Hair Loss: Four Common Misconceptions

Wearing a hat can cause hair loss.
This is not exactly correct as its not as much the wearing of a hat that can cause hair loss as it is the person wearing the hat. Hair loss can happen in two ways, the first being, if the hat being worn is too tight that it constricts blood flow to the hair follicles. This could cause some hair shedding sooner that without what have. Second, wearing a hat for an extended amount of time in hot, humid weather can lead to sebum plugs. Heat and humidity can bring sebum, our own body’s built-in lubricant, out of our scalp. If the sebum has time to react with cholesterol, it forms a plug that can asphyxiate our hair follicles.

Cutting hair makes it grow thicker.
Our hair is thicker at the base than it is at the tip. When you get your hair cut it can appear that your hair is thicker because the tapered ends have been cut off. It is simply an optical illusion and a good hairstylist can create this illusion my making the most of your hair type.

It is possible to increase the amount of hair I have.
This is simply not true. There is a common misconception especially for those that are looking into hair transplants. A hair transplant is really more of a hair transfer. Healthy strands of hair are transplanted from the donor area of the scalp to the areas when the most thinning is occurring. The number of hair follicles you were born with is still the number you have even after a hair transplant. Things like drugs, herbs, vitamins, and good nutrition may make your hair look healthier and thicker but the number if hair follicles you have will remain the same.

Hair loss comes from your mother’s side.
This is not necessarily true. If you are genetically predisposed to hair loss, then it could come from your mother’s or father’s side, and even both. You came into this world with two copies of genetic information that determine whether your hair will stay or if it will fall out. If you get one gene for ‘hair loss’ and another for ‘hair stays’ the hair loss gene will win out and this is because the hair loss gene is the dominate trait. The dominate hair loss gene could come from either your father or mother.