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May 8, 2008 at 2:36 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Hair Loss In Women Myths


Hair is a huge source of confidence for women. Think about how embarrassed you would be if you got a bad haircut or started balding? This seemingly uncontrollable curse has collected many myths over the years as people try to explain why it happens and how to avoid it. Here is a collection of just a few of these hair loss myths.

Myth: Female pattern baldness is caused by a genetic mutation inherited from your father.

It is caused by a genetic mutation (or perhaps a number of them) but doesn't necessarily come from your father. It's possible that it comes from your father, your mother, or a combination of their genes; scientists aren't quite sure. So just because your father's head could be used to signal a rescue aircraft doesn't mean you will become bald as well.

Myth: If you have to clean your brush out once a week you're losing too much hair.

The average person has approximately 100,000 hairs on their head and loses between 50 and 150 of them per day. Most women, especially women with longer hair, have to clean their brushes at least once a week from all that hair naturally falling out. Unless you're brushing out locks of hair at a time, you probably have nothing to worry about.

Myth: Women can lose hair from wearing hats too often.

Unless you're constantly wearing a swimmer's cap, you won't lose your hair from a hat. The hat myth was likely invented when people noticed that the majority of balding people wore hats to hide their baldness. So it's actually baldness that can cause hat-wearing and not the other way around. The reason I mention the swimmer's cap is because there is a kind of hair loss that results from tight hairstyles that cause hairs to be constantly pulled. This type of hair loss, called traction alopecia, can usually be reversed once the tight hairstyle is discontinued.

Myth: Washing your hair excessively causes it to fall out.

If you were mechanically washing your hair follicles that might be the case, but the only hair your shampoo touches is the dead part outside of the skin (the hair shaft). Damaging the hair shaft doesn't cause hair to fall out. That's why people who blow-dry or dye their hair excessively can have tons of frizzy, damaged hair: it doesn't fall out. While the above-mentioned activities don't cause hair loss, there are a lot of other things that do, like not eating enough protein, having a high fever, or giving birth. If you suffer from hair loss, be sure to do your research as to what could be causing it. There are many treatments available that can re-build your confidence.

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