We’ve put our heads together at The Hairy Pill®. By looking at the research, both credible and shoddy (and there is a lot!), we have put together a list of some of the most common myths present in the industry. While some seem plausible, others are simply whacky! Here are 9 hair myths that need to be kicked to the curb in 2021.
1. Hair loss only affects men
While it is true that men are more likely to experience baldness and hair loss than women, this is not to say that women don’t. In fact, studies show that almost half of women will experience some form of hair loss at some stage in their lives. Furthermore, the American Hair Loss Association reaffirms this as it states that women make up 40% of the total hair loss sufferers. To our female readers, you’re not alone and you can definitely do something about it!
2. Masturbation leads to hair loss
The age-old yarn argues that masturbating will lead to a receding hairline or total baldness, due to a testosterone imbalance. However, there is no scientific or clinical evidence to suggest that there is a relationship between the two. Baldness is not a consequence of masturbation; rather it is based on genetics, hormones, age, etc. Overall, masturbation will not affect the health of your hair!
3. Hair/blow dryers are causing my hair to fall out
To an extent this is true. Overuse of the hairdryer or straightener can dehydrate your hair, leaving it brittle and vulnerable to breakage and ultimately more prone to falling out. However, this is not likely to lead to severe hair loss and is relatively easy to address before the symptoms become severe.
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4. Bald men ooze testosterone
Maybe it’s Hollywood, or maybe it’s that tough uncle at Christmas, but there is the almost unquestioned stereotype that bald men are more virile.
But this is a myth! Hair loss isn’t determined by the amount of testosterone that you have, rather it depends on how an individual’s hair follicles react to said testosterone. Read more on this one here.
5. Too much stress causes hair loss
This is something we have all heard before. When people have an accident, fall ill or have a life-altering experience they are often confronted by finding a few extra hairs or even clumps of hair in the shower or on the pillowcase.
It is true that stress can contribute to hair loss, but over time this will eventually resolve itself. However, the claim that stress triggers hereditary hair loss is weak. It is unlikely that physical stress alone is to blame, often stress contributes to making the hair loss appear worse. However, hereditary hair loss in general is influenced by age, genetics, hormones and a few other factors.
So overall, don’t blame stress entirely for your receding hairline. But don’t be too alarmed if you notice some extra shedding when you’re a little stressed.
6. Cutting/shaving your hair more frequently will make your hair grow thicker and faster
Another misconception regularly thrown around is that by shaving your legs or scalp more frequently it will lead to thicker and faster growing hair. Since hair growth begins at the follicle it is unaffected by regular cuts. While good general hair health can be promoted through cutting hair (according to Schwarzkopf your hair should be trimmed roughly 1 cm every 8-10 weeks), it does not make your hair grow thicker or faster.
7. Having too hot a shower can cause hair loss
In a similar vein to the ‘heat tools myth’ lies the hot shower. Effectively, the most damage a hot shower can do is cause redness of the skin and dehydrate the scalp. This may lead to your hair becoming brittle and prone to breakage.
The effects of this can be mitigated by having a less hot shower or cutting the shower time down. If you’ve started having cold showers you may have just gotten some reprieve!
8. Wearing a hat is killing your hair
Unless your hat is done up so tight that it’s squeezing your brain, then it is almost impossible that your hat is to blame for the receding hairline. Hair loss that may be associated with wearing a tight headgear or potentially a man-bun is known as traction alopecia. This form of hair loss occurs when the hair is pulled back tightly, whether that be in dreadlocks, a ponytail or the infamous man-bun.
9. Once you start losing hair it’s all over
This myth is something that really needs to go away!
Common sense would dictate that the more hair you lose the harder it is to grow it back. However, the logic doesn’t extend to the extent that you should give up and resign yourself to eventually losing all of it!
For years now Minoxidil (Rogaine), Finasteride (Propecia) and a litany of other medications have been available for hair loss. The medication is not just there to prevent hair loss but also to grow it. However, there seems to be a relatively significant stigma and level of misinformation that exists in the industry. This means that most of these viable and FDA/TGA approved treatments are met with skepticism and viewed akin to snake oil.
That’s why we at The Hairy Pill® are trying to break down both the stigma (that exists in both male and female hair loss) and also the misinformation. Through a scientifically and clinically backed treatment we take the hassle out of ‘going thin’ so that you can don’t have to worry. Get started with us today.