Male Pattern Baldness Myths

Many myths swirl around the topic of male pattern baldness. Some baldness myths come from honest misconceptions, but others are deliberate deceptions meant to sell spurious hair loss treatment products by claiming to be a baldness cure. If you or someone close to you is affected by male pattern baldness, it’s important to know the difference between baldness myths and scientific facts. Below are five of the most common baldness myths.

Baldness Myth #1: A Baldness Cure Exists

There is no such thing as a cure for baldness. Male pattern baldness is the often-inevitable result of hormones and genetics; and while some treatments may slow or even halt hair loss for periods of time, there is no way to “cure” its underlying causes.

Baldness Myth #2: Baldness Comes from Your Mother’s Family

This common baldness myth suggests that you inherit male pattern baldness from your mother’s side of the family, so by looking at your maternal grandfather’s hair you can tell if you’ll go bald. Actually, doctors have long known that baldness can come from either side of the family, and often, men who go bald have inherited the gene from both their mother and their father.

Baldness Myth #3: Long Hair and Hats Cause Baldness

Long hair and hats do not put strain on roots or cut off circulation to the scalp, as one common baldness myth claims. Some experts, however, do recommend avoiding tight hairstyles like braids or ponytails, which can pull at hair and put stress on roots.

Baldness Myth #4: Excessive Shampooing Causes Baldness

There’s no evidence that frequent shampooing accelerates balding. Excessive rubbing or twisting can cause hairs to fall out if you’re already experiencing male pattern baldness, though. Therefore, allowing your hair to air-dry, as opposed to vigorous towel-drying, may help hairs stay in your scalp longer.

Baldness Myth #5: Poor Circulation Causes Baldness

It is a myth that men with male pattern baldness can slow or stop balding through massage or other circulation-improving treatments. This is simply not true; poor circulation has nothing to do with hair loss, and massage will have no effect on hair growth.

Resources

Alai, N. and Rockoff, A. (2010). Hair loss in men and women. Retrieved March 1, 2011 from http://www.medicinenet.com/hair_loss/page5.htm#androgenetic

Mayo Clinic Staff. Hair loss. Retrieved March 1, 2011, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hair-loss/DS00278/DSECTION=prevention