Over Dr. Melamed’s career, he’s heard and debunked all manner of myths and rumors about hair loss – most of which are based on very little evidence, if any.
We’ve compiled the most common myths we have been told by patients. Allow us to put your mind at rest and set these assumptions aside.
Wearing hats causes hair loss
In most cases, a hat will not cause hair loss. Unless someone is wearing a particularly tight hat very regularly, it is unlikely that this will cause hair loss. In some cases, the hair may have rubbed off due to friction – much like the process of exfoliating.
Frequent hair washing causes baldness
Shampoos and conditioners are tested and designed to be safe on your hair. Regular washing will not cause your hair to fall out, but there are some chemicals that will damage the hair and worsen the condition of the scalp. Products that contain sulphates and parabens are not good for the general condition of the hair and the scalp. In order to hold on to your hair for as long as possible, it is wise to take good care of your hair and scalp.
Stress is the main cause of hair loss
High levels of stress can cause hair loss by increasing stress hormone. However, it is unlikely to be the main cause. Stress related hair loss is often reversible. Stress can have a very detrimental effect on other areas of the body, so it is wise to review your concerns with Dr. Melamed.
Too much sun will make your hair fall out
UV rays do not lead to hair loss. The detrimental side effects of too much sun exposure are damage to the eyes and skin.
Bald men have more testosterone
Whilst there are hormonal causes behind many forms of hair loss, bald men are not bald because they have too much testosterone. Hair loss is often caused by sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) rather than increased levels of the male hormone, testosterone.
Women don’t suffer from hair loss
30 million American women would disagree with this. Female pattern hair loss is less common than male pattern hair loss, but it is an equally real condition. Women can be treated for hair loss in many of the same ways as men. During pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, women may experience some level of hair loss or hair changes. Although pregnancy-related hair loss is usually temporary and self-reversing, a peri or post-menopausal woman with hair will benefit from treatments.
The best way to diagnose your hair loss and the appropriate treatment, is to seek professional advice. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding the cause and treatment options for your hair loss.