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Hairfall is a major problem these days for both men and women. Some hold heredity responsible, while others blame excessive styling. Mike Ryan, Trichologist, Brand Expert CLEAR Arabia, debunks all those misconceptions and suggests meaningful methods to prevent hair loss.
1. Hairstyles themselves do not cause hair loss.
False. Surprisingly, there are certain hairstyles which can in fact cause hair loss, and permanent hair loss at that. Some extreme hairstyles that place constant pressure on the hair follicles can cause problems with hair loss in women and men. Hairstyles with cornrows and ponytails can put excessive pressure on your hair and cause a permanent hair loss condition known as traction alopecia.
2. Washing your hair every day makes it fall out.
False. Washing your hair regularly won't make it fall out; those hairs at the bottom of the shower are already released hair strands that your shampoo has simply removed. A dirty head of hair may make for better bed head hairstyles, but it's certainly not extending the life span of your follicles nor preventing baldness. Washing your hair daily with a gentle, effective cleanser, such as Clear Hair Therapy is the best thing you can do for your hair
3. Blow-drying makes your hair fall out.
False. While it can damage, burn or dry your hair, blow-drying isn't the root problem of hair loss. Hair that has been damaged by blow-drying may fall out, but unless you're suffering from male pattern baldness, it will grow back almost immediately. The same applies to straightening your hair.
4. If your maternal grandfather is bald, you'll go bald.
False. The old myth that you inherit baldness from your mother's side of the family is a total myth. The hair loss gene is hereditary but comes from either you maternal or paternal side. So you can stop blaming your mom and start putting some of the guilt for creating a bald son onto your dad.
5. Cutting your hair short will make it grow back thicker.
False. While frequent haircuts do not prevent male pattern baldness, hair does feel and look thicker after a haircut because your hair is naturally thicker at the base
6. Wearing hats causes hair loss.
False. Unless you're wearing a swimming hat on a daily basis or a hat that's tight enough to put excessive tension on your hair, wearing hats shouldn't be pulling your hair out even if you're wearing one 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
7. Losing 100 strands of hair a day is normal.
False. Most of us have between 100,000 and 150,000 hair follicles in our scalp, 90% which are, if you're lucky, growing at any one time. The saying that we lose 100 of these hairs per day is a gross overestimate; it's actually more like 20-50 a day. The upside is that those hairs you see in the bottom of the bath or shower every morning are totally normal.
8. Hair products cause hair loss.
False. Despite what people may say, the amount of product you put on your hair doesn't affect hair loss. Gel, wax, mouse, hairspray - you can plaster as much on as you like and be safe in the knowledge that it isn't going to make your perfectly styled hair fall out.
9. Stress causes hair loss.
True. Stress can cause hair loss, but this hair loss is temporary. Stressful events such as illness and money worries can cause hair production to stop temporarily, but stress is not the cause of male pattern baldness. If you suffer from, male pattern baldness, this in itself can also cause stress, but removing the stress will unfortunately not stop the hair loss.