There is no denying the fact that the internet contains a plethora of information on hair loss. Type in the word hair loss in any search engine and you will be presented with an ocean full of links to site that claim to have the best and most comprehensive information on hair loss. But is that really the case? By conducting a little bit of research, you will find out that most of the information on the internet about hair loss is either faulty or inaccurate. Despite that, the websites repeatedly label wrong hair loss information as facts and give people a reason to buy into their theories, and eventually their products or services. As a consumer of hair loss solutions in the 21st century, it is very important for you to have the ability to filter out the facts from the fiction. Separating hair loss facts from fiction will make life much easier for you and improve your chances of stumbling upon the correct hair loss treatment.
There is a lot of frustration and confusion regarding identifying the causes of hair thinning or hair loss. Much of that has to do with ambiguous information on the relationship between heredity and hair loss. Most people who suffer from hair loss have a more or less basic idea of the fact that genetics are quite possibly involved in their loss of hair. What they do not know is the answer to questions such as “why does genetics play such a big hand in hair loss” and “how exactly do genes inherited from parents influence the growth of hair on your scalp”. There are a lot of question marks that need to be cleared out, and the only way to do that is by drawing clear lines between fact and fiction. Therefore, without further ado, here are some common assumptions about hair loss which could either be true or false.
1) Hair Loss is Genetic
Since there are too many people confused about this topic, it is important that we address this at the beginning. Is hair loss genetic? Not always. The assumption that genes cause hair loss is part false, because not all forms of hair loss are triggered by a genetic predisposition. Some people, in fact most people who experience hair loss, are genetically predisposed to lose their hair. This however does not give us the license to turn a blind eye to the minority of hair loss sufferers who are losing their beautiful locks due to other reasons that are not being given enough or as much importance. A person’s predisposition to hair loss can be influenced by a number of different factors such as lifestyle choices, stress levels, dietary choices, assimilation rates, emotional/physical trauma and hormonal changes. So, if you are going through balding, then you do not necessarily have to blame it on your parents!
2) If Maternal Grandfather is Bald, I Will be Bald Too
This argument is so hilarious, that it is best defined as a ridiculous myth above everything else. Still, there are plenty of people online and in the real world that try to scientifically justify this illogical argument. Their so called reasoning comes from the fact that the X chromosome contains one of the many genes for male pattern hair loss. This makes people come up with the theory that the baldness gene is passed on from the mother’s side of the family, since men receive the X chromosome from their mothers. This is not true because there are several factors at play when it comes to deciding whether or not you have a genetic predisposition for balding. One of the factors (in fact, one of the less significant ones) is the baldness track record of your mother’s family. In other words, if your maternal grandfather was bald, then that could be one of the many reasons (and never the only reason) why you are experiencing baldness.
3) Wearing Hats Lead to Hair Damage and Causes Hair Loss
This theory is 100% false. To understand why this is nothing but a blatant lie, all you need to do is take a look at the people who wear hats regularly and for prolonged periods of time. Are all of those people going bald? Quite the contrary! You will come across a number of hat loving men who have better hair than the models in shampoo commercials. Wearing a hat will not damage your hair follicle.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the theory that wearing hats shields your hair from the sun, and therefore protects your hair from falling off. It is true that excessive heat can be bad for your hair. However, a little bit of sunshine and vitamin D can cause your hair no harm. In fact, vitamin D can actually stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.