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Hair Myths - Hair Loss

Anabel Kingsley

Brand President

Published Jan 2014

Here, our experts debunk some of the most common misconceptions we encounter at the Philip Kingsley Clinics in both London and New York.

Hair Loss Myths

Will wearing a hat make me lose my hair?

Many people worry that wearing hats will cut off the circulation or oxygen supply to their hair follicles. However, there is no scientific research to suggest that this is the case. You would have to wear a hat so tightly for so many hours on end to threaten either of these things, that you would collapse long before your hair was affected!

Is baldness inherited from your mother’s family?

It can be — but it can also be inherited from your father's side. Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness are both genetic and can be inherited from either parent. Bear in mind that even if your parents show no sign of balding themselves, they may still carry the gene.

When a hair falls out with a white bulb attached, does this mean it won’t grow back?

You may notice that some of your fallen hairs have a small white lump at the root. Fear not — this does not mean that the root of your hair has been removed, or that the follicle is dead. This white bead is simply part of the hair follicle lining, which is similar to skin and, like your skin, is continuously being shed and replaced.

Do women have more hair than men?

In many cultures, women wear their hair longer than men — but men’s hair is capable of growing just as long. As for the number of hairs per head, a clinical study in the early 1990s established that the average number of hairs per square centimetre was 279 on women and 312 on men – about a 10% difference. But according to the same study, women’s hair does tend to be thicker.

 If you are worried about any form of hair loss, our Clinics in London and New York specialise in all aspects of hair and scalp health, and will be happy to welcome you. 

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