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Male Pattern Baldness Myths — an article on the Smart Living Network
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Male Pattern Baldness Myths

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Myth: All types of hair loss in men are male pattern baldness

This is not true. Alopecia is the medical term used to describe hair loss. Male pattern baldness is only one type of alopecia that is primarily caused by genetic and hormonal factors.

Myth: Hats are cause for the development of male pattern baldness.

This is complete untruth. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support that hats cause male pattern baldness. It is perfectly acceptable to wear hats. However, it is advised that your head be uncovered for a minimum of seven hours per day.

Myth: Hair products are cause for the development of male pattern baldness.

In actuality, the majority of hair products are designed to promote the overall health of hair. Hair sprays, gels, shampoos, and conditioners contain absolutely no ingredients that have been scientifically proven or correlated to promote the development of male pattern baldness. If you remain worried or concerned about the use of hair products, consult your physician or use all natural hair products.

Myth: Traumatic experiences can cause male pattern baldness.

This is again untrue. However, it is true that traumatic experiences associated with high levels of stress can create certain amounts of hair loss. However, this hair loss is not male pattern baldness and is typically recovered once the traumatic or stressful experience has concluded.

Myth: Playing with your hair can cause male pattern baldness.

Again, this statement is pure and blatant untruth. However, some hair loss can be caused by playing with your hair. Again, this hair loss is not associated with male pattern baldness. It is normal for you to lose a certain amount of hairs per day, and this does not usually serve to enhance this amount significantly. Also, hair lost from touching is not associated with hair follicle damage and will re-grow.

Myth: Too much time in the sun can cause male pattern baldness.

It is perfectly ok to spend time in the sun. The majority of sunlight does not even penetrate through the hair to reach the follicles on your head. Therefore, the sun does not cause damage to the hair follicles. However, it is important to not that the radiation from the sun has been correlated with the ability to thin hair located on the arms and legs.

Myth: Certain types of viral infections are cause for the development of male pattern baldness.

There are not viral infections that have been scientifically proven to cause male pattern baldness. It is more common for the prescribed medications from doctors for the treatment of viral infections to cause hair loss. However, medications are not typically responsible for male pattern baldness. Medications are cause for hair loss in general, as many are known to destroy hair roots. Medications are not cause for male pattern baldness.

Myth: Long hair creates stress on roots leading to the development of male pattern baldness.

The fact is that long hair does not create any strain or stress on the roots. Long hair is perfectly acceptable and is not cause for the development of male pattern baldness.

Sources: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=80416

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-loss/DS00278/DSECTION=1

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