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Hair Loss Myths

When it comes to hair loss - what's fact and what's fiction? Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates throughout New England, busts some of the most common myths.

Myth: Wearing a baseball cap or hats will cause hair loss

TRUTH: "Hats off to this myth," Leonard said.  No matter what you may have heard -  wearing a hat does not cause hair to thin or fall out. 

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Myth: Exposure to chlorine in swimming pools will cause hair loss

TRUTH: "Chlorinated water can affect the hair shafts by drying them out and making them more brittle, but does not cause hair to thin or fall out," Leonard said. But he does warn people to watch out for bleached hair because it has been known to turn green with exposure to chlorine!

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Myth: Swimming in saltwater will cause hair to dry out and fall out

TRUTH: Any saltwater activity, including swimming, will not cause hair loss, Leonard said. The real problem is genetics, which is the root cause of 98 percent of hair loss.

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Myth: Applying sunscreen to scalp will result in thinning hair

TRUTH: It's important to use sunscreen on your scalp, especially if you have thinning hair, to prevent a sunburn. 

"In fact, one of the first hints that a person is losing his or her hair is, indeed, sunburn," Leonard said.

 

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Myth: Overexposure to the sun will cause hair to become brittle and fall out

TRUTH: Again, the main concern with overexposure to the sun is getting a severe sunburn on your scalp - not hair loss.

And if your hair is thin enough that you risk getting a sunburn on your scalp, Leonard has some suggestions.

"Growing more hair, either with medical treatments or with modern hair transplantation, are great options to consider if your hair is thin enough to get burned," he pointed out.

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Myth: Cutting your hair short makes it grow longer and stronger

TRUTH: "I don't know where this common belief comes from, but it just isn't so," Leonard said.

However, if your hair is thinning, there are some tricks of the trade that can help out.

"When one's hair is thin, seeing a hair care professional for styling tips such as foiling and layering will create the illusion of a thicker, fuller head of hair," he said.

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Myth: Excessively washing your hair will cause it to become thin

TRUTH: "Very commonly, people believe that washing their hair causes it to fall out," Leonard said. "Sure, you see hairs in the shower drain because the mechanical action of shampooing loosens hairs, but it does not cause thinning. The hair shafts are already loose in the follicles because of male and female pattern hair loss."

The bottom-line: Daily shampooing is the best for the health of your follicles, according to Leonard.

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Myth: Stress causes hair loss

TRUTH: It's genetics, not stress, that causes the vast majority of hair loss in our society. 

"Just think, with the stress levels we all are living under these days, everybody would be bald! If you are truly having thinning hair or baldness, it is important to seek out a board certified hair restoration surgeon to be properly diagnosed and to be educated on what medically or surgically can be done for your hair loss problem," he concluded.

Click here for more information about Dr. Leonard.

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Hair Loss Myths

When it comes to hair loss - what's fact and what's fiction? Dr. Robert Leonard, chief surgeon and founder of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates throughout New England, busts some of the most common myths.

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