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Some Common Myths About Male Baldness

It is interesting how something as common as pattern baldness has so much mystery surrounding it. In America alone, more than 34 million men experience some type of hair loss, yet few people can differentiate between the facts and myths.

At Riviera Hair Replacement, we hear many questions about male baldness that suggest there really is a lot of misinformation about why and how many men lose their hair.

Let’s clarify some of the most common myths about male baldness.

Wearing Hats Causes Baldness: Fact or Myth?

Myth. The fact is that wearing hats does not cause male baldness. How did this myth come about?

This myth began with the notion that hair needs air to grow and that the frequent wearing of hats “suffocates” the hair. People who subscribe to this myth say things like, “your scalp needs to breathe,” or “your scalp needs air,” or your hair can’t thrive.

The truth is that your hair derives oxygen or the “air” it needs from your bloodstream. Covering your hair with a hat does not deprive it of oxygen at all. In fact, covering your scalp can be healthy for your hair!

Only Older Men Lose Their Hair: Fact or Myth?

Myth. Hair loss can actually begin any time after puberty.

Most men experience balding as they age. More than 80% of men over 50 have some hair loss. But, for approximately 25% of men who experience hair loss, it begins before age 21.

Many Different Things Cause Male Baldness: Fact or Myth?

Myth. While there are other things that might cause hair loss, male pattern baldness causes 95% of hair loss in men.

Male pattern baldness is also called androgenetic alopecia and results from hormonal changes. This type of hair loss is characterized by a slowly receding hair line or a thinning crown.

You Will Experience Hair Loss Only if Your Mother’s Father Did: Fact or Myth?

Myth. This is a popular myth. While hair loss can be hereditary, people should look at more than just their maternal grandfather to determine the likelihood of experiencing hair loss. The old “rule” that if your maternal grandfather is bald, you will be too no longer holds up.

The fact is that hair loss is a polygenic trait, meaning it is influenced by two or more genes. Research suggests that hair loss is a more complex genetic condition, most likely involving the expression of many different genes. Either parent or both can pass on these genes.

You should look to your extended family on both sides when assessing the potential hair loss pattern in your future. Perhaps, there won’t be much hair loss at all!

Call Riviera Hair Replacement for Solutions to All Types of Hair Loss

If you are one of the millions of men experiencing male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, call Riviera Hair Replacement at 516-364-0110 for a free consultation. Our specialists can design and create the hair replacement system that suits your needs and lifestyle.

Are you unhappy with your thinning hair? Do you want to maximize the hair you have? Would you prefer the full coverage of a wig?

Schedule your free hair replacement consultation by calling 516-364-0110 today. Find out how Riviera can help you achieve the look you want and the confidence you crave.