We have many patients in our Los Angeles hair transplant clinic asking about common haircare routines to stop hair loss. Here are some common questions we hear about the causes of hair loss, and some of them are complete myths!
Hair dye makes your hair fall out.
MYTH: There is absolutely NO link between hair dye and hair loss. However, a bad dye job could cause hair breakage - for example, if bleach is left on for too long.
Coloring your hair results in thinning hair.
MYTH: The truth is, if your hair is thinning out, it was going to anyway. It is not from those highlights from two months ago. As you get older, your hair naturally begins to thin out, and as the pigmentation changes (grey hair) it becomes thinner.
Coloring your hair makes it dry and brittle.
TRUE: Hair dye can sometimes strip the hair of moisture, leaving it very dry, especially the ends. But it can be reversed! It's important to use a moisture-balancing or remoisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
Regular haircuts will make your hair grow faster.
SOMEWHAT TRUE: Although trimming your hair doesn't actually make it grow faster, it does keep the ends healthy - so when it does grow, the ends aren't breaking. It's important to get a trim or shaping every 8 weeks or so to keep your ends healthy.
Brushing your hair 100 strokes a day will prevent hair loss.
MYTH: In fact, brushing your hair causes more friction, leading to cuticle damage and breakage. Brush your hair minimally and avoid boar-bristle brushes (use a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush instead) to prevent cuticle damage and breakage.
If you keep using the same shampoo, it will eventually stop working.
MYTH: You don't need to switch up your shampoo routine. However, if you dye your hair you might need to switch to a more moisturizing shampoo to protect the hair.