4 hair loss myths debunked

Thursday, August 09, 2018


If you’re suffering with hair loss, there’s no doubt you’ve carried out your fair share of research on the topic - especially if you’re keen to find out how you can put a stop to your thinning tresses. However, as it’s pointed out in the ‘Talking Health’ emagazine from LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor, there is a lot of inaccurate information out there, so it’s important that you know what you should and shouldn’t believe when it comes to this aspect of your health. To debunk some of the most common hair loss myths, keep reading.

1. Wearing a hat can make you go bald 
Some people believe that wearing hats too frequently can cause hair loss, but the good news is, this simply isn’t true. However, if you’re going to sport a stylish headpiece, make sure it’s not too tight. If the fit is too snug, it might cut off the circulation to the hair follicles, which can be bad news for your tresses.

2. Excessive washing can cause hair loss 
Contrary to popular belief, there is no connection between hair loss and how often you decide to wash your tresses. In fact, hair products such as shampoo and conditioner go through rigorous testing to make sure that they are safe to use. So, no matter how many times you lather, rinse, repeat, you needn’t worry about doing your locks any harm.

3. Hair loss is a result of high testosterone levels 
It’s widely believed that testosterone - the male sex hormone - is to blame for hair loss, and that baldness is a sign of high testosterone levels. However, hair loss is actually caused by a genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone.

4. Chopping your locks will help them grow back thicker 
You may have heard that chopping your locks can help them grow back thicker - but there is no evidence to support this. Taking the clippers to your hair is unlikely to make it grow more quickly either. Regardless of how regularly you get your tresses trimmed, you can expect your hair to grow around half an inch in length per month.

If your hair loss is getting you down, there is help available. For further advice, you should speak to your doctor to discuss the treatments available to you.

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