10 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Hair Loss For Women

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Women lose their hair the same way men do

With male pattern baldness, hairlines form an M shape as the hair recedes, and many men go on to lose all the hair on the tops of their heads. Women, however, typically do not have receding hairlines. They get diffuse thinning right on top of their heads. Decreased density on top of your head or even a widening part are more common signs of hair loss in women. Female pattern hair loss is usually inherited from family members, but it’s also sparked by hormone changes or everyday aging.

High testosterone makes hair fall out

Excess testosterone does not cause either sex to go bald—but testosterone does play a big role. The body converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and this process causes damage to the hair follicle. So those who convert testosterone to DHT most efficiently lose more hair than those whose bodies are less efficient.

Birth control pills cause hair loss

A number of androgen hormones can interact with the hair follicle to make it thinner and finer. Some types of progesterone, a hormone commonly found in oral contraceptives, can act like androgens. Hair loss with the pill is more of a problem, if you’re using an older version of birth control. The newer ones developed have fewer of those side effects and are really more anti-androgen. In fact, some doctors may prescribe birth control to help fight unwanted hair loss.

 

All hair loss is permanent

Some instances of shedding could just be temporary. Many women lose some hair after giving birth, for instance, as their hormones adjust back to their pre-pregnancy levels, but it regrows within several months. Many women also have diet issues that affect their hair-iron and zinc are both key nutrients for strong hair, so low levels could weaken your strands. You can fix that by increasing your intake of foods rich in those nutrients, like beans and oysters. You could also take supplements. Best to avoid extreme eating plans too. Any restrictive diet can lead to hair shedding because you’re losing out on essential nutrients.

 

Stress makes your hair fall out

It’s easy to blame thinning strands on stress, but for stress to cause hair loss, it has to be more extreme than what you experience when you’re prepping for a big presentation at work or in an argument with your spouse. When your body experiences something traumatic, like a major surgery or illness, it can disrupt the cycle of hair, shifting it prematurely into the shedding phase. Shedding usually subsides once the stressful event has passed.

 

Only older women lose their hair

It’s possible for some women, especially those with a family history of hair loss, to see thinning start in their 20s or even earlier. Female hair loss can start in the teens and gradually progress with age. Hormone problems are one thing that could affect hair at a young age but they aren’t the only culprit for early hair loss. The things to look for in young women are nutritional deficiencies, eating disorders, or really high stress.

 

Biotin can cure hair loss

At the drugstore, you’re sure to find supplements that claim to boost your hair and nails. Most of them contain biotin, which makes up the group of B complex vitamins. They play an essential part in maintaining healthy hair by helping with metabolism and converting food for energy production. While a biotin deficiency can trigger hair loss, a lack of it is pretty rare. Biotin is only worth taking if you’re having hair breakage problems. Though it might help strengthen your hair, there’s not strong evidence it can do much for hair loss caused by hormone problems or genetics.

Shampooing too much will make you lose your hair

People tend to notice shedding most in the shower, so they associate shedding with shampooing. There’s no scientific evidence, though, that ties hair loss to the number of times you shampoo during the week. In fact, shampooing less can actually be bad for your hair. Shampoo cleans off oils on the scalp that can contain hormones that drive hair loss. Not shampooing enough can also lead to dandruff, which can inhibit hair growth. Make sure to wash your hair regularly and keep in mind it’s normal to shed 100 to 150 hairs a day.

 

Too much sun can make thinning hair worse

Being out in the sun without sunscreen on your scalp is sure to bring on a burn, but it won’t cause hair loss. In fact, vitamin D, a key nutrient you get from the sun and food, can be crucial for your locks. Vitamin D is very important for hair cycling-it helps push hair from its resting phase to the growing phase.

Coloring your hair can make it fall out

Dyeing your hair won’t make you go bald, but bad styling practices can weaken your strands. Any treatment done too much can make hair break more easily. That includes bleaching or coloring hair, overusing hot irons and dryers, as well as using chemical straighteners. Putting any kind of tension on the hair, with tight braids or extensions for example, also damages the hair over time. When hair is under extreme tension for long periods, it weakens and the growing part of the hair gets damaged. If you notice breakage, it’s a good idea to start treating your hair more gently and use protectants each time you apply heat.

 

 

 

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