Hair loss affects about two thirds of men by the age of 60 and about 30 million women. Hair loss myths are also very common, particularly fictions about what causes or contributes to hair loss.
If you’ve started to lose your hair or are concerned about it happening to you, it’s important to know what the real causes of it are and what you can do to slow it down or stop it. You’ll also want to be able to separate fact from fiction, so you can know what to worry about and what’s safe to ignore.
Fiction: Sun Exposure Can Make You Lose Your Hair
The sun can cause a number of problems when it comes to your appearance. Spending too much time in the sun is a leading cause of signs of aging, such as wrinkles and age spots. The sun’s UV rays also increase your risk for skin cancer.
What the sun doesn’t do is increase your risk for hair loss or play a part in damaging your hair follicles. That doesn’t mean you want to spend a considerable amount of time outside without protecting your hair. Sunlight may not cause baldness, but the sun’s rays can damage your hair, as the UV radiation can make each strand weaker and more likely to break.
Fiction: Your Mother Is to Blame for Your Hair Loss
For years, moms have gotten the blame when it comes to male pattern baldness, as one of the main genes for baldness lies on the X chromosome. But, mom can’t be held entirely responsible if you start to lose your hair. There are nearly 200 genes that play some part when it comes to hair loss and those genes can come from both mom and dad. Take a look at your father’s scalp. If he’s lost some hair, your chances of also losing your hair are pretty high.
Fiction: Sleeping on One Side Makes You Bald on That Side
Sleeping on your side is often blamed for wrinkles on that side of the face. It’s also sometimes blamed for hair loss. It’s thought that remaining on one side of the body for eight hours or so cuts off circulation to that portion of the scalp, making it more likely that your hair will fall out.
Luckily, that’s simply not true. How you sleep has no impact on whether your hair stays or goes, so don’t feel that you have to wake up throughout the night to change positions or that you’ll need to start sleeping on your back when you’re naturally a side sleeper.
Fiction: Hot Water Leads to Hair Loss
There may be several reasons why you’d want to take a cold shower. But preventing hair loss shouldn’t be one of them. A piping hot shower won’t make you lose your hair.
Hot water can have some negative effects on the way your hair looks, though, which means you might want to think twice before stepping into a very hot shower. If the temperature of the water is too high, it can dry out your scalp and hair, making it feel like straw and making it easier to break. Stick to warm showers when washing up for the sake of your hair and overall looks.
Fiction: Headstands Help Hair Grow
Some claim that turning the body upside down, so that more blood can flow to the head, will help reduce or prevent hair loss. Contrary to popular belief, improving the flow of blood to your scalp won’t help with hair loss that’s due to male or female pattern baldness. A headstand might get your blood pumping, turn your face red and be a decent exercise to do, but it will have no impact on whether or not your hair stays in place. Even if blood flow did play a part in hair loss, the minute you turn right side up again, all the blood flows back the middle of your body, doing the scalp little good.
Getting the facts straight and understanding what may or may not be responsible for your hair loss is just the first step. The next step is figuring out what you can do about your baldness. If losing your hair is a big concern, you have a few options. Hair restoration surgery offers a permanent solution to male pattern baldness, for example. To learn more about your treatment options in Virginia Beach, contact Dr. Kyle Choe, a hair restoration specialist. Call (757) 389-5850 for an appointment today!