Know what is true and what are the most common mistakes on the subject of hair loss.
Hair starts falling after giving birth.
About 4 months after giving birth, women may lose more hair than normal. This temporary thinning of hair is called telogen effluvium and can also happen with increased stress. This is reversible and hair will start growing normally again.
Using hats will accelerate hair fall.
Using hats has no relation to hair loss or growth. However, it could make your hair more oily, which in return could accelerate its falling. On the positive side, hats protect the hair and scalp against sun damage.
Treatments against hair loss do exist.
Several dermatological treatments exist showing significant improvement in hair loss and some can help hair regenerate and grow again.
Using hair gel can make hair weak.
Hair gel and similar products do not make hair weak. It could, however, more easily break the hair strands if the gel is not removed before bed.
Wet hair is more prone to fall.
Think about it, if this was true, all swimmers would be bald.
Some hair treatments are the cause of infertility.
Less than 1% of patients following a hair loss protocol have experienced this side effect. In addition, this side effect is completely reversible once the treatment is suspended or completed.
Hair color can cause hair loss.
The majority of hair coloring products use a chemical component called ammonia that reacts to your hair strands, not on your roots. This means it could cause breakage and damage to the hair, but it is unlikely to cause any hair loss.
The constant use of a blowdryer and straightener causes hair loss.
Hair loss is related to problems in the scalp and roots, not in the hair strands. Again, the daily use of blowdryers and hair strengtheners can make your hair weak and prone to break, but it is rare to cause any hair loss or scalp problems (beyond the occasionally burn if not used correctly). Additionally, there are plenty of thermo-active products that can be used to protect the strands.
Baldness is a problem that only affects men.
Baldness is a physiological manifestation that mainly affects men, however, it could happen to women as well. It is a genetic inclination and its family history can be passed to both sexes. To women, it is mainly caused by hormonal or metabolic alterations or thyroid problems. Zinc, iron, and copper deficiency can also be a cause of intense hair loss.
Hair grows during summer and falls during winter.
In cold months, light sensors on the skin receive less light. This change decreases the stimulation of cell division, which generates a smaller number of hair strands and even weakens the roots. The result is that in addition to strands falling faster, they are also growing slower. During summer, the sun stimulates the activity of some hormones, such as prolactin and melatonin, which induce the hair bulb to "work" harder, thus hair growth accelerates.
Oily hair and the presence of dandruff will stimulate hair loss.
Increased oiliness can lead to dandruff and scaling on the scalp, and such problems can lead to hair loss.
The usage of hair loss shampoo daily is a good treatment.
Shampoo alone is not an efficient treatment. The shampoo will help to maintain scalp healthy and clean, however, it is only a supporting product. To reverse hair loss, you need additional professional treatment.
Stress is a reason for hair loss.
Just like the rest of your body, the hair also suffers from stress. Each person feels stress in different ways and some people start to notice thinning hair. The good news is that this is reversible and hair can grow back.
Your nutrition can influence your hair’s health.
Almost all hair composition is amino acid. Therefore, a high protein balanced diet can improve the quality of the hair strands and make it stronger. Poor diet causes hair loss to various degrees.