5 Common Myths About Hair Loss
Myth #1: Hair loss can be predicted by your mother’s side. Your genes are a mixture of your mother’s and your father’s—and hair is no exception. Heredity is the most important factor when trying to predict baldness. If there is pattern baldness on either side of your family, you have a greater chance of dealing with pattern baldness yourself.
Myth #2: Baseball caps cause hair loss.
Wearing a baseball cap may result in “hat head,” but there is no direct correlation between wearing a hat and hair loss. In order for a baseball cap to damage the hair, pull out hair, or cause permanent hair loss, the cap would have to be so tight that it would hurt the scalp. Wearing a dirty baseball cap, however, may cause a scalp infection that could accelerate hair loss.
Myth #3: High levels of testosterone cause hair loss.
Though many men worry that high levels of testosterone or sexual activity can lead to pattern baldness, there is no direct correlation. Though it is true that testosterone can turn into DHT, which is often responsible for hair loss, recent research suggests testosterone levels have no influence on hair loss.
Myth #4: Pulling out a gray hair causes three more to grow.
This popular myth is simply untrue. However, while pulling out a gray hair will not cause more to grow, repeatedly pulling out the same hair over and over again can damage the follicle. Over time, the hair will not grow at all. Constant plucking can ultimately lead to less hair on your head.
Myth #5 Hair restoration looks unnatural
When many people think of hair restoration, they think of the thick “hair plugs” of the past. The technology and techniques of hair restoration have changed greatly over the past couple of decades and the results can now look incredibly natural. Modern surgical hair restoration often uses a technique known as follicular unit extraction (FUE) that can transfer one to three hair follicles at a time rather than using the strip harvest method. These individual follicles are then transferred from the donor site to the target area at a location and angle that can seamlessly blend with your natural hair pattern and continue to grow over time.
Arocha Hair Restoration offers a comprehensive range of both surgical and non-surgical hair loss treatment options. If you would like to learn more about our procedures, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with our hair restoration surgeon, Dr. Bernard Arocha, please contact us today.