Today we will look into 10 Shocking Myths, Facts and Frequently Asked Questions on Hairloss and Baldness – like Can Rubbing your nails regrow hair, Shampooing or washing hair daily causes hair loss, Balding men have high testosterone, Does excessive Masterbation cause hair-loss, Is Finasteride a steroid, Wearing Helmets can make your bald, Can Salty water or sea water cause hair loss and many other myths and facts revealed in this article.
And remember these will certainly help you gain some insight into what’s causing hair loss, and help you get effective hair loss treatment as early as possible.
So Lets Begin:
#10: If your Parents had hair, you too will and If they were bald you too will !
This is a commonly asked and commonly misinterpreted myth. This is actually not true. You not necessarily inherit baldness if you father or mother were bald and infact this is a complex thing and not as simple as you think. In fact, hair loss is polygenetic: meaning a random mix of genes of your entire family tree.
#9: Wearing hats or Helmets can cause baldness!
This is another big myth. People often say your hair cannot breath when you wear hats or helmets. This is not true, because the hair that you see above your skin is not a living structure but your hair follicle thats embedded into the skin gets its nutrients and oxygen from the blood supply and not from air and we have discussed this in my previous episode. And One point to remember is if you are wearing a really tight hat, maybe that can cause traction alopecia due to too tight pressure on areas where it contacts your head.
#8: Washing or Shampooing Your Hair Daily Causes Hairloss!
This is another big myth on hair loss. Washing your hair simply removes the hair that is already loose – that’s in Telogen and exogen phase and not anagen phase. 80 percent of your hair are in anagen or growing phase which do not easily fall off. You can check my detailed animated video on Hair growth cycle to understand how hair grow and prevent hair loss by things that prolong this growing phase or anagen phase.
#7: Rubbing You Finger Nails can Regrow Hair and prevent Baldness!
This is the biggest myth of the century. They claim rubbing your finger nails against one another for 5 to 10 minutes once or twice daily can prevent hair fall and even regrow hair. They say some nerve endings in nails or under the nails are stimulated which are directly connected to scalp. Remember Nails are a dead tissue made of of just keratin, they do not have any blood supply or nerve supply.
#6: Hair Loss Stops as Men Age like above 50.
No, Once male pattern baldness or hair loss starts it continues over a person’s lifetime. But it’s hard to estimate the rate of hair loss. In general, the younger you were when you started losing hair, the more likely you are to become completely bald. Again it also depends on many other factors including your unlucky genes. And this answers your question on how long should I continue to use hair loss medications – perhaps as long as you need hair.
#5: Salty water or Sea Water causes hair loss!
Contrary to the popular belief that salty or sea water causes hair loss and makes you bald, the fact is that sea water is actually beneficial to your scalp and therapeutic for certain skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. It s also very useful for people with oily skin and oily hair plus It acts as an exfoliant to your scalp and prevents dandruff and fungal infections of the scalp. And infact Heavily chlorinated water what we get in cities and swimming pools is bad for your hair.
#4: Balding Men have High levels of Testosterone!
Some people think that bald guys have lot of testosterone and lot of libido and they have a promiscuous behaviour. This is not True! Testosterone is not the cause for male pattern baldness, and infact testosterone is a youth hormone and keep your hair thick and dense.
The real hormone responsible for male pattern baldness is DHT – that s Di Hydroxytestosterone which is a byproduct of testosterone formed by the enzyme 5-Alpha reductase.
Now please listen to this carefully.
People think that too much testosterone may result in too much formation of DHT and can cause hairloss. The actual facts are:
- Hair loss has been observed in both high and low testosterone males.
- And studies have shown that men who go bald and those who do not have the same levels of testosterone. Its actually about how sensitive your hair follicles are to the action of DHT which causes miniaturization of hair follicles. And what determines this sensitivity? Most likely your genetics.
We have discussed this in detail in one of my videos on hair loss. If you have not watched that yet, I will link that at the end screen and also in description of this video.
#3: The Drug Finasteride is a steroid?
Many people in my previous episode on hair loss treatments have commented that finasteride is a steroid and they have even misspelled it as Finasteroid. This is not true. Its just an 5 alpha reductase inhibitor medication that prevents formation of DHT and helps in male pattern baldness. Of course like every other drug even finasteride has some side effects in a certain percentage of people.
#2: Stress can Cause Hairloss!
Yes this is true. Prolonged Stress can lead to hair loss, whether due to illness or whether its emotional stress. But this type of hair loss is usually temporary and completely reversible when you are out of stress.
#1: Does Excessive Masterbation cause Hairloss:
I have already discussed this in one of my other article. But I would like to add some more info here. I have never said that this causes male pattern baldness. The main point to remember is the sensitivity of your hair follicles to the action of DHT is more important than discussing on whether these habits can cause baldness. Its not the levels of testosterone and nor its conversion to DHT causes baldness. It’s the genetic susceptibility of hair follicle to the action of DHT. So people who have those unlucky genes, should be careful and try to maintain healthy habits like good foods that help keep your hair healthy and also try to get as much authentic knowledge on hairloss topics as possible. You can check my entire playlist on Hair loss containing useful videos like foods for hairloss, bad habits that can cause hair loss, PRP stem cell therapy and new ongoing research of Way-316606 drug for hair loss and many other useful topics.