5 Myths About Hair Loss
Myths. Humans love them. If these myths happen to involve a body part, or better yet, something we put in our bodies, then we really love them.
This is why some people think fluoride toothpaste controls their mind, Viagra will give them a permanent erection, and vaccinating their kids against deadly diseases is, in fact, a bad idea.
It is therefore no surprise that this brand of misconception has become synonymous with all things hair loss. According to a small subsection of men, a receding hairline is caused by, among other things, overly-tight baseball caps, too much sun, or an excessive amount of testosterone coursing through the body.
Just FYI, hair loss cannot be caused by the above, but, luckily, it can be treated using Minoxidil and Finasteride.
In an effort to help the misguided and further our relentless pursuit of the truth, we’re going to debunk five of the most common hair loss myths.
MYTH #1: “Shampoo Makes You Lose Your Hair”
Shampoos, gels, wax, mousse and – for the rockabilly types – pomade are a staple of many a man’s daily routine. But have you ever looked at the ingredients on your bottle of extra zesty mint hair+body wash? You can’t pronounce most of them. Combine this with the realisation that it feels like electrocution of the scalp, and you may be wondering if it’s responsible for your thinning hair.
Don’t worry: no amount of gel, wax, shampoo or excessively tingly shower gel is going to cause male pattern baldness.
MYTH #2: “You Inherit The Bald Gene From Your Mother”
Male Pattern Baldness is caused by the hormone Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgen that shortens the growing phase of your hair follicles. The androgen receptor gene determines your sensitivity to DHT; the more sensitive you are, the more likely you’ll go bald. The androgen receptor is on the X chromosome, which the male inherits from his mother. So baldness is mum’s fault, right?
Afraid not. Your mother’s genes alone do not determine whether or not you’ll lose your hair. Genetics are the most common cause of male pattern baldness, but the traits that make you go bald can be inherited from either side of your family. Cut your mum some slack. Even if you start losing your hair, treatments like Minoxidil and Finasteride are shown to work in 90% of men.
MYTH #3: “Hats Cause Baldness”
Unexpected hair loss can sometimes be caused by medical issues like autoimmune disease, thyroid disease, fungal infections, lupus, diabetes or eating disorders. It can also be caused by malnutrition, iron deficiency, excess Vitamin A which can be found in retinoid medication, or use of other medication such as anticoagulants or ACE inhibitors. Serious cancer treatments like chemotherapy can also cause hair loss.
People might think hats cause baldness because so many bald guys wear hats. In an effort to up the positive-vibes – don’t be ashamed of your balding head! Rock it hat-free! Or, if you’d prefer a bit more hair, look into using proven treatments like Minoxidil and Finasteride.
Anyways: No. Hats will not make you go bald. So sport your baseball cap, impress with a Panama, flaunt your fez, and alienate those around you with a fetching fedora.
MYTH #4: “Hair Loss Treatments Don’t Work”
Keep an eye on your diet, too. If you’re not eating enough or missing out on protein, your hair will suffer. Finally—and it should come as no surprise—regularly pummeling your hair with harsh chemicals can weaken the hair and make it brittle, which is bound to hasten hair loss.
They are the only hair loss treatments that have been studied extensively and trialled on thousands of men. While these drugs are also no guarantee against the effects of Male Pattern Baldness, research shows that Finasteride halts hair loss or regrows hair in 9 out of 10 men, while Minoxidil is effective in 6 out of 10 men. Combined, they should work in over 90% of men.
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MYTH #5: “Elevated Levels Of Testosterone Are The Enemy”
The biggest guy at your gym. The dude who gets a nosebleed deadlifting 300 kgs. The Rock. What do they have in common? They’re all bald. Therefore, it stands to reason that their hair deficiency is down to their excessive levels of testosterone, right? After all, that’s what your mates/a man in the pub/the biggest guy at your gym told you.
Unfortunately, they’re all wrong. Male pattern baldness is caused by DHT, a byproduct of testosterone that causes hair follicles to shrink, meaning people believe more testosterone equals more hair loss. In reality, it all depends on how sensitive your follicles are to DHT, not how much DHT there is overall. This sensitivity all comes down to genetics.
There’s also an assumption that anabolic steroids cause baldness. This is not true, but it’s also not not true. If you’re already genetically predisposed to MPB, steroids may speed up the balding, but not cause it. This isn’t to say you should start a Trenbolone cycle any time soon, though.
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