Let’s face it, hair loss is a sore subject for those who suffer from it. It can change the way we feel about ourselves.
Treating hair loss is similar to solving any sort of problem. It is important to understand the problem before trying out a solution.
Hair Loss Causes and Misconceptions
There are many types of hair loss as well as many misconceptions when it comes to what causes them.
In this video, Debunked puts together an extensive list of hair loss types and puts to rest some popular misconceptions to why this hair loss happens.
Receding hairlines, bald spots on the top of the head, and thinning hair all fall under the name Androgenetic Alopecia or pattern hair loss.
As Debunked reports, having sex and high levels of testosterone DO NOT cause pattern hair loss.
The culprit in this scenario is actually a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is converted from testosterone, which is essential for growing body hair, developing muscle mass, and forming a deep voice.
Adversely, DHT is responsible for causing the shrinking of the hair follicles in the scalp which also causes this pattern hair loss.
This condition is generally hereditary and can come from mothers and fathers alike.
Another general misconception states that applying styling products to hair, washing hair often and even drying hair with a towel will cause a person to be susceptible to balding. These misconceptions are untrue.
While applying large amounts of product to hair without washing it out can cause damage to the hair shaft itself, the product is not making its way to the follicle. Even if the product was applied to the scalp and massaged in, it would not cause balding; however, applying the product to the scalp in this fashion could cause the scalp to be irritated and dry.
Washing hair every day does not cause balding either. The worst-case scenario is that you will damage the actual hair shaft itself by constantly, aggressively drying the hair with a towel. You could also cause the scalp to become dry and flaky. These conditions are easily treatable by switching to a milder shampoo, applying conditioner to the hair, and blow-drying hair in a continuous manner versus towel drying.
Stress and trauma also do not have an effect on pattern hair loss but could trigger an auto-immune disease called Alopecia Areata.
This form of Alopecia is responsible for hair loss in seemingly random circular patches on the scalp, face, and body. Little clinical evidence shows a connection to stress and Alopecia Areata hair loss. Some other factors to collectively consider include:
When these factors combine, they could trigger the disease. Thankfully, four out of five patients recover from Alopecia Areata with no signs of ever losing the hair in the first place.
It’s not to say stress doesn’t cause hair loss at all. In fact, stress and trauma can send our bodies into survival mode where the body shuts down non-essential processes for life which includes hair growth. Since hair growth is cyclical, if that cycle is disrupted, a large amount of shedding can occur which would give the appearance of hair loss.
What can be done about Hair Loss?
Now that we know what does and doesn’t cause hair loss, we can effectively treat the problem.
At Contemporary Hair Transplant, we don’t just care about our patients, we care about everyone who suffers from hair loss.
We treat hair loss in NJ with the latest equipment and technology as well as with the most qualified staff.
Our Board-certified plastic surgeon, Jaime Bastidas MD is well prepared to restore your hair. His team of hair technicians has over 20 years of experience in hair transplantation procedures.
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