Hair Loss: Seven myths about losing your hair – 'none of them are true'


    Some hair loss can run in families, whilst other hair loss can be brought on by a number of factors. Not all hair loss is permanent, and there are a number of treatments out there. According to the NHS, your GP should be able to tell you what’s causing your hair loss by looking at your hair. There are also a number of myths around why you might be losing hair.

    The Cleveland Clinic says it is a myth that if you shave your head, your hair will grow back twice as thick.

    It adds that the claim “if you stand on your head you’ll increase circulation, stimulating hair growth,” is also untrue.

    The site states that other myths include the popular claim that if you brush your hair with100 strokes a day that will make your hair healthier, as well as the “myth” that hats and wigs cause hair loss in women.

    There are, however, some causes which are known to contribute to hair loss.


    Some hair loss is temporary while other types of hair loss can be permanent.

    The site says that your hair style can cause hair loss when your hair is arranged in ways that pull on your roots, like tight ponytails.

    This is called traction alopecia. “If hair follicles are damaged, the loss can be permanent,” the site adds.

    It also suggests restrictive diets and over processed scalp hair could be a cause of hair loss.

    The NHS says that some types of hair loss may be temporary. They can be caused by a number of factors.

    As well as stress, these include an illness, cancer treatment, weight loss and iron deficiency.

    “Some types of hair loss are permanent, like male and female pattern baldness,” adds the health body.

    Nonetheless, there are many treatments or other options for those distressed by their hair loss.

    There are also some instances when you should go to a GP about your hair loss, according to the NHS.

    This includes if you experience sudden hair loss, you develop bald patches, you’re losing hair in clumps, your head also itches and burns or if “you’re worried about your hair loss”.

    There are things you can try if your hair loss is causing you distress, though a lot of treatments are not available on the NHS, so you’ll have to pay for them.

    Some wigs are also available on the NHS, which you may have to pay for unless you qualify for financial help.

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