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Myths of Hair Loss

Frequent cutting makes hair grow faster

The growth of hair does not continue on the tips, but is formed in the roots, which constitute the only living part of the hair. By contrast, the visible hair consists of dead cells. For the growth it makes no difference whether the hair is long or short or how frequently it is cut. Hairs grow approx. 1.3 cm per month on average.

Scalp massage reduces hair loss

The basis of this recommendation is the theory that a strong flow of blood to the scalp is conducive for the growth of hair. The truth is that those people who are not affected by hair loss have a stronger supply of blood to the scalp than those who suffer from hair loss. But it is erroneous to conclude that the blood flow is the cause. In fact, the reduced number of hairs or hair roots among those affected is exactly the reason that the scalp has to be less intensively supplied with blood. Massages or other measures to increase blood flow cannot stop hair loss.

Those who wash their head more often lose more hair

This prevalent fallacy is based on the observation of those people who find more lost hairs in the drain after bathing. But in fact, only those hairs which are already damaged anyway fall out when washing. Healthy people lose approx. 80-100 hairs per day. This is normal and is also not perceived as hair loss. Bald spots form only if this number is regularly and clearly exceeded.

A man’s baldness points out a pronounced libido

It is often said that men with baldness have an elevated testosterone level, but this is also a myth. It is scientifically proven that hair roots show an increased sensitivity to DHT (dihydrotestosterone) in the area of the head, which constitutes a cause of hair loss, but does not constitute any connection with a generally elevated testosterone level. Otherwise all body hairs would have to be affected by loss.

In order to prevent hair loss a person should not wear hats/caps.

Two factors are pivotal for this myth: on the one hand, the accumulated hairs that have fallen out are visible in head covering – similar to hair washing – because they stick here. Secondly, the use of a hat supposedly restricts the oxygen supply of hair roots. In truth, this occurs from within and is in no way affected by head coverings. 

Age is crucial for the intensity of hair loss

There are different reasons for balding, which are conditioned by health and stress, but are very often also hereditarily predetermined. It is not correct that hair loss is more strongly pronounced among elderly people. These people generally have larger bald areas than young people, but only because their loss has already occurred over a longer period of time. Once hair loss has started it will continue for a whole lifetime – with more intensive and less strongly pronounced periods of hair loss.

Hair loss affects only men

In fact, men suffer from balding far more frequently than women. Three out of four men are affected on average. But also about 30% of women have hair loss, which in contrast to men happens less in the area of the receding hairline or tonsure, but rather appears on the top side of the head and through the spotty formation of gaps or diffuse hair loss.

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