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Hair Loss Myths

Is Hair Loss Inherited from the Mother's Side?

Question:

My paternal line has baldness in the genes while my maternal side doesn't. Does that mean I won't go bald?

Answer:

Inheriting hair loss from your mother's side of the family is a persistent but false balding myth.

Unfortunately, there is no reliable way to predict if, when or how hair loss may affect you. Doctors can make some assumptions by observing your family history but androgenic alopecia (genetic balding) can be genetically inherited from either side of the family.  In the event that you have no maternal or paternal history of genetic pattern baldness, the likelihood that you'll experience hair loss is slim.  However, even if nobody in your family shows visual signs of thinning hair, it doesn't mean that someone in your family doesn't carry and thus, can't pass on the gene. 

Visual signs of thinning hair is as much hormonal as it is genetic.  Thus, someone carrying hair loss genes with low quantities of dihydrotestosterone or DHT (the hormone responsible for carrying out the demolition work mandated by genetics) may not show any visual signs of balding while someone with higher levels of DHT may experience baldness.

David (TakingThePlunge) - Assistant Publisher and Forum Co-Moderator