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8 Interesting Facts About Baldness

The suspicion that you are going bald can be a life-changing experience. If this has happened to you, then you have probably trawled through thousands of websites, searching for the real facts about hair loss.

Balding is surrounded by a myriad of myths, leading many to misunderstand the facts entirely. Here, those fictitious rumours have been investigated, and the truth uncovered.

Bald Man's Head

1. Genetic Hair Loss Can Come From Either Side Of The Family

One common hair loss myth argues that male and female pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia, can only be inherited through your mother’s genes. However, the fact of the matter is that baldness can be passed down by either side of the family.

2. Half the Hair Can Be Lost Before It Is Noticeable

Many people falsely believe the main sign that genetic baldness is setting in is witnessing large volumes of hair fall out.  The majority of people will lose between 50 and 100 scalp hairs per day. This is completely normal. However, problems with baldness arise when these hairs are not replaced by the natural cycle. This ‘thinning’ can take a while to become easily apparent.

If you do lose sizeable amounts of hair, it may be a sign of a different medical condition, so be sure to seek expert advice.

3. Hair Loss Is Not Caused By Damage To The Hair Itself

Our hair consists of a hair shaft that grows out of our skin, a strong root found below the skin and a follicle, in which the root develops.  Most hair loss is caused by a destruction of the follicle. When this important component is damaged, the root cannot grow effectively and the hair shaft will never develop.

4. Some Baldness Can Be Reversed

Pattern baldness is not the only type of hair loss to be aware of. Alopecia areata is a medical condition where small patches of hair loss form. This problem can arise due to psychological or physical stress. Surgery, chemotherapy, hormonal imbalances and even sudden weight loss can also lead to temporary hair loss. Alleviating the cause will stop the baldness spreading and, in time, the hair will rejuvenate.

However, if stress has simply accelerated the development of male or female pattern baldness, the hair will not return.

5. Baldness Is Not Linked To Intellectual Capacity

This is one of the oldest wives’ tales around, probably as old as the condition itself. Due to the proximity of the brain to the hair follicle, many believed that thinking too much or even having a mental disorder negatively impacted hair growth.  This myth suggests that bald men are either highly intelligent or psychologically damaged.

Unfortunately, this deceiving depiction is still deemed believable; sustained by the Hollywood tradition of portraying the bald characters as geeks or villains. Hopefully, contemporary bald celebrities like Bruce Willis will be able to finally vanquish this myth.

6. Wearing Hats Does Not Cause Hair Loss

Another popular baldness myth is that it can be caused by frequently wearing hats or helmets. This fabrication stems from the belief that the scalp needs to breathe. Everyone from policemen to construction workers will be happy to hear that this is not actually the case.

As the hair follicles reside under the skin, they receive oxygen from the bloodstream. Therefore, constant exposure to oxygen in the air is not necessary to maintain healthy hair.

7. Shampooing The Hair Is Not Bad

Vigorously shampooing is thought to lead to further balding. This is not the case. The loss of hair is simply more noticeable while in the shower, as the loose hairs fall to the plughole. If you choose to stop shampooing, all of the dead hairs will remain on your head.  So, the next time you work up the courage to thoroughly wash your hair, the loss will appear greater.

8. Bald Men Are Not More Virile

Unfortunately for some, this tale is as false as those involving the size of men’s hands or feet. The volume of testosterone in the bloodstream does not determine baldness. Instead, several contributing genes are involved, making the hair follicles more sensitive to the circulating hormone.

Hair loss can be a traumatic thing and is important to be aware of. Luckily, balding people now have more options available to them than ever before.

Have you been deceived by the myths or got your own interesting fact? Let us know in the comments section below.

Bio: Rhosanna Jenkins is a passionate writer, determined to distinguish between fact and fiction. She recommends Dr Fox for providing remedies and a myth-busting, comprehensive guide to hair loss.

Image by: Zach Welty

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5 Comments

  1. Amritpal Singh Sidhu

    December 31, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I would like to go as a medical tourist to any country which has the best cure for hair loss as well as for hair transplant on the head from chest and back

  2. Amritpal Singh Sidhu

    December 31, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Which country has the best cure and treatment for hair loss

  3. Amritpal Singh Sidhu

    December 31, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Am sure there are some good and effective natural remedies for hair loss. I would like to learn about these.

  4. Morgan Freeman

    July 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Too bad baldness isn’t as much of an issue for women as it is for men, otherwise we’d have had a cure a long time ago. Unfortunately society doesn’t care about men’s health, its concerned more about keeping bald men as an inferior class of people only to have someone to mock and laugh if only for the feeling of superiority. Society is a disgusting plague. Hopefully the likes of Dr. Roland Lauster, Tsuji Labs, Dr. Jahoda and IBN in Singapore have enough courage to bring their research to the public as they have either found a cure or are continuously working on one (Dr. Roland Lauster grew artificial skin WITH hair…).

  5. joebest

    July 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Much ado about nothing! Science has shown that baldness is a genetic trait! It has not been discovered or stated anywhere in the scientific literature that baldness is a disease! So why do some of us make heavy weather of it? A bald man or woman should just maintain good hygiene and embellish that baldness; and you will see in no time it will become a status symbol and a fashion some people would want to copy! All the hypes about baldness is only to make bald people spend their money on useless pharmaceuticals which could, in the long run, precipitate a tumor and even cancer. When a cell has naturally stopped working at the end of a programmed life cycle and you, by external means like the use of pharmaceuticals, try to revamp it, the resulting forced growth (mitosis) could cause errors of cell growth and division and that error could begin to magnify as uncontrolled growth of a group of cells, which is the starting point of carcinogenesis or cancer-generation.

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