By the age of 50, up to 50% of men may experience some level of male pattern baldness – a condition that is a magnet for myths.
Male Pattern Baldness Facts
Below, however, are 9 little known or infrequently discussed facts about male pattern baldness, its causes, and its treatments.
1. Male Pattern Baldness Is Caused by Shrinking Hair Follicles
You would think the cause of male pattern baldness would be more publically known, but shockingly, more people know about the many myths as opposed to the actual truth, and the truth is that there are a few different causes.
Primarily (and to put it simply), a form of testosterone called DHT attaches itself to hair follicles, causing them to shrink, which then results in both a receding hairline and general hair loss.
2. Male Pattern Baldness Can Be Inherited from Both Parents
For years, people have been suggesting that male pattern baldness is a genetically inherited condition from the mother, but this is only partially true.
Male pattern baldness is not exactly the thing that is genetic. Rather, the sensitivity of your hair follicles is the inherited factor, meaning if your hair follicles are prone to interacting with DHT, you may be more likely to experience male pattern baldness.
Additionally, male pattern baldness characteristics can be inherited from both parents. For whatever reason, it has been believed that the mother is the primary source of these traits, but it has since been revealed that either parent can pass down the traits.
3. Half of Your Hair Will Probably Be Gone Before You Notice
Most men act on their hair loss after it is too late. You have more hairs than you think, which is why it may take some time before you actually notice hair loss.
Experts have estimated that 50% of your hair will be lost before you even notice you are losing it. This is problematic because, at this point, it is almost always too late to do anything, whereas if hair loss treatment were to begin in the early stages, you may be able to save yourself from extensive loss.
4. Male Pattern Baldness Also Affects Women
As oddly named as it may be, male pattern baldness affects women as well, which should be obvious considering it had been theorized that women hold the gene for the condition.
Baldness in women occurs less frequently as women obviously have fewer testosterone levels, but they have enough that baldness patterns can potentially form.
Female baldness patterns differ from the patterns experienced by men, but both of them are typically caused by the same testosterone-hair follicle relationship.
5. Many Commercial Shampoos That Claim to Hinder Hair Loss Haven’t Been Proven
Shampoos and other products that advertise hair loss benefits – such as stopping, preventing, and even re-growing hair – often can’t be trusted.
Many of these products lack FDA approvals and even any scientific evidence to back up their claims. If you are seeking hair loss remedies, researching your options before making a purchase is not only wise but also responsible.
Don’t waste money on unproven, untested hair loss solutions as you will learn later that few legit male pattern baldness solutions actually exist.
6. Hats and Hair Products Resulting in Hair Loss is False
You have probably heard this one as people have been claiming this for years.
Hair products (shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, hair dyes) have been causes of hair loss, as well as wearing hats, but these ideas have been shot down and disproven, but it still isn’t common knowledge.
It is reasonable to assume that chemicals in hair products are detrimental to the hair, and there may be some truth to that as far as other baldness cases are concerned.
Once you understand the cause of male pattern baldness (the testosterone and the genetics), then the argument about hair products, and especially hats, no longer makes sense.
7. Cutting Your Hair Does Not Make It Grow Back Stronger
Another thing people have been suggesting for quite a while is that cutting your hair will make it grow back stronger.
There really isn’t any truth to this, and it certainly has no effect on male pattern baldness. The thing with short hair is that hair tapers out to the tip, meaning a thicker base and a pointier tip create the illusion of stronger hair until it lengthens.
Many men attribute this myth to their facial hair as well, and it has been a supposed characteristic of head hair and a potential way to avoid male pattern baldness. Unfortunately, cutting your hair most likely won’t affect your hair loss chances.
8. Most of What You May Have Heard Is a Myth
Strangely, it appears as though more myths surround the idea of male pattern baldness than facts.
From hats and hair loss to the idea that massaging your head stimulates and improves hair growth, there are all sorts of false information, which ultimately causes people to waste time on useless remedies and fake solutions.
If you are truly in the search for answers, research will be an excellent way to find accurate information, especially if you are seeking treatments. It would be best for you to ask professionals and consider multiple sources before making decisions that relate to your hair.
9. Male Pattern Baldness Is Often Times Permanent
Unfortunately, male pattern baldness is mostly a permanent and irreversible condition, though technology continues to improve.
Believing that male pattern baldness is curable is largely the reason that hair loss shampoos and other treatments can be so successful, but when you understand the nature of the condition, you better understand why a simple shampoo will not be the solution.
There are products available that slow the rate of hair loss, but as far as regrowth is concerned, there are not really any official solutions.
There are, however, other solutions, such as hair implants and wigs, that people continually find great success with. These solutions always give the appearance of more hair than any “regrowth” supplements.