Common Hair Loss Questions

Does Hair Loss Come From Your Mother’s Side?

The idea that you inherit a hair loss gene only from your mother’s family side is a myth. Instead, the inheritance of common hair loss appears to be found on the autosomal – the non-sex related – chromosomes, which means that hair loss can come from either parent. Moreover, the hair loss gene is a dominant gene, meaning that a person needs only one gene on one chromosome to express the balding trait, although multiple genes appear to influence the hair loss process.

You can get some insight into hair loss by examining the hair loss patterns in your relatives. If you have an Uncle, Father, or Grandfather suffering from hair loss, find out when he started to lose his hair; it may indicate when you may begin to experience hair loss. Just don’t put all the blame on Mum if you start to lose your hair. It’s not her fault!

Women also inherit the thinning or balding patterns found in their families, but the inherited patterns are distinctly women’s patterns, not men’s patterns. This suggests that the inheritance patterns in women do not follow the inheritance patterns in men. For example, women with hair loss or thinning will frequently report that they take after their Mum, Grandmother (either side of the family), Sister, Aunt, etc.

Does Wearing Hats Cause Hair Loss?

More than a few people believe that hats are to blame for hair loss based on the idea that hats cut off air circulation to the scalp and prevent the scalp from breathing. They don’t know that hair follicles get oxygen from the bloodstream, not the air, so you can’t suffocate your hair follicles just by wearing a hat. Furthermore, the baseball cap so often worn by men whose hair is thinning doesn’t cause hair loss – it hides hair loss.

WARNING: Hats that fit tightly on the head are another story. These hats may cause thinning around the sides of the head, where constant traction is applied to the hair. Hats worn all the time for cultural and religious reasons (such as turbans and yarmulkes) may cause hair loss, too. In rare cases, sports helmets have been known to cause traction alopecia in athletes who wear their helmets too often, particularly if the helmet repeatedly rubs against an area of the scalp, causing “traction.”

If You Don’t See hair in the Drain, You Aren’t Balding. Correct?

You don’t suffer from balding because your hair is falling out; a person may suffer hair loss because the normal thick hair is gradually being replaced by finer, thinner hair in a process called miniaturisation. Yet people who are sensitive to the prospect of suffering from hair loss often obsessively scrutinise the shower/bath drain and the hairbrush for evidence of impending hair loss.

Most people lose about 100 hairs daily but grow another 100 hairs daily to replace what’s lost. Some hairs wind up in your shower/bath drain or hairbrush, or they may just fall off as you go about your normal activity, responding to whatever your environment dishes out.

Massive hair loss appearing in the shower/bath drain should alarm you (as should a trail that forms behind you as you walk down the hallway!), but insidious, progressive loss may be far more subtle. If progressive loss persists over time, you may lose far more hair than you see in the drain. This is particularly the case with female hair loss.

Does Excessive Use of Hair Chemicals and Hot Irons Kill Your Hair?

Hair isn’t alive, so hair products or hot irons can’t “kill” hair, although they may cause hair damage. As long as the damage caused by hair products is limited to the hair and not the growing hair follicles below the skin, hair above the skin may be lost from breakage or damage, but it will re-grow from the follicles at a rate of ½ inch per month.

Damaging hair follicles below the skin, however, can cause hair loss. When inexperienced people apply chemicals such as unsafe dyes or relaxing agents to the hair and scalp, the caustic chemicals may work their way into the growing part of the hair follicle and damage or kill the hair follicle at its root. The longer powerful chemicals stay on the scalp, the deeper they may penetrate the skin’s pores where the hair follicles are, resulting in permanent hair loss or hair that may never look “healthy.”

Applying dyes, chemicals, or hot irons (even hair rollers that are too hot) can cause the hair to become fragile and break off. Hair breakage and split ends are most common in people with long hair because the hair is around for a longer amount of time before being cut, so it’s more susceptible to damage from wind, drying, sunlight, and chemicals such as relaxers and hair dyes.

Does Decreased Blood Flow cause Hair Loss?

One hair loss myth says that standing on your head increases blood flow to your scalp, thereby improving hair regrowth and regeneration. Although the act may entertain the neighbours and give you a unique look at life (albeit an upside-down one), specialists agree that standing on your head has no impact whatsoever on hair loss. Growing hair requires a significant amount of blood flow, but after you lose hair, blood flow to your scalp decreases because you just don’t need it with no hair up there.

REMEMBER: There’s a cause and effect issue here, but it’s important to remember that hair loss occurs before the blood flow decreases. Therefore, decreased blood flow to the scalp isn’t the cause of the hair loss but rather the result of it. The absolute proof of this is that when good hair is placed into a bald scalp with decreased blood flow, the blood flow returns when the hair starts growing.

Brushing Your Hair Is Better Than Combing It

When you tug and pull a comb or brush through the tangles and knots in your hair, you may pull out a few hairs, but they’ll grow back because brushing and combing healthy hair doesn’t disturb the hair follicles below the skin surface. Brushing the hair isn’t necessarily better than combing because the real issue is how you brush or comb the particular kind of hair you have. Tugging on knotted hair isn’t good even for healthy hair, but hair that has already started being miniaturised is more susceptible to hair loss from any rough treatment, including a comb or brush.

TIP: You’re less likely to damage your hair using a. wide-tooth plastic comb or a brush as opposed to a metal comb or one with finer, tighter teeth; these combs tend to be rougher and more traumatic to the hair shaft. When brushing or combing, direct your motion in the direction of hair growth so that the hair shaft (the grain of the hair) is in line with your brushstrokes.

Does Cutting or Shaving Your Hair Make It Grow Back Thicker?

Getting frequent haircuts doesn’t make your hair grow thicker, but it’s easy to see how this particular myth came around. When hair is cut short, it gets scratchy like sandpaper, and when you run your fingers through this itchy hair, it seems thicker than it did before. But it’s not thicker – it’s just shorter. Hair grows on average at a rate of ½ inch per month. It grows at that rate whether you cut it daily or get a haircut only during leap years on February 29.

Do Clogged Pores cause Hair Loss?

Many dishonest people claim that clogged pores are the cause of hair loss. Some people build huge businesses around massaging the hair and “treating” the clogged hair follicles to allow the hair to come through the skin. From experience, people who sell such services command a healthy price between £150 – £450 per month. If common hair loss were simply due to clogged pores, you wouldn’t need anything more than rigorous shampooing to maintain a full head of hair. After all, some people don’t wash their hair often but don’t seem to have balding problems.

Men in particular buy into this clogged pore myth because they feel helpless at watching their hair fall out; when someone tells them that frequent massage and special lotions will free up these clogged pores, they buy into it hook, line and sinker. Of course, they do get some reward because the head massage feels great.

Does Frequent Shampooing Cause Hair to Fall Out?

When you notice your hair starting to thin, you may blame your shampoo. You notice you shed hair in the bath or shower and decide to shampoo less often to keep from losing hair. As a result, hair that would usually come out in the bath or shower builds up on the scalp. You’ll see even more hair loss with the next shampoo, confirming your original suspicion that shampooing causes hair loss. Thus another hair myth gains footing.

REMEMBER: Hereditary hair loss isn’t caused by hair falling out but by normal hair being replaced by finer, thinner hair. The shampoo has nothing to do with hair loss.

Does Hair Loss Stop When you Get Older?

This myth is partly true because hair loss slows down in men as they age. Usually, men over the age of 60 see only marginal loss if they have any hair loss. However, for women, the exact opposite is true. With age and the loss of the protective hormone estrogen, women with genetic hair loss find that the hair loss process that starts during menopause gets progressively worse as they age.

Can Baruch Hair Loss Clinic Arrest my Hair Fall?

At Baruch Hair Loss Clinic, we understand that our patients may suffer from various types of hair loss. Therefore, as a reputable clinic with over 18 years of experience, we prioritise referring our patients to the best hair loss surgeons for guaranteed results. With Baruch Hair Loss Clinic, you can rest assured of the best hair loss services.

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