Sorting through the facts and fiction regarding hair thinning can be overwhelming. From wearing too many hats to brushing your hair too much, thinning hair is surrounded by rumors and falsehoods. Enough is enough. Presented here, you'll find three of the biggest hair thinning myths and why they're not true.
Myth 1: Hair Thinning Only Impacts Men
Although hair thinning problems are typically associated with men, it's not true that women aren't affected by them as well. Over 40 percent of women experience natural hair thinning as they age. Women experience hereditary thinning in a slightly different manner than men, losing hair on top of their heads and thinning at natural parts, but they retain the frontal hair line. Women may also experience accelerated hair thinning during pregnancy and menopause, when hormonal imbalances are at their worst.
Myth 2: Hair Thinning Genes Come from Your Mother's Side
Hair thinning can be caused by a number of things, including your genes, but it is not solely passed down from the maternal side. It is a polygenetic trait, meaning that you can become predisposed to balding and thinning because of your genes, but the triggers that cause the predisposition come from both sides of the family tree. Remember, just because you're predisposed to thinning hair, other factors may influence it, including age, stress, and hormones.
Myth 3: Thinning Hair Is Caused by High Levels of Testosterone
Hair thinning is not caused by too much testosterone. Instead, it's caused when hair follicles become sensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). When this occurs, DHT causes the susceptible follicles to shrink, and they eventually lose their ability to produce hair. High levels of testosterone do not impact hair thinning. If they did, hair throughout the whole body would be affected—not just the hair on your head.
Thinning hair is hard enough to handle when you aren't confronted by misleading myths. Nearly half of all women and two-thirds of men will experience hair thinning in their lifetime, and it is time to learn the truth about its causes.