The period of hair loss can be a stressful time in a person’s life. While there are several conditions that can lead to thinning hair, more often than not, the culprit is androgenic alopecia (also known as ‘genetic balding’). Despite this fact, hair loss sufferers often look for simple solutions to restore their vanishing hair. These solutions include things as standing on your head to improve blood flow to the scalp, not wearing hats, and many more.
One popular hair loss myth that is going around since ages are incorrect way of shampooing causes baldness. This variant includes over-shampooing, under-shampooing or simply using the “wrong” shampoo. However, there is no proven evidence that indicates a person’s washing habits influence hair growth or loss.
Shampoos come in many forms. Some shampoos are medicated, some shampoos contain additives like Biotin that promote healthy hair growth and some are sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo. Some of the shampoos contain the active ingredient ketoconazole which has been shown to increase hair growth. However, regardless of which shampoo you choose or the frequency with which you wash your hair, you are unlikely to significantly impact your hair loss for the better or for the worse.
Rather than worrying about what shampoo to use or how often to use it, people should consider starting the clinically proven hair loss treatments Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil) by consulting their doctors. These two products are the only drugs FDA approved for the treatment of male pattern baldness. Rogaine is also approved for female hair loss. However, finasteride should not be taken or even handled by females who are or planning to become pregnant due to the increased risk of birth defects.