We all go through our lives with some worries, right? “If I eat this steak dinner, 10 years from now I’m going to get fat.” “I’m never going to be able to retire.” “My grandfather is bald, so I’m going to lose my hair.” Well, we can’t really help you with worrying about gaining weight or money, but we can help you find peace of mind with the myth that if your mom’s dad’s hair is thinning, that yours will too. At The Renaissance Barbershop, we have a lot of conversations with a lot of men who fall victim to various hair myths. But don’t worry! We’re here to set things straight. Let’s get the big one out of the way first.

Hair Loss Comes From Your Mother’s Dad

Even though this myth gives you someone to blame when your hair does start thinning, it’s not actually true. Hair loss can occur due to several reasons. Hair loss is polygenic, meaning that what your hair does is determined by an assortment of genes, from both your parents and other extended family members. However, if your grandparents or father experience hair loss, there is a better chance that you will too.

I’m Still Young, no Need to Worry About Hair Loss

Unfortunately, hair loss can start happening as early as your teens, especially if hair loss is in your genes. If you happen to start noticing more hair falling out in the shower or while brushing your hair, just know that losing 50-100 strands a day is perfectly normal. But also know that when it starts, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.

I’ll Lose My Hair if I Keep Washing it Every Day

You probably know that you don’t need to wash your hair every day, but for those who do, it could add that ounce of worry about hair loss. And as barbers, we know that everyone has experienced finding hair in their fingers in the shower. But just like everything else, your hair has a natural life cycle to it. If hair is falling out in the shower, it’s probably just the hair at the end of their cycle. If you notice an unusual amount of hair falling out, talk to your friendly barbershop coiffeur.

I’m so Stressed I’ll Lose My Hair

Anyone with kids has heard this one before, and it’s a little bit true. For stress to actually cause hair loss, it needs to be extreme stress, also known as telogen effluvium. Telogen effluvium is a temporary hair loss caused by a shock to the system, such as childbirth. Sorry men, you probably can’t blame your kids for thinning hair.

Hair Supplements Will Help

Have you tried taking a pill to get fuller, thicker hair? Well, research suggests that, while they are harmless to test out, they are also probably not helping your hair grow. If you’re really hoping for thicker hair, we suggest taking a daily multivitamin and getting in some extra vitamin D.

Hair loss can be a major worry, causing some to go to extreme lengths for a full head of hair. But at The Renaissance Barbershop in Durham, we think you should stand up tall and confident with whatever is on top of your head. A great men’s haircut and the right products can go a long way in making your hair look great. Give us a call today or use our barbershop’s online booking tool to schedule your appointment.