More than 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have some form of hair loss, making the hair loss industry worth a whopping $3.5 billion. Unfortunately, many hair loss solutions are worthless.
"Most of the products and services that are being sold in this industry don't work," says Spencer Kobren founder of the American Hair Loss Association and host of The Bald Truth podcast.
It's often difficult to separate the snake oils from the solutions because many people advocating for or against different products tend to have stakes in the industry too. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about what causes hair loss and how it can be prevented. We dug into the hard science to expose the myths, truths, and important information you should know about what you can actually do to keep (or get back) your hair.
Wearing Baseball Caps Will Make You Go Bald: Myth
While pulling out hair can cause something called traction alopecia, it is a total myth that wearing baseball caps too much will cause you to lose your hair. "Your baseball cap would have to be on your scalp so tight that you couldn't wear it in order for it to cause any type of traction or damage," says Kobren. In other words, your cap would have to be pulling hair out of your head (a lot) in order for it to cause permanent hair loss.
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