Common Myths About Hair Loss

Hair transplant procedures are growing in popularity, and there are a number of reasons why people choose to undergo this procedure.

One of the things we pride ourselves on at AHI Clinic in London, is how we educate our patients. We recognise that it’s important for people to have a clear understanding of the procedures we perform here at AHI, so they know exactly what’s going to happen and why. 

One of the first things we need to establish when a patient visits us to discuss a hair transplant is the possible cause. Whilst it’s commonly thought of for genetics to be the most likely reason for hair loss, there are many other myths that get thrown around. Most of these are untrue, and to understand the real reason, patients should seek advice from a professional, such as our very own Dr Waqas Chaudhary. 

Here are some common myths about hair loss.

1. Baldness only affects men

Although many cases of hair loss do affect men, women can also experience this concern. Like our male patients, a woman’s genetics may influence pattern baldness as they get older, usually due to a change in hormone levels. In addition, there are many ‘genes’ that also play a role in pattern baldness which will be inherited from your biological parents.  

2. Sun exposure can cause hair loss

This is definitely untrue. However, UV rays can affect the hair, with UVB radiation contributing to protein loss and UVA radiation causing a change in hair colour. Therefore, sun exposure may be a factor in a change to the look and feel of the hair, but is not a consideration for hair loss. However, if hair growth has become thin or there is some loss on the head, you may need to find ways to prevent damage to the scalp and underlying skin tissues. 

3. Hair products can cause hair loss. 

This is another myth, and using hair products does not lead to hair loss. It is possible that the overuse of harsh products, such as hair dye / bleach can damage the hair. This may result in the hair becoming dry and brittle, leading to breakages. Significantly damaged / broken hair may stunt regrowth, but there isn’t anything to suggest it causes hair to fall out.

Having said this, it’s been found that the heat used in some hair styling methods (such as with hair straighteners) can damage the proteins in the hair follicles, leading to excess shedding and hair loss.  

4. Taking vitamin supplements can prevent hair loss

Taking vitamin supplements purely to help prevent baldness may not ordinarily be effective. However, some cases of hair loss can be attributed to a deficiency in certain nutrients, including: riboflavin, vitamin B12, biotin and folate. A doctor or hair loss specialist will be able to determine if this is contributing to hair loss, and can recommend the right supplement if this is necessary. 

5. Hair loss can be caused by wearing hats

In essence, wearing a hat is not associated with going bald. However, if a person frequently wears a hat / head covering that’s too tight it can pull on the hair. This can lead to a condition known as traction alopecia which causes the follicles to weaken, and expel hair prematurely. This is a concern that’s also associated with those who regularly wear their hair in ponytails, or tie it back tightly. 

Pattern baldness is a condition that’s permanent. Thankfully there are ways to safely and effectively restore natural hair growth, improving a person’s appearance and their confidence. A hair transplant is one method that is more likely to meet a patient’s expectations, and produce long-lasting results.

At AHI Clinic, Dr Chaudhary has a great success record and has helped change the lives of many people. A thorough pre-treatment assessment by Dr Waqas Chaudhary will determine your suitability for treatment. 

Contact the clinic today. 

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