your specific case.