Mythology is a complicated word. Most people associate it with ancient Rome or the Greek Gods. Today, there are many myths floating around the world – including the myths surrounding the loss of hair. While these myths may not be as commonly known as the story of Alexander the Great, they are still prevalent and effect the society we live in.
One of the most commonly discussed myths surrounding hair loss is the “hat-wearing” effect. Hair loss is not affected by how many times you wear a hat during the week or how often you move your hat on your head. Many people think that the more you wear a baseball cap, the balder you’re going to be when you’re older. This is a myth – hair follicles do not get deoxygenated or suffocated when they are underneath a hat because the air is not where they get their oxygen from – they get it from the scalp.
“If I shampoo too much, I’m going to lose all my hair!” Actually, no. This is another myth. When you shower and a lot of hair is in the drain, that doesn’t mean you need to stop shampooing – you need to shampoo more. If you shampoo once every other day then that hair will remain on your scalp – so it builds up the less often you do it. That’s why when you shampoo occasionally you see more hair in the drain than if you do it daily.
Believe it or not – hair loss is genetic for both women and men. Most people think that only men suffer from genetic hair loss. Balding is not just a man’s problem – the facts state the over 40% of women suffer from significant hair thinning throughout their lifetime.
The most widely known myth surrounding hair loss is that genes for hair loss come from the mother’s side of the family only. This is not factual. Yes, the genes from the mother’s side are STRONGER but they are not a determinant. Baldness can be inherited from the mother’s side, the father’s side or even both.
While the Greek gods may be known for their myths, they are also known for their luscious and voluminous hair. Let’s not intermix the two – keep them separate and know the facts from the fiction.
Contributing Writer: Hayden Cohen