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Hair Loss Myths

Hair Loss Myth: Balding Is Genetically Linked to Motherís Father

Hair loss sufferers often want to know the origin of their balding problem. Though there are varying types of hair loss, the most common type is Androgenetic Alopecia (genetic hair loss) also known as male pattern baldness in men or female pattern baldness in women. But if hereditary hair loss is genetic, how is it linked back to us?

Many people are under the impression that genetic balding patterns for men are inherited strictly from the mother's father. Likewise, it is believed by many that female hair loss patterns are inherited strictly from the father's side of the family. These believes are hair loss myths. In fact, genetic baldness can be inherited from either side of the family and it is not only solely from one familly member.

Unfortunately, I am living proof of this fallacy. My grandfather (on my mother's side) who is 84 years old still has a full thick head of gray hair. My hair loss pattern however, follows after my uncle on my father's side.