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What are myths of hair loss in men?

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There are a number of old wives’ tales about hair loss, most of which are false. For example:

  • Wearing a baseball cap or hat may give you “hat hair,” but it does not lead to hair loss.
  • Neither does swimming in a chlorinated pool or salt water.
  • Sunscreen won’t make your hair fall out, but it will protect the areas where your hairline has receded.
  • Hair dryers may cause your hair to be more brittle, but they won’t lead to permanent hair loss.

From: What Causes Hair Loss in Men? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair Loss.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hair Loss.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Alopecia Areata.”

Mental Health America: “Hair Pulling.”

Robert T. Leonard Jr., DO: “The truths and myths surrounding hair loss.”

Genetics Home Reference: "Androgenetic alopecia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hair Loss.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hair Loss.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Alopecia Areata.”

Mental Health America: “Hair Pulling.”

Robert T. Leonard Jr., DO: “The truths and myths surrounding hair loss.”

Genetics Home Reference: "Androgenetic alopecia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 09, 2018

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