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Hair Loss Fact Check: Can Too Much Washing Cause Baldness?

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According to Dr Earim Chaudry of the Manual men’s health platform, “many people are convinced” that the simple act of washing your hair can increase the risk of hair loss and baldness. Losing hair in the shower is not just a male-only experience, but is noticed by women of all hair lengths as well.

He explained: “We will all have noticed a buildup of hair in the shower hole after a while, or even scattered on the floor while we’re drying or styling our hair.

“Because massaging shampoo or serum into the hair causes multiple strands to fall out, it’s no surprise that many people are convinced that regular washing can cause permanent hair loss.”

However, if your hair falls out in the shower, that’s pretty normal.

According to Healthline: “Hair often falls out in the shower because you stimulate your scalp when you shampoo or condition your hair.

“Your hair that was already destined to fall out gets the boost it needs from the shampoo, and your hair falls off your head.”

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In fact, washing your hair regularly – especially if it tends to be greasy – will keep it healthy.

Keeping your hair clean and removing products, oil, pollutants, and other buildup can actually improve the health of your hair and scalp.

For men, hair loss in the shower is generally unrelated to male pattern baldness and will not hasten the process.

Dr Chaudry explained: “Male pattern baldness can cause a lot of embarrassment and pain for many people, making it easy for companies promoting ‘miracle’ hair growth serums to prey on those who feel vulnerable.

“Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to get your hair to grow back thick and long once it has started to recede, but there are certainly precautions that can be taken as a preventative measure.

“While there are steps you can take to prevent hair loss, male pattern baldness is usually genetic or due to hormones.”

The expert points to studies that have shown that “male pattern baldness is caused by a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male sex hormone that essentially causes male characteristics.”

He continued: “It is rich in androgenic properties – and as androgens are responsible for hair growth, their normal levels are crucial.

“Women also produce a small number of androgens in their bodies.

“When too much DHT is present, the growth cycle begins to slow down, which means the hair follicles begin to shrink. The end result of the process is that no new hair follicles grow at all – which led to the creation of all sorts of formulas to supposedly reverse hair loss.